SRJC Course Outlines

2/19/2018 1:44:29 AMBOTANY 60 Course Outline as of Fall 2012

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  BOTANY 60Title:  FIELD BOTANY  
Full Title:  Field Botany
Last Reviewed:2/13/2012

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.0017 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0Total Student Learning Hours: 0 

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: 
Formerly:  BOTANY 30A

Catalog Description:
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Survey of the vegetation and flora of Northern California. Includes the identification and ecology of species that are representative of local plant communities. Field trips required.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Survey of the vegetation and flora of Northern California. Includes the identification and ecology of species that are representative of local plant communities. Field trips required.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive: 
 Area:C
Natural Sciences
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981
 B3Laboratory Activity  
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
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 Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1) Utilize vegetative and reproductive morphology to identify plants based on their taxonomic groupings.
2) Synthesize knowledge of evolution, ecology, and natural history with distribution of local flora and vegetation types.
3) Apply knowledge of flora and vegetation types towards an understanding of local and regional  environmental issues.

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Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Use principles of plant classification.
2. Describe basic vegetative and reproductive morphology of seed plants,
including associated vocabulary.
3. Evaluate the environmental factors influencing plant distribution.
4. Describe the physiography and climate of California.
5. Describe the geological history, evolution and adaptation of the
California flora and vegetation.
6. Examine the principles of ecological succession.
7. Identify the major vegetation types (communities) of California,
including the ecology and taxonomy of the dominant component species.
8. Recoginize major plant families represented in the California flora.
9. Demonstrate methods of vegetation classification, plant identification
and vegetative survey assessment.

Topics and Scope
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Topics and Scope:
I. Introduction
  A. Scientific inquiry and the scientific method
  B. Influence of this discipline on world civilizations
  C. Plant diversity and classification
II. Plant biology
  A. Basic vegetative morphology of seed plants
  B. Reproductive biology and adaptations of seed plants
  C. Plant ecology: distribution and evolution
III. California ecology
  A. California environment: physiography, climate, geology
  B. Factors influencing plant distribution in California
     1. Environmental tolerances
     2. Evolutionary history
  C. Major evolutionary trends in California flora and vegetation
  D. Development of current vegetation patterns: role of ecological
   succession
  E. Major Northern California vegetation types
     1. Coastal grasslands and scrublands
     2. Coastal forests
     3. Woodlands
     4. Chaparral
     5. Riparian and wetland
      6. Montane
IV. California flora
  A. Principal families of the California flora
  B. Identification of dominant species of perennials and wildflowers
     1. Sonoma County
     2. The North Bay
V. Major methods of floristic study
  A. Floristic and vegetational analysis
  B. Plant identification
     1. Herbaria
     2. Dichotomous keys
VI. Laboratory Exercises
  A. Plant identification
  B. Plant collection
  C. Field survey

Assignments:
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1. Read text and other assigned reading, approximately 20 pages per week
2. Response papers (2): summaries and analysis of assigned readings, 3-4
pages each
3. Prepare plant collection
4. Plant identification practical
5. Conduct field survey and analysis
6. Assessment: quizzes (3); midterm and final exam with objective and
essay questions

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 - 30%
Response papers
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
30 - 40%
Field work, plant collection, plant identification practical
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Multiple choice, completion, written response, essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks:
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California's Changing Landscapes: Diversity And Conservation Of California Vegetation, Barbour, M. et al, 1993, CNPS (Classic)
Plants Of The San Francisco Bay Region, Beidleman, L. and Kozloff, E., 2003, UC Press.(revised edition) (Classic)
Introduction To California Plant Life, Ornduff, R. et al., revised edition 2003, UC Press  (Classic)
California Plant Families: West Of The Sierran Crest And Deserts, Keator, G, 2009, UC Press

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