BIO 207 Spring 2006
Lecture: TR 12:30-1:45 PM
Laboratory: T 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 Notes Lecture Slides VIPs Lab Exercise
Jan 24 Tue Why Study Plants? Why Plants? PPT Why Plants VIP Greenhouse Tour & Startup
Jan 26 Thu Scientific Method Sci. Meth. PPT Sci. Meth. VIP
Jan 31 Tue Plant Cells Cell PPT Cell VIP Scientist at Work
T-Test Calculator
Feb 2 Thu Plant Cell Integration    
Feb 7 Tue Plant Leaves Leaf PPT Leaf VIP Morphology and Anatomy
Feb 9 Thu Plant Stems
Secondary Stem Growth
Stem PPT Stem VIP
Feb 14 Tue Plant Roots Root PPT Root VIP Finish
Morphology and Anatomy
Feb 16 Thu Plant Flowers Flower PPT Flower VIP
Feb 21 Tue Pollen and Embryo Sac Poll. & E. S. PPT Poll. & E. S. VIP Flower Morphology
Feb 23 Thu Pollination Types Poll. Type PPT  
Feb 28 Tue Honeybee Biology Honeybee PPT Honeybee VIP Bee HyperAttractive SIM
Bee Hyperattractive
Mar 2 Thu Snow Day, Drat!    
Mar 7 Tue Fruit Growth and Types Fruit Type PPT Fruit Type VIP Seeds and Fruits
Seed Germination Setup
Mar 9 Thu Fruit Ripening
Seed Germ Counts
Fruit Ripe PPT Fruit Ripe VIP
Mar 14 Tue Seeds and Seed Germination Seed Germ PPT Seed Germ VIP Seed Germination Finish
Growth Hormones
Mar 16 Thu What is a Plant? Taxonomy PPT Taxonomy VIP
Mar 21 Tue Spring Vacation
Mar 23 Thu Spring Vacation
Date Lecture Notes Lecture Slides VIPs Lab Exercise
Mar 28 Tue Genetics Genetics PPT Mendel Gene. VIP HoTMendeL SIM
Mar 30 Thu Genetics After Mendel    
Apr 4 Tue Vegetative Propagation Veg. Prop. PPT Veg. Prop. Nat. VIP Vegetative Propagation
T-Test Calculator
Apr 6 Thu Rooting   Veg. Prop. Art. VIP
Apr 11 Tue Soil Texture, Fertilizers Soil PPT Soil VIP Bring Soil Sample
Soil Analysis
Apr 13 Thu Soil pH, Cation Exchange    
Apr 18 Tue Water Water PPT Water VIP Water Relations
Apr 20 Thu Irrigation, Mulch    
Apr 25 Tue Pruning Pruning PPT Pruning VIP Pruning
Apr 27 Thu Course Evaluation
Finish Pruning
May 2 Tue Grafting Grafting PPT Grafting VIP Light and Growth
May 4 Thu Light Light PPT Light VIP
May 9 Tue Photoperiodism,Temperature   Photoperiodism 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 (+-×÷=) 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. Quiz scores will be determined by modified straight scale: Best score = 100%, then 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D. 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. Lab exercises are graded on a straight scale (no best-score modification). 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.

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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