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General Botany

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2012
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Tuesday and Thrusday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Dr. Magaly Rincon-Zachary (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Sterns Introductory Plant by Bidlack et al.
The Green Kingdom: What is a Plant?
Laboratory Exercises
Course Objectives

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

·  Recognize that Botany is the scientific study of plants

·  Describe the importance of plants in our lives

·  Describe the different disciplines within Botany and their field of study

·  Explain the role of plants in maintaining the health and functioning of ecosystems

·  Describe the general principles governing the life cycle of plants

·  Describe the structure and cellular organization of plant cells

·  Describe, in general terms, the chemical composition of plant cells

·  Explain how plant cells form specialized tissues and tissues form specialized organs

·  Describe the functions of all plant organs

·  Understand the principles of plant cell growth and differentiation

·  Understand and apply the scientific method to study growth and development of plants

·  Explain that plant diversity is the result of evolutionary processes

·  Describe adaptations of plants to different environments

·  Explain how the environment, hormones and endogenous factors (e.g., gene expression) control plant growth and development

·  Describe the structure and organization of peer-reviewed research articles

Grading Standards

Grades are based on the following scale:

90-100 A

80-89 B

70-79 C

60-69 D

< 60 F


Lecture:  The lecture portion weighs 75% of your overall grade.  The components are:

Tests:  A total of 4 tests including the final examination are administered.  Each test assesses material discussed in lecture and lab.  The average of the 4 tests weighs 20% of your lecture grade.  The final test is not comprehensive and seniors are not exempt from taking it.           


Test #



Sept. 20


Oct. 18


Nov. 15


Dec.  11, 1:00-3:00 PM


Assignments:  There will be 1-2 long assignments and several short ones throughout the semester.  Short assignments are usually done in class hence the importance to be in attendance.  The average of all assignments weighs 40% of your lecture grade.

Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments must be typed and followed the format below:  

Line spacing: 1.5

Margins: 1" all around

Font:  Times New Roman

Font size: not smaller than 10 point and not larger than 12 point

Proper English usage is required.


Quizzes: Quizzes will be administered unannounced throughout the semester.  The average of all quizzes weighs 15% of your lecture grade.


Laboratory: The laboratory weighs 25% of your overall grade.

I cannot stress strong enough the importance of reading your lab exercise before coming to the lab session. PLEASE DO!  Also, you must be punctual.  The laboratory grade will be based on quizzes, assignments and a comprehensive final laboratory quiz. Quizzes are scheduled for most lab periods. One quiz will be dropped before calculating your final grade.  There are not make up quizzes.  The lab final laboratory quiz is mandatory.

Three excused or unexcused laboratory absences will be grounds for failing the laboratory.  Consequently, your grade in the course will be F.

Final Exam 12/11/2012 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

1.  You must attend lectures and labs.

2.  You must be punctual.  The instructor calls roll everyday.  You must be in the classroom when the instructor calls your name.  Attendance is considered into your final grade as 3% is added to your final grade for perfect attendance.  A student with excessive absences may be dropped from the course (2011-2012 Student Handbook, p. 43-44).

3.  No make-up exams or quizzes will be given except in cases of authorized absences (2011-2012 Student Handbook, p. 43-44), injury, illness, or family emergency.  If the reason of your absence is a non-life threatening injury or illness or a family emergency, you must contact me without delay.  If the reason of your absence is a university activity (athletic, art, music, etc.), you must furnish a letter from the instructor indicating the reason for the absence. If you must be absent from class for a long period of time because of injury, illness, or family emergency, please contact the Dean of Students.

4.  Unexcused absences from exams or quizzes will be recorded as zero.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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