BIO113 --
    Survey of the Plant Kingdom

 

Web-Based Version

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Tim Mulkey, Science Building 261, Office (812)237-2418, FAX (812)237-4480, home (812)877-9735

TEXT: None required.

GRADE DETERMINATION: The course is divided into 15 Units.  Each unit represents material presented during a typical week of a traditional, classroom-based course.

Associated with each unit are 3 Quizlets worth 5 points each.  Quizlets are multiple choice and short answer questions designed to test your knowledge and comprehension of the material presented in the current unit.  You build upon your biology knowledge base as you progress through the units of the course. Quizlets will assist you in determining whether you have mastered sufficient knowledge to progress to the next unit. To see an example of a Quizlet, click the button.

Each unit will present you with a "Critical Thinking" question.  These questions are short, discussion-style questions concerning the topics presented in the units.  You will discuss, analyze, interpret, and apply the information you gain from a unit to a current issue related to biology.  Each "Critical Thinking" question is worth 10 points.

 

To see an example of a "Critical Thinking" question, click the button.

Your responses to the "Critical Thinking" questions will be posted to an on-line bulletin board for other members of the class to read.  In classes with large enrollments, students will be assigned to groups of 10-12 students.  Each group will have a separate bulletin board  to prevent the number of postings on bulletin boards from becoming overwhelming.  You should read other students' responses to the "Critical Thinking" questions.  You can post comments concerning other students' responses to the bulletin board.  You should participate in this activity.  Your participation will earn you up to 10 points per unit.

 

 
Seven times during the course (every other unit), you will be asked to apply the knowledge you have gained during the course.  You will be provided with an on-line form.  On the form, you will be asked to provide a citation for an article you have read in a newspaper, magazine or other source related to any field of biology.  This "Real World Biology" form will ask for the citation of the article, an one paragraph abstract of the article, and a paragraph in which you discuss, analyze and interpret the importance or effects of the the news item.  The "Real World Biology" abstracts will be posted to a bulletin board so that other members of the class can read the abstracts and interpretations.  You can make comments concerning other students' abstracts/interpretations by posting them to the bulletin board.  You can also respond to posting concerning your "Real World Biology" articles/interpretations.

 

To see an example of the "Real World Biology" form, click the button.

Four major exams will be given during the course.  These exams are not comprehensive in testing your mastery of units covered by previous major exams.  But, your knowledge of biology increases from unit to unit.  Knowledge mastered in previous units is used in understanding, analyzing, and interpreting new knowledge; thus in one sense, the exams will be comprehensive since they build upon previous knowledge.  Each major exam will include multiple choice, true/false, short answer questions.  The exams will be taken on-line and will be worth 100 points per exam.  

The various activities will provide you with an opportunity to earn 1065 points during the course.  A breakdown of the course activities is shown below.
Activity Frequency
of Activity
Points per
Activity
Total Points
per Activity
Quizlets 3 per Unit 5 per Quizlet 225
"Critical Thinking" Questions 1 per Unit 10 per Question 150
Discussion/Participation per Unit 10 per Unit 150
"Real World" interpretations 7 per Course 20 per Abstract 140
Exams 4 per Course 100 per Exam 400

A total of 1065 points are available.  You can check the number of points which you have earned from the Utilities/Help page.   The grading scale for the course is shown below.

 

Percentage

Total Points

Final Grade

90 - 100

958 - 1065

A

87 - 89

926 - 957

B+

80 - 86

852 - 925

B

77 - 79

820 - 851

C+

70 - 76

745 - 819

C

67 - 69

713 - 744

D+

60 - 66

639 - 712

D

0 - 59

0 - 638

F

 

WEEK TOPICS ASSIGNMENTS
Week 1 Introduction and Orientation
Definition of Life
Cell Structure and Function
3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question,
"Real World Biology" abstract
Week 2 Energy and the Organism; Photosynthesis; Respiration; ATP; Enzymes 3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question
Week 3 New Generations of Cells and Organisms (Cell Division, Cell Cycle, Mitosis, Meiosis) 3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question,
"Real World Biology" abstract
Week 4 Embryogenesis, Fruit and Seed Development, Flower Structure Exam 1
3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question
Week 5 Genetics (Structure and Function of DNA, Inheritance) 3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question,
"Real World Biology" abstract
Week 6 Genetic Engineering 3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question
Week 7 Asexual Reproduction (cuttings, grafting, tissue culture) 3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question,
"Real World Biology" abstract
Week 8 Plant Tissues (tissue types, tissue development) 3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question
Exam 2
Week 9 Plant Architecture (root, stem, leaves, wood/xylem structure, pruning, abscission, autumn colors) 3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question,
"Real World Biology" abstract
Week 10 Plant Growth and Development (growth regulators, hormones, light effects, tropisms/growth movements) 3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question
Week 11 From Soil to Seedlings (soil, seed structure, germination)
Cultivated Growth (gardening practice and principles)
3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question,
"Real World Biology" abstract
Week 12 Useful Plants and their Products Exam 3
3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question
Week 13 Food and other Uses of Wild Plants 3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question,
"Real World Biology" abstract
Week 14 Plants as a Source of Medicines and Drugs (Part 1) 3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question
Week 15 Plants as a Source of Medicines and Drugs (Part2) (continued) 3 Quizlets,
1 "Critical Thinking Question,
Exam 4,
Course Evaluation