BIO 207 Summer Session 2007
4-10 P S215 (-1hr dinner)
Hotlines: 465-4444 or 800-578-1449
Ross Koning
cell: 860-933-2712 Home: 423-9724
SH215: 465-5176 or M224: 465-5327

Plants and Human Affairs
Tentative Schedule

Date Lecture Notes Lecture Slides VIPs Lab Exercise
Jun 4 Mon Why Study Plants? Why Plants? PPT Why Plants VIP Future Preparations Part 1
Jun 5 Tue Scientific Method Sci. Meth. PPT Sci. Meth. VIP Scientist at Work
T-Test Calculator
Jun 6 Wed Plant Cells Cell PPT Cell VIP Morphology and Anatomy
Plant Leaves Leaf PPT Leaf VIP
Jun 7 Thu Plant Stems
Secondary Stem Growth
Stem PPT Stem VIP Morphology and Anatomy
Plant Roots Root PPT Root VIP
Date Lecture Notes Lecture Slides VIPs Lab Exercise
Jun 11 Mon Plant Flowers Flower PPT Flower VIP Flower Morphology
Seed Germination Start
Future Prep Part 2
(Growth Hormones Start)
Jun 12 Tue Pollen and Embryo Sac Poll. & E. S. PPT Poll. & E. S. VIP Bee HyperAttractive Sim
Bee Hyperattractive
FP2: Veg Prop Setup
Pollination Types Poll. Type PPT  
Honeybee Biology Honeybee PPT Honeybee VIP
Jun 13 Wed Fruit Growth and Types Fruit Type PPT Fruit Type VIP Seeds and Fruits
FP2: Pruning Setup
Fruit Ripening Fruit Ripe PPT Fruit Ripe VIP
Jun 14 Thu What is a Plant? Taxonomy PPT Taxonomy VIP Seed Germ counts
Seeds and Seed Germination Seed Germ PPT Seed Germ VIP
Date Lecture Notes Lecture Slides VIPs Lab Exercise
Jun 18 Mon Genetics Genetics PPT Genetics VIP Finish Seed Germination
Growth Hormones
(requires Javascript)
Troubleshooting HoTMendeL
Jun 19 Tue Soil Texture, Fertilizers, pH Soil PPT Soil VIP Soil Analysis
Bring Soil Sample
Water Water PPT Water VIP
Jun 20 Wed Vegetative Propagation Veg. Prop. PPT Veg. Prop. Nat. VIP Water Relations
Vegetative Propagation
T-Test Calculator
Light and Growth
Rooting Veg. Prop. PPT Veg. Prop. Art. VIP
Pruning Pruning PPT Pruning VIP
Jun 21 Thu Light, Photoperiodism Light PPT 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.

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 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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