Syllabus/Schedule- FALL 2001
PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY BI 338
Dr. David Domozych Dana 329b, ext. 5075 e-mail: email@example.com _______________________________________________________________________
Lecture: Tues/Thurs—9:40-11:00 am—Bolton 281 Lab: Monday- 2-5pm—Dana 346
Textbook: “Economic Botany” (2nd edition) by Simpson and Ogorzaly, 1995, McGraw-Hill).
Objectives of course: to introduce students to the economic importance of plants and fungi in our world and the ways modern biotechnology is changing the relationship between plants/fungi and humans. Lecture will review basic principles of plant/fungal biochemistry and form/function, medicinal botany, psychoactive plants/fungi, stimulating beverages, poisonous plants/fungi, agriculture and horticulture and specialty uses of plants/fungi including the science/economics of cotton, rubber, forest resources and hydrogels/resins. Laboratories will include modern, ands-on experiences that are essential to modern biotechnology.
A.) Review of plant evolution, vascular plant form and function, angiosperm reproduction,…, review of basic fungal biology.
B.) Basics of DNA, Molecular genetics- review.
C.) Recombinant DNA technology and techniques of genetic engineering.
D.) Review of basic primary biochemistry of plants and fungi; Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins.
Please read chapters: 1, 20 and 2
II.) Secondary Compounds of plants and fungi.
III.) Psychoactive plants/fungi and their products. Part 1.
B.) Hallucinogenic plants and fungi.
Please read chapter: 13
EXAM 1- 250 points – Oct. 4, 2001
IV.) Psychoactive plants/fungi. Part 2
Please read chapters: 14 and 15.
V.) Poisonous plants and fungi- botany, history and chemistry.
Please read chapter: 13
VI.) Medicinal Plants and fungi- past, present and current./
Please read chapters: 12
VI.) Agriculture. Part 1.
A.) Introduction and history of Agriculture.
B.) The grains and their impact on humankind.
Please read chapters: 3, 6
EXAM 2- 250 points – Nov. 1, 2001
VII.) Agriculture. Part 2.
B.) Starchy-underground plant products.
C.) Oil-production from plants.
D.) Fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Please read chapters: 4, 5,7,8 ,9, 10
VIII.) Fibers, dyes and tannins.
Please read chapter: 16
IX.) Resins and rubber-like compounds.
Please read chapter: 11
EXAM 3- 250 points – December 6, 2001 Weeks of Dec. 10 and 17-
Session/ Date/ Topic
1 Sept. 10 Plant morphology and sterile technique
2 Sept. 17 Plant Tissue Culture 1
3 Sept. 24 Plant Tissue Culture 2
4 Oct. 1 Protoplasts
5 Oct. 8 Phytoremediation 1
6 Oct. 15 Phytoremediation 2
Note: October 22 is a school holiday-no lab
7 Oct. 29 Antimicrobial testing 1
8 Nov. 5 Antimicrobial testing 2
9 Nov. 12 Plant DNA isolation
10 Nov. 19 Mycotechnology
11 Nov. 26 Lab practical- 100 points
12 Dec. 3 Presentations- term report
13 Dec. 10 Presentations- term report
The course and your grade: There are five specific grading exercises in this course: Lecture Exam 1 250 points Lecture Exam 2 250 points Lecture Exam 3 250 points Lab practical 100 points Student term report 150 points -4- This course is worth 1,000 points. Test grades may be curved depending upon the class results. Extra credit questions may be provided on exams in order to aid your scores. Final grades are NEVER curved- so, do not wait until the last minute to work on your grade. Each test means something. To obtain a particular grade listed below, you must have the following scores: A+ = 980-1,000 points A = 895-979 points B+ = 880-894points B = 795-879 points C+ = 780-794points C = 695-779 points D+ = 680-794 points D = 595-679 points F = below 594 points Notes on labs: Because most labs require follow-up work and library readings, please maintain a well-ordered and neat notebook. You will be responsible for all lab materials at the time of your lab practical. Student term report: Details concerning this report will be given to you in class. Keep up with deadlines and be prepared for the final presentation. Attendance: Poor attendance is often the cause of poor grades. Attend all lectures and labs and do not miss exams or practicals (unless sick). Remember that each students are allowed three unexcused lecture absences. Any more than that and your instructor can legally flunk you. If, for medical or family reasons you need to miss class, contact me immediately at 5075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.