ERIC Number: ED367551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Plant Growth and Development: An Outline for a Unit Structured Around the Life Cycle of Rapid-Cycling Brassica Rapa.
Becker, Wayne M.
This outline is intended for use in a unit of 10-12 lectures on plant growth and development at the introductory undergraduate level as part of a course on organismal biology. The series of lecture outlines is structured around the life cycle of rapid-cycling Brassica rapa (RCBr). The unit begins with three introductory lectures on general plant biology entitled: (1) "What It Means to Be a Plant"; (2) "The Plant Life Cycle"; and (3) "Seeds and Seed Dormancy." Students plant RCBr seeds at the beginning of lecture 4 and observe their plants at each successive class period, as the lecturer discusses aspects of plant development in the context of the RCBr life cycle. The remaining lecture titles are: (4) "Seed Germination"; (5) "Utilization of Food Sources"; (6) "Environmental Effects on Plant Growth and Development"; (7) "Hormonal Integration of Plant Growth and Development"; (8) "Hormonal Mediation of External Signals: A Case Study"; (9) "Flowering and Alternation of Generations"; and (10) "Photoperiodism and Flowering." Lectures 7 and 10 can be split to create 12 lectures. Figures referenced throughout the document are found in Appendix A. Appendix B includes a question set to assist students in their study and understanding of the unit. Appendices C and D are intended to provide students with some perspective in their approach to the unit. A bibliography includes 9 references. (MDH)
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Higher Education, Plant Growth, Plant Propagation, Plants (Botany), Problem Sets, Science Activities, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Materials, Units of Study
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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