BIOS 202
: General Botany - Fall 2005
Instructor: Dr. Todd Barkman

All dates, material and instructors are subject to change
This syllabus is posted to give an overall description of the class, it is not the actual syllabus for 2005. The actual syllabus will be posted just prior to the fall semester beginning

LECTURE: 2722 Wood Hall - TR 11:00-12:15 PM
Office hours: TR 12:15-1:15 - 3437 Wood Hall or by appointment
Phone: 387-5610 or 387-2776, Email:

LAB: 1127 Wood Hall
M 9-11:50: Greg Korchnak
M 1-3:50: Beth Whately
W 1-3:50: Beth Whately

General Botany is an introduction to the anatomy, morphology, and diversity of plants. In the first part of the course, chemical and cellular composition of tissues and organs will be related to function. The second part of the semester will explore plant diversity within an evolutionary and ecological framework. Lab exercises will be more or less tightly integrated with current lecture material. Labs will be held in the field on several occasions so be sure to bring appropriate clothing. Missed labs and exams can not be made up without prior consultation with the instructor or written documentation of an excused absence.

In both the lab and lecture components of BIOS 202 there will be an emphasis on general knowledge, application of knowledge, integration and synthesis of knowledge across disciplines, and basic hypothesis testing as it relates to the nature of science.

You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate (pp. 274-276) Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test.

Text: Biology of Plants. 1999. P. Raven, R. Evert, and S. Eichhorn. Sixth Edition. W. H. Freeman and Co./Worth Publishers

Grading will be based on 500 points:
Final Comprehensive Exam 100 pts
3 Hourly Exams 150 pts
Quizzes 50 pts
Lab 200 pts
Total 500 pts
All exams will be of the short answer format

Grading Scale:
A..... 450-500 C..... 350-374
BA.. 425-449 DC.. 325-349
B..... 400-424 D..... 300-324
CB.. 375-399 E.....below 299

BIOS 202 Tentative Lecture Schedule (Fall 2005):

August 31: Introduction to course
September 2: Communities & Ecosystems
September 7: Ecological interactions & experimental design
September 9: Systematics & Nomenclature
September 14: Michigan botany and plant geography
September 16: Cells/tissues
September 21: shoots/leaves

September 23: Exam I

September 28: shoots/leaves
September 30: Roots
October 5: Secondary growth/wood
October 7: Evolution & Speciation
October 12: Molecular evolution & Phylogenetics
October 14: Mosses/Liverworts

October 19: Exam II

October 21: Lycopods/Selaginella
October 26: Lycopods/ferns
October 28: Ferns & allies
November 2: Gymnosperms
November 4: Angiosperms
November 9: Angiosperms
November 11: Angiosperms

November 16: Exam III

November 18: Angiosperms: Pollination & Reproductive biology
November 23: Biotechnology
November 30: Plant Conservation
December 2: Special topics in plant sciences I

December 8: FINAL EXAM (Wednesday)- 8:00-10:00