BIO 207 Summer 2005
4-10 P S215 (-1hr dinner)
Hotlines: 465-4444 or 800-578-1449
Plants and Human Affairs
Summer Session 2005
Tentative Schedule
Ross Koning
465-5327 office 423-9724 home
cell: 860-933-2712

Date Lecture VIPs Lab Exercise
Jun 13 Mon Why Study Plants?
Why Plants? Slides
Why Plants VIP Future Preparations Part 1
Jun 14 Tue Scientific Method
Scientific Method Slides
Scientific Method VIP Scientist at Work
T-Test Calculator
Jun 15 Wed Plant Cells
Cell Slides
Cell VIP Morphology and Anatomy
Plant Leaves
Leaf Slides
Leaf VIP
Jun 16 Thu Plant Stems
Stem Slides
Secondary Stem Growth
Stem VIP Morphology and Anatomy
Plant Roots
Root Slides
Root VIP
Date Lecture VIPs Lab Exercise
Jun 20 Mon Plant Flowers
Flower Slides
Flower VIP Flower Morphology
Seed Germination Start
Future Prep Part 2
Jun 21 Tue Pollen and Embryo Sac
Pollen & Embryo Sac Slides
Pollen & Embryo Sac VIP Future Prep: Pruning
Finish Flower Morphology
Pollination Types
Pollination Type Slides
Honeybee Biology
Honeybee Slides
Honeybee VIP
Jun 22 Wed Fruit Growth and Types
Fruit Type Slides
Fruit Growth and Types VIP Bee HyperAttractive Sim
Bee Hyperattractive
Seeds and Fruits
Jun 23 Thu Fruit Ripening
Fruit Ripening Slides
Fruit Ripening VIP Finish Seed Germination
Seeds and Seed Germination
Seed Germination Slides
Seed Germination VIP
What is a Plant?
Taxonomy Slides
Date Lecture VIPs Lab Exercise
Jun 27 Mon Genetics I
Genetics Slides
Mendelian Genetics VIP Finish Seed Germination
Growth Hormones
(requires Javascript)
Troubleshooting HoTMendeL
Jun 28 Tue Vegetative Propagation
Propagation Slides
Vegetative Propgation Natural VIP Finish Water Relations
Vegetative Propagation
T-Test Calculator
Soil Analysis
Bring Soil Sample
Rooting Vegetative Propgation Artificial VIP
Pruning slides
Pruning VIP
Jun 29 Wed Soil Texture, Fertilizers, Soil pH
Soil Slides
Soil VIP Finish Soil Analysis
Water Relations
Light and Growth
Water slides
Water VIP
Jun 30 Thu Light, Photoperiodism
Light slides
Light 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. 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. 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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