University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar


XII--Course Descriptions


Department of Botany

Additional course listings may be found in the course descriptions for Biology, Environmental Biology and Plant Biology.

17-115 Introduction to Plant Biology S,F,W(3-3)

An introduction to plants emphasizing the form and function of angiosperms. Topics include seeds, organization of the vegetative plant body, photosynthesis, water relations, transport within the plant, flowering, senescence, and how plants function in particular environments.

17-205 Plant Ecology F(3-3)

Principles of ecology as they apply to plants. The course deals with plant energy budgets, plant population biology and community ecology. Some emphasis will be given to interactions between plants and wildlife.

Prerequisites: 17-115, (92-102 or 65-100).

17-230 Plant Physiology S,F,W(3-3)

The physiology of water and nutrients, photosynthesis, transport and metabolism as related to the regulatory mechanisms of plant growth, development and survival.

Prerequisites: 17-115 or equivalent.

17-240 Plant Anatomy F(3-3)

Structure and development of cells, tissues and tissue systems with emphasis on experimental studies; comparative anatomy of stem, root, leaf and flower.

Prerequisites: 17-115 or equivalent.

17-270 Taxonomy of Seed Plants W(3-3)

The morphology, identification, classification, nomenclature, modes of reproduction and economic importance of selected families of flowering plants and conifers. Labs stress interpretation of plant form applied to plant identification at the ranks of family to species.

Prerequisites: 17-115.

17-320 Fungi W(3-3)

The biology of fungi, and the importance of molds in the affairs of people.

Prerequisites: a 100-level course in biological science, preferably 17-115.

17-326 Phycology F(3-3)

A survey of morphology, life history and taxonomy of the algae; ecology, cytology and economic importance of selected groups.

Prerequisites: a 100-level course in biological science, preferably 17-115.

17-353 Diversity and Adaptation in Land Plants F(3-3)

The structure, life history characteristics, adaptive strategies and phylogenetic relationships of the major groups of land plants. Emphasis is placed on the structural-functional and reproductive features that characterize each plant group, and which allow survival and persistence in a diversity of habitats.

Prerequisites: 17-115 and preferably 17-240.

17-438 Metabolism in the Whole Life of Plants W(3-0)

The physiological and biochemical aspects of the mechanisms whereby plants sustain themselves. The changing patterns of metabolism during the whole life of the plant will be followed in relation to developmental stages.

Prerequisites: 17-230, 19-258.

17-443 Plant Microtechniques F(1-5)

An introduction to methods of preparing plant materials for microscopy. Students will select three modules from the following: scanning electron microscopy; transmission electron microscopy; specialized techniques for light microscopy; paraffin embedding techniques; epiillumination techniques (the dissection, staining and photography of developmental stages of floral and vegetative meristems); photomicroscopy; colloidal gold labelling. Students are expected to be familiar with basic plant structure.

Prerequisites: permission of the instructor.

17-447 Developmental Morphology of Vascular Plants W(3-3)

Developmental morphology of gymnosperms and angiosperms will be considered. Emphasis will be placed on reproductive structures. Topics include architectural analysis of plants, comparative floral organogenesis, phylogenetic and serial homology, and general principles of theoretical plant morphology.

Prerequisites: 17-240.

17-457 Experimental Approaches to Plant Physiology F(1-5)

Analysis of current research problems in plant physiology requiring the use of specialized, modern techniques such as gas or high pressure liquid chromatography, gel electrophoresis or cell and tissue culture. (Offered in even-numbered years.)

Prerequisites: 17-438.

17-470 Vascular Plant Systematics W(3-3)

Principles and methods in plant taxonomy, including: evolutionary, phylogenetic (cladistic) and phentic approaches to classification; modes of speciation; circumscription of species; subspecific taxa and genera; uses of various kinds of data (morphological, chemical, cytological; anatomical, etc.) in classification. (Offered in even-numbered years.)

Prerequisites: 17-270.

17-482 Research Opportunities in Botany I S,F,W(1-5)

See 17-483.

17-483 Research Opportunities in Botany II S,F,W(1-5)

These courses, normally open to students who are in semesters 7 and 8, are specifically designed to encourage senior undergraduates to conduct research in an area of Plant Biology. The courses may be taken individually or in sequence. The two-course sequence is particularly valuable for students considering graduate work. In all instances, supervisory arrangements must be made at least one semester before starting the course; registration is contingent on the availability and agreement of a faculty supervisor.

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar
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