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Term:  Fall 2018
Course:    BOT 1114
   General Botany
Delivery Format:  Traditional

Instructor Information:

Name:  Brook Wiersig
Office Location:  RC304
Preferred Contact Method:   email
Office Phone:  647-1417
Office Hours:  As posted

Textbook 1 Information: Required                                       
Introductory Plant Biology, 13th Edition.    Stern, Kinsley R. 978-0073369440

Textbook 2 Information: Required
Notes Packet at Bookstore  

Course Description:
Designed for students with majors and minors in biological science, this course presents the major concepts of biology and its processes as illustrated by the living plant. 3 hours theory, 2 hours laboratory.
Credit Hours:  4.00 Credits





General Education Outcomes:

Demonstrate knowledge-

  • Demonstration of knowledge results from the appraisal of knowledge and practice of core concepts through analytical, practical, or creative means.  Students shall assemble evidence; identify, categorize, and distinguish among ideas, concepts, and theories; and relate and analyze the significant uses of the gathered knowledge.


Think Critically-

  • Critical thinking encompasses the abilities to identify, categorize, synthesize, and distinguish ideas, concepts, theories, and approaches.  The presentation, explanation, and analysis of skills acquired in academic settings allow examination of competing hypotheses and non-academic events in light of acquired knowledge and relate the implications of cultural and social perspectives.


Communicate Effectively-

  • Effective communication results from the presentation and expression of concepts encountered in an academic setting in a clear, error-free manner both verbally and in written explanation.  Critical aspects are the clear expression of competing hypotheses and perspectives in response to material read, analyzed, or presented in both academic and non-academic settings.


Practice Global and Civil Awareness-

  • Practicing global and civil awareness creates the ability to understand both the student’s own civic and cultural background as well as that of others.  This results from the evaluation of historical and contemporary positions on values, practices, assumptions, and predispositions.  Encouraging active community participation and cognizance provides insight and expands students’ perspectives and awareness.


Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

SLO 1. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to summarize basic concepts of science, ecology and life as they relate to botany.
-Students will be able to list the attributes of living organisms.
-Students will be able to define mater and describe its basic state.
-Students will be able to describe the features of compounds, acids, bases, and salts.
-Students will be able to describe the various forms of energy.
-Students will be able to list the chemical elements found in cells.
-Students will be able to describe the main properties and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.

SLO 2. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to explain the structure and function of the major chemical components in relation to plants.
-Students will be able to list the attributes of living organisms.
-Students will be able to define matter and describe its basic state.
-Students will be able to list the characteristics of water and define adhesion and cohesion.
-Students will be able to describe the features of compounds, acids, bases, and salts.
-Students will be able to describe the various forms of energy.
-Students will be able to list the chemical elements found in cells.
-Students will be able to describe the main properties and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.

SLO 3. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to determine the structure and functioning of plants at the cellular and tissue level.
-Students will be able to differentiate prokaryote and eukaryote cells.
-Students will be able to match the function to the following cell structures and organelles: plasma membrane, nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, ribosomes, dictyosomes, plastids, mitochondria, vacuoles, and cytoskeleton.
-Students will be able to describe what takes place during the four phases of mitosis.
-Students will be able to list and describe plant meristems and where they are found.
-Students will be able to state the difference between simple tissues and complex tissues and provide examples of each.
-Students will be able to describe three types of simple tissues and where they may be found in the plant.
-Students will be able to explain structural and functional differences between xylem and phloem.
-Students will be able to provide the structure and function of the epidermis and periderm, as well as secretory tissue.

SLO 4. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to verify the internal and external anatomy of stems as related to the functioning plant as a whole.
-Students will be able to name the tissues that develop from shoot apices and the meristems from which various tissue types are derived. State the differences between primary tissues and secondary tissues.
-Students will be able to list and describe the function of each of the following: vascular cambium, cork cambium, node, internode, axil, bud.
-Students will be able to describe the differences in the development of dicot and monocot stems.
-Students will be able to describe the composition of wood and its annual rings, sapwood, heartwood, and bark.
-Students will be able to provide descriptions, functions and examples of rhizomes, stolons, tubers, bulbs, corms, cladophylls, and tendrils.
-Students will be able to list at least ten human uses of wood and stems in general.

