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COURSE NUMBER: AG V03/BIOL V23 page 1 of 7 COURSE TITLE: PLANT BIOLOGY COURSE SYLLABUS TERM: Spring YEAR: 2012 INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Marta D. de Jesus OFFICE/DIVISION LOCATION: SCI-337 OFFICE HOURS: TBA (later the first week) OFFICE PHONE: (805) 654-6400 x1275 E-MAIL ADDRESS: [email protected] INSTRUCTOR’S WEB PAGE: http://dewhozitz.net/ (leave notes/paper with the Division Assistants in SCI Bldg. Main Office, SCI-321, NOT the main Admin. Bldg.) CLASS HOURS: Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 AM - 12:20PM in AA 8 CLASS CRN: AG V23 31792 Transfer credit: CSU, UC; IGETC 5 applicable BIOL V23 30486 UNITS : 4 PREREQUISITE(S): None, but a college-level reading level is required for the textbook RECOMMENDED PREP: None, but knowledge of HS chemistry and/or biology is very helpful (or these VC non-majors introductory classes: CHEM V20 & 20L, BIOL V01 & V01L) A. COURSE DESCRIPTION (from the VC Catalog) This course is a study of the practical aspects of plant growth, environmental relationships, physiology, structures, function, reproduction, and evolution. Basic concepts of biology will be illustrated utilizing the identification and study of important economic crop plants, independent study projects and field laboratories are required. B. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION In the lecture portion of this class, Powerpoint-illustrated talks will be the primary mode of instruction with regularly scheduled textbook reading. The lab portion of this class consists mostly of a “hands-on” set of lab exercises (see Schedule) with a few field trips. There will be presentation of individual reports by the students near the end of the semester. Please see the Schedule and Grading Plan for a list of reading and other assignments, tests, labs and report dates.
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COURSE NUMBER: AG V03/BIOL V23 page 2 of 7 COURSE TITLE: PLANT BIOLOGY C. STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. Understand and apply the principles of scientific reasoning and scientific method to observations, hypotheses, predictions and experiments with the organisms in plant biology. 2. Observe and describe the structures and functions of plants from biochemical, cellular and genetic levels to evolutionary and ecosystem levels, including their interactions with other organisms. 3. Apply techniques and principles acquired in lecture and laboratory to correctly identify discussed organisms to the appropriate phylogenetic group (to phylum level). 4. Describe the relationships and roles that plants have with humans. 5. Identify the Earth’s major biomes and describe the effects of possible environmental changes on and involving plants. D. COURSE OBJECTIVES 1. Compare the hierarchal categories of plan classification and identify all major plant phyla. 2. Compare mechanisms of sexual and asexual reproduction in different plants. 3. Solve simple trait genetic problems and predict the outcome of simple trait inheritance.
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