SRJC Course Outlines

12/8/2021 8:45:23 AMBOTANY 64 Course Outline as of Fall 2005

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  BOTANY 64Title:  NORTHERN SIERRA PLANTS  
Full Title:  Plants of the Northern Sierra
Last Reviewed:1/25/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled6.002 max.Lecture Scheduled12.00
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled01 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR28.00 Contact DHR56.00
 Contact Total34.00 Contact Total68.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  24.00Total Student Learning Hours: 92.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  39 - Total 2 Times
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  BIO 81.15

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to the plants and plant communities of the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe, emphasizing the taxonomy and ecology of the ferns, conifers and flowering plants. Students repeating the course will be required to do a field project.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Introduction to the plants and plant communities of the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe, emphasizing the taxonomy and ecology of the ferns, conifers and flowering plants. Students repeating this course will be required to do a field project.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:39 - Total 2 Times

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1989Inactive:Summer 2011
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify the major plant indicator species within the habitats studied.
2. Explain the basic plant characteristics useful in plant identification.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the use of plant identification resources,
including dichotomous keys. Compare and contrast these various resources.
4. Explain the major ecological factors affecting the distribution of
plant species and their association into plant communities.
5. Differentiate the major vegetation characteristics of the principle
plant communities of the Northern Sierra.
NOTE: items # 4 and 5 are the primary basis for a research paper. The
student will select, research, and write a 4-6 page paper on a specific
topic in these areas.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of how to develop an appropriate record of field
activities (field journal).
7. For repeating students, develop and perform a field project while in
the Northern Sierra relating to the flora of the region.

Topics and Scope
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1. Overview of the geology, soils, climate, and physiography of the Sierra
Nevada.
2. Survey of the principle plant life forms common to the Sierra Nevada.
3. Taxonomy of the major plant species characteristic of the Northern
Sierran communities.
4. Correlation of ecological factors with major Northern Sierran
vegetation types.
5. Biological characteristics of the indicator plant species.
6. Identification of vascular plant species using manuals and other
resources.
7. Develop and submit for evaluation an appropriate record of field
activities (field journal).
8. Repeating student must also do a field project relating to the flora
and/or the ecology of the region.

Assignments:
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1. Maintain field journal
2. Ecology or vegetation paper.
3. Demonstrate the use of the dichotomous key (Weeden, "A Sierra Nevada
Flora").
4. Repeating students submit a written report on their field project.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 60%
Term papers, Field journal. Project report for repeat students.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 30%
Use of dichotomous key & other plant ID resources.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
None
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%
Attendance and participation.


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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"A Sierra Nevada Flora": Weeden, Wilderness Press, 1996
"Plants of the Tahoe Basin": Graf, CNPS Press, 1999

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