have no set office hours, but I will meet with you: a) after lecture or before lecture, b)
or we can set up an
appointment; see me before or after lecture or call me and we will
select a time.
To learn to recognize plant "architecture", e.g. internal and external structure and form.
To develop a basic understanding of plant "function", especially photosynthesis, respiration and hormonal control.
To explore how plants and the environment interact.
To develop skills to "orchestrate" plant growth with hormones, pruning, nutrition, water and soil modification.
REQUIRED TEXT: Horticulture - Science and Practices, D.W. Reed, Pearson Custom Publ., Edina, MN. Available at the campus and most off campus bookstores. This is a lecture supplement and must be brought to all lectures.
OPTIONAL TEXT: The Biology of Horticulture, J.E. Preece and P.E. Read, 1993, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NY. The text is optional. Available at the campus and most off campus bookstores.
QUIZ FILE: Can be: 1) checked out of the Reserve Desk at the West Campus Library, or 2) obtained from Electronic Reserve at Electronic Reserve System. The Quiz File contains 10 years worth of exams.
VIDEO TAPES: Every lecture will be digitally video taped. DVDs of each lecture are placed on 2-hour reserve in the West Campus Library Reserve Desk. The DVDs can be viewed on any computer in any of the student computer labs..
LATE ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES: Lecture: I realize A&M is a very large campus. Therefore, late arrivals and early departures will be tolerated within reason (a few minutes). Enter/exit quietly and sit in the back of the class. However, lecture will start and end on time. Exams: Late arrivals are not tolerated for exams; after the first student finishes and leaves the room then no other students are allowed in the room, unless there is an extraordinary reason for arriving late and it can be verified.
CELLULAR PHONES: If your cell phone or beeper rings during class repeatedly or if you answer a phone that was on vibrate, you may be asked to leave the classroom.
ATTENDANCE: I do not take roll, but please make an effort to attend all lectures.GRADING - Exams, weights, and scale.
100 points Exam 1 (inclusive)
100 points Exam 2 (inclusive)
100 points Exam 3 (inclusive)
100 points Exam 4 (inclusive)
100 points Final Exam (comprehensive)
- drop lowest grade
- therefore, your grade is based on a total of 400 points
- numerical grade: mathematical average of the highest 4 exam grades, rounded to the next whole number.
- letter grade: 10 point scale, A = 90-100, B = 80-89, etc.
- your grade will be based on your mathematical average; there is no curve on final grades nor outside/extra work for extra credit.
EXAM DATES: See Exam Dates on web site.
GRADING SCALE: 10 point scale, A = 90-100, B = 80-89, etc. Your grade will be based on your mathematical average rounded to the next whole number; there is no curve on final grades nor outside/extra work for extra credit.
MAKE-UP EXAMS: Read the Student Rules (http://student-rules.tamu.edu/) on the following page relative to excused absences and make-up exams. Make-up exams will be given only for acceptable University excuses as defined in Student Rules. As per Student Rules: "The student is responsible for providing satisfactory evidence to the instructor to substantiate the reason for absence", which requires some type of written and approved excuse. And, "to be excused the student must notify his or her instructor in writing (acknowledged e-mail message is acceptable) prior to the date of absence if such notification is feasible. In cases where advance notification is not feasible (e.g. accident, or emergency) the student must provide notification by the end of the second working day after the absence. This notification should include an explanation of why notice could not be sent prior to the class." However, it is strongly advised to talk to me directly (in person or a phone call) to inform me of the absence - Why?, so I can confirm the validity of the absence and explain your options. If possible, the make-up exam will be tentatively scheduled at the time I verify the excused absence. Arrangements for make-up exams must be done directly (in person or a phone call) - I do not discuss arranging make-up exams via email or texting, unless it is an extraordinary situation. Student Rules require that the make-up is "to be completed within 30 calendar days form the last day of the absence". However, the exact time allowed for the make-up depends on the nature of the excused absence. My guidelines are: The student is given the number of days to make-up the exam equal to the number of days of the excused absence, starting with the day of the exam. For example, if the student has a illness and an excused absence for 2 days (the day of the exam plus the next day), then the student is allowed 2 calendar (2) days, and the make-up exam must be taken by the end of the 3rd day. If the excused absence includes days before the exam such that lectures were missed, then see the instructor for a case-by-case decision to allow sufficient time to view the videos of the missed lectures. If the excused absence is for a planned event, such as sponsored activity, and no lectures are missed, then the student may take the exam before departure if feasible, a proctored exam may be administered on the trip, or the exam is taken by the end of the day after return; if lectures are missed, an appropriate amount of time will be allowed to view the video tapes of the lectures missed, plus study time - this is arranged on a case-by-case basis. Notification of missing an exam must by the timeline stated above, but written documentation of the excused absence can be turned-in at the time of the make-up exam. If the make-up exam is taken after the exams have been returned in class, then a different, but comparable, make-up exam will be given. Any exam missed without following the Student Rules will result in a grade of 0 (unless there are extraordinary extenuating circumstances, and in such cases you must appeal directly to the instructor). If this is your first 0, then it will automatically be used as your drop grade. If you have already used your drop grade, then the 0 will be averaged as a grade. If all this seems confusing, that is why I want you to call me so I can verify your excuse and explain to you the make-up options.
