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COURSE NUMBER:BIOL 340
COURSE TITLE:Plant Diversity
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:Dr Vern Peters
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: A study of all the major plant groups. Representative organism of each group will be examined in terms of their anatomy, morphology, and life cyle. Classification and adaptation will receive special attention.

Students with credit in BIOL 261 cannot receive credit in BIOL 340

Prerequisites: BIOL 210, 211
REQUIRED TEXTS AND OTHER RESOURCES:
  • Required Texts:
    • Johnson et al 1995, 2009. Plants of the Western Forest: Boreal & Aspen Parkland. Lone Pine Press.
    • Judd, W.S., C.S. Campbell, E.A. Kellogg, and P.F. Stevens. 2007. Plant Systematics. 3rd ed. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Mass.
  • Recommended Texts:
    • Moss, E.H. 1983. Flora of Alberta. 2nd ed. revised by J.G. Packer. University of Toronto Press.
  • Other Excellent Resources:
    • Stone, C. and D. Lawrence. 2000. Northern Range Plants. Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. 206 pages. Order through Alberta Agriculture Home Study Program.
    • Eyewitness Visual Dictionary. 1992. The Visual Dictionary of Plants. Stoddart, Toronto.
  • Other Required Items:
    • Hand lens (available in the TKUC bookstore)
    • Field notebook (available in stationery stores). It should be small enough to fit in a pocket and must be bound.
    • Work gloves for handling spiny plants
    • A small trowel or shovel is helpful if you have one
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Midterm 1 exam10%
Quizz5%
Class Presentation10%
Final Exam 25%
Lab Exam I10%
Lab Exam II25%
Plant Collection15%
Total100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES AND CONDUCT:
  • Develop an appreciation of plant classification systems, classification theories and techniques
  • Study the morphology, adaptations, ecology, and uses (ethnobotanical) of major plant groups including:
    • Mosses
    • Seedless plants (ferns etc.)
    • Gymnosperms
    • Monocots
    • Dicots
  • Develop plant identification skills through the use of keys
  • Learn the techniques of herbarium specimen preparation
  • Field trips will introduce the student to the major plant associations of central Alberta
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Course Introduction. What is a plant?  Plant Collecting techniques - handout
  • Plant morphology – vegetative
  • Plant morphology – flowers, fruits and seeds
  • Historical background to plant taxonomy
  • Plant evolution and classification techniques
  • Plant biochemical characteristics
  • Plant molecular systematics
  • Green Algae, Hornworts, Liverworts and Mosses
  • Lycophytes, fern allies, ferns
  • Overview of the Seed Plants
  • Gymnosperms: cycads, gingko, Gnetales,  conifers
  • Basal Angiosperms: Amborellaceae, Nymphaceae, Austrobaileyales Magnoliids review
  • Monocots: Alismales (Araceae), Liliales (Liliaceae), Asparagales (Orchidaceae)
  • Monocots: Arecales (palms), Poales (grasses),
  • Ranunculales (buttercup) Caryophyllales (Cactaceae), Polygonales (Droseraceae)
  • Polygonales (Polygonaceae), Saxifragales (Saxifragaceae), Malphigiales (Euphorbiaceae
  • Rosales (Rosaceae), Fagales (Betulaceae)
  • Myrtales, Brassicales (mustards), Malvales (dipterocarps)
  • Asterales (asters, lobelia)
  • Cornales (hydrangea, dogwoods), Ericales (tea, heathers)
  • Solanales (morning glory, borage, tomato), Gentianales (coffee)
  • Lamiales (olives, snapdragons, figworts, mints)
  • Aquifoliales (holly), Apiales (carrot), Dipscales (honeysuckle)
  • Sapindales (citrus, mahogany, frankincense, soapberry)
  • Floristic regions of the world
  • Review of green plant phylogeny
LAB OUTLINE:
  • 11 Sept Field trip - Grassland - Gibbons
  • 18 Sept Field trip – Ft. Saskatchewan/Whitemud - Riparian
  • 25 Sept Field trip – Jack Pine Esker
  • 02 Oct Field trip – Black Spruce Peatland
  • 04 Oct Lab Exam – S209 – 8 AM (during lecture slot)
  • 09 Oct Thanksgiving – no lab
  • 16 Oct Identify and mount specimens – ID herbs –
  • 23 Oct Identify and mount specimens – ID grasses – Submit 5 plants
  • 30 Oct Identify and mount specimens – ID mosses
  • 06 Nov Remembrance Day – no lab
  • 13 Nov Identify remaining specimens
  • 20 Nov Lab exam Review, finish mounting
  • 27 Nov Entire plant collection due
  • 04 Dec Lab exam II 


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