Lab Schedule Fall 2010

Bot 105 Lab Assignments Fall 2010

Lab Instructor's Syllabus: 

Summer Austin (Tuesdays 10:00 to 11:45 and 1:30 to 3:15)

Daniela Dutra (Wednesdays 10:30 to 12:15 and 1:30 to 3:15)


Please read instructions and readings below and complete the appropriate assignments BEFORE coming to lab each week.  Descriptions of each topic and assignment are available as .pdf files by clicking on each topic title. 

There may be some modifications made to this schedule during the semester.  It is your responsibility to come to class to find out about any changes and to check this page regularly.

Week Topic  In-Class Assignment/Activities  Turn In    Homework Assignment
August 24-25

1) Introductions

2) Discuss course structure and expectations

3) Introduce concepts of ethnobotany, multicultural perspectives, ethnobotanical ethics and TEK, scientific method


1) Read article about traditional ecological knowledge and write reflection/thoughts about it (1 paragraph) OR 3 questions it made you critically think about.

2) Bring decorations that represent ethnobotany to decorate the classroom

August 31-September1


The Plants all around Us



1) Decorate classroom

2) Discuss ethnobotany, multicultural perspectives, ethnobotanical ethics and TEK

3) Botany lesson

4) Microscope lesson and activity

1) Paragraph or questions about traditional ecological knowledge


2) Ethnobotanical decorations


3) Bring to keep in the classroom: Eating utensils, food,  and gardening clothes (plus shoes, hat, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, water bottle, etc. that you may want)

1) On your own or with a partner from class, visit 3 different types of gardens.

2) Interview at least 1 gardener about their garden 

3) Type 1 paragraph about each garden following instructions on Garden Diversity link.

4) Read articles about gardening and composting under Gardening link and write  1 paragraph about the plant you will plant in the garden next week. What is it?  What conditions does it need?  What can you use it for?

September 7 - 8

Garden Diversity

Organic Gardening, Composting, & Pest Management


1) Discuss informed consent

2) Prepare garden, seeds/cuttings, recycle bins, and compost piles

Today we will plant our class garden.   Please bring or come to class in clothes you can get dirty!!  Also bring a notebook and seeds or a plant cutting to plant.  You may also want to bring: hat, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, water bottle.

1) Paragraphs about gardens

2) Bring seeds and/or plant cuttings to plant in the garden and paragraph about what you will plant (what its ecological needs are and why you want to plant it).

Find or purchase a funky fruit and learn something interesting about it to tell the class.  Try to figure out its common and scientific names and what people use it for. (If you are in Daniela's lab section, bring this on Sept. 29)
September 14 -15
 Fruits and Flowers

Library Research

1) Check on our garden

2) Show-and-tell, disect and taste our funky fruits

3) Dissect flowers

4) Where do fruits come from?  How do they differ from vegetables?  Discuss... 

Library Research (Daniela's section)

Bring a funky/interesting edible fruit to class.  Try to stump me on what it is...

(If you are in Daniela's lab section, bring this on Sept. 29)

1) Read about limu 

2) Gather/purchase and prepare something edible or otherwise creative with limu (algae/seaweed)

September 21 - 22


Voucher specimen preparation

Show-and-tell about and taste/observe examples we all brought in of edible/otherwise useful limu (algae/seaweed)

 Press your limu specimen and/or an embryophyte in a botanical plant press for preservation. 

Check on our garden

 Bring in an edible algae/limu product

Write you final project proposal sentence or paragraph!!  Address what your topic will be and what type of project it will be. Will it be: interview based?  hands on?  website?  library research? Are there any ethical issues potentially involved?  Will you need to write informed consent forms for interviews? 

Find or purchase a funky fruit and learn something interesting about it to tell the class.  Try to figure out its common and scientific names and what people use it for.

September 28 - 29

Library Research

 Fruits and Flowers

Library Research (Summer's section)

Fruits and Flowers lab for Daniela's section

1) Proposal sentence about your final project topic (10 pts)

2) Bring a funky/interesting edible fruit to class.  Try to stump me on what it is...

1. Read chapters about chocolate making and type 3 questions (see instructions under the Chocolate Making link).


October 5 -6 

Chocolate Making


This week we will have a guest lecturer talk about chocolate making in Mesoamerica and show us how chocolate beverages are made. 

1) 3 questions for the chocolate lecture (see instructions under the Chocolate Making link).