SLO 5. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to verify the internal and external anatomy of roots as related to the functioning plant as a whole.
-Students will be able to state the primary functions and forms of roots.
-Students will be able to describe the root regions, including the root cap, region of cell division, region of cell elongation, and region of maturation (including root hairs and all tissues) and list the function of each.
-Students will be able to provide the specific functions of the endodermis and pericycle.
-Students will be able to state the differences among the various types of specialized roots.
-Students will be able to list at least ten practical human uses of roots.

SLO 6. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to verify the internal and external anatomy of leaves as relate to the functioning plant as a whole.
-Students will be able to identify the external forms and parts of leaves, and explain the functions of a typical leaf and the specific tissues and cells that contribute to those functions.
-Students will be able to describe the differences among pinnate, palmate, and dichotomous venation, and the differences between simple and compound leaves.
-Students will be able to describe the differences among tendrils, spines, storage leaves, flower-pot leaves, window leaves, reproductive leaves, floral leaves, and different types of insect-trapping leaves.
-Students will be able to explain why deciduous leaves turn various colors in the fall and how such leaves are shed.
-Students will be able to list at least fifteen uses of leaves by humans.

SLO 7. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to verify the internal and external anatomy of glowers, fruits and seeds in relation to the functioning plant as a whole.
-Students will be able to list the parts of a typical flower and describe the function of each part.
-Students will be able to state the features that distinguish monocots from dicots.
-Students will be able to describe the difference between a fruit and a vegetable.
-Students will be able to identify the regions of mature fruits.
-Students will be able to state five types of fleshy and dry fruits and explain how simple, aggregate, and multiple fruits are derived from the flowers.
-Students will be able to describe fruit and seed adaptations that are used to promote how they are dispersed.
-Students will be able to diagram and label a mature dicot seed (e.g., bean) and a monocot seed (e.g., corn) in section to show the parts and regions.

SLO 8. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to compare and contrast the reactions of plant metabolism, including photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and fermentation.
-Students will be able to identify the roles of the important molecules involved in plant metabolism.
-Students will be able to write the generalized equations of photosynthesis and respiration.
-Students will be able to explain what occurs in the light-dependent and light-independent reactions of photosynthesis and list the principal products of the reactions.
-Students will be able to explain what occurs in glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, and electron transport during respiration.
-Students will be able to state the differences between aerobic respiration and fermentation.

SLO 9. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to explain the process of meiosis and relate it to the alternation of generations plant life cycle.
-Students will be able to recognize the arrangement of chromosomes for the phases of meiosis and briefly describe what occurs in each of them.
-Students will be able to describe the features that meiosis and mitosis have in common and how they differ.
-Students will be able to explain the significance of crossing-over to genetic recombination.  
-Students will be able to explain the difference between n and 2n as they relate to plant life cycles.
-Students will be able to, in alternation of generations, indicate at what point each of the following occurs: a change from n to 2n; a change from 2n to n; initiation of the gametophyte generation.
-Students will be able to diagram the life cycle of a flowering plant, indicating shifts from haploid to diploid cells, and vice versa.

SLO 10. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to generalize the features of members of the Protista, Fungi, and Plant Kingdoms and life cycles of representatives.
-Students will be able to describe features that the members of Kingdom Protista share with one another and note the basic ways in which they differ.
-Students will be able to discuss the general features that distinguish Kingdom Fungi from the other kingdoms.
-Students will be able to explain how lichens are classified and identified.
-Students will be able to list the features that distinguish the Plant Kingdom from other kingdoms.
-Students will be able to explain how bryophytes as a group differ from other plants.
-Students will be able to describe the basic structural differences between bryophytes and vascular plants.
-Students will be able to list the four phyla of gymnosperms and provide distinguishing features and examples of each phylum.


Evaluation/Assessment Practices:


Assignments and Course Format:

Assignments and Course Format:

The general format of the class will be lecture, discussion and student participation, and group investigation in the lab. The student will be responsible for reading the assigned topics before class and for participation in class discussion and activities.  Students are responsible for all outside assignments made! DO NOT work on your review questions during class!! Review questions are most useful and helpful when used outside of class to begin learning and assessing your understanding of the material.



