PSS 096 Pollinators and Perennials
Dr. Leonard P. Perry, Horticulture
Dept. Plant and Soil Science, 212 Jeffords, UVM, Burlington VT 05405
656-2630 (main office, real people during the day)
email@example.com (best, quickest response)
One credit, online (Blackboard)
Due Dates: (by the end of the day, ie
meetings: none, completely online, at student's own pace and timing
Required Texts: this should be purchased prior to the course through local booksellers or online--allow enough time for shipping (inexpensive paperbacks)
required: Pollinators of Native
Plants, Heather Holm
(also available from http://www.pollinatorsnativeplants.com/)
Native Pollinators, Xerces Society (also available from
http://www.xerces.org/books/ and in Kindle format)
other readings will be provided as links online or posted on blackboard
Objectives:1. Learn basic types of pollinators, with particular emphasis on various native bees, their anatomy and behavior.
How it works:
This course will be of use to
anyone interested in learning more on one of the recent
important topics in agriculture and horticulture worldwide,
vital for the future of food production. Students, home
gardeners, agricultural producers and retailers, and those just
interested in observing nature will benefit from this course, no
matter what region of the country you live in or visit. It
will serve also as a complement, either before or after, to the
UVM classroom-based 4-credit fall course on Landscape Design for
After this course you should have a much clearer, better, and more detailed appreciation of:
• why it is important to focus on and help pollinators,
• the main pollinators and how they function, and
• a diverse palette of perennial flowers for pollinators, for various regions and habitats, and their details and plant-pollinator interactions.
This completely online course is based on the four main sections of the text, reflected in the course objectives, with a test on each. Tests are open book, untimed, done online, and will be comprised of several question formats. Tests are designed to reinforce student’s familiarity with the material, to synthesize various topics, and to problem solve.
The final exercise will pull together all the material covered, with the focus on native perennial flowering plants and their pollinators. Using the additional references and websites, the student will develop a short list of five pollinator perennials for a specific ecoregion of their choice, plants not listed in the text, and to host a range of pollinators through the season. Plant profiles, similar to those shown in the text, will be developed for each of these perennials. Grading will be based on diversity of plants for several pollinators, appropriateness of plants to the region, and both accuracy and completeness of plant profile details.
Email contact between professor and students is used as needed, particularly on exercise questions, and to share information. The syllabus on Blackboard, AND the tips, will serve as your contract for the course and should be read thoroughly. Students are expected to follow the UVM Code of Academic Integrity (www.uvm.edu/policies/student/acadintegrity.pdf).
Access: Blackboard (your UVM passwords) for syllabus, tests, plan exercise
Assignments and Grading (600 points total):• Tests (400 points total, 100 points each, 4 tests)