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Course Code: SCIN316 Course ID: 4285 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

An introduction to classification and evolution of vascular plants, with emphasis on flowering plants (angiosperms). This course will use structural terminology, characteristics of major plant families, and systematics. Student will use taxonomic keys, floras, and manuals for species identification. (Prerequisites: SCIN130 or BIOL134)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
06/28/2021 - 12/03/2021 12/06/2021 - 01/30/2022 December Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
09/28/2021 - 03/04/2022 03/07/2022 - 05/01/2022 March Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • (LO-1) Construct dichotomous keys
  • (LO-2) Describe the morphological characteristics of the major plant families.
  • (LO-3) Evaluate traditional (morphology based) and contemporary (molecular and genetics based) methods of classification.
  • (LO-4) Explain how and why evolution influences patterns of biodiversity and relatedness in plants.
  • (LO-5) Use electronic sources for plant identification.
  • (LO-6) Apply knowledge of plant families to identify unknown plants.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Forum 1 3.13 %
Forum 2 3.13 %
Forum 3 3.13 %
Forum 4 3.13 %
Forum 5 3.13 %
Forum 6 3.13 %
Forum 7 3.13 %
Forum 8 3.13 %
Assignments 40.00 %
Assignment 1- Leaf Dichotomous Key 8.00 %
Assignment 2: Vegetative Characteristics Lab 8.00 %
Assignment 3: Floral Characteristics Lab 8.00 %
Plant Collection 16.00 %
Assessments 35.00 %
Quiz 1 8.75 %
Quiz 2 8.75 %
Final Exam SCIN 316 17.50 %

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • (LO-1) Construct dichotomous keys
  • (LO-2) Describe the morphological characteristics of the major plant families.
  • (LO-3) Evaluate traditional (morphology based) and contemporary (molecular and genetics based) methods of classification.
  • (LO-4) Explain how and why evolution influences patterns of biodiversity and relatedness in plants.
  • (LO-5) Use electronic sources for plant identification.
  • (LO-6) Apply knowledge of plant families to identify unknown plants.
Book Title:The Kew Plant Glossary: An Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Terms, 2nd ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9781842466049
Publication Info:Royal Botanic Gardens Lib
Author:Beenjte, Henk
Unit Cost:$30.00
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.