PLANT DIVERSITY AND CLASSIFICATION

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Course Code: 
BIO 1203
Course Credit Units: 
3
Semester: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 1
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 provide the learners with a basic background of plant diversity, structure and classification.  The course starts with lower plants, following the purported evolutionary progression to higher plants.  All groups initially classified as plants in the two-kingdom system are included; the six-kingdom system of classification is used.  Local examples are emphasized and economic importance of the various groups.

Learning Outcomes: 

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

  1. Describe taxa of lower and higher plant giving:  characteristics, structures, forms, life cycle and economic importance.
  2. Explain placement of taxa in the current six kingdom system.
  3. Apply the knowledge of plants in teaching biology in secondary schools

 4. Identify characteristics that distinguish the various plants adaptations

plant diversification
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