Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Plants of Western Washington

 Title Abbreviation:   PLANTS OF WESTERN WA

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    140

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    165

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Collection, identification, and plant community grouping of local and regional gymnosperms and angiosperms. Identify invasive species.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and properly collect, press (preserve), and classify local plant species.
  2. Identify plant families found in other regions.
  3. Have a basic understanding of ethnobotanical uses of plants by different cultures.
  4. Identify Pacific Northwest plant communities. Identify exotic plant species.
  5. Understand the evolutionary development of major plant groups.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

Course Contents

  1. Plant collecting equipment. Collecting and pressing plants.
  2. Use of the microscope and dissecting scope.
  3. How plants are classified. Use of keys in plant identification.
  4. Common and scientific names. The gymnosperms.
  5. The angiosperms. The flower.
  6. The inflorescence. The underground parts.
  7. The stem. The leaves.
  8. The surface of the plants.
  9. Fruit and seeds.
  10. Ethnobotany use by different cultures.
  11. Ethnobotany use by animal groups.