Syllabus and Schedule
Biology 332: Botany: Lecture and Laboratory (4 credits)
Section 1, Monday 4:00-4:50PM, Wednesday: 4:00-4:50, 5:30-7:30PM
Hall Memorial Building (HMB), Room W-311
Faculty Member: Dr. Jorge A. Santiago-Blay Office: E-300E Hall Memorial Building (HMB)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (202)651-5483 (voice)
Web Pages: http://www.brill.nl/tar, http://paleobiology.si.edu/staff/individuals/santiagoblay.html,
Office hours and communicating with the faculty member
Mondays 1-3PM and Wednesdays 11AM to 1PM, or by appointment. Note, some
Wednesdays I may not be available due to Biology Department meeting.
However, the best way to reach me is via e-mail. You should make it a habit of logging into
your Gallaudet University email to communicate with me and to set up appointments. If you
experience difficulties with this course, it is your responsibility to contact me (e.g. email, call,
and/or visit during office hours) for assistance. You are responsible to check your Gallaudet
If you cannot get a hold of me, please feel free to leave a message with Miss Simone D.
Peebles (Administrative Secretary, Biology Department). Typically, Miss Peebles can be reached
during typical working hours (8:00AM-4:30PM); her phone number is (202)651-5395 (V/TDD).
Biology 332 (Botany) is a survey course on general principles of morphology, physiology,
and taxonomy of plants, with special reference to their economic importance, genetics, and
ecology. Learning in these areas will be supported by lecture and laboratory experiences.
What will you learn from this course? The following is a list of broad educational outcomes
for this course. If you pass this course, you should be able to do all of them. You will be tested
on these outcomes; other outcomes will be measured through assignments.
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Departmental/Course Objective Gallaudet’s University
1. Demonstrate knowledge of current theories of Knowledge & Inquiry 4.1, 4.2
biology and concepts basic to biology
● Students will integrate the biological principles applicable
in each experiment
● Students will apply the scientific method in laboratory
2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills Critical Thinking 2.1, 2.3, 2.5
● Students will interpret correctly the experiments
performed in class
3. Demonstrate information literacy and research skills Knowledge & Inquiry 4.4
● Students will use computer software to graph and analyze
4. Demonstrate experimental research methods Knowledge & Inquiry 4.1, 4.4
● Students will use the scientific method and
● Students will safely and appropriately use basic laboratory
5. Demonstrate effective communication with varied Language & Communication
audiences 1.2, 1.4
● Students will write clearly, well planned laboratory
reports that address and answer biological questions
6. Demonstrate preparation for future career and Identity & Culture 3.5
educational goals Ethics & Social Responsibility
● Students will be punctual, hard workers, as well as behave 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7
professionally and with integrity
● Students will participate in active learning and will
maximize their learning in laboratory
● Students will assist their classmates whenever possible.
● Students will not use pagers, cell phones, iPods or other
such devices during laboratory.
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Required and Optional Materials
1. Biology of Plants by Raven, Evert, and Eichhorn (7th Edition)
This is a great web site: http://bcs.whfreeman.com/raven7e/
2. Laboratory Topics in Botany by Evert, Eichhorn, and Perry to
accompany Biology of Plants by Raven, Evert, and Eichhorn (7th Edition)
Optional but very useful:
A Photographic Atlas for the Botany Laboratory
by Van De Graaff, Rushforth, and Crawley
All available at the bookstore.
Access to my.gallaudet.edu and a Gallaudet University e-mail account. If
you do not use Gallaudet e-mail, set your Gallaudet account to forward to
the account that you do read. It is your responsibility to
A calculator, pen or pencil, and notebook.
Grades will be calculated as shown below. Extra credit assignments will not be given to
improve course averages.
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Questions at the end of 29 out of the 32 chapters A
Weekly Laboratory Reports B+
Collective Book Review B
Final Exam: A PowerPoint presentation “Gallaudet C+
University Botanical Walk” 79-7
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1. Questions at the end of 29 out of the 32 chapters
Answer the odd number questions (1, 3, 5 …) located at the end of 29 out of the 32 chapters
in the lecture textbook. You choose which 29 chapters you want to do and are also welcome to
learn more and earn extra points by answering the odd questions in the additional 3 chapters. To
encourage you to come to class prepared, you must turn in this homework (hard copy or
electronic, I prefer electronic) before class, the day when the chapter(s) are going to be
discussed. Failure to turn these homework on time, will earn you a zero for that chapter. Each
chapter is worth 1%. This represents 29% of the semester grade.
2. Weekly Laboratory Reports
During every class day, we will have the opportunity to practice many of the concepts we
discuss in lecture. As a way to review what we have done, you must turn in a short (2-3 pages
long, typed) report on the laboratory exercises we do weekly. This short report is due the
following Monday. Failure to turn these homework (hard copy or electronic, I prefer electronic),
will earn you a zero for that week. Each Monday is worth 1% (approximately) and Wednesday is
worth 3% (approximately), for a weekly total of 4% (approximately). This represents 55%
(approximately, we will not meet some days) of the semester grade.
The laboratory book has many exercises, organized in “Topics”, and we I hope to supplement
those exercises with others of my own choice. Of course, you are welcome to suggest exercises
of your own and get as much as possible out of this course.
