Science 2000

Course Title: Healthy House Plants (Science 130)

Term: Spring, 1996

Instructor: Dr. Bob R. Pohlad
Office: Garber 218 ; Phone #: 365-4367
Hours in Office: Mon.: 8:30-10; 11-12
Tues.: 11-12; 2-3
Wed.: 8:30-10
Thurs.: 11-12; 2-3
Fri.: 8:30-10; 11-11:30

Description: Students will learn the basic principles of growing and
maintaining healthy house plants through the development of a better
understanding of the nature of basic plant structure and function.

Detailed Description: Through the propagation of common house plants,
students will learn the basic aspects of plant development and growth
requirements. Theoretical topics will include aspects of water and
nutrient uptake, photosynthetic and respiratory pathways and hormonal
balances. Students will be given the opportunity to grow plants from
seeds, leaf cuttings and stem cuttings and nurture them through the time
of the course, taking the finished product with them to continue to
appreciate the basic nature of plant growth. Various types of house plants
will be available to the student not only for propagation but also to set up
studies on the effects of nutrient deficiencies, light quality, disease
causing agents and water requirements. Plants will be grown in lab

Textbooks: 1.) Living With Plants (1992) by Donna N. Schumann, et al
(required purchase)

2.) The Nature of Life (1989) by John H. Postlethwait and
Janet L. Hopson (on reserve in library)

Class and Lab Meeting Times: TTH 9:30-11 Lecture and discussion 208
Tues. 3PM - 5PM Lab in G 211


Absences and Lateness: Please do not be late or absent from class, but if
you are late or absent from class or lab more than 2 times your grade will
be reduced a letter grade for every two(2) additional absences or late

Grade Evaluation: There will be three(3) major tests and one(1) final
exam. The tests will be worth 100 points each, and the final exam which
will be will be worth 100 points. There will also be a project and report
which will be due Wednesday, February 27, 1996. Occasionally there
may be other class or lab homework assignments that will be evaluated.

The following is the approximate grade values of the required
Major Tests (2)(100 pts ea.) (if possible)
Final Exam (1)(100 pts) (comprehensive from old tests)

Lab Paper (1)(50 pts)
Class & Lab Homework, Movie Reviews (10 pts ea.)
Quizzes and Presentation (20 pts ea.)
Class Participation (5% of Grade)

Grading Scale: A = 90-100% ; B = 80-89% ; C = 70-79% ; D = 60-69% ; F
= 0-59%

Tobacco: There will be no tobacco products in the classroom or lab at any
time, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco or any other tobacco product.

Honor Code: I expect absolute honesty and will not tolerate cheating,
plagiarism of other's work, lying, or disrespect for the other students or
the instructor. Any violations will be presented before the Honor Board or
Campus Judicial Board.

Labs: You must attend all labs and must have read the lab assignment
prior to class. The labs will be informal, however they are very busy
with many requirements which will take up the two hours so care must be
taken to budget your time in order to complete weekly assignments.

Class Project: As teams in lab we will design experiments to test the
effects of various external factors on the growth and development of
plants cultivated in class. The results will be written in a report
incorporating results that will be turned in at the end of the class before
the end of the semester. We will discuss specifics of this project in lab.

Tentative Lecture Syllabus

Text Pages
Jan. 15 - 19 Introduction to A Plant: Structure and Org. P. 1 - 24
Plant Function
22 - 26 Introduction to A Plant: Plant Function and p. 16 - 48
Reproduction; Diversity; Experiment Set-up
(Test #1)
29-2 Soils and Plants p. 49 - 82
Movie "The Green Machine"

Feb. 5-9 Soils and Plants; Seed and Seed Plants and
Vegetative Propagation (Test #2) p. 83 - 128

12-16 Meeting the Enemy p. 129 - 157

19 - 23 Plants and Light (Test #3) p. 159 - 178

26 - 1 Plants, Light, and Indoor Gardening p. 159 - 206

March 1 Final Exam (During regular class time)

Tentative Lab Syllabus

Jan. 16 Propagation of Various Plants, "Fast Plants"

23 Experiment Design by Teams

30 Observation of Vegetative and Reproductive Prop. Structures

Feb. 6 Finish Veg. and Repro. Labs and
Lecture- Makeup from Exp. set-up

13 Initial Exp. Results Presentation and Writing

20 Exp. Observations and Meeting the Enemy

27 Presentations of Experimental Results (Projects Due)

You are required to bring your textbook to lab and lecture each day!!!!!!!
Please check your Fast Plants and Experiments each day when you come to

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