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Course Code: 
BIO 2103
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Description & Objectives: 

The course targets teachers and people working in the area of Botany and Conservation in Government and non-government organizations.  The aim is to provide the learners with a basic plant taxonomy background.  It also gives local examples among others, of economically important plant species in selected families of flowering plants.  A general introduction to herbaria and botanical gardens is included. 

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, learners should be able to:

  1. Define biosystematics.
  2. Give the history of classification and contributions the most important contributions by those taxonomists.
  3. Classify using scientific names and the hierarchy.
  4. Identify criteria used in classification of plants, and, hoe limitations of taxa are arrived at.
  5. Construct identification keys.
  6. Draw floral diagrams and write floral formulae of taxa.
  7. Classify dicotyledons, describe some of the families, and name local species of economic importance.
  8. Describe what herbaria and botanic gardens are, and give their importance.
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