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Plant Anatomy

Course Details

Course Number
Biol 4463
Section Number
Biol 4463
Fall 2013
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

WF 2:00-4:20 PM

Dr. Magaly Rincon-Zachary (view Profile)


Esau's Plant Anatomy
Ray. F. Evert. Meristems, Cells, and Tisuues of the Plant Body
Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able:

1.  To describe the ultrastructure of plant cells.

2.  To identify the different plant cell organelles

3.  To use common histochemical techniques to distinguish plant cell types and tissues.

4.  To identify tissues and organs in plants.

5.  To discern tissue and organ organization and function.

6.  To identify different organ modifications.

7.  To associate anatomical adaptations with the environment in which plants live.

Course Expectations

Biol 1544, 3054

Grading Standards

Grades are based on the traditional scale as follows:

90-100 A

80-89 B

70-79 C

60-69 D

< 60 F

Final Exam 12/03/2011 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Submission Format Policy

Laboratory observation sketches are drawn on white paper, clearly identified and with proper labels.  They must be kept in a 3-ring binder and handed in on test dates.

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.
Late Paper Policy

Laboratory observation sketches are handed in on test dates unless the student has a compelling reason such as an injury, illness, or family emergency and informs the instructor of the situation in a timely manner (not later than 24 hours).

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

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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

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Attendance Requirements

1.  Students must attend lectures and labs.

2.  Students must be punctual.  Instructor calls roll everyday.  Students must be in the classroom when the instructor calls their names. 

3.  A student with excessive absences may be dropped from the course (2012-2013 Student Handbook, p.43-44).  It is my view that three absences during the semester are excessive.

4.  No make-up exams will be given except in cases of authorized absences injury, illness, or family emergency

Other Policies

Cell Phone Etiquette

I personally consider answering a cell phone and text messaging in class or leaving the classroom to answer a call very impolite. Students who answer their cell phone and/or engage in text messaging will be asked to leave the classroom and will be considered absent.  If a student needs to have a cell phone on because an extraordinary circumstance (e.g., having a family member sick at home or in the hospital), he/she must let me know about it before class.

Academy Honesty

MSU students demand of themselves the highest level of academic honesty as stated in their honor creed “As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so” (2010-2011 Student Handbook, p. 4).  In this course you will be asked to work together in groups on assignments and then show your understanding of the topic by writing a summary, answering questions, etc.  I want to be absolutely clear on this subject, while I strongly encourage students to discuss assignment materials among themselves, it is absolutely unacceptable to copy each other or share documents electronically.  Academic honesty involves the submission of work that is wholly the student’s own work. Academic honesty also involves giving credit or authorship by following the proper citation rules.

Students with disability

In accordance with the law, MSU provides students with documented disabilities academic accommodations. If you are a student with a disability, please contact me and Disability Support Services, Clark Student Center, room 168, phone: 397-4140.

Intellectual Property

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

Other General Information

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

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Campus Carry

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