BIO 207 Intersession 2006
3:15-9:15 P S215 (-1hr dinner)
Hotlines: 465-4444 or 800-578-1449
Plants and Human Affairs
Winter Session 2006
Tentative Schedule
Ross Koning
465-5176 SH215 423-9724 home
cell: 860-933-2712

Date Lecture Notes Lecture Slides VIPs Lab Exercise
Jan 3 Tue SNOW DAY!! MAKEUP is Monday January 9 3:15-9:15 PM
Jan 4 Wed Why Study Plants? Why Plants? Slides Why Plants VIP Future Preparations Part 1
Jan 5 Thu Scientific Method Scientific Method Slides Scientific Method VIP Scientist at Work
T-Test Calculator
Jan 6 Fri Plant Cells Cell Slides Cell VIP Morphology and Anatomy
Plant Leaves Leaf Slides Leaf VIP
Date Lecture Notes Lecture Slides VIPs Lab Exercise
Jan 9 Mon Plant Stems
Secondary Stem Growth
Stem Slides Stem VIP Morphology and Anatomy
Plant Roots Root Slides Root VIP
Jan 10 Tue Plant Flowers Flower Slides Flower VIP Flower Morphology
Seed Germination Start
Future Prep Part 2
(Growth Hormones Start)
Jan 11 Wed Pollen and Embryo Sac Pollen & Embryo Sac Slides Pollen & Embryo Sac VIP Bee HyperAttractive Sim
Bee Hyperattractive
Pollination Types Pollination Type Slides  
Honeybee Biology Honeybee Slides Honeybee VIP
Jan 12 Thu Fruit Growth and Types Fruit Type Slides Fruit Growth and Types VIP Seeds and Fruits
FP2: Veg Prop Setup
Jan 13 Fri Fruit Ripening Fruit Ripening Slides Fruit Ripening VIP Seed Germ counts
FP2: Pruning Setup
What is a Plant? Taxonomy Slides Taxonomy VIP
Seeds and Seed Germination Seed Germination Slides Seed Germination VIP
Date Lecture Notes Lecture Slides VIPs Lab Exercise
Jan 17 Tue Genetics I Genetics Slides Mendelian Genetics VIP Finish Seed Germination
Growth Hormones
(requires Javascript)
Troubleshooting HoTMendeL
Jan 18 Wed Soil Texture, Fertilizers, Soil pH Soil Slides Soil VIP Soil Analysis
Bring Soil Sample
Water Water slides Water VIP
Jan 19 Thu Vegetative Propagation Propagation Slides Vegetative Propgation Natural VIP Water Relations Vegetative Propagation
T-Test Calculator
Light and Growth
Rooting Propagation Slides Vegetative Propgation Artificial VIP
Pruning Pruning slides Pruning VIP
Jan 20 Fri Light, Photoperiodism Light slides Light VIP
Photoperiod VIP
Finish Light


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. As needed the username is: ____________________ and the password is: __________________. The study guide, made up of the VIPs linked in the schedule above, will be handed out as a booklet. 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 daily 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. Missing a day in this session is like missing a week of a regular semester!

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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