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AGS 240 Plant Biology
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: None
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F
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Description: A study of the origin, evolution, anatomy, function and ecology of land plants. Genetics, cellular structure, reproduction and the anatomy of stems, roots, leaves, flowers and fruits are described. Includes aspects of plant physiology, photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, integrated pest management and plant soil-water relationships.

Prerequisites: RDG094

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Knowledge Level) Describe the fundamental importance of plants in terrestrial ecosystems.
2. (Comprehension Level) Discuss the many ways plants are needed and used by humans.
3. (Analysis Level) Analyze the naming and classification of plants.
4. (Comprehension Level) Identify and illustrate plant cells and plant cell organelles.
5. (Comprehension Level) Identify and illustrate the process of plant mitosis.
6. (Comprehension Level) Identify and illustrate monocot & dicot roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruits.
7. (Comprehension Level) Explain the origin and domestication of basic food crops.
8. (Comprehension Level) Explain the basic concepts of plant genetics, genetic engineering and biotechnology.
9. (Comprehension Level) Describe the process of meiosis and sexual reproduction in plants.
10. (Application Level) Demonstrate the common methods of sexual and asexual plant propagation.
11. (Comprehension Level) Explain the process of photosynthesis and how radiant energy is converted to chemical energy.
12. (Comprehension Level) Explain the process of respiration and how it releases the chemical energy from photosynthesis.
13. (Analysis Level) Analyze and identify the physical and chemical properties of soil and soil water.
14. (Comprehension Level) Discuss the basic principles of soil fertility and plant nutrition.
15. (Analysis Level) Analyze the climatic factors involved in plant growth and development.
16. (Analysis Level) Analyze and discuss integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for managing weeds, insects and diseases.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
None