BIOLOGY 301 - TAXONOMY OF FLOWERING PLANTS--Fall 2008

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Hugh Wilson, Room 202 Butler Hall. Office hours: TTh 11:00-12:00 (or by appointment at other times), Phone: 845-3354, email: h-wilson at tamu.edu

LECTURE LOCATION:  Room 255, Chemistry Building

COURSE INFORMATION PACKETS: Lab packets, both identification key (packet #4879), and general lab handouts (packet #4878) can be obtained from Copy Corner

 LECTURE SCHEDULE

DATE
TOPIC
LAB (WEEK OF)
25 August
Introduction Exercise in Key Construction
27 August Vegetative Structure and Terminology I
29 August
Vegetative Structure and Terminology II
  1 September
Reproductive Structure and Terminology I Vegetative Characters/ Campus Walk
  3 September
Reproductive Structure and Terminology II
  5 September
Flowering Plants - Origin/Classification
  8 September
Examination I (25 Aug.  through 5 Sept.) Using the Key - Reproductive Characters
10 September
Magnoliidae
12 September
Magnoliidae
15 September
Hamamelidae Magnoliidae - Hamamelidae
17 September
Hamamelidae
19 September
Caryophyllidae
22 September
Caryophyllidae Caryophyllidae
24 September
Caryophyllidae
26 September Nomenclature
29 September Dilleniidae Dilleniidae
  1 October
Dilleniidae
  3 October
Dilleniidae
  6 October
Examination II (10 Sept. through 3 Oct.) Lab Practical I, Specimen Prep Trip
  8 October
Rosidae
10 October
Rosidae
13 October
Rosidae Rosidae--1st specimens due
15 October
Rosidae 
17 October
Asteridae
20 October
Asteridae Asteridae
22 October
Asteridae
24 October
Asteridae
27 October Examination III (8 Oct. through 24 Oct.) Field Trip (Lick Creek Park)
29 October
Liliopsida - Alismatidae 
31 October Arecidae
  3 November
Commelinidae  Liliopsida I
  5 November
Commelinidae
  7 November
Commelinidae-Zingberidae
10 November
Liliidae Liliopsida II
12 November
Liliidae
14 November
Examination IV (29 Oct. through 12 Nov)
17 November
Evolution of Classification Systems Lab Practical II
19 November
Pteridophytes
21 November
Pteridophytes/Gymnosperms
24 November Gymnosperms
26 November
Flowering Plant Evolution Collections Due by noon
  1 December
The Texas Flora--An Overview

8  Dec.--Monday
Final Exam - 8:00 a.m. --10:00 a.m.

MATERIAL ON RESERVE (2nd floor, Evans Library ): 1.  Zomlefer, 1994. Guide to Flowering Plant Families   2. Heywood, 1985. Flowering Plants of the World.  3. Walters, D.R. & Keil, D.J. Vascular Plant Taxonomy, 4th ed., 1996.  4. Mabberley, 1987. The Plant-Book. 5. Jones & Luchsinger, 1986. Plant Systematics.
 

TESTING:
 

EXAM
COVERAGE
POINTS
DATE
I
Lectures of 25 August-5 September - Mostly Morphology/Terminology
50
 8 September
II
Lectures of 10 September through 3 October--Dicots 1
100
  6 October
III
Lectures of  8 October through 24 October - Dicots 2
100
27 October
IV
Lectures of  29 October through 12 November - Monocots
100
14 November
POP
5 quizzes comprehensive
50
any lecture
FINAL
Lectures of 17 November through 1 December - (50 points) and lectures of 25 August through 12 November (100 points) Comprehensive
150
8 December 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
 
TOTAL:
550
 

LABORATORY:  The laboratory point total is 350 and your final course grade will be based on points earned from a total of 900 (900-810=A, 809-719=B, etc. - see grade/score roster from a previous semester).  A detailed breakdown of specific point values in lab will be provided in the laboratory schedule.

MAKE-UP EXAMS: If an exam is missed for a university approved excuse (illness, death in the family, etc.), Dr. Wilson must be notified within 48 hours of the missed exam. Documentation of why the examination was missed must be provided by the student, i.e., note from the health center or private physician if ill, copy of obituary and name of funeral home if death in the family, etc.  DO NOT WAIT TO SEE DR.WILSON PERSONALLY IF YOU KNOW YOU WILL MISS AN EXAM - contact by phone with a follow-up of your written excuse is acceptable.  You can always leave a voice mail (after 4 rings) message with Dr. Wilson (845-3354) or the Biology 301 Lab Coordinator, Monique Reed at 845-8650.

Persons with disabilities are guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you feel that you have a disability requiring accommodation, please contact the Office of Support Services for Students with Disabilities at 845-1637.

Last updated  August 12, 2008 --collection due date, office hours
July 2, 2008
,Hugh Wilson, (final exam time, course reserve material list)


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