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									                            Plant Sciences 220
                          Basic Landscape Plants
                                Fall 2004 Syllabus
Instructor:        Dr. Gary L. McDaniel

Office:            267 Ellington Plant Science Building

Phone:             974-7324

e-mail:            glm@utk.edu

Office Hours:      Please call Ms. Patty Ridings at the above telephone number for
                   appointments.

Lecture/Lab:       9:40-10:55 AM, Tuesday and Thursday

Location:          OHLD Greenhouse 11 classroom.

Course Web Site:   http://online.utk.edu

                   You may obtain an Online account at: http://online.utk.edu/account/

                   This website will provide you with general announcements and other
                   important course information.

Required Text:     Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Michael A. Dirr. 5th Edition
                   (1998), Stipes Publishing.

Supplemental
      Resources:   In addition to the classroom notes and required textbook, two additional
                   resources are available for your review of the plants being studied in this
                   class. The following websites will assist you in learning to identify the
                   plants covered:

                   http://utgardens.tennessee.edu/ohld220/ Plants are listed both by
                   common and scientific names for ease in locating them. Images are
                   shown for most of the plants covered, but additional ones are added as the
                   seasons progress.

                   AgVetMed Library Reserve. Go to:
                   http://www.lib.utk.edu/%7Ereserve/student/student_handout2.html
                   Follow directions shown here, “Start at the UTK Library Catalog at
                   http://www.lib.utk.edu:8000/utk.html” This takes you to UT Library
                   Catalog search menu. Click on the AgVet Library button at the bottom
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                    of the screen. In the new screen, select the department that offers the
                    course you want to view (in this case it is Ornamental Horticulture and
                    Landscape Design. Press GO. Now, select the course you want to obtain
                    reserve materials from (OHLD 220). Press GO.

                    You will now see two files that you will be able to access: Plant List A-J
                    and Plant List K-Z. These files contain PowerPoint presentations of the
                    individual plants covered in class. They are listed alphabetically by the
                    Scientific names. Before you may access these files, you will be asked to
                    provide your User Name and Password. Once you have entered, you will
                    see an Adobe Acrobat page that lists the plants in this reserve file. Click
                    the icon on the left of the plant you wish to look at and PowerPoint will be
                    activated with that presentation. In order to use these resources, you will
                    need to be able to view Adobe Acrobat (available at the original website
                    above) and PowerPoint (Part of Microsoft Office suite). These were taken
                    from the following website: http://www.orst.edu/dept/ldplants/ This is
                    an excellent plant material identification site and it will be used until the
                    220 site is completed.

Purpose:            The primary objective of this course is to enable the student to identify by
                    scientific and common name about 150 species and/or varieties of
                    ornamental trees and shrubs that are most often used for landscaping
                    purposes in the southeastern United States (climatic zones 6, 7, and 8).
                    You will also be introduced to other related subjects such as: plant growth
                    requirements, taxonomic and botanical terminology, and basic uses of the
                    plants in landscape designs.

Responsibilities:   Students will be expected to develop understanding and skill in the
                    following areas:
                    1. Identification of selected tree and shrub species on the basis of leaf,
                        stem, fruit, flower, dormant twig, bark and whole plant characteristics.
                    2. Correct usage of scientific names and terminology to describe plant
                        species.
                    3. Basic knowledge of ornamental characteristics and environmental
                        adaptability of important native and introduced plant species relating
                        to their use in specific landscape situations.
                    4. Ability to obtain cultural and descriptive information on plant
                        materials from literature and other resources.

Class Tests:        Nine plant identification quizzes will be given beginning the second full
                    week of classes. Each quiz will consist of 17 to18 newly presented plants
                    to identify. Quizzes will also be cumulative, meaning that plants from
                    previous quizzes will also be included. Each quiz will be worth 200
                    points. Each individual’s best 8 quizzes (of the possible 9) will count
                    toward the final grade. No make-up quizzes will be given under any
                    circumstances during the regular class calendar. However, for those
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                 students who have missed more than one quiz and have had excused
                 absences, a make-up exam could be arranged for the final exam period
                 scheduled in the Timetable. This must be arranged for in advance and
                 approved by the instructor. This final make-up exam will be cumulative
                 and will include plant material in its current condition (without leaves,
                 fruit, or flowers for example). This quiz may be used to replace a missed
                 quiz only and may not be used to replace a previous low quiz score.

Quiz Schedule:   Plant Identification quizzes will be held during classes on:
                 August 31                     October 26
                 September 9                   November 4
                 September 21                  November 16
                 September 30                  November 30
                 October 12             Final Exam December 9 (10:15-12:15)

Plant Walks:     Plant walks are required and taken during most class periods to learn to ID
                 plant material in the field. Dress properly for the weather each day and
                 bring your plant list to check off new plants. Be prepared for inclement
                 weather; so bring pencils (ink will run when wet) and an umbrella on
                 those days. While it may be tempting to take samples of the plant material
                 as they are presented, this practice is highly discouraged by the instructor.
                 Many of the plant specimens are either very small or are found in
                 locations where taking samples is not appropriate. Students will need to
                 go to the landscape locations of the specimens to study them. It is
                 suggested that students either purchase (UT Bookstore) or borrow a 10X
                 eyepiece for use in locating identifying characters of the plants.

Grading:         A  90, B+ = 87 - 89, B = 80 – 86, C+ = 77 –79, C = 70 –76, D = 60 – 69,
                 F < 60; All tests are of equal value (200 points total each); if your scores
                 are: 154 + 174 + 168 + 182 +159 + 192 + 108 + 182 + 178, then your total
                 would be = 1497 for the nine regular quizzes. If the lowest score of 108 is
                 dropped, the total is 1389 out of a possible score of 1600. The percentage
                 earned is 1389/1600 = 86.8 = 87 and your course grade would be a B+

								
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