B.Sc. (H) BOTANY

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B.Sc. (H) BOTANY

  THREE-YEAR FULL-TIME PROGRAMME
        (Six-Semester Course)




            COURSE CONTENTS

(Effective from the Academic Year 2010-2011)




           UNIVERSITY OF DELHI

              DELHI  110 007
                                        Course Structure
YEAR-1

PART I: Semester  1

Paper 1    LSPT 101            Biology-I (Introduction to Biology)
Paper 2    BTHT 101            Biodiversity I: Algae and Microbiology
Paper 3    CHCT 301            Chemistry-I
Paper 4    ENAT 101*/          Technical writing and Communication in English /
           CSAT 101*           Computational skills



PART I: Semester  2

Paper 5    BTHT 202            Biodiversity II: Mycology & Phytopathology
Paper 6    BTHT 203            Biodiversity III: Archegoniatae
Paper 7    CHCT 402            Chemistry -II
Paper 8    ENAT 201*/          Technical writing and Communication in English / Computational
           CSAT 201*           skills



   *The college will have an option to take either of the two papers in a particular semester for a
   particular course, while students have to appear in both the papers

   In addition, there shall be one qualifying paper in self-learning mode called Environmental Studies
   offered in Semester-2

YEAR-2

PART II: Semester  3

Paper 9      BTHT 304          Plant Resource Utilization
Paper 10     MACT 303          Mathematics and Statistics
Paper 11     CBHT 301          Cell Biology - I
Paper 12     MBHT 301          Molecular Biology - 1



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PART II: Semester  4

Paper 13     BTHT 405     Plant Development and Anatomy
Paper 14     BTHT 406     Ecology and Phytogeography
Paper 15     CBHT 402     Cell Biology II
Paper 16     MBHT 402     Molecular Biology - II




YEAR-3

PART III: Semester  5

Paper 17     BTHT 507     Plant Systematics & Evolution
Paper 18     BTHT 508     Plant Physiology
Paper 19     BTHT 509 /   Environmental Management / Bioinformatics
a/b          LSPT 409

Paper 20     GGHT 501     Genetics & Genomics -I



PART III: Semester  6

Paper 21     BTHT 610     Plant Metabolism & Biochemistry

Paper 22     BTHT 611     Reproductive Biology of Angiosperms
Paper 23     BTHT 612     Plant Biotechnology
Paper 24     GGHT 602     Genetics & Genomics - II




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                                            PREAMBLE

The ongoing B.Sc. (H) Botany course was introduced by the Faculty of Sciences from the academic
year 2005-2006. The new course that will be effective from the academic year 2010-2011, will follow
the Semester mode. It has been prepared keeping in view the unique requirements of B.Sc. (H)
Botany students.
The contents have been drawn-up to accommodate the widening horizons of the discipline of
Biological Sciences. They reflect the current changing needs of the students; specifically, the subjects
on Mathematics and Statistics and Computation skills have been included. A special feature of this
program has been the introduction of six new papers on Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics
that cover major disciplines in newer areas of Biological Sciences where tremendous progress has
been made during the past decade. A new paper on Biotechnology will also provide a glimpse of the
application aspect.     The endeavor has been to provide students with the latest information
alongwith due weightage to the concepts of classical botany so that students are able to understand
and appreciate the current inter-disciplinary approaches in the study of plant sciences and its role in
societal development.
The course content also lists the new practical exercises so that the students get a hands-on
experience of the latest techniques that are currently in use.




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          Paper 1-LSPT 101: BIOLOGY-I (INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY)

THEORY                                                                             Marks: 100
Unit 1. Biological systems, evolution and biodiversity
a. Introduction to concepts of biology                             (Ch 1 Campbell) (4 Periods)
Themes in the study of biology; A closer look at ecosystem; A closer look at cell; The process of
Science; Biology and everyday life
b. Evolutionary history of biological diversity                   (Ch 25 Campbell) (6 Periods)
Early earth and the origin of life; Major events in the history of life; Mechanism of Macroevolution;
Phylogeny and the tree of life
c. Classifying the diversity of life                                    (Ch 25 Raven) (8 Periods)
Kingdoms of Life Prokaryotes, Eukaryotes, Archaea
d. Darwinian view of life and origin of species                  (Ch22, 24 Campbell) (10 Periods)
Darwin's theory of evolution; The evolution of populations; Concepts of species; Mechanism of
speciation
e. Genetic approach to Biology                                           (Ch 1 Griffiths) (8 Periods)
Patterns of inheritance and question of biology; Variation on Mendel's Law; The molecular basis of
genetic information; The flow of genetic information from DNA to RNA to protein; Genetic Variation;
Methodologies used to study genes and gene activities; Developmental noise; Detecting macromolecules
of genetics; Model organisms for the genetic analysis; Distinction between Phenotype and Genotype


Unit 2. Chemical context of living systems
a. Chemistry of life                                                     (Ch 2 Campbell) (6 Periods)
The constituents of matter; Structure of an atom; The energy level of electron; The formation and
function of molecules depend on chemical bonding between atoms; Chemical reaction make or break
chemical bonds
b. Water and life                                                        (Ch 3 Campbell) (5 Periods)
The water molecule is polar; Properties of water; Ionization of water
c. Carbon and life                                                      (Ch 4 Campbell) (5 Periods)
Organic chemistry-the study of carbon compounds; What makes carbon special? Properties of organic
compounds
d. Structure and function of biomolecules                               (Ch 5 Campbell) (8 Periods)

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