Microsoft Word - Syllabus Winter 2009 2010 Nats104 Plants and Our World in D2L

Microsoft Word - Syllabus Winter 2009 2010 Nats104 Plants and Our World in D2L

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1 Nats104 Plants and Our World in D2L Instructor: Maureen Sieberg, Ph.D. Contact me only through D2L mail unless system is down; then use sieberg@u.arizona.edu . Course Dates: Monday Dec 21, 2009 – Jan 12, 2010 PowerPoint Reader : If you cannot view the content which is contained in PowerPoint (PPT) presentations and you do not have the PowerPoint software, download this free link. You may have to turn off your pop-up blocker to view PowerPoint presentations, or you may need to save them on your computer and then open them in PPT. Course Objectives: The primary objective of this course is to help you develop a deeper understanding of plants so that you can better appreciate their importance in the lives of all living things, especially yours. Plants are not only an important part of our environment (farms, landscapes and natural areas), they are absolutely essential for our survival and the survival of all life on earth. Among other things, they provide us with a wide variety of foods, many medicines, fibers for clothing, materials to build our homes, as well as wonderful vistas for our aesthetic pleasure. They are the ultimate source of most of the fuels that we use to cool our homes, cook our foods, light our streets, and run our engines. They are usually in our rooms shortly after birth, and they are present at all the significant occasions throughout our lives. It is important to know about the structure of plants, how they work, how they are used by humans, and how they might be modified to meet the needs of a growing human population. By the end of the course you will be better equipped to understand and make judgments about issues involving plants and their roles in our lives. Even though we will use plants as the focus of our discussions, we will address a wider range of scientific questions. We hope that you will see that science is a process carried out by real people for important reasons, and not just a collection of facts. Course Format: This online course utilizes D2L for course content and management. You will be required to complete quizzes and the final exam via D2L throughout the semester, and to submit assignments by predetermined deadlines. You will need basic internet and computer operating skills. You must be able to navigate in D2L, or be willing to learn to do so. At least a 56K modem connection is recommended. This course is designed to present plant biology using a logical approach. To assist students in organizing course content, the presentation of topics generally follows the textbook, with some exceptions. There is some chapter overlap, and there are some subjects that are presented more than once though under different contexts. The intent is to offer a consistent and coherent treatment of the subject while helping the student learn important biological concepts. Course content is conveyed to students through the use of the “Content” tool found on D2L in
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Microsoft Word - Syllabus Winter 2009 2010 Nats104 Plants and Our World in D2L

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