BOTANY 101 GENERAL BOTANY                                                        Spring 2009
33097: 9:15 – 10:30 MW @ Koki`o 101                                 Office Hour: 8:00 – 9:00 MW
Faculty: Prof. Nelda K. Quensell                                     Office: Koki`o 102
e-mail address:                                    Office phone: 734-9428

Bot 101 is a 3-credit course that discusses growth, functions and evolution of plants, their
relations to the environment and particularly to humans and their activities.
Bot 101 fulfills the Kapi`olani Community College (AA/DB) and KCC AS/NS and transfers to a
four year university as a biological science credit.

Upon successful completion of Bot 101, the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the knowledge of the important biological concepts and theories (as: cell theory,
energy flow, photosynthesis, growth, reproduction, etc.) and recognize that they may be
explained in terms of the natural laws of physics and chemistry.
2. Know the unique anatomical characteristics of major plant groups and relate these structures
to the functions they perform.
3. Demonstrate the basic knowledge of plant genetics and evolution of floral structures in terms of
ecology and morphology.
4. Develop a balanced and pragmatic knowledge in Botany.

Kingsley R. Stern, James E. Bidlack, and Shelley H. Jansky INTRODUCTORY PLANT BIOLOGY
                                                        2008. 11 edition Mc Graw Hill Co.

COURSE GRADING:               There will be:
three 100-points tests ........................................................……. 300 points
5 current botanical news articles or Service Learning…………                                 50 "
class participation (specimens, classwork, homework, attendance) 100 "
one final examination ................................................................... 120 "
               t o t a l p o i n t s p o s s i b l e: ................                    570 points

Details about news articles or service learning (SL) are on the following pages.

Grades will be computed based on the following:
90% of total points = A;               80% of total points = B;
70% of total points = C;               60% of total points = D;
below 59% of total points and/or abandoned class = F

    1. READ THE TEXTBOOK ASSIGNMENTS BEFORE CLASS. This will help you understand the
       content presented in class and will enable you to fully participate in class activities.. Take good
       notes, ask questions, talk to the instructor.

    2. BE CONSIDERATE. It is important that you listen to what is being said in class. Be considerate of
       the instructor and your peers by refraining from unnecessary talking Please make every attempt to be
       in class by the starting time. If you are late, try to be as inconspicuous as possible when entering the
       classroom. You are expected to stay in class for the duration of the class period. If for some
       unavoidable reason, you need to leave the class early, please inform the instructor at the start of the
       class and sit near the door to make for an easier exit.

       REGISTERED. If a student is unable to attend class, he or she should contact the instructor in
       advance to give notification of the absence and make necessary arrangements. For those students

       who receive financial aid and fail to attend the first week of class without making arrangements with
       the instructor, the instructor will submit the student's name to the Registrar. The student will be
       denied financial aid for the class he/she is not attending. In addition, it is solely the student's
       responsibility to withdraw from the class or attend the class and pay the tuition”.

      a. Written reports need to be submitted on scheduled time. Summary and reflection
      paper on 4 news articles: 2/4; 3/4; 3/30; 4/29 and one STEM paper on any
      Bot AV materials at STEM Center Koki`o 202: due on 4/8
      b. Service Learning reflection, journals and copy of time sheet will be due on
      April 29, 2009 The Service Learning in Botany will entail involvement in Environmental
      /Adopt An Ahupua’a Pathway that includes: common activities and one choice from the
      table on page 6 – 7.
      c. If you decide to withdraw from the course, the paperwork must be completed by March
      20, 2008, the last day for all withdrawals. Withdrawals after March 20. 2008 will be
      allowed only in cases of extreme or unusual circumstances (as certified medical condition
      or death in the immediate family). All grade related excuses are not acceptable. If you
      abandon class or disappear without official withdrawal, your final grade will be “F”.
      d. INCOMPLETE: Students must request this PRIOR TO LAST DAY OF INSTRUCTION, May 7,
      2008. Incomplete or “I” grade will be allowed for students who are:
                1. averaging a “C” grade or better
                2. very close to completing the course (including completed all other course
              requirements, as articles, papers, seminars)
                3. have a very good reason for NOT being able to complete the course on time,
              such as medical reasons or death of an immediate family member. Vacation-related
              reasons are unacceptable.

