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1/29/2014 PBIO 006 Syllabus 2013file:///C:/Users/admin/Downloads/PBIO006SyllabusSummer2013.html 1/5
Monday, June 17 - Thursday, July 11*1:00 - 4:00 p.m.Room 100 Jeffords HallInstructor Contact Information:
Dr. Catherine A. Paris
 
308 Jeffords Halle-mail: cparis@uvm.edu802-656-0426 (office)802-338-0312 (cell)
*Schedule Note:
Class will not meet onThursday, July 4 but we will meet on Friday, June 28. Please plan accordingly.
Course OverviewWelcome to Plant Biology 006, The Green World!
 This course, designed for students whose main interestslie outside of the life sciences, will introduce to you the fascinating world of plants. Plants, as you know, are the basis of our planet’s life support system. Understanding their use (and abuse!) is fundamental to understandinghuman cultures. Over the course of the next four weeks, we will explore how plants live, grow, and reproduce;how humans have used plants for food, medicine, clothing, and shelter; and many other topics of interest today. The course includes two main topic areas, Basic Plant Biology and Plants and Human Affairs. We will spendapproximately half the course on each topic.
 
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Textbook and Other Readings
The lecture sequence in this course generally follows Levetin and McMahon's
 Plants and Society
, ed. 6. Areading assignment is given for each lecture on the lecture schedule: please prepare for class by reading theassigned material ahead of time and completing the pre-lecture assignment on the Blackboard course page. Because the class is small this summer, I am able to provide each student with a book to use for the duration of the course. Books must be returned unmarked at the end of the course. If you want to own a copy, you canfind the book online (e.g., Amazon). Alternatively, you may purchase an e-book by going tohttp://www.coursesmart.com/ and entering ISBN 9780077319564. During the second half of the course, someassigned readings will be posted electronically on the course Blackboard page.
Pre-lecture Assignments
A major component of the course is coming prepared to lecture having read the assigned material and completeda short pre-lecture assignment. Keeping up with the assigned reading material is paramount to your success. Therefore, you must complete 2-3 short answer questions on each of the assigned chapters prior to coming tolecture. The assignments are posted on the PBIO 006 course page(https://bb.uvm.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp). Pre-lecture assignments are due online by 12pm (1 hour  prior to the beginning of lecture). The first pre-lecture assignment is due Monday, June 17.
BlackboardWhat is Blackboard?
 – Blackboard is a software package that provides students with online access to coursecontent. We have used it to create a web site for PBIO 006 – only those students registered for the course canaccess it. Students in PBIO 006 are expected to become familiar with the website and to use it regularly: it is anintegral part of the course.
How will we use Blackboard in PBIO 006?
In many ways: to begin with, the syllabus and lecture scheduleare posted on the website. It is also where you will find the slides used in class, extra readings, and your coursegrades. Class announcements, reminders about upcoming exams, occasional quizzes, and other courseinformation will appear on the web site throughout the semester.
How do I access the PBIO 006 Web site? –
It’s easy! You can access the site from any computer that hasan Internet connection by logging on using your UVM NetID and password.
Exams
You will take three exams in Plant Biology 006 over the course of the next four weeks, two hourlies and a final. The final will be cumulative.
Exam 1
: Monday, June 24
Exam 2:
 Monday, July 1
Final Exam
: Wednesday, July 10
Quizzes
A quiz will be posted every day - except for exam days - on Blackboard. These will be short and will cover 
 
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recent course material.
"Plants in the News" Blog Posts
One of the goals of PBIO 006, the Green World, is to explore the connection between plants, human culture,and the environment. These connections, upon which our lives depend, are in the news every day. In order tofocus your attention on the diverse ways in which plants impact our lives, I ask you to find two articles from the popular or the scientific press on a topic related to the subject matter of this course. You will summarize eachand post the summary to the course blog site on Blackboard. Article sources include science magazines such asScientific American, newspapers like the New York Times, and online news services, e.g., CNN. Article formatcan be print or digital, but it must be published after January 2010. For three different examples of appropriatearticles, see: 1) January’s Science Daily story on extinction rates and plant biodiversity in California(http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130109105928.htm); 2) last April’s article in Nature presentingevidence that agriculture spread from the Near East to Scandinavia (http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-swedish-farmer-came-from-the-mediterranean-1.10541); 3) and this BBC article on tea culture around theworld: http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20120329-travelwise-the-world-in-six-cups. Each blog post will be an 8-12 sentence paragraph that:gives the author, title, and publication date of the articleprovides a brief summary of the content and an explanation of how it relates to Green World course contentdescribes what you found interesting about the articlePosting dates for article summaries are as follows:First: post between Monday, June 17 and Thursday, June 28Second: post between Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 9
Project
One of the goals of PBIO 006 is to engage you in closer observation of the green world than you may have done before. To facilitate that observation, each student will focus on a particular flowering plant and track it throughthe four weeks of the course. More details will be provided soon, but this will get you started: Choose a plant species, herbaceous or woody, that is not yet in bloom but whose buds are alreadyforming. Make sure it is in a location where you can visit it daily. Each day you will visit your plant and observe how it is developing. Are the buds opening? Are thestamens shedding pollen? Is it being visited by insect pollinators? Are the petals starting to fall asflowering comes to an end? Is the fruit beginning to form? Record each day's observation in a small journal purchased exclusively for this purpose.In addition, you will photograph or sketch an individual flower on your chosen plant, recording its progress through the various stages of flowering and fruiting. These sketches or photographs should bemade at least three times per week throughout the course. Make sure each photograph or sketchcorresponds to a journal entry.On the last day of class, you will make a short presentation on your plant to the class. The presentation

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