Botany 1307 - Families of Vascular Plants

This course is the graduate level version of EEB 337H (formerly BOT 1307H); please use the links below, or go back to the EEB 337F home page for information about THE lecture and lab content of both courses, as well as about the organization of this web site. Please use the links at the left to access information specific to the graduate course.

In January-April 2004 BOT1307H was taught informally as a reading course to a small group of students. You can access the home page of this one-off version of the course by clicking HERE.

This course is an introduction to the families of vascular plants represented in the flora of Ontario, with emphasis on morphological variation in relation to identification and significant aspects of breeding systems, dispersal syndromes, and other features of their biology. 

This course answers the questions at the right, and covers the additional topics shown. 

Click on the links at the right, and below, in order to find out more about each of these components of the course. 

What are plant families?

How do we distinguish them?

How and why do we study vascular plants?

Selected vascular plant families of Ontario

Reading list

Organization of the graduate course

Click on the "What's New" link here or at the bottom of each page to find out about the latest additions, as well as to find out why it has been done the way it has, and to see the credits. This document is inspired by the precept that one's reach should exceed one's grasp. If you visit this site and you know about other sites with complementary material on plant taxonomy, please use the mailto link below to send me their URLs so that I can place links to them here. Thank you, ---TAD.

This site is a product of 
Royal Ontario Museum
Staff and Images 


Dr T. A. Dickinson 

phone: 586 8032 

Green Plant Herbarium (TRT)
Centre for Biodiversity & Conservation Biology
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen's Park
Toronto, CANADA  M5S 2C6
(corner of Bloor and Queen's park; for class visits to the herbarium, or to visit my office, present yourself at the staff entrance on the south side of the Museum, just west of the TTC Museum stop)

Arrangements will be made to facilitate students' course-related access to the herbaria. Other visitors should contact the herbaria to arrange their visit.

Click HERE to visit my lab's website. 

Click HERE for the entire map of the St. George campus. 

Appendix II 
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Marking scheme

5% assignments (Assignment 1 only)
15% class tests (2)
60% project
20% final exam
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Field trips and labs

Labs and field trips are integral parts of the course that deliver practical experience of material covered in lectures and readings. Attendance is expected, and make-ups are not possible. Although marks are not assigned for work done in labs and on field trips, attendance will be taken. Reasonable assistance will be provided to enable students who miss labs or field trips because of health, religious, or other valid reasons to master the material covered on their own.

For labs, please note venue (ESC 3088, or Vascular Plant Herbarium) and bring a supply of unlined paper (loose sheets or a notebook), sharp pencils, and an eraser. You will be expected to make sketches of and notes on the material seen, and you may submit these notes and sketches to the demonstrator to be checked for errors.

For field trips, please note the meeting place and time, and dress for comfortable movement outdoors in any kind of weather. In addition to paper and pencils, please bring some plastic bags with which to keep things dry and to make limited collections of plants for personal reference. As you will note from the course outline, one field trip is scheduled during the Thursday lecture and lab periods, while the other will take place on a Saturday.
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There will be one or more assignments given during the term for the undergraduate course, to be completed either during a lab period or at home, and then turned in at the end of the next lab period. Graduate students are expected to do a selection of these. They are intended as learning exercises, and should not require a disproportionate amount of effort. These assignments will involve some or all of the following:  
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The project is the most important single component of the graduate course, and is meant to allow the student to integrate aspects of their thesis research with course content so as to produce an independent piece of work that student would not have likely undertaken otherwise.

Examples of projects from previous years include

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None, currently.
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| What are plant families? | How do we distinguish them? | How and why do we study them? | Selected vascular plant families of Ontario | Reading List | Course outline |

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