Spring 2007
Instructor: James Manhart -  (845-3356)

TEXTS: None required, but Walters, D.R. & Keil, D.J. Vascular Plant Taxonomy, 4th ed. is available in the teaching lab.   Lab key pack   #3411 (REQUIRED), and Lab Handouts pack #3410 (REQUIRED) from Copy Corner on Texas Avenue.

17 Jan Introduction Chapter 1
19 Jan
Vegetative Morphology Chapter 3
22 Jan
Vegetative Morphology Chapter 3
24 Jan
Ferns and Gymnosperms Chapters 8 & 9
26 Jan
Angiosperms Chapter 10
29 Jan
Angiosperms Chapter 10
31 Jan
Breeding Systems
  2 Feb
Examination I
 5 Feb
Magnoliidae Chapter 11
 7 Feb
Magnoliidae Chapter 11
 9 Feb
Magnoliidae--Hamamelidae Chapters 11 & 18
12 Feb
Hamamelidae Chapter 18
14 Feb
Hamamelidae Chapter 18
16 Feb
Caryophyllidae Chapter 17
19 Feb
Caryophyllidae Chapter 17
21 Feb
Examination II
23 Feb
Dilleniidae Chapter 16
26 Feb
Dilleniidae Chapter 16
28 Feb
Dilleniidae Chapter 16
 2 Mar
Rosidae Chapter 13
 5 Mar
Rosidae Chapter 13
 7 Mar
Rosidae Chapter 13
 9 Mar
Rosidae Chapter 13
19 Mar
Chapter 14
21 Mar Examination III
23 Mar
Asteridae I
Chapter 14
26 Mar
Asteridae I Chapter 14
28 Mar
Asteridae I & II
Chapters 14 & 15
30 Mar
Asteridae II
Chapter 15
 2 Apr
Historical Background and Nomenclature
Chapter 2
 4 Apr
Floristic Regions of Texas

 6 Apr
Reading Day

 9 Apr
Alismatidae & Arecidae
Chapter 19
11 Apr Examination IV
13 Apr
Commelinidae Chapter 20
16 Apr
Commelinidae Chapter 20
18 Apr
Commelinidae & Zingiberidae
Chapters 20 & 19
20 Apr
Liliidae Chapter 19
23 Apr
Liliidae Chapter 19
25 Apr
Invasive Plants and Angiosperm Evolution

27 Apr
Examination V

30 Apr
Current Topics (Dead Day)

 1 May
Review (Converted Day)

 7 May
Final Exam (8 to 10 a.m.)

PREREQUISITES:  Introductory Biology or Botany

There is no required text for the course.  It is recommended that you print off the web pages and bring them to lecture.  These pages provide an outline for the course and will make it easier for you to take notes during lecture.  I do cover material in lecture that is not in the notes, and you are responsible for anything covered in lecture.  There will be copies of the text used in the past in the bookcase in the lab, and recommended readings are given under READINGS on the first page of the syllabus.

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 review 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 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 counted as bonus points.  The final is comprehensive and is worth 100 points. 

WebCT.  Exam scores will be posted on WebCT.   Check the calendar and your email in WebCT, as required readings will be posted in the calendar and announcements will be sent via WebCT email.  If you need to contact me using regular email, be sure to put Botn 301 in the subject heading.

Review of exam grades.  You have until the next scheduled exam to request changes in exam grades, e.g. I will not look at exam 1 after exam 2 has been given, etc.  I will regrade the entire exam unless there is an addition error, which will be changed without a review of the exam.

The laboratory point total is 375, which is 47% of the class grade.  Don’t put off working on your plant collection-- it is 1/3 of your total lab grade and over 15% of the total grade.   Another advantage of working on your collection early is that it will make you more familiar with the material covered in lecture and lab and improve your grades in those areas.  Your final grade will be computed on the basis of 800 points.  Specific point values in lab will be provided in the laboratory schedule.

ADA Policy.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal antidiscrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Department of Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities in Cain B118 or call 845-1637.

Academic Integrity Statements. Misconduct in research or scholarship includes fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, reviewing, or reporting research. It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data.

Texas A&M University students are responsible for authenticating all work submitted to an instructor. If asked, students must be able to produce proof that the item submitted is indeed the work of that student. Students must keep appropriate records at all times. The inability to authenticate one's work, should the instructor request it, is sufficient grounds to initiate an academic dishonesty case.

last updated January 4, 2007