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    Botany  LS1203 - Plant Biology - Spring 2011

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Prerequisites: none
Lecture:  MWF, 8:30-9:20 or TH 10:30-11:45
Instructor: Dr. S. Harley; e-mail:; Office: SL409M, 801-626-7434; Office hours: M-F 9:30-10:20 or by appointment
Botany Department Office: SL402M, 801-626-6174

Course Description
An introductory course for non-majors that emphasizes the unique features of plant biology.  Included are discussions on:  the origins of life; important plants of the world and their habitats; plant diversity, structure, function, and reproduction; plants and environmental science; plants that changed history; practical botany; and botany as a science.   Three lecture/demonstration hours per week.

General Education 
This course is designed to meet the Natural Sciences Learning Outcomes and Life Sciences Learning Outcomes of WSU.

Students with Disabilities
Any student requiring accommodations or services due to a disability must contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) in room 181 of the Student Services Center.  SSD can arrange to provide course materials in alternative formats, if necessary.

Student Behavior:
You are expected to comply with the Botany Department Statement of Expectations of Students.

Support Materials
The following textbook is required for this class:  Introductory Plant Biology, 11th ed. or  Stern's Introductory Plant Biology, 12th ed.  Chapter summaries and quizzes can be found at the publisher's website for the 11th ed.  Click on <Student Edition> in the Online Learning Center box.

The course home page has links to the syllabus, exam reviews, video guides, the Antelope Island field trip web site, and other relevant sites. Other materials for the class can be accessed at the course website on WSU Online.

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Course Topics (subject to change)

Textbook, 11th ed.

Textbook, 12th ed.

1. Introduction
         Economic Botany 
         What is Science?  (UC Berkeley)
         How to read a scientific paper
(from class)
         How to Read a Scientific Research Paper (web resource)

Ch 1
Ch 5: 75-76
Ch 6: 99-103
Ch 7: 123-124
Ch 14: 247-249
Ch 20: 383
Ch 21: 402-405
Ch 22: 419-425
Ch 24
App 3

Ch 1
Ch 5: 76-77
Ch 6: 97-101
Ch 7: 120-122
Ch 14: 246-248
Ch 20: 385
Ch 21: 406-408
Ch 22: 423-429
Ch 24
App 3

2. To be alive
         Attributes of life
         Basic chemistry and molecules of life
         Cellular basis of life 
         Heredity and gene expression

Ch 2
Ch 3
Ch 10: 185-186
Ch 12
Ch 13

Ch 2
Ch 3
Ch 10: 183-184
Ch 12
Ch 13

Exam 1, through heredity and gene expression
         Evolution Ch 15

FYI:  Alfred Wallace

Ch 15

FYI:  Alfred Wallace

3. To be a plant
         Characteristics of plants
         Basic structure
         Development and plant movements (video)

Ch 4
Ch 5: 65-74
Ch 6
Ch 7: 107-118, 122-125
Ch 11: 200-208

Ch 4
Ch 5: 65-74
Ch 6
Ch 7: 107-114, 119-123
Ch 11:  198-206

4. Metabolism and Assimilation
           Cellular Respiration
           Mineral Nutrition
           Carnivorous Plants

Ch 5: 74-75
Ch 7: 118-122
Ch 9
Ch 10
Ch 17: 303-307 
Ch 25:  480-483

Ch 5: 74-76
Ch 7: 115-119
Ch 9
Ch 10
Ch 17: 305-309 
Ch 25:  486-488

Exam 2.  Evolution, To be a Plant, Metabolism and Assimilation excluding N-cycle and microorganisms

5. Reproduction
         Asexual Reproduction
         Sexual Reproduction: flowers and pollination (video)

         Fruits, seeds, and seed dispersal (video)

Ch 3: 44-50
Ch 8
Ch 12
Ch 14: 259-264
Ch 23
App4: 579-585

Ch 3:  44-50
Ch 8 
Ch 12
Ch 14: 258-263 
Ch 23
App 4: 583-589

6. Some other organisms (Kingdom Survey)
          The Plant Kingdom:
                  Bryophytes (Nonvascular Plants)
                  Vascular Plants
                          Seedless Vascular Plants
                          Seed Plants:  Gymnosperms

Ch 12: 219-222
Ch 18: 318-338
Ch 19
Ch 20
Ch 21
Ch 22

Ch 12:  222-223
Ch 18: 318-341
Ch 19
Ch 20
Ch 21
Ch 22

7. Plant Ecology
         Ecosystems and Biomes
         Cryptobiotic Soil Crusts     
         Plant Successions (video)

Ch 5: 77-81
Ch 25
Ch 26
Ch 5: 77-81
Ch 25
Ch 26
Exam 3.  Nitrogen Cycle, Mycorrhizae, Reproduction, Survey of the Traditional Plant Kingdom, Plant Ecology

Your grade will be based on three exams, three written assignments, and eleven assessments (open book/note quizzes).

