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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

General Botany BIOL-1411

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_302 CRN-21756
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/15/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, H-210


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, H-108

Contact Information

Dwight Bohlmeyer

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, S-241

or by appointment


A systematic study of the plant world from the algae through vascular plants including structure, metabolism, life cycles and genetics. Three class hours and three laboratory hours per week. Credit: Four semester hours.


Prerequisites: Exemption or passing score on reading section of THEA or alternative test or completion of READ 306 with a grade of C or higher.

Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


1. Describe the structure and function of a plant cell and how it differs from animal or prokaryotic cell

2. Visually identify plant tissues and structures.

3. Describe the role organic molecules play in the structure and function of plants.

4. Discuss the major metabolic processes carried out by plants and the importance of these processes in sustaining life.

5. Explain how cells reproduce both sexually and asexually.

6. Describe plant structures, functions, adaptations, and life cycles.

7. Demonstrate an understanding of inheritance by solving basic Mendelian genetics problems.

8. Identify and contrast the principal types of algae, fungi, and plants.

9. Correctly operate compound light microscope and prepare wet mount.


Required Textbook: Introductory Plant Biology.12th Edition, 2011. J.E. Bidlack, and S.H. Jansky. McGraw-Hill.

Required Lab Manual: Exploring the World of Plants: General Botany Laboratory Manual. 2nd Edition, 2012. A. Chau. Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.


Course Requirements

Lab Work: Most lab exercises must be completed during the lab period and turned in at the end of the period.  Late work turned in within one week of the assignment will be accepted for half credit.  Periodic quizzes will cover recent topics and assigned readings from the lecture and the laboratory.  A grade of zero will be recorded for missed quizzes unless an approved excuse is submitted.  No make-up is offered for missed quizzes.


Lecture Exams: There will be four lecture exams during the semester plus a comprehensive final exam.  Exams can include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and essay questions.  

Make-up exams are only offered to students with an excused absence.  Excused absences include those officially recognized by Blinn College, plus a death in the family, or an illness with a doctor’s certification.  To arrange for a make-up exam see me during the first class period following your absence.   An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.


Laboratory Exams:  There will be two lab exams.  An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.  No make-up exams will be offered for lab exams.




Total Points

Lecture Exams

4 Exams x 100 points

 400 points

Final Exam

1 Exam x 200 points

 200 points

Lab Exams

2 Exams x 100 points

 200 points


5 Quizzes x 10 points

  50 points

Lab Work

25 Lab days x 6 points

 150 points



1000 Points for the semester


Final Grade:  The following point totals will ensure the final grade as listed.
A 900-1,000 points
B 800-900 points
C 700-800 points
D 600-700 points

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty

member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook,  In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook,

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

Attendance Policy Reminder:  Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week's worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

Problem Resolution: If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with Dr. John Beaver, the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.




BIOL 1411-302 Schedule




Laboratory Topic

Laboratory Topic







What is Plant Biology?

Laboratory Safety & “Whodunit?”

Lab 1 Using the Microscope/Making Wet Mounts






Plant Cells


Lab 1 Cont’d/Scientific Drawings (Appendix II)

Lab 2 Observing Cells in Action








Lab 3 Taking a Closer Look at Roots

Lab 4 Taking a Closer Look at Stems






Exam #1


Lab 7 Testing Biological Molecules

Lab 5 Taking a Closer Look at Leaves






Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds

Water in Plants

Lab 6 Floral Formula (Library Room L-122)

Lab 8 Observing Diffusion and Osmosis in Action





Plant Metabolism- Photosynthesis

Plant Metabolism- Photosynthesis

Lab 7 Testing Unknowns

Lab 9 Investigating Photosynthesis






Plant Metabolism-Respiration

Exam #2

Lab 10 Investigating Aerobic Respiration

Lab 10 Data/ Lab Exam #1 Review






Plant Growth

Alternation of Generations

Lab Exam #1

Lab 11 Taking a Closer Look at Mitosis and Meiosis



Spring Break (03/12-03/14) – No Classes  






Genetics/ Gene Expression

Lab 12 Solving Mendelian Genetics Problems

Lab 13 Isolating DNA






Classification & Evolution

Exam #3

Lecture Lichens & Cyanobacteria; Video: Algae

Lab 14 Surveying Autotrophic Protists






Algae & Fungi

The Bryophytes

Lab 15 Surveying Other Autotrophs

Lab 16 Comparing Nonvascular Plants








The Seedless Vascular Plants

The Seed Plants: Gymnosperms

Last Day to Q Drop

Lab 17 Comparing Seedless Vascular Plants

Lab 18 Taking a Closer Look at Gymnosperms







The Seed Plants: Gymnosperms

The Seed Plants: Angiosperms

Lab 19 Taking a Closer Look at Angiosperms

Lab 19 Cont’d//Scavenger Hunt






Exam #4

The Seed Plants: Angiosperms

Lab Exam #2 Review

Lab Exam #2






Flowering Plants and Civilization


Lecture cont’d/Review




Final Exam 12:45-2:45