STUDENT COMMENTS: I am extremely receptive to student comments, both positive and negative. Leave me a note on the podium if you want to be anonymous, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services, in Cain Hall, Room B118, or call 845-1637. For additional information visit http://disability.tamu.edu.
Aggie Honor System and Scholastic DishonestyIt is the responsibility of students and instructors to help maintain scholastic integrity by abiding by the Aggie Honor Code "An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do". The Aggie Honor System (http://aggiehonor.tamu.edu/) establishes student rules relative to scholastic dishonesty. It is my class policy to prosecute scholastic dishonesty to the fullest extent allowed, which may include a grade of F in the course if scholastic dishonesty is proven on any given exam, and submission of the findings to the Aggie Honor Council.
7. Attendance (Revised: 2010)
The university views class attendance as an individual student responsibility. Students are expected to attend class and to complete all assignments. Instructors are expected to give adequate notice of the dates on which major tests will be given and assignments will be due. This information should be provided on the course syllabus, which should be distributed at the first class meeting. Graduate students are expected to attend all examinations required by departments or advisory committees as scheduled formally.
Students who are requesting an excused absence are expected to uphold the Aggie Honor Code and Student Conduct Code (See Rule 24).
7.1 The student is responsible for providing satisfactory evidence to the instructor to substantiate the reason for absence. Among the reasons absences are considered excused by the university are the following: (1Muster)
7.1.1 Participation in an activity appearing on the university authorized activity list. (see List of Authorized and Sponsored Activities)
7.1.2 Death or major illness in a student’s immediate family. Immediate family may include: mother, father, sister, brother, grandparents, spouse, child, spouse’s child, spouse’s parents, spouse’s grandparents, stepmother, step-father, step-sister, step-brother, step-grandparents, grandchild, step-grandchild, legal guardian, and others as deemed appropriate by faculty member or student’s academic Dean or designee.
7.1.3 Illness of a dependent family member.
7.1.4 Participation in legal proceedings or administrative procedures that require a student’s presence.
7.1.5 Religious holy day. (See Appendix IV.)
7.1.6 Injury or Illness that is too severe or contagious for the student to attend class.
18.104.22.168 Injury or illness of three or more days. For injury or illness that requires a student to be absent from classes for three or more business days (to include classes on Saturday), the student should obtain a medical confirmation note from his or her medical provider. The Student Health Center or an off-campus medical professional can provide a medical confirmation note only if medical professionals are involved in the medical care of the student. The medical confirmation note must contain the date and time of the illness and medical professional’s confirmation of needed absence.
22.214.171.124 Injury or illness less than three days. Faculty members may require confirmation of student injury or illness that is serious enough for a student to be absent from class for a period less than three business days (to include classes on Saturday). At the discretion of the faculty member and/or academic department standard, as outlined in the course syllabus, illness confirmation may be obtained by one or both of the following methods:
a. Texas A&M University Explanatory Statement for Absence from Class form available at http://attendance.tamu.edu.
b. Confirmation of visit to a health care professional affirming date and time of visit.
126.96.36.199 An absence for a non acute medical service does not constitute an excused absence.
7.1.7 Required participation in military duties.
7.1.8 Mandatory admission interviews for professional or graduate school which cannot be rescheduled.
7.2 The associate dean for undergraduate programs, or the dean’s designee, of the student’s college may provide a letter for the student to take to the instructor stating that the dean has verified the student’s absence as excused.
7.3 Students may be excused from attending class on the day of a graded activity or when attendance contributes to a student's grade, for the reasons stated in Section 7.1, or other reason deemed appropriate by the student's instructor. Except in the case of the observance of a religious holiday, to be excused the student must notify his or her instructor in writing (acknowledged e-mail message is acceptable) prior to the date of absence if such notification is feasible. In cases where advance notification is not feasible (e.g. accident, or emergency) the student must provide notification by the end of the second working day after the absence. This notification should include an explanation of why notice could not be sent prior to the class. Accommodations sought for absences due to the observance of a religious holiday can be sought either prior or after the absence, but not later than two working days after the absence.
If needed, the student must provide additional documentation substantiating the reason for the absence, that is satisfactory to the instructor, within one week of the last date of the absence.
If the absence is excused, the instructor must either provide the student an opportunity to make up any quiz, exam or other graded activities or provide a satisfactory alternative to be completed within 30 calendar days from the last day of the absence.
7.4 The instructor is under no obligation to provide an opportunity for the student to make up work missed because of an unexcused absence.
7.5 See Part III, Grievance Procedures: 49. Unexcused Absences, for information on appealing an instructor’s decision.
7.6 If the student is absent for excused reasons for an unreasonable amount of time during the semester, the academic Dean or designee of the student’s college may consider giving the student a grade of W during the semester enrolled or a NG (no grade) following posting of final grades.
7.7 Whenever a student is absent for unknown reasons for an extended period of time, the instructor should initiate a check on the welfare of the student by reporting through the head of the student’s major department to the Dean or designee of the student’s college.