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Revision Date: 20-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | BIO-1220-VO01 - Botany

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 4
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 5 (as of 07-24-24 8:05 PM)
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Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00


Kathryn Carvey
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Natural Science
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of plant growth and development. Higher plant structure, metabolism, growth regulators, and mineral nutrition are emphasized. Students also become acquainted with the diversity of plants and plant-like organisms through study of bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, mosses, and lower vascular plants.

Essential Objectives

1. Define and apply the terms essential to the study of botany.
2. Summarize the development of the science of botany, and evaluate the ways botany relates to issues confronting humanity.
3. Summarize the principles of plant classification and identification in the lower and plant kingdoms.
4. Explain the structure and function of plants’ cells, tissues, and systems.
5. Summarize plant nutrition, metabolism and photosynthesis.
6. Explain plant reproduction and genetics.
7. Explain the evolution of plants, their place in an ecosystem, and plants’ adaptation to environments.
8. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.
9. Explain how knowledge created in the natural sciences has contributed to the creation, maintenance and dismantling of social inequalities and discuss the impacts of diversity and inclusion on scientific research and practice.
Lab Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge of the scientific method to:
a. formulate and evaluate real-world scientific questions;
b. ethically plan and implement accurate data collection;
c. analyze and evaluate data;
d. generate conclusions based on analysis and justify claims with evidence;
e. integrate the related work of other scientists; and
f. propose ideas for further inquiry.
2. Communicate findings in a format appropriate to the discipline and type of investigation, such as a laboratory notebook, laboratory report, observational study, field investigation report, poster, or presentation using appropriate evidence to support these findings.
3. Understand the structure and purpose of peer-reviewed publications.
4. Evaluate scientific information for validity, accuracy, reliability, and methodology.
5. Identify and follow lab safety techniques that are aligned with CCV’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Lab Safety Agreements, and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

BIO-1220-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Greetings Botanists,

We are going to give the too-often-ignored plant kingdom its fair share of attention; you'll soon start noticing a lot more of what is going on around you in your environment. We will use a catalogue of online microscopic images to look inside plants, a key to look at the outside of plants, and readings and films to discover what plants contribute to our natural world.

Students will have assigned reading each week: a combination from the lab manual, the book and instructor provided material, frequently supplemented with short videos. For labs, we'll use the lab manual and Tree Finder key. There will be a weekly discussion question for group participation. Quizzes will be in small bites so there will be some type of short quiz over each week's course material with the aim of encouraging you to apply what you've learned to the world around you.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Science, plants and keys


Course pdf files

In Defense of Plants Preface and Chapter 1

Lab Manual Chapter 15 and pages 69-71


Lab 1

Quiz 1

Discussion 1



Plant systems and population ecology


Course pdf files

In Defense of Plants Chapter 2


Lab 2

Quiz 2

Discussion 2



Community biology and ecosystems


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapter 22

In Defense of Plants Chapter 3


Lab 3

Quiz 3

Discussion 3



Cell division and basic genetics


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapter 4


Lab 4

Quiz 4

Discussion 4



Darwin, Wallace and evolution; what does it mean for plants?


Course pdf files

In Defense of Plants Chapter 5


Lab 5

Quiz 5

Discussion 5



What's in a plant cell?


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapter 3


Lab 6

Quiz 6

Discussion 6



Plant tissues, stems and transport


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapter 5


Lab 7

Quiz 7

Discussion 7

Paper due



Roots and soil


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapters 7 & 12

In Defense of Plants Chapter 7


Lab 8

Quiz 8

Discussion 8



Leaves and setting the stage for photosynthesis


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapter 6

In Defense of Plants Chapter 6


Lab 9

Quiz 9

Discussion 9



Photosynthesis: how does it make the world tick?


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapter 9


Lab 10

Quiz 10

Discussion 10



Cellular respiration: the other side of the energy coin


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapter 10


Lab 11

Quiz 11

Discussion 11



Nonvascular plants aka mosses, liverworts and hornworts


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapter 17


Lab 12

Quiz 12

Discussion 12



Seedless vascular plants aka ferns, club mosses, Equisetum et. al.

Secondary growth


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapters 18 & 8


Lab 13

Quiz 13

Discussion 13



Seed plants: Gymnosperms


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapter 19

In Defense of Plants Chapter 4


Lab 14

Quiz 14

Discussion 14



Seed plants: Angiosperms


Course pdf files

Lab Manual Chapters 20 & 21

In Defense of Plants Chapter 8


Lab 15

Quiz 15

Discussion 15


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Your responses in weekly discussions will serve both as attendance markers and toward participation points. Each week a discussion topic is posted. To be on time, students must make an initial response by Saturday of that week.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Since this course builds week by week on the material covered, it is very important for students to stay current on assignments. To encourage this, missing assignments will receive a zero. Make-up or time extensions are not available.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.