Student Project

picture of student pruning Florida native plant

Student Project

(15% of your final grade)


Printer Friendly Student Project Guidelines (PDF File)


Each student is to submit (1) a native plant identification sheet, (2) the scanned species file, and (3) a pressed herbarium sheet. Graduate students must submit three identification sheets. A list of some plants to select from can be found at http://irrecenvhort.ifas.ufl.edu/virtualgarden/datasheets_sci.htm (includes plants found in our teaching garden) or http://irrecenvhort.ifas.ufl.edu/LinearGarden/datasheets_sci.htm (includes plants found in our linear garden). The plants listed in blue font already have linked information sheets and cannot be used. Other plants can be selected as long as (1) they are native to FL, (2) used in landscapes, and (3) have not already been chosen. The information sheet should include the botanical name, common name, and family. Also botanical characteristics of form, leaves, stem/bark, flower, and fruit should be provided. These are to be brief but taxonomically accurate based on your personal observations and use of your lecture notes. Note: do not copy text from other books as it is sometimes misapplied or inaccurate. The text and digital images of each sheet should follow a consistent pattern (see example) to reduce confusion. General comments can include items such as related genera, superior cultivars, or other unique information. The data sheets will ultimately be placed on the web and used by others for plant identification. Cultural requirements should not be included, but can be mentioned during the oral presentations.

The sheets will be graded towards the end of the semester and account for 15% of your grade.


Critical Due Dates:
2-5-2014 Inform instructor in writing of the plant you have selected.
2-19-2014 Provide instructor a draft of the text for your plant sheet.
3-12-2014 Provide instructor draft pictures, scans, etc for your plant sheet.
3-26-2014 Turn in final template complete with text and pictures.
4-2-2014 and 4-9-2014 Students will begin presenting their plant project to the entire class using PowerPoint.

Photography tips: Set your digital camera to the highest quality and the highest resolution possible. You may sign out a digital camera if you do not have one or scan in high quality photos. Photos should be saved as jpeg files. They should be inserted into a PowerPoint or word document for presentation only.


Plant Information Data Sheets

Rubric Grading Scale (60 points)


Project Development: (Maximum points=12)

CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Plant Selection Identified and discussed with instructor by due date. Is highly appropriate for project. Identified and discussed with instructor by due date. Is appropriate for project. Identified but not discussed with instructor. Is not appropriate for project. An alternative choice was not provided by due date. Not identified or discussed with instructor by due date.
Rough Draft-Botanical Text Rough draft brought on due date. Student shares with instructor and extensively edits based on feedback. Rough draft brought on due date. Student shares with instructor and makes edits. Rough draft brought on due date but not ready for editing. Rough draft not completed by due date.
Rough Draft-Photos/Scans Draft photos/scans brought on due date. Student shares with instructor and peers and extensively edits based on feedback. Draft photos/scans brought on due date. Student shares with instructor and peers and makes edits. Draft photos/scans brought on due date but not ready for editing. Draft photos/scans not completed by due date.

Written Requirement: (Maximum points=32)

CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Content Covers topic in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent. Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good. Includes essential information about the topic but there are 1-2 factual errors. Content is minimal OR there are several factual errors.
Quality of Information All topics are fully addressed including supporting comments. All topics are addressed including supporting comments, but with less detail. One or more topics were not addressed. Most topics were not addressed and incomplete
Originality Product shows a large amount of original thought. Ideas are creative and inventive. Product shows some original thought. Work shows new ideas and insights. Uses other people's ideas (giving them credit), but there is little evidence of original thinking. Uses other people's ideas, but does not give them credit.
Organization Content is well organized and in the proper order. Content is somewhat organized and mostly in the correct order. Content is somewhat organized but not in the correct order. There was no clear or logical organizational structure, directions were not followed.
Sources All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented in the desired format. Data is completely original. All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but a few are not in the desired format. Data is largely original. All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but many are not in the desired format. Data is largely original. Some sources are not accurately documented. Data is not original.
Photographs Photos are complete, clear, accurate and greatly help the viewer identify the plant. Photos are clear and accurate and help the viewer identify the plant. Photos are accurate but marginally clear, or incomplete, and not very helpful to the viewer in identifying the plant. Photos are not accurate, not complete OR do not add to the viewers understanding of the topic.
Mechanics No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors A few grammatical spelling, or punctuation errors. Many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.
Requirements All requirements are met and exceeded. This is ready to publish online. All requirements are met. It still needs some minor tweaking before publishing online. One requirement was not completely met. It needs some work before publishing online. More than one requirement was not completely met. It needs significantly more work before publishing online.

