Laboratory Schedule - Spring , 1996

LOCATION: Rm 004, Butler Hall

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

TEACHING ASSISTANTS: Larry Shoemake--501, 502, 503; John Janovec--504,505,506

LAB TIMES: 501--M 1:50-4:40, 502--T 9:35-12:25, 503--W 1:50-4:40, 504--Th 9:35-12:25, 505--F 9:10-12:00, 506--F 1:50-4:40

TEXTS: Jones, S.B. and A.E. Luchsinger. 1986. Plant Systematics (J&L) - Optional
Lecture Notes
-pkt. # 117 - Copy Corner
Lab Topics-pkt. # 155 - Copy Corner
Lab Key pkt. # 157 -- Copy Corner (use claim card)

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

DATE            TOPIC                            ASSIGNMENT (J&L)

22 Jan Exercise in Key Construction 207-215
29 Jan Using the Key - Vegetative Characters 216-232
5 Feb Using the Key - Reproductive Characters 232-252
12 Feb Family studies - Magnoliidae/Hamamelidae 296-324
19 Feb Family studies - Caryophyllidae 324-333
26 Feb LAB PRATICAL I, Specimen Prep-Field Trip
4 Mar Family studies - Dilleniidae 335-349

18 Mar Family studies - Rosidae 351-391
25 Mar Family studies - Asteridae 390-418
Collections due--first five plants
1 Apr Field Trip--Lick Creek Park (Friday labs do not meet)
8 Apr Family studies - Liliopsida I 418-450
15 Apr Family studies - Liliopsida II 418-450
Collections due--all 20 plants

NOTE: Students should make every effort to attend their assigned lab section. If you must miss a lab, contact Monique, your Teaching Assistant, and the Teaching Assistant whose section you will attend to make up the lab, preferably BEFORE you miss it.

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. 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 25 Mar but we encourage you to turn these in earlier. These will be graded and returned so you can check your progress. These can 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 15 Apr. Plant presses will be issued during the week of 29 Jan.

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 will help you do well.

LAB QUIZZES: There will be five unannounced lab quizzes. These questions will cover topics discussed in lab.


          Lab Practical I       50 points

          Lab Practical II      50

          Key quizzes          100

          Plant Collection     100

          Lab Quizzes           50

          Total                350

Bring all your texts to lab, including lab practicals and field trips. The hand lens is a necessity for 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, 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. A review will be set up elsewhere.

Wear sturdy shoes or boots and long pants on field trips; BE AWARE of the sun, weather, insects (esp. fire ants), and snakes. A little caution and planning can make the field trips one of the best parts of the course.

We will be stressing your ability to use keys and to identify important families on sight. We assume no prior experience and we expect some problems at the beginning of the course. 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.

Plant taxonomy and collecting provide terrific opportunities for enjoying the spring weather and our beautiful local flora. Keep an open mind--expect to have fun.

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

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Last updated January 17, 1996 by Monique Reed