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PBIO 006 Syllabus 2013

Monday, June 17 - Thursday, July 11* 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Room 100 Jeffords Hall Instructor Contact Information: Dr. Catherine A. Paris 308 Jeffords Hall e-mail: cparis@uvm.edu 802-656-0426 (office) 802-338-0312 (cell)

*Schedule Note: Class will not meet on Thursday, July 4 but we will meet on Friday, June 28. Please plan accordingly. Course Overview Welcome to Plant Biology 006, The Green World! This course, designed for students whose main interests lie outside of the life sciences, will introduce to you the fascinating world of plants. Plants, as you know, are the basis of our planets life support system. Understanding their use (and abuse!) is fundamental to understanding human 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 spend approximately 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. A reading assignment is given for each lecture on the lecture schedule: please prepare for class by reading the assigned 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 can find the book online (e.g., Amazon). Alternatively, you may purchase an e-book by going to http://www.coursesmart.com/ and entering ISBN 9780077319564. During the second half of the course, some assigned 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 completed a 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 to lecture. 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. Blackboard What is Blackboard? Blackboard is a software package that provides students with online access to course content. We have used it to create a web site for PBIO 006 only those students registered for the course can access it. Students in PBIO 006 are expected to become familiar with the website and to use it regularly: it is an integral part of the course. How will we use Blackboard in PBIO 006? In many ways: to begin with, the syllabus and lecture schedule are posted on the website. It is also where you will find the slides used in class, extra readings, and your course grades. Class announcements, reminders about upcoming exams, occasional quizzes, and other course information will appear on the web site throughout the semester. How do I access the PBIO 006 Web site? Its easy! You can access the site from any computer that has an 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 to focus 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 each and post the summary to the course blog site on Blackboard. Article sources include science magazines such as Scientific American, newspapers like the New York Times, and online news services, e.g., CNN. Article format can be print or digital, but it must be published after January 2010. For three different examples of appropriate articles, see: 1) Januarys Science Daily story on extinction rates and plant biodiversity in California (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130109105928.htm); 2) last Aprils article in Nature presenting evidence that agriculture spread from the Near East to Scandinavia (http://www.nature.com/news/ancientswedish-farmer-came-from-the-mediterranean-1.10541); 3) and this BBC article on tea culture around the world: 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 article provides a brief summary of the content and an explanation of how it relates to Green World course content describes what you found interesting about the article

Posting dates for article summaries are as follows: First: post between Monday, June 17 and Thursday, June 28 Second: 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 through the 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 already forming. 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 the stamens shedding pollen? Is it being visited by insect pollinators? Are the petals starting to fall as flowering 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 be made at least three times per week throughout the course. Make sure each photograph or sketch corresponds 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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will include the following: common and scientific name of the plant, plant family, geographic range of the species, location of the individual plant you have been tracking, why you chose the plant you did, interesting natural history or cultural notes about the species (brief), and a series of images of your plant. The presentation can be a power point presentation or you can display a few of your photos or sketches and use them to illustrate your talk. You will hand in your journal and photos or sketches and send your presentation to me as an e-mail attachment. Need ideas? Some of the flowering plants that you can look for include basswood (a tree), clovers and vetches, wild strawberry, and white campion. Cultivated (garden) plants blooming around this time of year include certain lilies, clematis, delphinium, foxglove, tomatoes, and sweet pea. The gardens planted around Jeffords Hall may contain just the plant you need!

Grading

Your final grade will be calculated as follows: Hourly exams (15% each) ---------------- 30% Final exam ---------------------------------- 25% Quizzes -------------------------------------- 15% Pre-Lecture Homework Assignments ----- 5% Blog Posts ------------------------------------- 5% Project -----------------------------------------10% Attendance, participation ------------------ 10% Academic Integrity Academic integrity is expected of all UVM students. The University of Vermont has a strict policy concerning academic integrity; violations of this policy will not be tolerated. Consequences for violation range from a zero on the test or assignment to expulsion from the University. The UVM policy on academic integrity can be found at: http://www.uvm.edu/~cses/?Page=ah.html&SM=ahmenu.html Course Etiquette Please adhere to the following guidelines: Arrive on time Turn off your cell phone before you enter the lab Text messaging during class is not allowed except on breaks
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Thank you for your participation! Cathy Paris

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