Laboratory Syllabus - Fall 2007

LOCATION: Rm. 004, Butler Hall (Next to Heldenfels Hall)

LAB COORDINATOR: Monique Dubrule Reed - Rm. 009, Butler Hall (845-8650)

TEXTS: Lab Handouts--packet #3883 and Lab Key--packet #3884 from Copy Corner on Texas Ave.

MATERIALS: You are required to provide your own set of laboratory tools for floral dissections. A basic, minimum kit would include:

      (For better tools, you may wish to look at our recommended sources page.)

A note about the course text:   There is no assigned textbook apart from the Copy Corner Packets.  However, a good reference is available.  Botany 301 used to rely on Walters D. R. and Keil, D. J. 1996.  Vascular Plant Taxonomy (W&K) (4th or 5th  edition).  It is a great reference, and while it is not required for the course, you will probably find it very, very useful as a reference and a source of images and diagrams.  Therefore,  the page numbers in W&K are listed for each lab below.  We will have copies of the text in the lab which you may consult.
Readings W&K
4th Ed.
Readings W&K
5th  Ed.

27 Aug
Exercise in Key Construction
3-8, 13-24, 50-55
1-6, 11-21, 77-82
  3 Sep
Vegetative Characters/Campus Walk
 29-41, 67-77
25-37, 113-122
10 Sep
Using the Key - Reproductive Characters
17 Sep
Family studies - Magnoliidae/Hamamelidae
179-197, 375-392
221-242, 300-301,
327-331, 334-338
24 Sep  Family studies - Caryophyllidae
  1 Oct
Family studies - Dilleniidae
313-316, 332-333,
 339-342, 385-387
  8 Oct
use index to look up
specimen prep pp.
15 Oct
Family studies - Rosidae  (First 5 Collection specimens due)
203-231, 237-260
269-297, 306-310,
 317-324, 406-407
22 Oct
Family studies - Asteridae 
265-94, 301-12
373-378, 394-403
29 Oct
FIELD TRIP  - Lick Creek Park 

 5 Nov
Family studies - Liliopsida I 401-428   434-435, 452-465
12 Nov
Family studies - Liliopsida II
432-433, 436-451
19 Nov
Work Week--bring collections to work on during any 301 section
Full Collections due by noon 21 Nov, as well as field logs and presses


26 Nov

Lab attendance is required. Please make every effort to attend your assigned lab section.  If you must miss a lab, please contact Monique, your TA, and the TA whose section you can attend for a make-up, preferably BEFORE you miss it and definitely within 48 hours of the missed lab. No make-ups on missed graded work without a University approved excuse (illness, death, University approved activity.)

PLANT COLLECTION: 20 complete specimens of 20 different species of flowering plants.  These must represent 15 angiosperm families. All material must be collected this semester for this course.  No specimens from cultivated areas.  DO NOT PUT OFF WORKING ON YOUR PLANT COLLECTIONS.  Five specimens will be due during your lab during the week of 15 Oct, but we encourage you to turn these in earlier. These will be graded and returned so you can check your progress.  The final collection of 20 plants (15 new plants plus the first 5) is due during the week of 19 Nov, and no later than noon on 21 Nov, but we'll gladly take them earlier. Plant presses will be issued in lab during the second lab period.  Your lab handout packet will have full instructions.

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, keeping up with the lab, working with your collections, and learning to recognize plant families will help you do well. We will take the best 10.

LAB QUIZZES: There will be at least five unannounced lab quizzes.  These questions will cover topics discussed in lab.  We will take the best 5.

GRADING: Lab Practical I    50 
  Lab Practical II    50 
  Key quizzes  100 

Lab quizzes   50
  Plant Collection  100
   Total:  350


Always bring all texts and materials (Lab Handouts, Lab Key, tools) to lab.  This includes lab practicals and field trips. The hand lens is a necessity for the field trips.

We strongly encourage you to look over the lab material over BEFORE you come to lab, to review the lab once you have finished it, and to do the review questions at the back of the lab packet.  

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 (rm. 009) 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 'Incomplete' 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 Dr. Wilson, Monique Reed, or your T.A. You can also leave a note with the Biology Department Secretary, Ms. Ann Harris in Butler rm. 100 (845-3346).

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Last updated 11 July 2007 by MDR