3. Collective Book Review
The class will write a collective review of a recently-published book for possible publication
in a scholarly journal. This experience will teach you about the publication process in scholarly
journals. Each student will select several chapters from a book I have chosen to review and write
a summary of each chapter. When we have all the chapters turn in, we will distribute them for
critique and further revisions. Finally, the class will write a letter to the editor of the journal and
submit the book review for publication. Although uncommon for book reviews, in this case, the
editor will forward your work to the author(s) of the book for one final round of review. Failure
to turn the different portions of this homework (hard copy or electronic, I prefer electronic), will
earn you a zero for that portion of the homework. The book review represents 10% of the
4. Final Exam: A PowerPoint presentation “Gallaudet University Botanical Walk”
Prepare a proposal for a Botanical Garden Walk at Gallaudet University. Please, feel free to
consult the resources in these two links (http://www.sciencecases.org/garden/garden.asp,
http://www.sciencecases.org/garden/garden_notes.asp). Additional materials will be provided
during the semester. As this is an opportunity to integrate the materials learned during the entire
semester, this will constitute your final exam. Failure to present this homework orally and turn in
a copy of this homework (hard copy or electronic, I prefer electronic) on time, will earn you a
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zero for that portion of the homework. The PowerPoint presentation if is worth 10% of your
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You are allowed one unexcused absence without penalty. After one absence, each subsequent
absence will cost you five percent off your final grade. If you are late, you will be assessed a
half-absence. Likewise, if you leave early, you will be assessed a half-absence. If you miss
more than thirty minutes of class, you will be assessed a full absence.
2. Due Dates – applicable only for the Weekly Laboratory Reports and the Book Collective
Hard copy or electronic (I prefer electronic) copies of homework must be turn in to the
instructor at the beginning of class on the day they are due. Assignments become late
immediately after the beginning of class. Late assignments will be penalized 20% (except for
Questions at the end of 29 out of the 32 chapters, and Final Exam: A PowerPoint
presentation “Gallaudet University Botanical Walk”, which will receive a zero) and may be
accepted for up to one week after the original due date, with the exception that no assignments
will be accepted after the last regular day of class.
3. Missing Classes or Exams Due to Conflict or Emergency
You are expected to attend all classes, turn in all assignments on time, and take all exams on
time. The only exceptions are for documented emergencies or official conflicts. In all cases, if
you miss a class, assignment or exam, you are responsible for contacting the instructor and
requesting special arrangements. Emergencies are extreme circumstances generally limited to
hospitalization, death in the family or subpoena. Routine medical appointments are not
considered an emergency. Official conflicts include academic commitments or commitments to
other classes such as field trips. Appointments with academic advisors or other instructors are
not considered official conflicts.
In all situations, if you missed or will miss a class, assignment, or exam, you are responsible
for contacting the instructor and asking for special arrangements. For emergencies, you need to
provide documentation. For official conflicts, you need to provide documentation and to ask for
arrangements ahead of time.
Any special arrangements need to be documented in writing, for your protection. Upon your
request, the instructor will e-mail you a description of these arrangements.
4. Special Needs
If you are a client of OSWD, see your instructor during the first two weeks of the semester so
that your needs may be met.
5. Academic Integrity
The Gallaudet University Academic Integrity Policy, found in the catalog or online (http://
describes what types of practices are unethical and what action may be taken against the student
and what a student’s rights are if a student engages in unethical practices. For your own
protection, you are responsible for reading and understanding the full policy. Consequences
for academic dishonesty may range from receiving a failing grade for the assignment up to
dismissal from the university. For this course, you will work independently on all assignments
unless you have the explicit permission of your instructors.
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The course and exam schedule and assignment due dates initially set forth are subject to
reasonable change by the instructor at any time. These changes may be announced during class
session. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of any such information that may be
announced. The instructor reserves the right to remove a student from the laboratory if the
student appears to be disruptive or to have come to lab unprepared.
Week Dates Lecture chapters from REE Laboratory Topics from EEP
1 Jan. 23 1 and 21 1, 2, 31
2 Jan. 28, 30 31, 32
We do not (www.whfreeman.com/raven) See homework below.
meet this week. See homework below.
By Monday, 4 February 2008, turn in the following homework:
1) Chapter questions for weeks 1, 21, 31, 32, and 11.
2) Lab report for week 1; and
3) First draft of your first 3-4 Book Review chapters.
3 Feb. 4, 6 11 and 12 31
4 Feb. 11, 13 2, 3, and 4 1, 4, 6, and 11
5 Feb. 18, 20 13 and 15 11, 13, and 14
6 Feb. 25, 27 5, 6, and 7 7 and 8
7 Mar. 3, 5 8, 9 5, 9, and 10
8 Mar. 10,12 10
Mar. 17-21 SPRING BREAK
9 Mar. 24, 26 23, 24, 25, and 26 3, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26
10 Mar. 31, Apr. 2 27, 28, 29, and 30 27, 28, 29, and 30
11 Apr. 7, 9 16, 17 15, 16
12 Apr. 14,16 18, 19 17, 18, and 19
13 Apr. 21, 23 20 18
14 Apr. 28, 30 14 12
TBA Final Exam: A PowerPoint presentation
“Gallaudet University Botanical Walk”
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