Rangeland Vegetation and Communities – ARSc 236
Instructor: Jen Obrigewitch
Office: 100F or Agrosecurity Office, West Campus
Office Phone: 483-2325 Fax: 483-2055
Home Phone: 565-2369 Cell: 260-2108
Class Time: As pre-described as in the Fall or Spring schedule
Office Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs. Catch me if you can or call to make an appointment.
Text: Selected ND and MN Range Plants – Sedivec and Barker, NDSU Ext.
Optional: Weeds of the West, Grassland Plants of SD and the Northern Great Plains
This is an introductory range plant identification course intended for midlevel university students studying to become managers of rangeland resources. The course covers anatomy and distinguishing characteristics of grasses, forbs, and woody plants commonly found on Northern Great Plains rangelands.
Student Learning Outcomes
-Origin and season of growth
-Grazing response and value
-Wildlife cover and food
-Identification of live plants growing in their natural environment.
-Classroom study of mounted plants from other areas.
-Major field trip to 3 ranches in North Dakota and Montana
-Participate in class. Get involved in discussion. ANSWER QUESTIONS.
-Read or listen to directions carefully and follow them. This is an important life skill!
- DO NOT LEAVE ANY QUESTION BLANK
Make an attempt to answer each question on a quiz/test. This is a no brainer.
-BE OBSERVANT. Make mental notes of surroundings in the field and pay attention to detail.
This is an even more important life skill!!
-Take quizzes and exams when they are scheduled. Most quizzes will be in the field and will be impossible to take at a later date. If you must miss a quiz, notify the instructor AHEAD OF TIME. Arrangements may be made for a paper or assignment to make up for the quiz. No make up will be available if arrangements are not made in advance.
-If you must miss a regular class, please inform the instructor as to your reasons and make arrangements to get notes/handouts from the instructor or a fellow classmate.
-If you miss class for a school related activity, do not assume that the instructor is aware of the activity or that you will not be required to make up work missed due to school activities. If the activity involves several students in class, bring it up ahead of time, in class, and we will discuss alternatives.
3-6 in the field plant ID quizzes, depending on weather.
3-6 quizzes on plant mounts, plan anatomy, ecological site identification.
(Quizzes will generally be announced, but pop quizzes may become necessary if class attendance is not satisfactory)
2 exams dealing with above topics plus applications of plant ID knowledge.
(Exams will be multiple choice, essay, and may have diagrams to label.)
A 90-100%, B 80-89%, C 70-79%, D 60-69%, F You can do better than this, can’t you?
Attendance and participation may be used as a factor to tip the scales in favor of or away from a higher letter grade for students on the borderline.