Module 11

Wilfrid Laurier University
Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology

Course Title : Field Botany—Medicinal Plants in Flora of Ontario
Instructor(s) : Dr. Mihai Costea                      
Department of Biology              Phone:  519-884-0710 x.3407  
Wilfrid Laurier University           Website
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3C5
Date(s) : Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 21, 2010.  2 weeks; WLU 0.5 credits
Location : Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON. Day field trips from Waterloo to various locations and habitats found in Southern Ontario.
Cost : Course expense fee $ 300 [$250 deposit to home university, $50 balance] and the tuition payable at your home institution. The course fee includes only the transportation to various locations in southern ON and the consumables for laboratory work and herbarium mounting supplies. In addition, you must also cover: (1) The travel expenses to attend the course (if your original city is different than Kitchener-Waterloo). (2) The cost of accommodations if you are not from the area (ca. $200/week in the WLU Student Residences, or lower if are willing to share housing in the city—please see more details in the course webpage. (3) You must supply your own food (lunch bag) during the field trips.
Prerequisites : A university course in botany
Description : Principles of field botany with emphasis on learning the medicinal plants from the flora of Southern Ontario. The course will introduce you to field, herbarium, and laboratory methods used in plant systematics, biodiversity and pharmacognosy. Native and cultivated medicinal plants will be presented along with their traditional and modern uses. You will observe and collect plants, identify them, and prepare herbarium specimens. Day trips will be arranged to various natural habitats from Southern Ontario, and to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. Laboratory and herbarium work will complement field instruction.
Enrollment : 12 students
Evaluation : Plant identification test 20%,  Project paper 40%, Herbarium collection 20%;  Participation 10%,  Field Notebook 10%.
Assignment(s) :

1) A herbarium of 30 species (that you can keep).

2) An individual floristic/taxonomy/ethnobotany-based project. You will prepare a journal-style paper based on your individual research data due four weeks after the termination of the course.
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