Laboratory Syllabus - Spring 1995

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

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

TEACHING ASSISTANTS: Rick Hammer (Section 501 [M-1:50 to 4:40], Gyung-Hee Lee (sections 502 [T-9:35 to 12:25] and 504 [R-9:35 to 12:25], and Larry Shoemake (sections 503 [W- 1:50 to 4:40]), 505 [F-9:10 to 12:00], and 506 [F-1:50 to 4:40]).

TEXTS: Lab Handouts and Lab Key, (packets 159 and 161 [claim card attached]) at '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:


23 Jan	 Exercise in Key Construction              	207-215 
30 Jan	 Using the Key - Vegetative Characters	        216-232,188-205
 6 Feb	 Using the Key - Reproductive Characters   	232-252
13 Feb	 Lecture EXAM I - FIELD TRIP
20 Feb	 Family studies - Magnoliidae/Hamamelidae  	296-324
27 Feb 	 Family studies - Caryophyllidae           	324-333
 6 Mar	 LAB PRACTICAL I,  Herbarium Tour
20 Mar	 Family studies - Dilleniidae              	335-350 
27 Mar	 Family studies - Rosidae	                351-391
 3 April	FIELD TRIP                 	  
10 April Family studies - Asteridae (5 specimens due)   391-418
17 April Family studies - Liliopsida I   	        418-450 
24 April Family studies - Liliopsida II                 418-450 
         Full collections due, as well as collection
         logs, and plant presses
 1 May*	LAB PRACTICAL II* - Lab notebooks due

*NOTE:  Students in the Thursday and Friday Lab sections will
sign up to take the second Lab practical exam on Monday, Tuesday,
or Wednesday during the week of 1 May.

Please make every effort to attend your assigned lab section. If you must miss a lab, contact Monique, your Teaching Assistant, and the Teaching Assistant whose section you will attend to make up the lab.

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. No specimens from cultivation. Five specimens will be due during your lab during the week of 4 April. These will be graded and returned so you can check your progress. These will be corrected and resubmitted with the other 15 specimens. The final collection (all 20 plants) is due during your lab period during the week of 24 April. Plant presses will be issued in lab during the week of 30 January. (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 per se, keeping up with the lab and learning to recognize plant families will help you do well.


        Lab Practical I         	  50 points 
       	Lab Practical II        	  50 
       	Key quizzes            	         100 
       	Plant Collection       	         100 
       	Notebook/Collection Log 	  50 
                              	         350  Total lab points


Always bring all text material (Lecture Notes, Lab Handouts, Lab Key) to lab. This includes lab practicals and field trips. The hand lens is a necessity for the field trips.

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 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 'I' 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. Wilson, Monique, or your TA.

Last updated by HDW on 23 February 1995