Grade Scale:

Average                   Letter Grade                       To Figure Overall Average:
90% and above     A                                             Exam Average X .75
80%-89%                    B                                         +   Lab Average X .25          
70%-79%                    C                                                         Final Average
60%-69%                    D
59% and below      F


Grading Policies:


A total of four or five major examinations will be given during the semester for the lecture section of the class. Exams may include multiple choice, matching, and possibly labeling sections. Each exam will be a sectional test covering material that has been lectured over since the previous exam. Lecture tests will make up 75% of the total grade and lab will make up 25%.  The lowest lecture exam may be dropped.
All assignments must be turned in on the due date.  Assignments not received on time will not receive a full score. All students are responsible for making sure assignments are turned in on time.
Students are expected to take tests at the time they are scheduled.  A student that cannot make the exam at the time it is scheduled must contact the instructor prior to missing the test to be able to make that exam up.  Arrangements can be made for "special" occasions which are under the discretion of the instructor. All tests must be made up within one week of when the test was given.  No curve or bonus will be given on any make-up exam. Lab tests or lab assignments will not be made up.



            STUDENT CONDUCT:
1.         Tardiness: Tardiness (being late for the beginning of class) is severely frowned upon.  Class officially begins at the posted time (and according to instructor's clock).  If a student is not present at roll (which is taken at every class meeting), that student is counted as late, which can affect participation points if given. Students are expected to arrive in class on time. 
2.         Class Materials: Students are responsible for bringing necessary materials to class. Do not ask me to provide you with notes if you forget them. You are also responsible for bringing something to write with, extra paper, etc., and scantrons and pencils on test days.
3.         Cell Phones:  If you check your phone during a test, I will assume you are using it to cheat and you will receive a zero for that test.
4.    Laptops, Ipads, Headphones, Ipods, etc: Should not be used or out during class.
5.    RESPECT!! Please show respect for your instructor, fellow students and your college.
a.        Do not talk while the instructor or another student is speaking.
b.        Do not distract other students while they are trying to listen and learn.
c.         Put trash in the trash can. DO NOT put trash in the sinks, drawers, or cabinets of the desks.
d.        Do not write on or vandalize desks, chairs or any other school property.


            Attendance:You are expected to be in class every time we meet.
A student is also responsible for all class work covered during his/her absence from class, even in classes in which he/she is able to satisfy the instructor that the absence was unavoidable.
Failure to attend class regularly may result in a recommendation for the student to withdraw from class or from College. Students who cease attending a class but do not withdraw from that class will receive a grade of F for the course. Attendance will be taken in each class at Carl Albert State College each time that class meets

Additional Course Information:

SUPPLIES: Scantrons, #2 lead pencils, colored pencils or pens, paper


Student Email:

IMPORTANT- All course information, billing, financial aid notices, housing information, scholarship awards, degree check results, and other mail will be sent to you via student email. Please remember to check your student email often for important information.


ADA Statement:

Carl Albert State College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations should make their request in the following way:


·         Talk with your instructor after class about your disability or special needs related to work in class.

Poteau Campus

·         Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Student Disability Services Coordinator located in the Ollie Center for Academic Excellence in either office 1308 or in the Learning Resource Center room 1318 on the third floor.  The office can be contacted at or by phone at 918-647-1319.

Sallisaw Campus

·         Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Assistant Student Disability Services Coordinator located in the Learning Resource Center in office SC 8025.


·         Call or e-mail your instructor about your disability or special needs related to work in web courses.

·         Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Student Disability Services Coordinator. You may find information on our website under Student Affairs/Student Disability Services.


  • LRC: The Learning Resource Center is located in the George Ollie Center for Academic Excellence on the third floor in room 1301; Crissy Keeton, the LRC Director, may be reached at 918-647-1319. The LRC offers tutoring in a variety of subjects including math and English. Specific tutoring schedules are available.  The LRC also offers notes and textbooks for many classes as well as a computer lab and study area. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Health Services: CASC Student Affairs/Student Life is designated as the first stop for students/employees in assisting them with primary care health services and holistic health prevention measures through a partnership with Stigler Health & Wellness Center, Inc. Dental Mobile Unit Services will also be provided each semester on the Poteau and Sallisaw campuses. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for a “Healthcare Eligibility Form.”

Poteau Health & Wellness Center and Sallisaw Health & Wellness Center will provide treatment of minor illness and injuries and behavioral health services. Understand that the student/employee is responsible for providing Medicaid/private insurance and/or paying the minimum office visit fees; CASC has no obligation for payment of the minimum office visit fees.

