DTM*1100 Plant Biology

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2021 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

This course covers the basic structure and function of plants and the major functions involved in growth and reproduction as they relate to the production of plants. Topics to be discussed will include: plant processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, nutrient uptake and reproduction, basic genetic principles, basic chemistry and the relationship and importance of plant science to the agricultural, horticultural and turfgrass industries.

Equates: DAGR*1200


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to Web Advisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Have a comprehensive understanding of plant anatomy and physiology concepts
  2. Differentiate and articulate how grass plants are anatomically distinct from broadleaf plants
  3. Articulate how plants grow and develop
  4. Understand how turfgrass and non-turfgrass species undergo photosynthesis, respiration, and acquire and use water
  5. Differentiate how plants respond to abiotic versus biotic stresses

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures include:

  1. What are Plants?
  2. Seed Anatomy and Development
  3. Plant Anatomy
  4. Plant Organs (Roots, Stems, Leaves, Flowers)
  5. Plants and Water
  6. Photosynthesis, Respiration & Carbohydrate Metabolism
  7. Plant Growth and Development
  8. Plant Hormones and Growth Regulators
  9. Plant Adaptation and Nutrition
  10. Plant Stress
  11. Genetics and Breeding
Labs & Seminars:

Topics to be covered in labs include:

  • Introduction to Plant Morphology
  • Seeds and Germination
  • Root Systems
  • Stems
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Vegetative Reproduction
  • Growth Regulators and Nutrition

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Mark

Lecture Quizzes


Lab Assignments and Quizzes


Lab Midterm


Internet Assignment 2%

Final Examination


Lecture quizzes and final exams will be based on lecture material only.

Lab assignments, quizzes and mid-term will be based on material given in labs only.

Final examination:

Please refer to Web Advisor for exam schedule and location.

Course Resources:

Required Resources:

There is a required lab manual for the course (Lab Manual). The manual will be available for purchase during the first lecture session on Thursday September 9 2021.

The cost of the manual is $15. Cash or cheque only is accepted for payment. Cheque should be made out to the University of Guelph.

Other Resources:

Handouts of the lecture materials will be provided. No physical copies will be provided, but you are expected to print off your own handouts.

Dr. Bozzo will upload the handouts for each lecture to the CourseLink site for DTM*1100; these will be posted the day prior to the lecture. The handouts will contain a portion of the material within each lecture slide and students are expected to take notes during lecture.

For all lecture tests and exam, Dr. Bozzo will provide sample questions and study aids. These will be available on the DTM*1100 CourseLink page.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

Missed lecture quizzes will be given a grade of zero, unless discussed with the lecture instructor.

Lab assignments are due at the end of every lab session.  Missed lab assignments and quizzes will be given a grade of zero, unless discussed with the lab instructor.

All course policies regarding in-semester tests and assignment submissions, including time and place for submission of assignments and explicit penalties for late submissions are as outlined under the Diploma Grading Procedures.

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor.  When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor. Electronic/wireless devices are not permitted during quizzes or exams (this includes cell phones, computers, and watches etc…)

The materials provided in this course are the property of the course instructors unless otherwise stated.   Third party copyrighted materials (such as book chapters and articles) have either been licensed for use in this course, or have been copied under an exception or limitation in Canadian Copyright law. 

The fair dealing exception in Canada's Copyright Act permits students to reproduce short excerpts from copyright-protected materials for purposes such as research, education, private study, criticism and review, with proper attribution.  Any other copying, communicating, or distribution of any content provided in this course, may be an infringement of copyright if done without proper license or the consent of the copyright owner, the course instructors.  Examples of infringing uses of copyrighted works would include uploading materials (e.g., class lecture materials and quizzes) to a commercial third party web site (such as CourseHero or OneClass), or making paper or electronic copies of works for commercial purposes. 

For more information about students’ rights and obligations with respect to copyrighted works, consult the Fair Dealing Guidance for Students document on the Library’s Copyright website.

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