Instructor: Dr. Clydette Alsup
218 Karls Hall
Mondays 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesdays 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Also by appointment
Tuesdays, 4:00 – 7:50 p.m.
Karls Hall 104
and Karls Hall Teaching Greenhouses
Propagation: Principles and Practices.
7th ed. 2002. Hartman, H.T., D.E. Kester, F.T. Davies, Jr. and R.L.
Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: From Seed to Tissue Culture.
Dirr, M.A. and C.W. Heuser, Jr. Varsity Press, Athens, GA.
AGH 573 consists
of lectures and labs each week throughout the semester. All lectures are
in a multimedia format. Lecture notes and the 2006 lab manual can be downloaded from this course
This course is
designed to encourage an interest, understanding, and appreciation of
the principles and techniques of plant propagation, and to enhance
skills in finding and understanding published research about scientific
advances in plant propagation. Students will acquire a comprehensive
knowledge of the science of plant propagation including the effects of
plant physiology, anatomical structure, and environment influences on
materials used in plant propagation.
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designed to provide a broad information base on plant propagation
unannounced quizzes may be given in lecture or lab at any time during
the semester over any material covered up to that date. Points given for
quizzes will count toward the final grade the same as any other points
earned in the course.
exams are scheduled, and are worth 50 points each.
Exams will consist of a
variety of questions, including multiple choice, true/false,
matching and essay. I do expect neat handwriting and proper writing
mechanics on essays.
dates for the exams are on the course schedule but are subject to
change by a majority vote of members of the class.
No makeup exams will be given.
If you miss one exam for
any reason including illness or university-sanctioned events,
your score for that exam will be the average of the scores you
earn on the other two exams.
You will receive a 0 (zero) for any
additional missed exam(s).
class is expected. Some of you have extensive propagation experience
through work and internships, and your input is valuable.
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Labs will provide
hands-on experience with some of the techniques involved in plant
propagation. They will loosely coincide with lecture topics to try and
reinforce underlying principles and practices involved in plant
You will earn 5 points for each lab in which you attend and
participate (excluding practical exams).
In addition, you will be
expected to turn in five lab reports or assignments worth 10 points
each. Details on the reports and assignments will be announced in lab.
No late lab reports or assignments will be accepted. Tentative due
dates for the reports are as follows.
System Components and Cost Analysis, Feb. 19
Germination Environment, March 11
Cuttings, Apr. 8
Dormancy, Apr. 29
Cuttings, May 6
Two lab practical exams will be given and are worth 25 points each.
No makeup exams are given. Tentative dates for the practicums are on
the course schedule.
semester each student will read seven scientific journal articles which
relate to plant propagation.
Each report is
worth 7 points.
The articles must be recent (no more than
five years old) and must be from reputable scientific, refereed journals
(i.e. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science,
HortScience, Plant Physiology, Journal of Forestry, etc.). Popular-press
as Horticulture, Organic Gardening and Mother Earth News are not
After reading the article, submit a summary (typed, 12-point
font, double-spaced, two pages or less) that includes the following
information at the top of the page: the name of the author(s), date,
title and publication information, in a format similar to the one I used
at the beginning of this syllabus to list course texts. Start the
summary by writing an original abstract of the article.
Abstracts are designed to outline the purpose of the
experiment and to provide a short description of the methods used, the results and
conclusions the authors have made.
These abstracts must be in your own words—do not repeat the
wording of the abstract published with the article.
Abstracts should not exceed 150 words.
Please submit a copy
of the article with the summary.
At least one summary is due
by each of the following dates, although the summaries may be
submited earlier than these dates.
No credit will be given for reports handed in late.
Note: Please write at the college level. On all written papers including
lab reports and exams, you will lose points for poor spelling, grammar
Each student will
lead discussions about one or more of the literature summaries he/she
turned in during the semester.
Students will be expected to summarize
information in the journal articles they read, answer questions from the instructor or other students if
clarifications are needed, and participate in a discussion of the
I will choose the literature summaries to be discussed.
may earn up to 20 points for leading and participating in each discussion
session. Questions about information covered during the sessions could be
included on lecture exams.
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In addition to
other course requirements, you are expected to submit additional reports
as follows: Pick five references from either of the course textbooks.
References are listed at the end of each chapter. Submit a two-page
typed, double-spaced report of each journal article. Include a proper
citation (author(s), date, title, and publication information including
the volume reference number and pages where the article is listed), a
summary of the work, and your thoughts on the impact or limitations of
the study. Use a 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Please submit a copy
of the article with each report. Reports are worth 20 points each.
(3 at 50 points each)
(5 at 10 points each)
Exams (2 at 25 points each)
409 plus any
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = less than 60%
subject to change if quizzes are given during the semester. Percentages
will remain the same but will be based on the total points available.
be taken only during labs; however, attendance at all lectures and labs
will be necessary to be successful in the course.
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Prolonged Absence from Class
It is very
important that you contact your instructors and the Dean of Students’ office
if illness or other life circumstances make it difficult for you to attend
class for a prolonged period.
Sometimes, there are things that can be done
to allow you to catch up and complete the course work, or take an incomplete
grade to finish the course after the end of the semester (only if your
absence occurs at the end of the course).
Other times, it may be very
difficult to receive a passing grade due to prolonged absence, so it may be
in your best interest to drop the course to avoid receiving an F.
Dropping the Class
It is your
responsibility to understand the university’s procedure for dropping a
If you stop attending this class, but do not follow proper procedure
for dropping the class, you will receive a failing grade and will be
financially obligated to pay for the class.
To drop a class any time after
the first week of classes, you must complete and turn in a drop slip at an
authorized registration center. You do not need to obtain any signatures on
the drop slip. It does not need to be signed by your instructor, your
advisor or department head.
If you wish to withdraw from the university
(drop all your classes), contact the Registration Center in Carrington 320.
It is important to note that dropping a course or courses may affect your
financial aid eligibility, so you should contact Student Financial Services
for information on financial aid status.
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You are encouraged
to study and interact with fellow classmates; however, all assignments,
quizzes and exams must be your own, independent work.
Taking and giving
assistance both constitute academic dishonesty and will result in a zero for
the assignment, quiz or exam and notification of university authorities as
required by university policy.
A second offense will result in a failing
grade for the course.
In addition, in
accordance with university policy, any student detected participating in any
form of academic dishonesty in this course will be subject to sanctions as
described in the Student Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures,
available at the Reserves Desk in Meyer Library, in abbreviated form in the
MSU Undergraduate Catalog, and at the following website:
It is your responsibility to read and fully understand MSU’s Student
Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures.
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To request academic
accommodations for a disability, contact Katheryne Staeger-Wilson,
Disability Services, Plaster Student Union, Suite 405, (417) 836-4192
(voice); (417) 836-6792 (TTY)
Students are required to provide
documentation of disability to Disability Services prior to receiving
Disability Services refers some types of accommodation
requests to the Learning Diagnostic Clinic (LDC).
The LDC also provides
diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. A fee is
charged for testing.
For information, contact the LDC (417) 836-4787,
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