Dr. D.J. Gifford
Office, Biological Sciences Building, CW-468
BOT 380 Home Page http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/courses.hp/bot380/380-hp.htm
Office, Biological Sciences Building, M-330A
CALENDAR COURSE DESCRIPTION
A survey of the biology and historical uses of important drug-producing plants. An evaluation of the chemistry of biologically active compounds from poisons, allergenic, analgesic, and hallucinogenic plants, and the current uses of such plant products in modern scientific research. Use of plant biotechnology to develop drug-producing plants.
THE NATURE OF THE COURSE:
During this course I will introduce you to some of the chemicals found in plants that have been used, and are currently being used, by human populations. All of the chemicals that I will discuss have had, and continue to have, a profound effect on social behavior and medical practice. Where possible, I will also try to evaluate the roles played by these chemicals in plant survival and adaptation.
While this is a plant biology course, the nature of the subject requires that I draw information from many other areas of science. These will include chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology, human physiology, and pharmacology, to name a few. Because of the large enrollment in this course, I recognize that as a group of students you have very diverse backgrounds; I will assume the minimum, therefore. That said, I remind you that this is a 300 level course, and you will be expected to make up any real deficiency on your own.
LECTURE TOPICS TO BE PRESENTED:
The following are some of the topics that I will cover during the course
|Date||Location||% of final mark|
|First mid-term exam||February 5||TL B-1||25|
|Second mid-term exam||March 14||TL B-1||25|
|Final exam||April 22||TBA||50|
|Deferred final exam*||May 15||BS M-330||50|
Each exam will be comprehensive and will comprise questions that will require written answers
Each exam will cover all of the material up to and including the lecture preceding it. The two mid-term exams will be 60 minutes in length. The final exam will be two hours in length.
*Deferred final exam
A student who has missed a final examination because of illness or domestic affliction or who is obliged to be absent from a final examination for some other compelling reason (including religious convictions) may apply for a deferred final examination. To do this, students must go to the Faculty of Science Office (CW223 - Biological Sciences Bldg.) with a Medical Statement from University Health Services (and Doctor's note), statutory declaration, or other appropriate documentation. The student should contact Donna Wakeford 48 hours prior to the deferred exam to confirm date, time and location in case there are any last minute changes. Anyone with a valid excuse for missing the scheduled deferral date should contact Donna Wakeford and will have to re-apply for the regular deferred examination period in mid-July. For complete information on examinations please consult pages 66 to 69 of the 2001/2002 Calendar. The date for the deferred final examination in BOT 380 is Wednesday May 15, 2002 at 9:00 am in Bio Sci M 330.
This is the only date and time for the deferred final exam for BOT 380
Note: The following remarking deadlines apply for 2002:
|Mid-term 1||February 28|
|Mid-term 2||April 4|
Because of the very diverse nature of the material covered in this course, there is no suitable text. Reource information is contained under the following headings.