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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Natural Sciences • Biological Sciences

General Botany BIOL-203

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 01
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/23/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Michael Kelly

DO NOT contact me through Blackboard - please use [email protected]

Meeting Times

Lecture - MWF 12pm-12:50pm in MHS 125

Lab - W 8am-10:50am in MHS 219


BIOL 203 is an introduction to the plant kingdom starting with the bluegreen algae or cyanobacteria and progressing in an evolutionary fashion through gymnosperms and angiosperms. When possible, each group is related to the higher plants. The course is designed for individuals pursuing a degree in biology, botany, agriculture, or forestry, and for others interested in a survey of the plant kingdom. BIOL 203 satisfies a lab science course requirement for the A.S., A.A., and A.A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: BIOL 100 or BIOL 115


Biology of Plants, Seventh Edition, Raven, Evert, Eichhorn, Publisher: W.H. Freeman & Co, ISBN: 0-7167-1007-2.  2005

Recommended – 3-ring binder for supplied lecture notes


Course Outcomes - Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Use the basic vocabulary and concepts as it relates to a general survey of the plant kingdom.
  2. Explain the basics of the relationships of the specific representative plant groups in following an evolutionary sequence in studying the plant kingdom.
  3. Use the scientific method to investigate biological phenomena and unique features of specific, representative plant groups as they relate/contribute to the evolution of the plant kingdom.

General Education Abilities emphasized in this course - 1)  Communication, 2) Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving, 3) Information Literacy

Outcomes and abilities are measured by any of the following:  Lecture exams, application in lab exercises, graded lab exercise.


 - Lecture:

            There will be frequent tests (usually every 2 weeks) throughout the semester and a cumulative final exam.  Your lowest test grade will be dropped before final grades are submitted (The final exam cannot be dropped).  There are no make-up exams.  Tests will be based on material covered in lecture, material from the book, and material covered in lab. 

The textbook will occasionally be referenced during lectures, although you are not required to bring it to lecture.  I use both the textbook and other sources for my lecture material – you must attend lecture to be exposed to all testable material.

  - Lab:

            You will maintain a lab notebook with drawings and descriptions of representative lab specimens.  It is important that you are thorough in your observations and recording of information regarding lab specimens because there will be two detailed lab practicals worth 50 points each – you will use your lab notebook to help you answer the questions on these tests.  You must bring your textbook to lab (starting the 3rd week of lab).

            Laboratory attendance is mandatory.  You may only have up to three unexcused absences from lab.  Four or more unexcused absences will result in failure of the course.


- Points Breakdown:


6 Lecture tests @ 50 pts. each                                   

= 300

1 Lecture final @ 150 pts.                                            

= 150

2 Lab practicals @ 50 pts.                                       

= 100


= 550


Final grade scale:

A = 92.5 ->

A- = 89.5 – 92.4

B+ = 87.5 – 89.4

B = 82.5 – 87.4

B- = 79.5 – 82.4

C+ = 77.5 – 79.4

C = 69.5 – 77.4

D+ = 67.5 – 69.4

D = 62.5 – 67.4

D- = 59.5 – 62.4

F = <59.5


Course Policies


Date     (Fall 2012)       Tentative Schedule of Topics / Activities        


Week 1

8/27                             Class Introduction                                           

8/29                             Lab 1 – Microscope and Cell Review

8/29                             Botany overview

8/31                             Cyanobacteria – Ch 13


Week 2

9/3                               Labor Day – No Class

9/5                               Lab 2 – Protista: Mini Field Trip - Campus Collection

9/5                               Cyanobacteria cont.

9/7                               Cyanobacteria cont.


Week 3

9/10                             Cyanobacteria cont.

9/12                             Test 1 – @ 12pm  (over lect/lab from weeks 1 + 2)

9/12                             Lab 3 – Cyanobacteria

9/14                             Protista – Ch 15          


Week 4

9/17                             Protista cont. (Ch 15)

9/19                             Lab 4 – Protista:  “Micro-Algaes”

9/19                             Protista cont.