Oral Presentation: (Maximum points=16)

CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Content Shows a full understanding of the topic. Shows a good understanding of the topic. Shows a good understanding of parts of the topic. Does not seem to understand the topic very well.
Comprehension Student is able to accurately answer almost all questions posed by classmates about the topic. Student is able to accurately answer most questions posed by classmates about the topic. Student is able to accurately answer a few questions posed by classmates about the topic. Student is unable to accurately answer questions posed by classmates about the topic.
Visual Aids Student uses several props (could include costume) that show considerable work/creativity and which make the presentation better. Student uses 1 prop that shows considerable work/creativity and which make the presentation better. Student uses 1 prop which makes the presentation better. The student uses no props OR the props chosen detract from the presentation.
Oral Presentation/ Preparedness Interesting, well-rehearsed with smooth delivery that holds audience attention. Relatively interesting, rehearsed with a fairly smooth delivery that usually holds audience attention. Delivery not smooth, but able to hold audience attention most of the time. The student is somewhat prepared, but it is clear that rehearsal was lacking. Delivery not smooth and audience attention lost. Student does not seem at all prepared to present.



Plant Preservation Project

Scanning Plant Specimens


Example

example photo of how to display plant for project
  1. Log on to the computer: Name and password
  2. Select the icon on the desktop for the scanner.
  3. Load the plant in the scanner
    • Lay the plant on the scanner glass and place white paper over it and gently close the scanner. This way works better with thick, flat leaves and larger chunks of plants, like whole branches. If the leaves weren't lying flat or if they were folded, then tape them down to the white copy paper with double stick tape making sure the tape was hidden under the plant parts. Make sure at least one leaf shows the underside. Methods will vary depending on the plant.
  4. Select the little picture of the scanner in the top left corner of the screen.
    • It will start the scan and it will show up on the screen
    • If it looks good, use the mouse to draw a box around and select the part of the scan you want to save
  5. If it scans in black in white, select “output type” which is a drop down at the top of the screen and chose “true color”.
  6. Once it is scanned, select the “save” icon.
  7. Save the file to the (F:) drive/flash drive labeled with a piece of tape that says “Student scans”
    • Under the F drive each student will have a folder. Save the scan to your name.
  8. Save the file named as the genus and the species and cultivar (if needed).
  9. Save file type as “jpeg Image.”
  10. Before it saves, a box pops up on the screen with a slide bar for the resolution. Slide the bar it all the way to the right to the highest resolution.
    • The scanner will rescan the selected area and then the next specimen is ready to load.
  11. Notes:
    • Recheck the ‘output type’ to make sure true color is checked on subsequent scans. It usually will default to true colors when a color specimen is detected but may not
    • Make sure the name of your file appears in the “Save in” box
    • Clean glass of smears and plant debris with glass cleaner and paper towels if needed




Lamination Instructions and Notes


Example

example photo of how to display plant for project
  1. Specimens should exemplify maximum number of characters while being as compact as possible for storage and study (flower, fruits, buds, branching, roots, rhizomes but not all of these suitable for lamination)
  2. Laminate dried specimens using herbarium paper
  3. Try to arrange plant and flowers “naturally”
  4. Place at least one leaf with the reverse size up
  5. If there is static and the plant material will not stay in place use a dryer sheet and lightly rub the inside pages of the lamination plastic
  6. Place the label in the lower right corner
    • Use Times New Roman font, size 14 unless the name will not fit on one line then decrease the font size.
  7. Label should contain:
    • First line: common name
    • Second line: botanical name and cultivar using proper italicized wording
    • Third line: family name
  8. Set the lamination machine on #4 or 5, light will turn from red to green when the machine reaches the desired temperature
  9. The top of the herbarium paper should be placed at the sealed end of the lamination pouch
  10. Check the paper for debris before laminating
  11. Insert the sealed end of the pouch into the laminator
  12. The lamination pouch should not be pulled through the laminator
  13. You may find it helpful to support the paper and lamination plastic as it feeds through the machine to keep your plants from shifting. A piece of cardboard is helpful to use.