Laboratory Schedule - Fall 1999

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

TEACHING ASSISTANT:  Amanda Neill, rm. 304, Butler Hall (845-3397),

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

TEXT: Walters, D.R. and Keil, D.J. Vascular Plant Taxonomy, 4th ed. 1996 (W&K). Lab Handouts and Key, (packets 200 and 201) at 'Copy Corner', Redmond Terrace Mall near junction of George Bush Drive (1710) and Texas Ave.

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

30 Aug Exercise in Key Construction - Herbarium Tour
3-8, 13-24, 50-55
6 Sep Using the Key - Vegetative Characters/Campus Walk
29-41, 67-77
13 Sep Using the Key - Reproductive Characters 
20 Sep Family studies - Magnoliidae/Hamamelidae
180-197, 375-392
27 Sep Family studies - Caryophyllidae
11 Oct Family studies - Dilleniidae
18 Oct Family studies - Rosidae (5 Collection specimens due)
203-231, 237-260
1 Nov Family studies - Asteridae
265-294, 301-306
8 Nov Family studies - Liliopsida I
15 Nov Family studies - Liliopsida II - Full collections, logs and plant presses due
29 Nov LAB PRACTICAL II - Lab notebooks due   

Please make every effort to attend your assigned lab section.  If you must miss a lab, please contact your Amanda Neill or Monique Reed.

PLANT COLLECTION: 20 complete specimens, collected this semester, of 20 different vascular plant species representing at least 15 families. No specimens from cultivation. Five specimens will be due during your lab during the week of 18 October but we encourage you to turn these in earlier. These will be graded and returned for correction and resubmission, with 15 additional specimens (20 total specimens), at your lab period during the week of 15 November. Plant presses will be issued in lab during the week of 6 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, keeping up with the lab, working with your collections, and learning to recognize plant families will help you do well.

GRADING: Lab Practical I 
  Lab Practical II 
  Key quizzes 
  Plant Collection 
  Notebook/Collection Log


` Always bring all text materials (W & K, Lab Handouts, Lab Key) to lab. This includes lab practicals and field trips. The hand lens is a necessity for the field trips.

` To access the course website use 'botany' as a search term at the "Quick A&M Web Search" on the TAMU homepage, select Botany 301, and see 'laboratory overview'. Computers at the back of rm. 004 are there for your use.

` 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 '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 Dr. Wilson, Amanda Neill, or Monique Reed. You can also leave a note with the Butler Hall Secretary, Ms. Ann Harris in Butler rm. 312 (845-3346).