Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics
Lecture Syllabus Information
|General Information||Grading Scale|
|Exam Make-up Policy||Instructor information|
Dr. Angela Caines
Office: 3105 H. J. Patterson Hall
Phone: (301) 405-1638
Office hours: Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:30 pm or by appointment
Lecture: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am Ė 12:15 pm in 0226 HJ Patterson.
Course Description: Welcome to BSCI 124, a three-credit course in plant biology specifically designed for the non-science student. The primary objectives of this course are to gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts and processes involving plants; to examine the diversity of plants and their role in the biosphere; to develop an appreciation of the importance of plants to humans; and to provide information needed for intelligent management of the natural world.
course has CORE approval in the science/math area as a lab science only
when taken in conjunction with BSCI 125 (Laboratory in Plant Biology, 1
credit hour) during the same semester.
Textbook: The required textbook for this course is Plant Biology (1st edition) by Graham & Wilcox, 2003. Prentice Hall Publishers. Readings from the text are listed on the lecture schedule. Reading the text both before and after lecture is strongly suggested. Other readings (as handouts) may be assigned.
Course Web Site: General lecture outlines will be handed out in class and are intended to guide you through the lectures and to provide illustrations. The outlines will only be posted on this web site after the lecture is given. A significant amount of additional material will be covered in lecture and will not appear on this web site or in the textbook. Thus, attendance will enable you to fill in the important gaps in these general outlines in preparation for an exam.
allows increased communication between you and your professor. Everyone
is expected to have an email account. You can obtain a WAM account
at no cost in Room 1400 in the Computer Science Building. The phone
number is (301) 405-1500 and their hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
A WAM account will allow full access to electronic mail and the World Wide
Web. If you use an email account which is not on the registrarís
list (e.g. AOL instead of WAM), or was changed recently, please email the
address to Dr. Caines so that the list can be updated.
Lecture Preparation and Attendance:
1. Attend every lecture meeting. Attendance is strongly correlated with your grade! Many announcements will be made only in lecture and all students will be held responsible for these announcements.
Additionally, a significant amount of material is covered only during the lecture. Lecture sessions are designed to optimize your learning process and to help you prepare for exams.
2. Arrive to class on time and do not leave class early. If you cannot make it to class within the first 10 minutes of lecture or have an engagement during class time, please do not enter the classroom.
3. Complete assigned readings prior to their discussion in lecture. The material presented in the course can be difficult. It will appear even more difficult if you are seeing it for the first time in lecture.
4. Early completion of this course is not an option. You are required to attend lectures for the entire semester.
1. Do not miss an exam for any reason other than a serious illness or official university excuse. No make up exams will be granted unless you have an official, university-approved excuse accompanied by
appropriate written and verifiable documentation for missing the in-class exam. Please refer to the current edition of the UMCP Undergraduate Catalog for additional general policies and
procedures. These regulations (including the requirement for written documentation) will be strictly enforced.
* A note on proper
documentation: The only acceptable form of documentation for
an illness will be a written doctorís note explicitly stating that the
student was unable to attend class on the date of
the missed exam. The generic time-stamped visit verification slips from the Student University Health Center will NOT be accepted. We check all medical excuses with your physicians, so
please inform them that we will be calling to verify any specified illness.
2. Students should notify Dr.
Caines of the need for a make-up exam within 24 hours of the in-class exam
date. This notification should take the form of an e-mail or phone
message or an office visit. If
you are too sick to contact Dr. Caines, have someone do it for you. Dr. Cainesí email address, phone number, office hours, and office location are listed on the first page of this syllabus. Students who
contact Dr. Caines for the first time more than 24 hours after the in-class exam date WILL NOT be eligible to take a make-up exam and will receive a zero on that exam.
3. Religious observances:
It is the studentís responsibility to inform Dr. Caines in advance of any
intended absences for religious observances. Notice should be provided
as soon as possible, but no
later than the end of the schedule adjustment period (February 10, 2003).
4. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: students with disabilities should bring documentation outlining their needs to Dr. Caines as soon as possible, but no later than February 10, 2003.
Academic Honesty and Classroom Conduct:
1. By enrolling in this course you agree to abide by the Universityís Code of Academic Integrity. The Code prohibits students from cheating on exams, plagiarizing papers, submitting fraudulent documents,
and forging signatures. See Chapter 4 of the Undergraduate Catalog for additional details.
2. Eating and drinking are not permitted during lecture.
3. Please refrain from
talking during lecture. Even quiet conversations become disruptive
when multiplied by the large number of students in class. Students
who disrupt the ability of others to
concentrate will be asked to leave the lecture room.
THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE POLICIES. PLEASE DO NOT ASK.
EXAMINATIONS AND GRADES
1. All exams will be held on the days given on the lecture schedule. Three exams and a final exam will be given, each worth 100 points.
2. All exams are non-cumulative and will focus on material presented in lecture.
3. All exams start on time. Anyone who arrives late will not be permitted to take an exam if any other student has already completed the exam and left the room.
4. Refer to the make-up exam policy on page 2 of this syllabus.
1. The request for re-grading must be submitted in writing and submitted within one week after the return of the exam.
2. We will not consider answers
that were misinterpreted by the grader due to a studentís sloppy handwriting,
poor organization, or incorrect terminology. Your answers must be
clear and concise the first
Total exam points possible
|Extra Credit: The Life of a Plant:|
|Exam #1 extra credit questions||5|
|Exam #2 extra credit questions||5|
|Exam #3 extra credit questions||5|
Final Exam extra credit questions
Total points possible
The University has scheduled the Final Exam for: Friday, May 16th from from 8:00 am Ė 10:00 am.
Final Course Letter Grade:
|387-400 A+||346-359 B+||306-319 C+||266-279 D+|
|373-386 A||332-345 B||292-305 C||252-265 D|
|360-372 A-||320-331 B-||280-291 C-||240-251 D-|
|< 240 F|
Your continued enrollment in this course constitutes a binding contract. Therefore, all course participants hereby
agree to this grading system. There will be no competition among participants and final course grades will not be
discussed or negotiated. You either have the points or you do not.
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last modifiied; 1/15/03 by Dr. Caines