Lecture Syllabus - Botany 201
Laboratory Syllabus - Fall, 1995

LOCATION: Rm. 004, Eugene Butler Hall (Next to Heldenfels Hall)
LAB COORDINATOR: Monique Dubrule Reed - Rm. 009, Butler Hall (845-8650)
TEACHING ASSISTANTS: Sections 501 and 504: Gyung-Hee Lee (845-9259); Section 502: John Janovec (845-4308); and Section 503: Sharon Morton (845-3048)
TEXTS: Lab Handouts and Lab Key, availalble at 'Ditto's Imaging', 107 Dominik Drive near Culpepper Plaza.
MATERIALS: You are required to provide your own set of laboratory tools for floral dissections. A basic, minimum kit would include:

LAB:             TOPIC                    ASSIGNMENT (J&L) 


28 Aug   Exercise in Key Construction              207-215 

 4 Sep   Using the Key - Vegetative Characters     216-232, 188-205

11 Sep   Using the Key - Reproductive Characters   232-252

18 Sep   Lecture EXAM I - (Spring, 95 version) - FIELD TRIP

25 Sep   Family studies - Magnoliidae/Hamamelidae  296-324

 2 Oct   Family studies - Caryophyllidae           324-333

 9 Oct   LAB PRACTICAL I,  Herbarium Tour    

16 Oct   Family studies - Dilleniidae              335-350 

23 Oct   Family studies - Rosidae                  351-391

               (5 Collection specimens due) 

30 Oct   FIELD TRIP (Lick Creek Park)

 6 Nov   Family studies - Asteridae                391-418 

13 Nov   Family studies - Liliopsida I             418-450 

20 Nov   Work Day - Specimen preparation 

27 Nov   Family studies - Liliopsida II            418-450

         (Full collections due, as well as

           collection logs, and plant presses)            

 4 Dec LAB PRACTICAL II* - Lab notebooks due 

PLANT COLLECTION: 20 complete specimens of 20 different species of flowering plants. These must represent 15 angiosperm families. All material must be collected this session. No specimens from cultivation. Five specimens will be due during your lab during the week of 23 October. These will be graded and returned so you can check your progress. These will be corrected and resubmitted with the other 15 specimens. The final collection (all 20 plants) is due during your lab period during the week of 27 November. Plant presses will be issued in lab on 4 September (see Lab Handouts, p. 10)

KEY QUIZZES: Short Quizzes will be given during most lab periods, testing your ability to key out any unknown plant using your lab-manual key or one that we will give you. While you cannot study for these per se, keeping up with the lab and learning to recognize plant families will help you do well.


    Lab Practical I                      50 points 

    Lab Practical II                     50 

    Key quizzes                         100 

    Plant Collection                    100 

    Notebook/Collection Log              50 

                                        350  Total lab points


Always bring all text material (Lecture Notes, Lab Handouts, Lab Key) to lab. This includes lab practicals and field trips. The hand lens is a necessity for the field trips.

Room 004 will be closed while not in use. However, we want you to have as much access to it as possible, so if you need to get in, just find Monique and she will be glad to unlock the door for you. There will be no access to room 004 during the lab practical weeks. Instead, a review will be set up elsewhere.

BE PREPARED for field trips. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and long pants; be aware of the sun, the weather, insects, and snakes. A little caution and planning can make the field trips one of the best parts of the course.

KEEP IN MIND: We will be stressing your ability to USE A TAXONOMIC KEY and to IDENTIFY IMPORTANT FAMILIES AND GENERA ON SIGHT. We assume no prior experience and we EXPECT some problems at the beginning of the semester. Keep up with the labs and make good use of our facilities, materials, and expertise to develop your knowledge and skills.

Plant presses must be returned at the time plant collections are due. Failure to return a press results in a grade of "I" and the blocking of fees and registration for the following semester. Grades are restored and blocks removed when the press is returned.

If you have any problems or questions related to the course or lab, please do not hesitate to contact Monique, or your Teaching Assistant.

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Last updated by M. Reed on 21 August 1995