SRJC Course Outlines

6/17/2024 12:21:11 AMBOTANY 10 Course Outline as of Spring 2022

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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 Scheduled3.008 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
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Catalog Description:
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A general education course in plant biology emphasizing the structure and function of plants. Includes genetics, ecology, evolution, reproduction, and diversity of plant life forms.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

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

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: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Apply the scientific method and lab skills to the investigation and evaluation of biological phenomenon.
2. Synthesize knowledge of evolutionary mechanisms, trends, and history with patterns of biodiversity.
3. Integrate basic principles of cellular processes, anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, and evolution as they apply to plant systems.
4. Explain connections between humans, plants, and local and global environmental issues.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should 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 human
      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 cellular respiration, water relations,
      transport, nutrition, photosynthesis, growth and development.
6.   Explain the basis of plant inheritance, including Mendelian, chromosomal and molecular
7.   Describe processes of microevolution and macroevolution, including speciation and major
      trends in plant evolution
8.   Compare and contrast the morphology and phylogenetic relationships of 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
    D. The importance of studying Botany
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. Soil 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 microevolution and macroevolution
    E. Major phylogenetic patterns
VI. Plant Diversity
    A. Algae
    B. Bryophytes
    C. Seedless vascular plants
    D. Seed plants
VII. Plant Ecology
    A. Economic and ecological relevance of plants to humans
    B. Plant biodiversity and conservation
All topics above will be covered in both lecture and lab.

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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Assigned readings, approximately 20 - 40 pages weekly
2. Three to six page research paper (0 - 1)
3. Quizzes (2 - 10)
4. Exams (2 - 4)
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Lab reports (1 - 8)
2. Lab practical exams (1 - 3)

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
0 - 20%
Research paper
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because this course includes essay exams that fulfil the writing component of the course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 40%
Lab report(s) and lab practical(s)
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%
Quizzes and exams
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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Stern's Introductory Plant Biology. 14th ed. Bidlack, James and Jansky, Shelley and Stern, Kingsley. McGraw-Hill Education. 2017
Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology. 6th ed. Mauseth, James. Jones & Bartlett Publishers. 2016
Instructor prepared lab manual
Instructor prepared materials

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