   5. DON’T CHEAT OR PLAGIARIZE. “Academic dishonesty can not be condoned by the University.
      Dishonesty includes cheating and plagiarism; it is a violation of the student conduct code and may
      result in expulsion from the University. (KCC Catalog 2009)

      students with disabilities. If you have a disability and have not voluntarily disclosed the nature of your
      disability and the support you need, please contact the Special Student Services Office, at Ilima 105,

   7. THERE IS NO MAKE-UP FOR MISSED classwork or reflection papers.

   8. If Prof. Quensell is not in class within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time, then class is
        considered cancelled.

   9. Disruptive Behavior. KCC defines disruptive behavior as speech or action that (1) is
   disrespectful, offensive, and/or threatening, (2) interferes with learning activities of other
   students, (3) impedes the delivery of college services, and/ot (4) has a negative impact on
   any learning environment…” (current KCC catalog’s Student Conduct Code) “

Choose either A or B:

(actually doing community service in a community organization that will offer practical experiences as reflection or
application of principles and theories of the course) (= 50 points)

“Service-Learning is a teaching and learning method that integrates critical reflection and
meaningful service in the community with academic learning, personal growth, and civic

Service-Learning encourages students and faculty to be active partners with community members
in building stronger communities and provides students with opportunities to develop and
    Newly acquired knowledge, skills, and attitudes
    Deeper understanding and application of course content and broader appreciation of the
    Deeper understanding of their relationship and responsibility to local, national, regional, and global communities.”

Students in Botany classes volunteer at least 25 (minimum) hours per semester of community service to
community organizations and schools, maintain a log of their learning experiences and on April 29, 2009
will submit a written report that will illustrate the relevance of their learning experience to the competencies of
the course (=reflection paper).
The various activities and community organizations a Botany student may be involved with are the following:
(you may choose one number) Written report includes all journals, the reflection part, and a copy of
the time sheet.

                 l                                           l
       Diamond Head                                         KCC/DH
       Hanauma Bay                                          Lyon Arboretum
       Kanewai Lo`i                                         Makiki Nature Center
       Fishpond                                             Foster BotanicalGarden
       Others (individual research).                        Bishop Museum
                                                            Waikiki Aquarium
                                                            Others (individual research)
Various activities and community organizations a Botany student may
be involved with (in addition to the common meetings) are the following:
(choose only one)
Environmental Pathway’s SERVICE LEARNING OPTIONS
Choice of community          Description of the service or          Contact person/supervisor
partner or SL activity       community activity                     Tel. #/e-mail address
                             Identify, quantify, collect and         Krista K. Hiser/LaVache Scanlan
Recycling                    properly discard recyclable            (808) 734-8464/734-9371
                             items at KCC campus          
                             Plant more native species,             Nelda K. Quensell
Adopt KCC, native            maintain existing (weeding,            (808) 734-9428
gardens and building         fertilizing, pruning,) native
namesakes                    species and namesakes
                             Ecological survey analysis; re-        Yara La Madrid
Diamond Head and             plant and maintain the Peace           (808) 587-0294/258-1312
The Peace Garden             Garden and native species;   
                             ciollaborate with federal entity
                             Children’s program, micro-             Jill Laughlin: 988-0471
Lyon Arboretum at            propagation lab, conservation          Nellie Sugii – 988-0470
Manoa, Honolulu              of native species, weed                Ray Baker – 988-0455
(Part of UH Manoa)           removal, ethnobotanical                Ken Seamon – 988-0469
                             garden, work in greenhouse             Alvin Yoshinaga – 988-0469

        Foster Botanical           Conservation program                Brian Koren (808) 621-5463
        Gardens: Nuuanu,           Docent training           
        Wahiawa Or Kaneohe’s       Information/greeters                or the Education specialist at
        Hoomaluhia                 Plant care giver                     (808) 522-7063
        Hawaii Nature Center       Docent for elementary school        Pauline Kawamoto (or the education
        at Makiki, Honolulu        children; or a plant care giver     specialist)
                                                                           (808) 955-0100
        Bishop Museum              Work with scientists on             BM: Judi McClain
                                   Botanical collections or on                  (808) 848-4180
        or                         anthropology;
                                   Hawaiian limu conservation or       WA: call the education
        Waikiki Aquarium           coastal species                     specialist/check phone book
        Palolo Pipeline            Tutor math oir science              Ulla Hasager: (808) 734-9177 or (808)
                                   Tech tutor at the “Hale”            956-4218
                                   Conservation of the taro lo`i       Hale: Judi Kirkpatrick/KCC
           Anuenue School at       with the Anuenue School             AS: Kamuela Yim (808) 953-8988
        Student responsibilities:
           1. obtain faculty approval before starting your service learning experience (25 -30+
           2. attend one of the scheduled Adopt an Ahupua`a orientation sessions
           3. download necessary forms from SL website then complete forms and submit to SL office
               at Naio 214, tel # 734-9353
           4. writing assignments: maintain a journal of your learning experience, write a reflection part
           5. at end, submit the journal and write a reflective essay on the whole experience
           6. share your service learning experience with class, put pertinent materials into your written

