Laboratory Syllabus - Spring 2000

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

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

TEACHING ASSISTANTS: Jeannie Skalsky and Heather Herrick (311 Butler, 845-4308)

TEXT: Walters D. R. and Keil, D. J. 1996. (4th edition) Vascular Plant Taxonomy (W&K). Lab Handouts--packet #195 and Lab Key--packet #196 from 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:

18 Jan Exercise in Key Construction
**Monday Section students will do this as homework
3-8, 13-24, 50-55
24 Jan Using the Key - Vegetative Characters/Campus Walk
29-41, 67-77
31 Jan Using the Key - Reproductive Characters
7 Feb Family studies - Magnoliidae/Hamamelidae
180-197, 375-392
14 Feb  Family studies - Caryophyllidae
28 Feb Family studies - Dilleniidae (First 5 Collection specimens due)
6 Mar Family studies - Rosidae
203-231, 237-260
27 Mar Family studies - Asteridae (Next 10 Collection specimens due)
265-94, 301-12
3 Apr Family studies - Liliopsida I
10 Apr Family studies - Liliopsida II
17 Apr Open Lab/Workday - Full collections due, as well as collection logs and plant presses
24 Apr LAB PRACTICAL II - Lab notebooks due  

Please make every effort to attend your assigned lab section.  If you must miss a lab, please contact Monique Reed and your TA, preferably BEFORE you miss it. 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 28 Feb but we encourage you to turn these in earlier. These will be graded and returned so you can check your progress.  Ten more specimens are due the week of 27 Mar. The final collection  of 20 plants (5 new plants plus the first 5 and the next 10) is due at the start of your lab period during the week of 17 Apr. Plant presses will be issued in lab during the week of 24 Jan. (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. We will take the best 10.

LAB QUIZZES: There will be five unannounced lab quizzes.  These questions will cover topics discussed in lab.
GRADING: Lab Practical I    50 
  Lab Practical II    50 
  Key quizzes  100 
Lab quizzes   50
  Plant Collection  125
  Plant Description   25 
   Total:  400


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.

Readings are assigned to complement the lab exercises. We strongly encourage you to look this material over BEFORE you come to lab. While we will not cover every family that is in the book, checking to see what the textbook has to say about the families we will be covering in lab will give you a big advantage. We have not assigned the study questions as reading, but the ones that pertain to the families we cover would be useful.

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. Manhart, Monique Reed, or your T.A.

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Last updated January 19, 2000 by MDR