Brenda Bott

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Class Format

Face-to-face sections

General Botany (BIOL 125) is an integrated lecture/lab class. The class is a transfer course for majors in biology or allied health fields; therefore, I maintain high standards for myself and my students. Students are expected to read the assigned text material before they arrive to class. Laboratory time is an integral part of the course. The laboratory activities are designed to help students have a better understanding of life cycles, identification of specimens and microstructure of plants, bacteria and fungi. During each class session, time is allotted for discussion/lecture followed by time for lab work. Study of specimens, microscope slides and other learning tools during lab time is essential to student success. Students are required to manage their time to master the material/information in the lab. My role as an instructor is to provide guidance, not answers. Students are responsible for learning the material. The climate of the class is student-centered, not professor-driven. I think you will like the casual yet challenging atmosphere of the class.

The Internet is full of beneficial sites for General Botany, so both lecture and laboratory activities are designed for computer use. If you have a laptop or a tablet, you are encouraged to bring it to class.

Resource Use

Textbooks and online resources

The textbook is an essential resource for students to succeed. Unit reading assignments are given and students are expected to have read them before the material is presented in class. I provide a reading guide for students to use for notes as they read the material. I also use Desire to Learn (D2L) for lecture notes, laboratory activities, exam review and grades. A laptop or a tablet is not required for the class but is a great resource. If you have one, you are welcome to bring it for use during class.


Students are assessed using unit exams (T/F, short answer, diagrams and short essay) and lab practical exams. A review is provided for each exam.

Homework Policy   

Students are expected to read and study material in the textbook before each class session. I don’t assign homework aside from the reading. As previously stated, the class is student-centered.

Attendance Policy 

Attendance is taken at the beginning of each class periodStudents are expected to be in class. The class only meets 2 nights per week so a vast amount of material is covered during each class session. However, life sometimes gets in the way. Students may make up one missed unit exam during the semester.


I teach high school biotechnology full time, so the best way to contact me is by email or telephone.  I am available before each class session by appointment.