Name of instructor:
Dr.Edwin H. Battley e-mail email@example.com phone 516-623-8576
When course is offered:
Fall semester, each year
Course description: A survey of the plant and fungal kingdoms.
General areas to be discussed will include cellular structure and
reproduction, tissue structure and function, photosynthesis and
respiration, gross anatomy, taxonomy and the diversity of
organisms, fungal and plant ecology, agriculture, and aspects of
fungal and plant evolution by natural selection. May be taken by
majors and non-majors.
Office of instructor:
Life Sciences Lab 039A. Phone 516-632-8576, or
leave a message at the office of the Department of
Ecology and Evolution, 516-632-8600, asking that
it be put in the instructor's mail box.
10:30-11:30 A.M. on Mondays and Fridays. Otherwise,
make an appointment after the regular lecture
period or by phone. Most problems can be solved by
a short discussion at that time.
Botany, An Introduction to Plant Biology, by James
D. Mauseth, pub. by Saunders College Publishing,
Philadelphia, 1991, 855 pp, hard cover. Can be
purchased at the Campus Book Store, or at Stony
Books on Route 25A near Stony Brook Station.
Lecture: Time and place to be arranged.
Two midterm examinations and a final exam which
will be the equivalent of two hour examinations.
Based on the class average scaled to a 75% C.
Thus, after scaling:
- 3.33% - 100% = A 73.33% - 76.65% = C
- 90.00% - 93.32% = A- 70.00% - 73.32% = C-
- 86.66% - 89.89% = B+ 66.66% - 69.99% = D+
- 83.33% - 86.65% = B 63.33% - 66.65% = D
- 80.00% - 83.32% = B- below 63.33% = F
- 76.66% - 79.99% = C+
In arriving at a scaling factor, if the class average for a given
exam is less than 75.00%, the difference is taken between 75.00%
and class average, and this is added to each student's score. If
the class average for a given exam happens to be greater than
75.00%, the difference between the class average and 75.00% is NOT
subtracted from each student's score. Thus, it is possible for
every student to get an "A." It practice this has not happened.
The class averages for any given exam are usually below 75.00%.
The final grade is based on the same procedure, but using the
average of the averages.
Multiple choice exams machine scored.
Students with disabilities:
If you have a physical, psychiatric/
emotional, medical, or learning disability that may impact on your
ability to carry out assigned course work, you are strongly urged
to contact the staff in the Disabled Student Services Office
(DSS), Room 133 Humanities Bldg., 632-6748. The DSS will review
your concerns and determine, with you, what accomodations are
necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is
All exams must be taken. Makeup exams will be available
only to those who have a valid (in the instructor's opinion)
excuse for missing a regular exam. Except under most unusual
circum- stances makeup exams must be taken within one week of any
exam missed, at a time and place to be indicated by the
instructor. Because of the size of the class, this will be
strictly adhered to, and multiple makeups will not be given.
Therefore, make every effort to take an exam at the time it is
regularly scheduled, and take every precaution to avoid missing
Lecture material: The following topics will be discussed in
lecture. For a more detailed coverage, consult the text.
- 1. Introduction to plants and botany.
- 2. Introduction to the principles of chemistry.
- 3. Cell structure.
- 4. Growth and division of the cell.
- 5. Tissues and the primary growth of stems.
- 6. Leaves.
- 7. Roots.
- 8. Structure of woody plants.
- 9. Flowers and reproduction.
- 10. Energy metabolism: photosynthesis.
- 11. Energy metabolism: respiration.
- 12. Transport processes.
- 13. Soils and mineral nutrition.
- 14. Development and morphogenesis.
- 15. Genes and the genetic basis of metabolism and development.
- 16. Genetics.
- 17. Polulation genetics and evolution.
- 18. Classification and systematics.
- 19. Kingdom Monera: prokaryotes.
- 20. Kingdom Mycetae: fungi.
- 21. Algae and the origin of eukaryotic cells.
- 22. Nonvascular plants: mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.
- 23. Vascular plants without seeds.
- 24. Seed plants I: gymnosperms.
- 25. Seed plants II: angiosperms.
- 26. Populations and ecosystems.
- 27. Biomes.
Some of these topics will be dealt with more briefly than others.
for example, genetics. There is a course in genetics that is
available for those who would like to study this. In addition,
several video tapes will be shown, and the lectures will be
accompanied by projection slides when this is instructive.