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Bio 3400 - Plant Systematics
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Biology 3400 Plant Systematics Spring 2012 Syllabus Instructor Phone Office E mail Web page Office hours Lisa Kelly Ph D 910 521 6377 Oxendine Room 2221 lisa kelly uncp edu http www uncp edu home kellyl M 11 30 AM 12 30 PM M 3 30 4 30 PM T 3 00 4 00 PM W 10 00 AM 12 00 PM Lecture Lab TR 12 30 1 45 PM Oxendine Room 1111 R 2 00 3 50 PM Oxendine Room 1111 Textbook Simpson M G 2006 Plant Systematics Elsevier Academic Press San Diego CA Lab texts Radford A E H E Ahles and C R Bell 1968 Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas The University of North Carolina Press Chapel Hill NC Walters D R and D J Keil 1996 Vascular Plant Taxonomy Fourth Edition Kendall Hunt Publishing Company Dubuque Iowa You don t need to purchase the lab texts The Biology Department will loan you these Supplies required brick hammer pruning shears and field notebook to be handed in Course objectives The major objectives of this course are to introduce you to systematic botany and field collection techniques Lectures will consider the major aspects of systematics identification nomenclature classification and phylogeny Laboratories will emphasize structural terminology the use of identification keys and family descriptions identification of fresh and pressed plant specimens and techniques for collecting and preparing pressed plant specimens Emphasis will be placed on identification of the local flora Laboratories will frequently meet outdoors Three lectures and a twohour laboratory period weekly Credit 4 semester hours Prerequisites BIO 1000 BIO 1010 or BIO 2200 ENV 2200 or permission of the instructor Grading policies Your grade in this course will be based on several evaluation tools including lecture exams lab practicals lab assignments and a plant collection Lecture exams and lab practicals will be largely objective containing multiple formats but will include some discussion questions Make up of a single missed exam will be allowed only for a reasonable excuse and will be given during the week of finals If you miss two exams you will receive an Incomplete for the course and the exams must be made up the following semester 1 Final grade assessment 4 Lecture Exams 1 hour each 2 Lab Practicals 1 hour each 3 Lab Assignments 1 Plant Collection 10 mounted vouchers Points each 100 75 30 100 Grand Total Total points 400 150 90 100 740 points How can you calculate your grade percentage during the semester 1 Sum all of your scores to date and 2 divide your total sum by the sum of all scores possible to date 3 Multiply the ratio by 100 Total of your points X 100 Total points possible Example If you earned a 95 and an 85 on the first two lecture exams and a 70 on the first lab practical then 95 85 70 X 100 250 X 100 91 100 100 75 275 Grading scale A 93 100 A 90 92 B 87 89 B 83 86 B 80 82 C 77 79 C C D D D F 73 76 70 72 67 69 63 66 60 62 60 Lab Assignments The lab assignments should reinforce material covered during lecture and help you learn by applying the structural terminology to real plants Each lab assignment is worth 30 points and 2 points will be subtracted for each date late Laboratory Assignment 1 Morphology of unknowns species to be announced 2 Morphology of unknowns species to be announced 3 Morphology of Take Home Specimens Date Due Tuesday February 7 Tuesday March 13 Tuesday April 3 Plant collection You will be required to collect 10 different species of native or naturalized plants representing 10 different families No more than 5 of the species may be woody i e trees and shrubs Specimens must be 1 dried and pressed 2 identified to species and family and 3 they must be accompanied by a formal typed voucher label Furthermore either these specimens OR specimens of the instructor s choosing must be properly mounted on herbarium paper supplies provided by the instructor and these will be permanently archived in the UNCP herbarium 2 The plant collection and mounted vouchers 100 pts are due on Tuesday 17 April 2012 Two points will be deducted for each day late Attendance policies UNCP and the Department of Biology place strong emphasis on regular class attendance Class attendance is critical for your educational experience and is essential for the academic integrity of the biology curriculum You are expected to attend every class for the full class period Absences regardless of the cause do not relieve you of any course requirement Attendance will be taken during each class session You may miss 4 lectures without penalty However if you exceed 4 absences from lecture 1 5 points will be deducted from your final average for each excessive absence You may miss 2 lab periods without penalty However if you exceed 2 absences from lab 5 points will be deducted from your final average for each excessive absence Absences resulting from doctor s appointments family emergencies jury duty sporting events in which you must participate illnesses etc do not exempt you from this policy Emergency University Closings Hotline 910 521 6888 http www uncpalert com go site 1614 Disruptive behaviors http www uncp edu sa pol pub code of conduct htm It is essential that you arrive to class on time take notes remain attentive and give input as appropriate Disruptive behaviors will not be tolerated As stated in the University Code of Conduct disruptive behavior is defined as repeated continuous and or multiple student behaviors that hamper the ability of instructors to teach and students to learn I will speak with you if you are being disruptive If the behaviors continue I will ask you to leave the classroom incurring an absence for the day Further I will report the incident to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and you may be administratively withdrawn from the course Note that disruptive behaviors include but are not limited to arriving to class late and leaving early use of cell phones and talking when I am speaking Information about appropriate conduct can be found on the website indicated above and in the Student Handbook under Code of Conduct Honor code http www uncp edu sa pol pub honor code htm You are expected to be familiar with the provisions of the University Academic Honor Code as given on pages 51 53 of the 2006 2007 undergraduate catalog and on the website indicated above Violations of the honor code will not be tolerated Violations include but are not limited to cheating on exams altering scored answers on exams plagiarism claiming other writers works as your own and knowingly helping another person cheat You may


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