Do some research on Ethnobotanical methods and type 3 questions to ask our special guest speaker about his fieldwork next week.

October 12 - 13
Ethnobotanical Fieldwork

Ethnobotanists working in the UH Manoa Botany Department will give us a special presentation about their work and answer student questions about practical issues involved with ethnobotanical fieldwork and career choices.

Voucher Specimen preparation

1) If you have a special cultural artifact you'd like to show the class, please bring it in.  Otherwise, bring a picture of one.

2) 3 typed questions to ask our special guest 


 1. Go into your medicine cabinet at home or local drugstore and find a remedy there that is derived from a plant.  Look up how the plant has been used historically, and how, when, and where the isolation of the useful compound took
place.  Write a paragraph about it.
2. Bring in a medicinal herb we can infuse along with a paragraph and include the following information:
  • traditional uses of your plant,
  • any known contraindications,
  • bio-active compounds in the plant which are fat-soluble  
 Also, gather glass jars with well fitting lids.
October 19 - 20

Today we will make herbal medicine, including oil infusions.

Today we will discuss the ecological role of secondary chemical compounds created by plants.  

Essential oil distillation: we will construct a simple still and extract volatile secondary compounds from plants

We will then work in the garden and observe examples of chemical ecology.  

 1) Bring to class 1-2 cups of vegetable oil and 1-2 or more glass jars and plant of your choice to infuse

2) Turn in a typed paragraph about the plant you bring in

1) Read article about chemical ecology and type 3 critical thinking questions it made you ponder. Also type a paragraph about the examples of chemical ecology you observed in the garden.  Please also research and include suggestions for pest management in our garden in your paragraph. 

2) Final project outline due next week!! For more information on how to construct an outline, see the guidelines by clicking on your lab syllabus on top of this page.

October 26 - 27

Traditional Agriculture in Hawai'i

 Ka Papa o Lo`i Kanewai 

Our class this week will take place at  Ka Papa Lo'i 'O Kanewai located next to the Hawaiian Studies Building.  Click here for directions.

The address is 2645 Dole Street, 96822

We will be meeting at the entrance gate of the lo'i. Please don't be late, the activity will start at the same time our class is supposed to start. 

Expect to get dirty today! We will be working in a lo`i...please come prepared.

Turn in critical thinking questions and paragraph from chemical ecology article and suggestions for pest management

Turn in a detailed outline proposing your final project with CITATIONS (40 pts)

November 2 - 3

November 2nd is VOTING DAY!



No Labs this week....

November 9 -10
We will meet at the UH Music Department (MB 115, click the Ethnomusicology link to see the map) to get a tour.  Our tour will begin at the beginning of class time.  Please be on time!!   Bring in an instrument (or representation of it) made from a plant  (ex: picture, item, sound clip). Do not bring in valuable items.  B

e working on your final project...

For next lab you should bring in a plant (any species - cuttings or potted is fine). 

If you are in Daniela's section, you should read this article and submit a paragraph on your thoughts of the subject. This will prepare you for your final paper.


November 16 - 17

Folk Taxonomy / Cognitive Anthropology

Botany folk taxonomy and pile sorting activity 

We will then work in the garden and d

iscuss various ways that people classify the natural world.  

Bring in a plant (any species - cuttings or potted is fine).

Bring your paragraph if you are in Daniela's section.
 Research and collect a dye plant and something to dye (i.e. t-shirt, piece of cloth, wall hanging, paper, etc.)


November 23- 24

Plant Dyes and Fibers

Botanical Tie Dye!

Check on the garden and collect various plant dyes and fibers.

Prepare plant dyes and use them creatively

Observe various plant fibers under magnification: dissecting and compound light microscopes

Turn in 3 pg minimum double-spaced written report about your project + Bibliography

 Bring: a dye plant, something to dye
 Practice your final presentation in front of friends or family
November 30 - December 1
-Present and turn in your final lab project
- You lose participation points if you do not attend all presentations!!

Turn in 1 question and a brief critique about each talk you hear

Prepare a food dish made with spices you can tell us something interesting about.  Type up a story about the dish or the spice(s) which you can display next to the dish at our potluck.
December 7 - 8
Project Presentations, Spices Potluck, and Garden Harvest -Project presentations 
-Garden harvest and potluck, discussion of what we learned this semester
1) Turn in 1 question and a brief critique about each talk you hear

2) Bring a dish to share that you made with spices.  Place a paper next to it telling us the ingredients and something interesting about the dish or spices in it.