SRJC Course Outlines

3/31/2023 7:11:42 PMBOTANY 10 Course Outline as of Fall 2008

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BOTANY 10Title:  PLANT BIOLOGY  
Full Title:  Plant Biology
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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A general education course in plant biology emphasizing the structure and function of seed plants. Includes genetics, ecology, evolution, reproduction and diversity of plant life forms.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
A general education course in plant biology emphasizing the structure and function of seed plants. Includes genetics, ecology, evolution, reproduction and diversity of plant life forms.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5BBiological SciencesFall 1981
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Outline the history of plant science.
2. Explain the methods of scientific investigation.
3. Categorize and explain the multiple factors associated with plant
ecology, especially man's impact on natural landscapes.
4. Examine plant morphology and anatomy, including cell structure and
function, vegetative and reproductive morphology, major tissue systems and
anatomy of roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.
5. Describe plant physiological mechanisms, including metabolism, water
relations, transport, nutrition, photosynthesis, growth and development.
6. Explain the basis of plant inheritance, including Mendelian,
chromosomal and molecular genetics.
7. Describe plant evolution and phylogeny, including variation, natural
selection, genetic drift, speciation, macroevolution and major
phylogenetic trends.
8. Compare and contrast the morphology and phylogenetic relationships of
fungi, algae, bryophytes, seedless vascular plants and seed plants.
9. Evaluate the relevance and importance of plants to human cultures.
10.Evaluate the importance of biodiversity and conservation efforts.

Topics and Scope
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I.  Botany as Science:
   A. Course introduction
   B. The methods of natural science
   C. Brief history of plant sciences
II. Plant Ecology:
   A. Environmental constraints to plant distribution
   B. Plant adaptation and evolutionary history
   C. Vegetation types and communities
   D. Ecosystem structure and function
   E. Ecological succession
   F. Ecosystem management
III.Plant Structure:
   A. Cell structure and cell division
   B. Major cell and tissue types
   C. Morphology and anatomy of roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits
      and seeds
   D. Functional morphology and adaptation
IV. Plant Physiology:
   A. Diffusion, osmosis and passive transport
   B. Plant water relations and xeric adaptations
   C. Plants and soils - mineral nutrition
   D. Plant metabolism and energetics
   E. Photosynthesis
   F. Cellular respiration
   G. Internal and external regulation of growth and development.
V.  Plant Inheritance and Evolution:
   A. Mendelian patterns of inheritance
   B. Chromosomal genetics
   C. Polyploidy in plants
   D. Mechanisms of evolution - microevolution and macroevolution
   E. Plant phylogenxy - major evolutionary patterns
VI. Plant Diversity:
   A. Fungi
   B. Algae
   C. Bryophytes
   D. Seedless vascular plants
   E. Seed plants
   A. Summary of plant relevance to humans, both economical and
   B. Plant biodiversity and conservation
   C. Why study Botany?

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1.  Read text and other assigned readings, approximately 20-40 pages
2.  Lab reports
3.  Research paper on botanical topic, 3-6 pages, may be required
4.  Quizzes; lab practical exams: completion; midterm and final exams

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
10 - 20%
Research paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Lab reports, Lab practical exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 70%
Midterm exams: objective and essay questions
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Introductory Plant Biology, 10th ed., by K. Stearn, Wm.C. Brown, 2005
Introduction to Botany, M.W. Nabors, Benjamin Cummings, 2004

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