Viewing: PB 220 : Local Flora

Last approved: Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:01:38 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:01:38 GMT

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Change Type
Major
PB (Plant Biology)
220
002018
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Local Flora
Local Flora
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Plant Biology (11PB)
26.0301
Botany/Plant Biology.
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture and Lab4
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Alexander Krings
Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture and Lab3618YesNone.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: BIO 105 or BIO 181 or PB 200
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
11PBBSPlant BiologyElective
15FWSCIBSFisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation BiologyElective
15FORMTBSForest ManagementElective
15NATREBSNatural ResourcesElective
17BIOBABiological Sciences (BA)Elective
17BIOSCBSBiological Sciences (BS)Elective
Structural terminology of vascular plants, field identification of plant species by sight and using taxonomic keys, description of natural community types, including their soil and topographic features. Two Saturday field trips required.

Catalog Description: Slight changes are being made to the catalog description so that is more accurately describes the course content.


Contact Hours: The contact hours previously listed for this course was 2 hours of lecture. The department believes that the omission of the lab/field contact hours is an electronic error. Since this course is a combination of lecture and lab components that are interweaved in one 4-hour weekly class meeting, the contact hours have been revised to 4 total hours of lecture/lab combination. The instructor and department have accounted for specific time spent on each component (lecture and lab) to verify that the course merits 3 credit hours using the university's contact/credit hour guidelines.


Prerequisites: The prerequisites are being updated to reflect current introductory biology offerings. BIO 125 is no longer taught. Jane Lubischer in Biological Sciences was contacted about this change and stated that the changes are fine/no concerns.


Scheduling: The course has been moved from the spring semester to fall. Multiple curricula in the College of Natural Resources have PB 220 on electives lists. The coordinators of those curricula were contacted about this change in spring 2015 ahead of the first fall offering in fall 2015. There was no objection to the shift in semester scheduling.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Natural Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

(1) Explain the floral and vegetative morphology of species in dominant plant families in North Carolina using domain specific terminology.

(2) Recognize in the field, and explain characteristics of, common species and the natural community types in which they occur.
 
 
Outcome 1, as identified above, will be assessed formally through an in-class exam, as well informally through repeated prompting and discussion in the field, as new species are introduced. Questions on the exam will ask students to (1) match the correct terminology to illustrations or photos of the respective plant part and/or (2) fill in the correct terminology in blanks associated with illustrations, photos of the respective plant part, or samples of plants.

Outcome 2, as identified above, will be assessed through field quizzes in which students will be tasked to apply their knowledge of species-associated plant morphology to make decisions regarding the identity of unknown plants.
 
 
Upon completing this course, students will be able to key species in the locally dominant plant families to the rank of genus and species using technical dichotomous keys.
 
 
Objective 2, as identified above, will be assessed formally through an in-class exam, as well as select field quizzes, for which students will be presented individuals of species they have not previously learned and tasked to apply their knowledge of plant morphological terminology to accurately arrive at a genus or species-level determination (as requested) using technical, taxonomic keys.
Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
N/A
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
N/A
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
N/A
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
N/A
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Syllabus attached.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
Syllabus attached.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
Syllabus attached.
Plant and Microbial Biology has allocated resources to operate this course.
This course is part of the faculty member's regular teaching load.

The goals of this course are to introduce students to (1) the local flora and its significance and relationship to regional and larger scale patterns of plant diversity, (2) basic vascular plant architecture and associated structural terminology useful in recognizing species, and (3) common local species and the natural communities in which they occur.  Two Saturday field trips are required.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:


1. Explain general patterns of plant diversity, including naming global, continental, regional, and local hotspots of diversity.


2. Recognize in the field, and explain characteristics of, common species and the natural community types in which they occur.


3. List the most species rich plant families in North Carolina.


4. Explain the floral and vegetative morphology of species in dominant plant families in North Carolina using domain specific terminology.


5. Key species in the locally dominant plant families to the rank of genus and species using technical dichotomous keys.


6. Explain effects of invasive exotic plant species on native plants and recognize at least five invasive plant species common in North Carolina.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Homework15%There will be nine homework assignments throughout the semester.
Project20%Each student is required to complete a sketch journal treating 40 specimens.
Midterm20%Includes questions about lecture, lab, and readings and may be administered indoors, outdoors, or a combination of both.
Final Exam30%Comprehensive, and structured similar to the midterm exam.
Attendance15%Participation in two required Saturday field trips.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
N/A - Syllabus attachedN/AN/A

lamarcus (Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:58:41 GMT): Rollback: LAMARCUS: Please update the components for this course to reflect the three credit hours per e-mail as a major action and include your syllabus. Thanks!
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