REFLECTIVE JOURNALING: (Written communication and critical thinking )

Students in Service Learning need to keep a journal of their field experiences. The journal
should describe what you see and do and then provide your own interpretative comments.
A practical way of doing this is to divide the paper in half (lengthwise), and describe the experience
on one side and the interpretative comments on the other side. I will collect these journals on the
end and specifically peruse these pages. These entries will also help you when you write your
final 2- 3 pages long critique of the experience (=reflection paper). Also indicate any new
processes or items you learned during the SL experience. As we progress in the semester and
as time allows us to, we can do some sharing and learn from each other's experiences, insights
and perspectives. Ahupua`a is a Hawaiian concept that describes pre-contact land tenure
system where lands were divided into approximate pie-shaped wedges stretching from
mountain to ocean so that in any ahupua`a land division , commoner farmer and fisherman
had access to upland, lowland and ocean resources.

     Visit SL web site:

  For: SL forms and for description of and directions to community sites

        This class activity requires clipping or photocopying current events from the newspaper or periodicals
        (Science News, Scientific Journals, etc) articles which deals with one of the subjects covered in the course.
        These assignments are due on:
        News article #1 …… February 4, 2009               News Article #2 …March 4, 2009
        News Article #3 ….. March 30, 2009                BOT. paper ……… April 8, 2009
        NewsArticle#4……….April29,2009                      AV materials @ STEM Center Koki`o 202

*You can use news articles published after August 1, 2008 (no earlier than this date). The subjects may
include genetics, biology, ecology, organism’s interactions, evolution, anatomy and physiology,
biotechnology, any biological science that is relevant to the course; but may NOT include any pure physical
science or material outside the scope of the Botany course. Paste the article on a separate sheet of paper
and then write a brief summary followed by a reaction or critique that illustrates the pertinence of the article
to the course. The use of proper English and effectiveness of visual presentation will affect the possible
grade. Each article must be numbered as: News Article #1, #2, etc…. And you can not submit all 4 articles
at once, no more than 2 articles each time is allowed. Each complete article is equal to 5 points (total = 20
*Botany reflection paper: go and watch an Bot AV material at the STEM Center: Koki`o 202, any title that
you can relate to BOT 101. Make a 1-page summary and a 1-page reflection on the subject matter. Relate
the AV material to the objectives of the course, indicate what you learned from it in as a person and its
pertinence to the world ecosystem. (=10 points)

Lecture number                Topics for discussion                 pages in text,
(not equal to chapter #)                                           read prior to class
#one                 What is plant biology?                                 1-12 /
#two                 Ecology                                                475 -496
#three               Biomes                                                 499-501
#four                The nature of life / cells                             13 – 28 / 29 -52

          TEST # 1 includes pp 1 - 63 + notes, discussions (2/9/2009)

#five                Tissues                                                54 - 63
#six                 Roots and soils                                        64 - 83
#fseven              Stems                                                  84 - 105
#eight               Leaves                                                 106 - 126
#nine                Water in plants/transport/minerals                     149 - 164

       TEST #2 includes pp 62 - 164 + notes, discussions (3/11/2009)

#ten                 Plant metabolism                                       165 - 190
#eleven              Flowers, fruits and seeds                              127 - 148
#twelve              Growth                                                 192 - 214
#thirteen            Meiosis and alternation of generations                 216 - 224
#fourteen            Genetics                                               225 - 246
#fifteen             Plant propagation and biotechnology                    247 -266*

      TEST #3 includes pp 127-148 and 165 - 266 take home test due:
Test will be distributed (in class) on Wednesday, 4/1/2009. Must be present in class to pick-up
and submit the THT completed on Monday, April 6, 2009,
#sixteen               Evolution                                          267 - 279
#seventeen             Plant names and classification                     280 - 292
#eighteen              Domain Bacteria/Archaea, viruses                   293 - 317
#nineteen              Protista, Fungi and lichens                        318 – 347/347-370
#twenty                Bryophyta                                          372 - 387
#twenty-one            Ferns and their relatives                          386 - 410
#twenty-two            Gymnosperms                                        410 - 428
#twenty-three          Flowering plants                                   429 - 447

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