  • Student Counseling Services: Carl Albert State College is committed to assisting students in all areas of their lives. Student success and well-being are of the utmost importance, and it is our goal to improve the quality of life so that personal and academic growth can take place. CASC suggests students utilize the preventative counseling services that are provided through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

In addition the following local agency, Cavanal Counseling, will provide free counseling services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Choctaw Nation Project SAFE has provided a grant to cover these costs for all CASC students.

  • Library: Research for your class should be conducted at the CASC Libraries.  College-level research requires college-level sources. CASC Libraries offer a number of appropriate sources in both print and electronic formats.  Visit the library in person for research assistance or at

Phone: 918-647-1311 (Poteau)  918-775-6977 (Sallisaw)
Facebook:  Library Friends @ Carl Albert State College
Twitter:  @CASCLibrary
Instagram: casclibrary 

HEA-Required information:

The National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) issued Information Required to Be Disclosed Under the Higher Education Act of 1965: Suggestions for Dissemination (NPEC 2010-831). This publication is available at


Additional Information including Student Handbook, FERPA, Financial Aid, Clery Report, and student consumer information are located at

Notification of Class Cancellation:

In the event class must be cancelled by the instructor, the student will be notified through various methods including, but not limited to the following:  text message, email, or written notification.  Students should check their Carl Albert email accounts regularly for such notifications.  When possible, instructors will provide notification in advance.

In instances of school closure, the notification process occurs in the following ways: the alert system is used to send messages including phone calls, text messages, and emails to all names in the alert system as soon as a decision has been made regarding the status of CASC; an email is sent to all Carl Albert email addresses; closure information is posted to the CASC website as quickly as possible; the phone message for incoming calls at the CASC switchboard will indicate closed status; and local radio stations and television stations are notified.  However television may or may not post our information, so please be sure to check other sources of information as listed above.

Assessment Statement:

Assessment is the process that evaluates the learning experience with the purpose of continual improvement and has the objective of assuring the accomplishment of the mission of Carl Albert State College.

Academic Integrity/ Misconduct Policy

The following will apply in connection with academic dishonesty:


A. The instructor and his or her division chairperson have final authority over the grades given to students or the lowering of grades because of cheating or plagiarism.


B. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:


1.       The use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.


2.       Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.


3.   Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.  The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.


If it is established that cheating or plagiarism has more than likely occurred:


A. The instructor may take appropriate disciplinary action, which may include the awarding of an “F” on the particular assignment or in the course.


B. The instructor will make a report of the incident and of the action taken to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


C. The student will receive a copy of the report if she or he desires and may appeal the decision of the instructor to the Academic Affairs Committee.


D. The student and instructor may meet individually with the Academic Affairs Committee to present documentation pertinent to the appeal. Once the Academic Affairs Committee renders its decision, the appeal process is concluded.


Carl Albert State College considers all forms of academic misconduct and dishonesty serious matters that warrant serious attention. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cases of cheating and plagiarism, and is, at the very least, subject to disciplinary action by the instructor of record. More serious infractions will warrant disciplinary actions by the college. 


Plagiarism is considered unacceptable and incompatible with the educational mission of Carl Albert State College. Since plagiarism always carries consequences, all students are expected to be familiar with the rules for avoiding plagiarism. 


Intentional plagiarism is a deliberate act of academic dishonesty in which an individual knowingly represents the work or knowledge of another person as one’s own, knowingly incorporates into one’s work the words or ideas of another person without clear attribution, fails to acknowledge clearly the partial or full authorship of someone else when submitting a work, and/or consistently fails to cite or quote textual resources properly.


Cheating is considered to be a serious infraction of academic integrity and as such is not tolerated at CASC. Specifically, cheating includes, but is not limited to, instances where work is turned in that is not one’s own, copying others’ answers in exams and/or papers, infiltration of grading systems, use of deception in acquisition of answers, and/or instances of forgery. 


Grade Protest:

Students may challenge a final grade, provided a solution cannot be reached through proper academic channels. Students should first contact their instructor and then the division chair if resolution is not satisfactory. Appeals for the purpose of challenging a final grade must be made to the Academic Affairs Committee within 90 days after the grade in question appears on the permanent record.  Information concerning procedures to be followed is available from the Office of Admissions and Records. (CASC Catalog, p. 74)


Faculty Complaints:

A student who feels he or she has serious grounds and evidence to demonstrate unfair treatment by a faculty member may file a formal written complaint with the division chair. First, however, the student is encouraged to visit with the faculty member on an informal basis to discuss the situation. If, after that visit, the student still wishes to file a formal complaint, the division chair will call a meeting between the student and the faculty member to discuss the complaint and any further action. If the issue still remains unresolved, the division chair, faculty member, and student will meet with the Vice President of Academic Affairs.


