Laboratory Syllabus - Summer, 1995

LOCATION: Rm. 004, Eugene Butler Hall (Next to Heldenfels Hall)
LAB COORDINATOR:Monique Reed - Rm. 009, Butler Hall (845-8650) TEACHING ASSISTANT: Pat Griffin (764-8826)
TEXTS: Lab Handouts and Lab Key, availalble at 'Ditto's Imaging', 107 Dominick 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) 
29 May    Exercise in Key Construction                 207-215 
31 May    Using the Key - Vegetative Characters        216-232
 2 June   Using the Key - Reproductive Characters      232-252
 5 June   Lecture EXAM I (Spring, 95) - FIELD TRIP   
 7 June   Family studies - Magnoliidae/Hamamelidae     296-324
 9 June   Family studies - Caryophyllidae              324-333
12 June   LAB PRACTICAL I,  Herbarium Tour      
14 June   Lab Workday (1st 5 Collection specimens due)
16 June   Family studies - Dilleniidae                 335-350 
19 June   Family studies - Rosidae                     351-391
21 June   FIELD TRIP (Lick Creek Park)                      
23 June    Family studies - Asteridae                  391-418 
26 June   Family studies - Liliopsida I                418-450 
28 June   Family studies - Liliopsida II
          Full collections due, as well as
          collection logs, and plant presses           418-450 
30 June   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 14 June. 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 28 June. Plant presses will be issued in lab on 31 May. (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


blue ballAlways 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.

blue ballRoom 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.

blue ballBE 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.

blue ballKEEP 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.

blue ballPlant 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.

blue ballIf you have any problems or questions related to the course or lab, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Wilson, Monique, or Pat.

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