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BIOL 1407

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Plants, People And The Environment
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support English and reading or all ESL requirements
Corequisite(s) BIOL 1407L
Catalog Description
This course discusses the uses of plants including cultivation and history of plants, plant
populations and diversity, evolution, plant anatomy and physiology, and plant diseases.
This course is designed for non-science majors.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe the importance of plants as sources of food, medicines, beverages, spices,
paper, wood, poisons, and allergens.
2. Describe the role that plants play in ecosystems.
3. Describe the diversity and classification of the major groups of plants, as well as their life
cycles, and how the Plant Kingdom as a whole differs from the other Kingdoms.
4. Demonstrate understanding of the basic anatomy of flowering plants (cell types, tissues, organs) and the physiological processes that take place in plants (transpiration, translocation, effect of hormones).
5. Understand the evolutionary and economic significance of the flower, fruit, and seed.
6. Understand the basic structure of the plant cell and processes that take place in plant cells
(osmosis, respiration, photosynthesis, mitosis, meiosis, genetics).

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
A. Students will develop reading comprehension skill by reading the text, handout
materials, and published articles as assigned.
B. Students will develop listening skills through lecture, small group collaborative activities, and videos and/or guest lectures.
C. Students will develop reading and writing skills through the use of exercises and test questions that will require them to read and respond to ideas appropriately.   Essay questions and/or short answer questions will be required on course exams.

II. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to usage of mathematical concepts and applies the scientific method as follows:
A. Students must apply mathematical concepts in the solution of genetics problems
provided to demonstrate the laws of genetics and the prediction of outcomes of genetic crosses.
B. Students will apply the scientific method as they learn to analyze data and determine the validity of conclusions supported by data.

Course Content
I. Economic importance of plants
A. Plants as food
1. agriculture and major food crops
2. nutrition and world hunger
3. other food related uses (drinks, spices and herbs)
B. Plants as material
1. cloth
2. paper
3. wood
C. Plants as drugs
1. medicinal uses
2. illegal drugs
3. poisons and allergens

II. Plant evolution & diversity
A. Introduction to evolution
B. Evolutionary trends and adaptations in plants
C. Survey of major plant groups
D. Overview of other Kingdoms

III. General plant anatomy & physiology
A. Plant cells
B. Plant tissues
C. Plant anatomy
D. Photosynthesis and respiration
E. Transpiration and translocation
F. Plant nutrition and soils

IV. Plant reproduction and genetics
A. Mitosis and vegetative growth
B. Meiosis, genetics, and plant breeding
C. Cell chemistry, protein synthesis, and biotechnology

V. Plants and their place on earth (ecosystems)
A. Ecology
B. Energy relations and energy flow in ecosystems
C. Biogeochemical cycles and nutrient movement in ecosystems

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Each instructor, according to the guidelines presented in the instructor course syllabus will determine students' grades. Methods will include quizzes, tests, projects, field trip reports, library assignments or other assignments as developed by the instructor.  The final exam will be comprehensive, questions will come from all the chapters.  It is recommended that short answer/critical thinking questions be included in the exams to promote critical thinking and writing across the curriculum.

Biol 1407 will be assessed according to the policies and procedures of Georgia Perimeter College and the Science Quality Committee.

An assessment test will be administered to all students enrolled in Biol 1407 every Fall and Spring semester. Portfolio assessment of students' writing on final exams may be included in the assessment process.

Instructors will consult the assessment results and each other to determine which educational approaches are working well, and which could be improved.  They will continue what works and explore improved approaches to instruction where that is needed.

Last Revised: August 10, 2009

Last Revised: Aug. 04, 2011
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