The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.
At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.
The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.
Angiosperms (flowering plants) are the largest Phylum in the plant kingdom Plantar. (Note that the Phylum Angiosperm may also be called Anthology or Magnolia in different classification systems.)
These plants have true roots, stems, leaves, and flowers. The roots grow into the soil to anchor the plant in place and take up water and nutrients. The leaves are above ground and act as the main organs for photosynthesis. Stems provide above ground support for the plant and operate as conduits to move nutrients and water throughout the plant. Flowers contain the male and female reproductive organs of the plant.
Plants develop specialized roots, stems, leaves, and flowers to make them better adapted to their environment. People exploit many of these modifications as vegetables. An example of this is the taproot of carrots. The carrot plant stores sugars in the taproot to supply energy for the formation of flowers in later development. People dig up and eat the taproots while the sugar content is still high. Complete the following:
- Describe the anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) of a plant. Is the structure of your plant a modification from the standard root, stem, leaf, or flower?
- Explain how this structure differs from the standard root, stem, leaf, or flower.
- Compare the plant that you have chosen, its structure, and its function with 1 or more of your classmates’ choices.
Animals are important for humans in ways other than providing food. Medicines, clothing, beauty, fuel, air quality, building materials, and industrial products are a few of the ways in which humans exploit animals. Complete the following:
- Choose 1 product or benefit that people get from animals (besides food), describe it, and explain how people benefit.
- Which do you think is the most important benefit of animals? Select 1 benefit and explain.
- List 3 adaptations that animals have that plants do not have.
Provide references in SPA format. This includes a reference list and in-text citations for references used throughout the assignment.
In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board. Be sure to compare and contrast your choice to other plants presented by at least two other students by responding to their posts, using “Reply to Message.” You will be graded on the quality of your postings.
For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials. Please refer to the following.
External Web links:
- Unit 5: Plantar
- Unit 5: Angiosperms: Flowering Plants
BIOLOGY LAB ASSIGNMENT
For each assignment, you will complete the following steps:
- Click on Learning Materials to Access the M.U.S.E.
- Use the M.U.S.E. link to complete the lab for this Unit.
- Track your results in the lab worksheet that is provided.
- Complete a lab report using the scientific method.
- Submit your completed lab worksheet to the assignment box.
A scientist collected samples of various organisms and returned to the lab. For classification purposes, he or she needs to describe their external appearance and internal physiology. For this reason, he or she has designed a special table that you must fill out.
Taxonomy to Show Relationships Between Organisms
Using the M.U.S.E. link, review the background information and animation to complete your report. Use the lab 5 worksheet for assignment instructions and data collection.
Use the lab 5 worksheet data to answer a series of questions related to the relationship between organisms.
Please submit your completed assignment in your assignment box.
For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.