BIOLOGY 301 - TAXONOMY OF FLOWERING PLANTS--Spring 2009

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Hugh Wilson, Room 202 Butler Hall. Office hours: TTh 10:30-12:00 (or by appointment at other times), Phone: 845-3354, email: h-wilson at tamu.edu

LECTURE LOCATION:  Room 101, Richardson Petroleum Engineering Building


COURSE INFORMATION PACKETS: Lab packets, both identification key (packet #5461), and general lab handouts (packet #5460) can be obtained from Copy Corner.

 LECTURE SCHEDULE

DATE
TOPIC
LAB (WEEK OF)
21 January
Introduction no lab 1st week of classes
23 January Vegetative Structure and Terminology I
26 January Vegetative Structure and Terminology II Exercise in Key Construction
28 January Reproductive Structure and Terminology I
30 January Reproductive Structure and Terminology II
  2 February
Flowering Plants - Origin/Classification Vegetative Characters/ Campus Walk
  4 February Examination I (21 Jan.  through 2 Feb.)
  6 February Magnoliidae
  9 February Magnoliidae Using the Key - Reproductive Characters
11 February Hamamelidae
13 February
Hamamelidae
16 February Caryophyllidae Magnoliidae - Hamamelidae
18 February Caryophyllidae
20 February Caryophyllidae
23 February Nomenclature Caryophyllidae
25 February Dilleniidae
27 February Dilleniidae
  2 March
Dilleniidae Dilleniidae
  4 March Examination II (6 Feb. through 2 Mar.)
  6 March Rosidae
  9 March Rosidae Lab Practical I, Specimen Prep Trip
11 March Rosidae
13 March Rosidae 

SPRING BREAK - WEEK OF 16 MARCH

23 March Asteridae Rosidae--1st specimens due
25 March Asteridae
27 March Asteridae
30 March Asteridae Field Trip (Lick Creek Park)
  1 April
Examination III (6 Mar. through 30 Mar.)
  3 April Liliopsida - Alismatidae 
  6 April Arecidae Asteridae
  8 April Commelinidae 
10 April no class - "reading day"

13 April Commelinidae
Liliopsida I
15 April Commelinidae-Zingberidae
17 April Liliidae
20 April Liliidae Liliopsida II - Collections Due
22 April Examination IV (3 Apr. through 20 Apr)
24 April Evolution of Classification Systems
27 April Pteridophytes Lab Practical II
29 April Pteridophytes/Gymnosperms
  1 May Gymnosperms
  4 May Flowering Plant Evolution
 11 May Final Exam - 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
in Lecture room


TESTING:
 

EXAM
COVERAGE
POINTS
DATE
I
Lectures of 21 January-2 February - Mostly Morphology/Terminology
50
 4 February
II
Lectures of 6 February through 2 March--Dicots 1
100
  4 March
III
Lectures of  6 March through 30 March - Dicots 2
100
  1 April
IV
Lectures of  3 April through 20 April - Monocots
100
20 April
POP
5 quizzes -  comprehensive
50
any lecture
FINAL
Lectures of 24 April through 4 May - (50 points) and lectures of 21 January through 20 April (100 points) Comprehensive
150
11 May 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 by Hugh Wilson, January, 2009


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