9/21                             Protista cont.


Week 5

9/24                             Protista cont. (Ch 15)              

9/26                             Lab 5 – Protista:  “Macro-Algaes”

9/26                             Protista cont.

9/28                             Protista cont.   


Week 6

10/1                             Test 2 (over weeks 3 + 4 + 5)

10/3                             Lab 6 – Tubbs Hill field trip

10/3                             Fungi and Lichen – Ch 14

10/5                             Fungi and Lichen cont.


Week 7                                   

10/8                             Fungi and Lichen cont. (Ch 14)

10/10                           Lab 7 – Fungi and Lichen

10/10                           Fungi and Lichen cont.

10/12                           Fungi and Lichen cont.


Week 8

10/15                           Test 3 (over weeks 6 + 7)

10/17                           Lab 8 – Lab Practical #1

10/17                           Plantae: Bryophytes – Ch 16

10/19                           Bryophytes cont.


Week 9

10/22                           Bryophytes cont.

10/24                           Lab 9 – Plantae: Bryophytes

10/24                           Plantae: Seedless Vascular Plants – Ch 17

10/26                           Seedless Vasculars cont.


Week 10

10/29                           Test 4 (over weeks 8 + 9)

10/31                           Lab 10 – Plantae: Seedless Vasculars

10/31                           Plantae: Gymnosperms – Ch 18

11/2                             Gymnosperms cont.


Week 11

11/5                             Gymnosperms cont.

11/7                             Lab 11 – Plantae: Gymnosperms

11/7                             Plantae: Angiosperms – Ch 19

11/9                             Angiosperms cont.


Week 12

11/12                           Test 5 (over weeks 10 + 11) + Last Day to Withdraw

11/14                           Lab 12 – Plantae: Angiosperms

11/14                           Plantae: Photosynthesis (w/ Respiration) – Ch 6 + 7

11/16                           Photosynthesis cont.


Week 13

11/19                           Photosynthesis cont.

11/21                           Thanksgiving Holiday – Campus Closed

11/21                           Thanksgiving Holiday – Campus Closed

11/23                           Thanksgiving Holiday – Campus Closed


Week 14

11/26                           Plantae: Plant Hormones – Ch 27

11/28                           Lab 13 – Plantae: Roots and Shoots, Article discussion

11/28                           Plant Hormones cont.

11/30                           Test 6 (over weeks 12 + 13 +14)


Week 15

12/3                             Plantae: Roots and Shoots – Ch 24 + 25

12/5                             Lab 14 – Lab Practical #2

12/5                             Roots and Shoots cont.

12/7                             Roots and Shoots cont.


Week 16

12/10                           Botany and Bioengineering – Ch 8 + 10

12/12                           Lab 15 – TBA

12/12                           Test 7 (over weeks 15 + 16)



Week 17 – Finals (December 13-16)

12/17-20                      Cumulative Final Exam – Date/Time TBA

Additional Items

Division Policies

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities.  Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information.  For a complete explanation of the NIC Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity, please refer to Policy/Procedure 5.06.01:

Academic Integrity

I.  Disruptive behavior in the class is not tolerated. To quote from the NIC “Student Code of Conduct,” Article II, (found in the Student Handbook): In order to carry out North Idaho College’s Mission and to create a community of learners, the students, faculty, staff, and administrators must share common principles or values.  These values, which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility, make up academic integrity.
II.  Academic Dishonesty.  Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College.  These violations include the following:

  1. Cheating - Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
  2. Fabrication - Falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  3. Plagiarism - Knowingly representing the words, ideas or work of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
  4. Violation of Intellectural Property - Stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources, materials, or official documents of the college.
  5. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty - Knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Our department strongly endorses the above code, believing that no learning can take place if a strong commitment to academic integrity is compromised.  Any unethical behavior, including any violation of academic integrity or instance of plagiarism, may result in a grade of zero for an assignment in question or failure of the course.

Institutional Policies

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.