GENERAL BOTANY

BIO 205

Course Syllabus, Spring 1999


Course Overview | Lecture Schedule

Instructor:
Dr. Martin C. Mathes 
Room 214 Millington Hall 
Phone: 221-2238 
E-Mail: mcmath@facstaff.wm.edu
Office Hours: By appointment 
Lab Coordinator:
Mr. Bill D. Saunders 
Room 118 Millington Hall 
Phone: 221-2219 
E-mail: bdsaun@facstaff.wm.edu

Graduate Teaching Assistants:
Announced in lecture.
Additional information given in laboratory
Certain labs will be complemented by undergraduate teaching assistants

Required Text:
Selected Chapters
Moore/Clark/Vodopich
Custom Publishing

Web Page:
A copy of much of the course information (tables, lectures, unit outlines, key
words, study questions, diagrams) and interesting links are included in the web
site. This web site should be used to clarify and expand your botanical horizons.

Weekly (help) summary sessions:
4:00 pm Monday in Millington auditorium, Room 150

Lunch bunch:
Use e-mail or sign-up sheet at the beginning of the semester to arrange an
informal lunch - Room 220 in the University Center.

Lecture Video Tapes:
Each lecture will be video taped for your convenience and placed on overnight reserve in Swem Library.


Course overview:
Over 275,000 organisms on Earth are photosynthetic organisms (i.e., plants and organisms related to plants). This is roughly equivalent to the number of non-insect animals. Moreover, photosynthetic organisms provide us (or have provided us with food, fiber, fossil fuels, cosmetics, paper and wood, insect repellents, pharmaceuticals (about 25% of our medicines come from plants). And many other miscellaneous goods such as natural rubber, glue, dye and turpentine. In addition, photosynthetic organisms: (1) are responsible for the oxygen on Earth, (2) are providing us with model systems to engineer light-driven alternative forms of energy, and (3) provide us with new or improved products. These products include new pharmaceuticals, improved crops, and plants that are capable of producing biodegradable plastic (to name just a few new products). Therefore, the knowledge of photosynthetic organisms is essential in today's society and is an integral requirement for the biological degree.

This course is designed to give the students a broad background in the traditional subject matter of botany. This includes topics on organisms in the plant kingdom as well as organisms not in the plant kingdom but which affect the growth ecology or evolution of plants (e.g., selected bacteria, fungi, and selected protists). However, most of the emphasis will be on members of the plant kingdom. The study of plants will incorporate information from the sub-disciplines of systematics, anatomy and morphology, life history studies, physiology, development, and evolution.

This course has a lcture component (which will account for 75% of your grade) and a laboratory component (which will be 25% of your grade). The two course components are designed to reinforce each other. In lecture, you will be introduced to a topic, and in the laboratory you will have some "hands on" experience with the topic. When you go to your first laboratory, you will receive another syllabus that will explain the laboratory portion in more detail.
 

Grading - Your final course grade will be determined from your lecture and laboratory grades combined. Each exam that you take in lecture will have a percentage grade. These percentage grades will then be averaged to produce your final course grade. + and - grades are used with the exception of A-. I give only "A" (since A+ is not available). Hard work resulting in an "A" grade should not be discounted by a minus.
 

Exams - The examination will largely consist of multiple choice, fill-in the blanks and additional short-answer forms. The exams will be taken from material covered in lecture - so accurate lecture notes are a pre-requisite for good grades. Attend Lecture.
 

Reminders:




Lecture Schedule:
Lecture Topic




GRADE CALCULATION:
Each exam counts 25%
A - Exam I - Lecture 1 to 13 - February 3rd week
B - Exam II - Lecture 14 to 29 - April 1st week
C - Exam III - Lecture 30 to End (+approximately 50% of the exam
     will be comprehensive)
D - Lab Grade


THIS ADDITIONAL WEB SITE IS AVAILABLE TO FURTHER EXPLORE
OR CLARIFY A GIVEN LECTURE OR LABORATORY TOPIC.

You may either use this link to explore the site on your own:
Botany Links at http://www.jbpub.com/botanylinks/index.htm

Or, you can use the following chart to go directly to links on specific topics:

Bio 205 Lecture Topic
Chapter in
Online Textbook
Classification and Systematics
18
Prokaryotes
19
Fungi-Lichens
20
Algae
21
Non-vascular Plants
22
Vascular Plants Without Seeds
23
Seed Plants - Gymnosperms
24
Seed Plants - Angiosperms
25
Flowers - Reproduction
9
Tissues and Primary
Growth of Stems
5
Leaves
6
Roots
7
Woody Plants
8
Transport
12
Nutrition
13
Development
14

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