You will have three exams. The first two will be worth 100 points each, and the third (given during finals week) will be worth 120 points. While the second and third exams will not be formally cumulative, the later material in the course builds on earlier material. The format of the exams will be a mixture of multiple choice (bring your own scantron), matching, identification, short answer, and essay. The exams will be given in the Science Testing Center (SL228).

     If you will miss an exam because you will be gone on official university travel, it is your responsibility to let me know at least one week before the exam so that you can take the exam early. If you miss an exam for a valid reason (death in the family, medical emergency), notify me ASAP.

     You have one week after I return exams in class to contest your grade.


On the weeks that you do not have exams, you will have online, open book/open note assessments.  These will be in a variety of formats (multiple choice, short answer, essay, etc.).  The assessments will be available from 8 am Thursday until 5 pm on Saturday of the weeks that you have assessments. 



Written Assignments
All written assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Each assignment is worth 40 points. Late assignments will lose 8 points per calendar day. Any assignment that is more than three calendar days late will not be graded. If you cannot turn in an assignment on time for a valid reason (death in the family, medical emergency), contact me ASAP.  If you will be gone on official university travel, it is your responsibility to turn in assignments early.  Any plagiarism in an assignment results in an automatic zero. All assignments are to be typed (word processed), double spaced, with one inch margins and 12 point font. Your assignment must not exceed two pages.  Do not use a cover page.
          Details about the written assignments can be found here.
          As an alternative to the first assignment, you can go on the Antelope Island Field Trip on April 15. You can access information about the field trip at the Antelope Island Field Trip Home PageTo use the field trip as a substitute for the first assignment, you must go on the trip and turn in the answers to the field trip review questions by 4 pm on April 19. 

Extra Credit: There is no extra credit in this class. (1) If you do not have time to master the content material and complete the assignments mentioned above, you certainly do not have time to do extra work. (2) It is not to fair to your classmates for you to have different criteria for your grade.

Calculation of your grade:

Three exams (2 @ 100 points each; 1 @ 120 points)


Three written assignments @ 40 points each


Eleven assessments, variable points


Percentages to achieve a specific grade are as follows:

A 93%

B = 83-86.9%

C = 73-76.9%

D = 63-66.9%

A- = 90-92.9%

B- = 80-82.9%

C- = 70-72.9%

D- = 60-62.9%

B+ = 87-89.9%

C+ = 77-79.9%

D+ = 67-69.9%

E ≤ 59.9%


Important Dates:

Jan 6-8

Assessment 1. WSU Online.

Jan 13-15

Assessment 2. WSU Online.

Jan 17

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. MWF section does not meet.

Jan 20-22

Assessment 3. WSU Online.

Jan 24 (MWF)

Jan 25 (TH)

Summary of the first Economic Botany paper is due.

Jan 27-29

Assessment 4. WSU Online.

Feb 3-5

First Exam. Science Testing Center. SL228.

Feb 10-12

Assessment 5. WSU Online.

Feb 17-19

Assessment 6. WSU Online.

Feb 21

President’s Day. MWF section does not meet.

Feb 24-26

Assessment 7. WSU Online.

Feb 28 (MWF)

Mar 1 (TH)

Summary of the second Economic Botany paper is due.

Mar 3-5

Assessment 8. WSU Online.

Mar 10-12

Second Exam. Science Testing Center. SL228.

Mar 14-18

Spring Break - no classes

Mar 24-26

Assessment 9. WSU Online.

Mar 31-Apr 2

Assessment 10. WSU Online.

Apr 4 (MWF)

Apr 5 (TH)

Summary of the third Economic Botany paper is due unless you are going on the field trip on April 15

Apr 7-9

Assessment 11. WSU Online.

April 15

Antelope Island Field Trip

April 19, 4 pm

Answers to the review questions for the Antelope Island Field Trip are due.

April 19-21

Third Exam. Science Testing Center. SL228.

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10 April 2011