College of Micronesia-FSM
Division of Natural Science and Mathematics

SC 250 Botany Outline

 Course Title   Number  Division
General Botany w/lab SC 250 Natural Science and Mathematics

Course Description

Introduces the study of structure, function, and evolution of plants, their relationship to the environment and to humans.

  Course Prepared by:  Dana Lee Ling   State:  National Campus, Pohnpei


Hours Per Week No. of weeks Total Hours Semester Credits
Lecture/Discussion 3 x 16 = 48 3
Laboratory 3 x 16 = 48 1
Workshop x =
Total Semester Credits 4

Purpose of Course

Degree requirement
Degree elective X

Prerequisite Course

SC 120 or MR 120 or instructor's permission


Chairperson, Curriculum Committee: ________________________ Date: _______________

President, COM-FSM: __________________ Date: _________________

  1. Course Objectives
    1. General Objectives
      1. Develop knowledge of the life cycle, reproductive, structural, chemical, evolutionary, and anantomical characteristics of photsynthetic and fungal phylla.
      2. Acquire a basic knowledge of plant physiology, plant ecology, and ethnobotany.
      3. Acquire an understanding of the importance of plants in our daily lives.
      4. Learn the diversity and classification of plants.
      5. Understand the interrelationships of plants and their environment.
      6. Identify local botanical species.
      7. Enhance environmental understanding and awareness
    2. Specific Objectives: 70% mastery.  Students will be able to...
      1. List cultural uses of plants globally
      2. List cultural uses of plants locally
      3. Distinguish between public knowledge plant medicine and private knowledge plant medicine
      4. Describe the characteristics that make each of the five plant kingdoms unique and distinct
      5. Place an organism into the correct kingdom give the characteristics of that organism
      6. Identify local plants by local name in the field
      7. Identify local plants by latin binomial in the field
      8. Explain the evolutionary differences that characterize each phylla
      9. Explain the nature of the biologically important evolutionary developments that allow a given phylla to more effectively compete for limited resources than more primitive (or advanced) phylla.
      10. Sketch the generic life cycle for each phylla
      11. Sketch an inflorescence with the parts correctly labelled
      12. Label the vegetative and structural parts of plants.
      13. Explain the process of photosynthesis including inputs and outputs
      14. Write out the key function(s) of major plant hormones
      15. Grow and propagate a plant
      16. Produce herbarium pages, either real or virtual (online) pages.
  2. Course content
    1. Ethnobotany
    2. Five Kingdoms
    3. Kingdom Monera: Cyanophyta
    4. Kingdom Protista: Primarily Unicellular Organisms
      1. Chrysophyta
      2. Pyrrhophyta
      3. Rhizopoda
      4. Apicomplexa
      5. Euglenophyta
      6. Ciliophora
    5. Kingdom Protista: Primarily Multicellular Organisms
      1. Algae
        1. Division Chlorophyta
        2. Division Phaeophyta
        3. Division Rhodophyta
      2. Protists Resembling Fungi
        1. Division Myxomycota
        2. Division Acrasiomycota
        3. Division Oomycota
    6. Kingdom Fungi
      1. Division Zygomycota
      2. Division Ascomycota
      3. Division Basidiomycota
      4. Lichens
    7. Kingdom Plantae: Division Bryophyta (Bryophtes)
      1. Class Hepaticae
      2. Class Anthocerotae
      3. Class Musci
    8. Kingdom Plantae: Seedless Vascular Plants
      1. Division Psilotophyta
      2. Division Lycophyta
      3. Division Sphenophyta
      4. Division Pterophyta
    9. Kingdom Plantae: Gymnosperms (Exposed Seed Plants)
      1. Division Cycadophyta
      2. Division Ginkgophyta
      3. Division Coniferophyta
      4. Division Gnetophyta
    10. Chapter 9 Kingdom Plantae: Angiosperms (Enclosed Seed Plants-Flowering Plants)
    11. Division Anthophyta
    12. Growth:Cells and Seeds
    13. Growth:Roots and shoots
    14. Organization: Stems
    15. Organization: Roots and leaves
    16. Adaptation: Protection
    17. Adaptation: Needs
    18. Functions: Growth and Development
    19. Functions: Waters, minerals
    20. Photosynthesis
    21. Term Project: Three virtual herbarium pages
      1. One plant not previously done (15)
      2. One plant that has cultural significance (20)
      3. One plant that was previously done (10)
    22. Live Plant returned healthy with sketchbook including:
      1. Full life cycle diagram as observed by you
      2. Notes how to propagate plant
      3. Notes on what the plant needs to grow
      4. Notes on its response to fertilizer
      5. Notes on whether it prefers sunshine or shade
      6. Notes on whether it prefers to be wet or dry
      7. Drawings should include measurements of size
      8. Identification of the plant (Genus species and local name if any)
      9. Plant should be healthy, vigorous, growing robustly
    23. Final examination
  3. Textbooks
    1. Botany for Gardeners, Brian Capon ($17.95). 
      Botany for Gardeners
    2. A Photographic Atlas for the Botany Laboratory, Kent Van de Graff ($20.95).
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  4. Required course materials
  5. Reference materials
  6. Instructional cost
  7. Methods of instruction
  8. Evaluation
  9. Attendance policy


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