BIO 207 Fall 2005
Lecture: TR 12:30-1:45 PM
Laboratory: R 2:00-4:45 PM
Hotlines: 465-4444 or 800-578-1449
Ross Koning
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Plants and Human Affairs--Tentative Schedule

Date Lecture VIPs Lab Exercise
Aug 30 Tue Why Study Plants?
Why Plants? Slides
Why Plants VIP No Laboratory!
Sep 1 Thu Scientific Method
Scientific Method Slides
Scientific Method VIP
Sep 6 Tue Plant Cells
Cell Slides
Cell VIP Greenhouse Tour & Startup
Sep 8 Thu Plant Cell Integration  
Sep 13 Tue Plant Leaves
Leaf Slides
Leaf VIP Scientist at Work
T-Test Calculator
Sep 15 Thu Plant Stems
Stem Slides
Stem VIP
Sep 20 Tue Plant Roots
Root Slides
Root VIP Morphology and Anatomy
Sep 22 Thu Plant Flowers
Flower Slides
Flower VIP
Sep 27 Tue Pollen and Embryo Sac
Pollen & Embryo Sac Slides
Pollen & Embryo Sac VIP Flower Morphology
Sep 29 Thu Pollination Types
Pollination Type Slides
Oct 4 Tue Honeybee Biology
Honeybee Slides
Honeybee VIP Bee HyperAttractive Sim
Bee Hyperattractive
Oct 6 Thu Fruit Growth and Types
Fruit Type Slides
Fruit Growth and Types VIP
Oct 11 Tue Fruit Ripening
Fruit Ripening Slides
Fruit Ripening VIP Seeds and Fruits
Seed Germination Setup
Oct 13 Thu What is a Plant?
Taxonomy Slides
Taxonomy VIP
Oct 18 Tue Seed Germination Set Seed Germination Continue
Growth Hormones
Oct 20 Thu Seeds and Seed Germination
Seed Germination Slides
Seed Germination VIP
Oct 25 Tue Genetics
Genetics Slides
Mendelian Genetics VIP HoTMendeL
(requires Javascript)
Troubleshooting Javascript
Oct 27 Thu More Genetics  
Nov 1 Tue Vegetative Propagation
Propagation Slides
Vegetative Propagation Natural VIP Vegetative Propagation
T-Test Calculator
Nov 3 Thu Rooting Vegetative Propagation Artificial VIP
Nov 8 Tue Soil Texture, Fertilizers
Soil Slides
Soil VIP Bring Soil Sample
Soil Analysis
Nov 10 Thu Soil pH, Cation Exchange  
Nov 15 Tue Water
Water slides
Water VIP Water Relations
Nov 17 Thu Irrigation, Mulch  
Nov 22 Tue Pruning
Pruning slides
Pruning VIP  
Nov 24 Thu Thanksgiving Vacation
Nov 29 Tue Course Evaluation
Finish Pruning
Light and Growth
Dec 1 Thu Grafting
Grafting slides
Grafting VIP
Dec 6 Tue Light
Light slides
Light VIP Finish Light
Dec 8 Thu Photoperiodism,Temperature Photoperiodism VIP


ENROLLMENT: Bio 207 is a course for non-science majors intended for use in the GER to satisfy the IIIB1 or IIIB2 requirement. Bio 507 is a parallel graduate course for teachers.

OBJECTIVES: In this course the basic principles of life will be stressed. These include cellular structure, metabolism, growth, reproduction, adaptation, and evolution. This course approaches these basic principles of biology using two examples: plants and humans. We will stress plants, so you will learn about the form and function of plants, how to optimize environmental factors to maximize the growth and health of plants both in the home and in the garden, field, or orchard. In laboratory, you will become intimately familiar with the seven-step scientific method and will be able to distinguish experimental science from descriptive science. You will begin to learn critical thinking skills and develop analytical logic in approaching solutions to simple problems. You will learn how to apply simple math and statistical testing of hypotheses to everyday questions. In short, you will develop some basic skills in the discipline of science. These experiences qualify this course for use in the GER.

TEXT: There is no textbook for this course. Instead we have a website (URL above) as our resource. The laboratory manual will consist of individual exercises handed out as needed. Buy a pencil, mechanical preferred, with eraser; all work in ink receives a 10% penalty! You will want a 3-ring binder to organize all course material. You should bring a simple calculator (+-x/=) to class each day.

QUIZZES: There will be weekly quizzes this semester. None of the quizzes will be cumulative, but this course does do some "building" during the term. You can expect a variety of question types: multiple choice, matching, diagrams to draw and/or label, charts, structured essays, etc. Quizzes provide 50% of the course grade.

LABORATORY: For each exercise, you must bring the laboratory exercise worksheets. The completed worksheets will be due as announced. Late papers will receive a penalty of 10% per day late. Once the papers have been returned to your classmates, your late paper is no longer acceptable (0). There are no make-up laboratory sessions and absence from a laboratory session can only be excused by justification IN WRITING. The laboratory exercises constitute 50% of the grade.

PARTICIPATION: My estimate of your participation in the course may provide leverage or barrier should your earned grade fall near a grade border. Attendance, attitude, and attention are three strong components to this factor in the final grade. Attendance is particularly important based upon past student performance in this course. Staying on-task, remaining engaged in class discussion, and performing as an effective team-member is the second-most important criterion. You will receive substantial penalties for relying upon data that you did not help to collect. As an adult, you are expected to bring all required materials to class, to be on time, etc.

ACCOMMODATIONS: If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need accommodations for this class, it is your responsibility to contact the Office of AccessAbility Services at (860) 465-5573. To avoid any delay in the receipt of accommodations, you should contact the Office of AccessAbility Services as soon as possible. Please understand that I cannot provide accommodations based upon disability until I have received an accommodation letter from the Office of AccessAbility Services. Your cooperation is appreciated.

GRADING: Quiz scores will be determined by modified straight scale: Best score = 100%, then 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D. Lab exercises are graded on a straight scale (no best-score modification).

EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENTS: Extra credit assignments will not be given to anyone for any reason.

CHEATING: Copying or plagiarism will not be tolerated. While you will work together to obtain data in the laboratory, your own observations and calculations must be shown on the worksheets and exams. Joint efforts will receive a single score to be divided equally among the participants.


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