Courses Catalogue

Diversity And Classification Of Higher Plants

COURSE CODE: BIO2103
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Education (Biology) - B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

·                     Definition of the key terms used in plant taxonomy: Systematic botany;     Systematics; Taxonomy; Classification; Identification; Taxon; Nomenclature;       Taxonomic characters; diagnostic characters; Flora; floristics; manual; Classical taxonomy

·                     Development of systematic botany

·                     Objectives of plant taxonomy

·                     Characters; weighting of characters; vegetative and floral characters, artificial           classification; natural classification

·                     Primitive or ancestral and derived or advanced features

·                     Fruits and seeds

·                     Systems of Classification:  classifications based on the habit of the plants; the      artificial e.g. sexual system; natural and phylogenetic systems.

·                      Linnaean System is the best-known artificial system.

·                     Bentham and Hooker’s System; Phylogenetic systems  of classification ;etc

·                     Taxonomic evidence: Morphology: vegetative morphology; pubescence     (indumentum); reproductive morphology, placentation; Anatomy; Palynology;        Embryology; Cytology and Phytochemistry.

·                     The use and construction of identification keys

·                     Classification of Angiosperms: the Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) and         Monocotyledonae (Monocotyledons).

·                     Subdclasses of Dicots; i.e. Polypetalae; Apetalae and Gamopetalae.

·                     Survey of major/important plant families of Dicots:  Nymphaeaceae;         Malvaceae Tiliaceae & Sterculiaceae ; Bombacaeae; Fabaceae (Leguminosae), Rubiaceae; Asteraceae and Apocynaceae; Asclepiadaceae, Convolvulaceae and     Solanaceae;  Nyctaginaceae;  Amaranthaceae;  Moraceae;  Euphorbiaceae

 

MODE OF DELIVERY

·                     Lectures

·                     Field study

·                     Group discussions and student presentations

·                     Practical sessions

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT

·                     Whiteboard and Markers

·                     Flip Charts

·                     LCD Projectors

·                     CDs, DVDs and Tapes