Semester Regulations Concerning the Beginning and End of the Term:

Students should keep in mind that the semester begins with the first day of class and ends with the last day of the designated final exam period.  If final exam conflicts occur, students may request changes in individual final exam times in writing to their instructors.  Approval is based on the discretion of each instructor.  If a change is approved, the instructor must forward a copy of the written request and approval to the office of Academic Affairs. Requests based upon personal convenience are generally not approved. Approvals are normally limited to the following reasons:

    1. Conflict with working hours on a job that has been held during the term and for which working schedules cannot be readily adjusted.
    2. Religious reasons.
    3. Four finals in one day.
    4. Military obligations verified in writing.
    5. Other exceptional hardship cases including health reasons concerning immediate members of the household, death of an immediate family member, or attendance of a funeral of an immediate family member.

When amicable agreement cannot be reached by the student and instructor, the division chair and/or Academic Affairs Office can grant accommodations.

Withdrawal Policy:

Students are responsible for withdrawing from course(s) they will not attend. Students should contact the Office of Admissions to formally withdraw, and, if receiving financial aid, the Office of Financial Aid to understand the impact to their aide. Students failing to attend initial class meeting will be dropped from the class without notification.  Beyond that, failure to attend class is not equivalent to dropping the class; students who fail to formally drop the class will receive a failing grade in the course. Students should consult the published Academic Calendar or Course Schedule to understand the last day to drop a course without charges or transcript record, drop with an automatic W grade, or drop with instructor input a W or F grade.


Online Etiquette Statement:

Carl Albert State College expects online users to follow the same basic rules that apply in face-to-face communication.  The following guidelines provide direction for students using Internet-based communication.  Failure to follow appropriate communication rules may result in negative consequences.


      1. Think before you write.  What you say online is permanent.  Review and edit before you post and take the feeling of others into consideration.
      2. Be friendly and positive.  Even if you disagree with an idea, there are ways you can approach your criticism without being hurtful.
      3. Use standard English.  Avoid slang and jargon with which others in the class may be unfamiliar.  Communication is only effective if the audience can relate to it.
      4. Be professional.  Avoid writing in all caps, using multiple exclamation or question marks, and emoticons. 
      5. Ask for help.  If you feel lost or need clarification, ask.  If you don’t ask the questions, your instructor and other students won’t be able to respond.  Besides, you’re probably not alone, but don’t wait for someone else to ask for you.


Statement of Instructor Modification Right:

This syllabus is subject to alteration at the discretion of the instructor.  Notification of alteration will be provided to students via class announcement, e-mail, blackboard posting, or similar reasonable method.


Student Financial Responsibility Statement:

**********Balances are due by the first day of classes. ************

In addition to enrolling in classes, part of your enrollment responsibility is payment of your Business Office account with the Business Office (tuition, fees, etc.).

If a student account is not paid in full, we reserve the right to hold students’ grades and official transcripts.  Students are also subject to be dropped from pre-enrolled classes.


To avoid holds on your student account make payment to CASC through the Business Office.


If you have already paid your balance for the semester, and any past balances, thank you.

If you are unable to pay your Carl Albert State College student account balance by the first day of class or you anticipate receiving financial aid, you must enroll in a payment plan thru Nelnet.  If the financial aid pays for all costs, then the payment plan will not go into effect.


If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Business Office at (918) 647-1325.


Course Calendar:

Fall 2018 TENTATIVE Schedule



Lecture (Chapters)




Syllabus and Intro, Ch.1












3, review


1: Ch.1-3



3-Mitosis, 4- Tissues




4, 11-growth


Hike at Outback park


6-stems, 5-roots





2: 3-6, 11







Fall Break


Field Trip


Meiosis, 8-fruits









3: 7-8

Leafless twig ID






10-respiration Thanksgiving Break

(4: 10 ??)

No lab


18-Protista, 19- Fungi


Hike or Field Trip


20-23: Plant Kingdom


Make-up time if needed



Final: 10,18-23

No labs finals week

*Holidays and Breaks:    Labor Day September 3, 2018

                                                Fall Break October 18- October 19, 2018

Thanksgiving Break November 19- November 23, 2018

(Students Only) December 6- December 7, 2018



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