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College of Science, Engineering and Technology

NSU - Norfolk State University
BIO 274 : Syllabus

Text: There is no required text for this class. Students will be given hand-outs for all required reading assignments.

Credit: 4 Semester Hours

Additional Material(s) Needed: None

Course Description: Comparative survey of the typical representatives of the plant kingdom with description of form and structure, reproductive processes (normal life cycle), and phylogenetic relationships of the principal plant groups.

Prerequisites: BIO 161, General Botany

Primary Method of Instruction:

Instruction in this course will encourage the active participation of students through a variety of instructional methods. These methods include class discussions, interactive PowerPoint presentations, group activities, case studies and web based learning tools.

Blackboard Instructions:

Students will be required to access NSU's blackboard site to participate in class discussions and to retrieve supplementary class material, PowerPoint presentations and assignments. The site may be assessed by entering or by clicking the blackboard link found in the upper left hand corner of the NSU web page. Students must know their username and password in order to login. Students will be given an instruction sheet that explains how to navigate the blackboard site.

Evaluation/Assessment Methods:

  • Evaluation for this course will be based on the successful completion of a variety of in-class and take home assignments. There will be three exams and a final exam. I will announce exams at least one week in advance. In addition to exams there will also be six in class quizzes worth ten points each. You may drop your lowest quiz score. Quizzes will not be announced and will be administered at the beginning of the class period. Students arriving late for class will not be allowed to take the quiz and will receive a grade of zero.
  • Special Assignments: Special assignments designed to enhance student learning will be given throughout the semester. These assignments may include case studies, scientific articles, web based learning modules, movie/news clips and group activities. There will also be a student project due at the end of the semester. Students will receive information regarding the details of this project at least one month before the due date.
  • Missed Exams: Make-up exams will be given only to students who have a certified medical excuse or prior instructor approval. If you will be absent for an exam because of a university related activity, you will need to make arrangements at least one week in advance.
  • Late Assignments: Take home assignments will be accepted up to three days after the due date. Assignments are considered late if not received by 5 pm on the due date. You will be penalized two points for every day the assignment is late.
  • Extra Credit: Extra credit points may be given as bonus points on exams and/or as special assignments. These points will total no more than 5% of the total points assigned for the semester.

Evaluation Criteria:
4 exams 40%
Final exam 20%
Project 15%
Special Assignments 15%
Quizzes 15%

Grading Scale
A 93 - 100 A- 90-92 B+ 88-89 B 83-87
B- 80-82 C+ 78-79 C 73-77 C- 70-72
D+ 68-69 D 63-67 D- 60-62 F Below 60

* The instructor reserves the right to revise the grading criteria as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students as time permits.


  • Attendance:Students are expected to be present at each class. The universities attendance policy states that no more than 20% of class meetings (excused or unexcused) may be missed by a student during a given semester. Students whose absences exceed 20% of scheduled class meetings per semester may receive and a grade of "F" for the course (2005-2006 University catalog, pages 31 and 32). You are responsible for any work you miss during your absence.
  • Tardiness: Excessive tardiness will not be tolerated!!

  • Honor Code: All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that exhibits academic integrity. Please review the information in the student handbook regarding classroom decorum, cheating and plagiarism.

  • Cell Phones: The use of cell phones and other electronic devices is not permitted during class time!! Please turn your cell phone off or place it on vibrate before entering the classroom.

Please consult the NSU Student Handbook on matters regarding student conduct such as attendance, illness, off-campus trips, and grade appeals, etc.

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU students who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in RTC, Suite 100. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. Visit the site at

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilites Act (ADA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability, we ask that you please contact the Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS) office.
LOCATION: Student Services Center Room 110D
CONTACT PERSON: Marian E. Shepherd - Disability Services Coordinator SSDS
TELEPHONE: (757) 823-2014

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise, by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

Class Attendance Policy
  • A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook ( for further details.

  • NSU email Accounts
  • In an effort to keep students informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU student email account frequently.
    You may access your official NSU email account at Follow instructions on the NSU-webmail login page.

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