BOTANY 301 - TAXONOMY OF FLOWERING PLANTS
Spring 2005
HOME PAGE - http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/tfp/tfphome1.html
Instructor: James Manhart - manhart@mail.bio.tamu.edu  (845-3356)

TEXTS: Walters, D.R. & Keil, D.J. Vascular Plant Taxonomy, 4th ed. - (REQUIRED), Lab key pack   #180 (REQUIRED), and Lab Handouts pack #179 (REQUIRED) from Copy Corner.
 

DATE TOPIC READING (W& K)
19 Jan Introduction Chapter 1
21 Jan
Vegetative Morphology Chapter 3
24 Jan
Vegetative Morphology Chapter 3
26 Jan
Ferns and Gymnosperms Chapters 8 & 9
28 Jan
Angiosperms Chapter 10
31 Jan
Angiosperms Chapter 10
  2 Feb
Breeding Systems
  4 Feb
Examination I
  7 Feb
Historical Background & Nomenclature Chapter 2
 9 Feb
Magnoliidae Chapter 11
11 Feb
Magnoliidae Chapter 11
14 Feb
Magnoliidae--Hamamelidae Chapters 11 & 18
16 Feb
Hamamelidae Chapter 18
18 Feb
Hamamelidae Chapter 18
21 Feb
Examination II
23 Feb
Caryophyllidae Chapter 17
25 Feb
Caryophyllidae Chapter 17
28 Feb
Dilleniidae Chapter 16
 2 Mar
Dilleniidae Chapter 16
 4 Mar
Dilleniidae Chapter 16
 7 Mar
Rosidae Chapter 13
 9 Mar
Rosidae Chapter 13
11 Mar
Rosidae Chapter 13
21 Mar Rosidae Chapter 13
23 Mar Examination III
28 Mar
Floristic Regions of Texas, Asteridae Chapter 14
30 Mar
Asteridae I Chapter 14
 1 Apr
Asteridae I Chapter 14
 4 Apr
Asteridae I and II
Chapters 14 & 15
 6 Apr
Asteridae II Chapter 15
 8 Apr
Reading Day

11 Apr Examination IV
13 Apr
Alismatidae & Arecidae
Chapter 19
15 Apr
Commelinidae Chapter 20
18 Apr
Commelinidae Chapter 20
20 Apr
Commelinidae & Zingiberidae
Chapters 20 & 19
22 Apr
Liliidae Chapter 19
25 Apr
Liliidae Chapter 19
27 Apr
Invasive Plants and Angiosperm Evolution

29 Apr
Examination V

 2 May
Review (Dead Day)

 9 May
Final Exam (8 to 10 a.m.)

PREREQUISITES:  Introductory Biology or Botany

TESTING:
Lecture exams will be a combination of structure identification, short essay, and matching. Old exams can be reviewed on the www --start with the Botn 301 home page. However, remember that the old exams are for the old course, Botn 201, which did not cover all the material that is covered in Botn 301.

Regular examinations are worth 75 points, for a total of 375 points, and the lowest score will be dropped, for a total of 300 points. You are required to take all the exams unless you have a university excused absence.  If you have an excused absence, the missed exam grade will be dropped as the lowest.  If you do not have a university excuse, you will be given a zero and that grade will not be dropped.  Let me know as soon as possible if you know you are going to miss an exam.  There will be seven or eight unannounced pop quizzes at 5 points each, with anything over 25 pts counted as bonus points.  The final is comprehensive and is worth 100 points.  Exam scores will be posted using an ID number picked by the student; do not use your social security number, A&M UIN, driver's license number, etc.

Review of exam grades
.  You have until the next scheduled exam to request changes in exam grades.  I will regrade the entire exam unless there is an addition error, which will be changed without review of the whole exam.

The laboratory point total is 375. Your final grade will be computed on the basis of 800 points. Specific point values in lab will be provided in the laboratory schedule.

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last updated January 21, 2005