Instructor: Paul Gepts, Department of Plant Sciences, plgepts (at) ucdavis.edu
Office: room 1242 Plant and Environmental
hours: Mondays: 12:10-1:00 pm ; Thursdays: 11:00-11:50 am; or by appointment
A note about e-mail: E-mail is the
best way to get in touch with the instructor and TAs. However, when you
do this, please help everybody by mentioning PLB143
in the Subject line (together with additional information about the
subject of your e-mail). But I am also on Twitter (@plgepts) and FB.
Randi Jimenez <email@example.com>
Gabrielle Rossidivito <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Units: 4 units (18 lectures, 2 midterms during class hours; 1 discussion hour)
Schedule: Spring quarter
Two 1.5-hour lectures per week,
Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:30-11:50 am in Haring 1227
Prerequisites: PLS012: Plants and People (formerly PLB012), or Biological Sciences 001C or 002C (Biodiversity and the Tree of Life) or
equivalent. See the instructor if you have any doubts.
Grades will be based on points received on two midterm and
one final examination (20% each) and one term paper (30%), and lecture and discussion active participation (10%).
lecture and discussion participation: presence, asking - and responding
to - meaningful questions, participating in discussions
Midterms: Tuesday April 25 and Thursday May 18, 2017: 6:10 pm - 7:30 pm (during
normal lecture hours in Wellman 2)
Final: Monday June 12, 2017 at 8:30 am in Wellman 2.
Lecture video and audio:
will experiment with video and audio capture of the lectures. This
means that my lecture presentations will be recorded (audio and video),
as well as all the slides I present (video).
This will allow you to review all the materials presented and to complete your notes.
No required text, but you will be presented with readings (see next)
Readings: Readings will be assigned during lectures.
Copies for consultation of these readings are made available for
downloading (.pdf format) through the course web site (see beginning of individual lecture web pages) on Canvas: https://canvas.ucdavis.edu/courses/132490
In this term paper - written
individually - you will give an up-to-date account of our knowledge of
the evolution of a specific crop of group of related crops: List of
crops . You can also chose a topic of your own, related to crop
evolution and the origins of agriculture. However, you should get my
approval first in that case. Note that the list of Crops of the Day (on the home page) is NOT a list for the term paper.
You can also choose to form a group of up to three individuals to
jointly do the bibliographic research for your paper. However, the actual writing must be done individually.
First step: choose a topic and email me this
topic (by Lecture 04, April 12, 2017: do not forget to mention "PLB143"
in subject line), together with the names and e-mails of your
colleagues if you
are going to do it as a group.
the quarter, you will be given further instructions
about the term paper.
The paper is due one week before the end of instruction
(specifically, before Thursday June 1st, 2017 11:55 pm - the same day
as Lecture 18); submit your paper by loading it up to the Canvas web site for PLB143.