Course code Biol1003

Credit points 4.50

Botany and Pharmacognosy

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes32

Independent study hours72

Date of course confirmation08.11.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Forest Management

Course developer

author prof.

Inga Straupe

Dr. silv.

Replaced course

BiolB010 [GBIOB010] Botany and Pharmacognosy

Course abstract

Study course examines the structure and functions of plant cell, the classification and functions of plant tissues. The structure and functions of plants vegetative and generative organs are described. The classification, characterization and importance of plant groups is inspected. The most important and widespread wild medical plants and poisonous plants are described.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. The description of plants, the explanation of plants’ qualities and importance related with its morphology and anatomy – 1st and 2nd test, laboratory works, 4 colloquiums; 2. The determination and recognition of plants, analysis of their qualities and use – 2nd and 3rd test, laboratory works, 4 colloquiums; 3. The evaluation and discussion about availability and usability of plants in fodder, medicine and veterinary medicine – laboratory works, 4 colloquiums.

Course Content(Calendar)

1.Introduction in botany. The role of plants.
2.Plant vegetative organs.
3.Plant vegetative organs.
4.Plant generative organs.
1st test “The morphology of plants”
5.Plant cell.
6.Plant cell.
7.Plant tissue.
8.The anatomy of plant organs
2nd test “Plants’ cell and tissues”
9.Plant systematics. Plant groups.
10.Plant systematics. Plant groups.
11.Plant systematics. Flowering plant families.
12.Plant systematics. Flowering plant families.
Colloquium 1. “Flowering plant families”
13.Plant systematics. Flowering plant families.
Colloquium 2. “Flowering plant families”
14.Plant systematics. Flowering plant families.
Colloquium 3. “Flowering plant families”
15.Plant systematics. Flowering plant families.
Colloquium 4. “Flowering plant families”
16.List of medical and poisonous plants.
3rd test “Systematics of plants”

Requirements for awarding credit points

75% attendance of lectures and laboratory work. Passed 4 colloquia. Passed 3 tests. Written exam.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

4 colloquiums “Flowering plant families”: the name of plants in Latvian and Latin, the learning of the role and the use of plant in veterinary medicine.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The assessment of the study course is based on the cumulative assessment of the tests and the colloquiums. In the case of refinement of the mark, the student answers additional questions. The test is successful if at least 50% of the questions are answered correctly. The colloquium is evaluated in accordance with the established assessment procedure - all plants must be recognized, their Latin and Latvian names should be known, the role of the plant and its use in veterinary medicine should be described.

Compulsory reading

1. Elliot W. T. et al. Botany: an introduction to plant biology. New York : John Wiley & Sons, 1982. 720 p.
2. Raven Peter H. et al. Biology of plants.New York: W.H. Freeman, 2005. 686 p.

Further reading

1. Mossberg, B. and Stenberg, L., 2003. Den nya nordiska Floran. Stockholm: Wahlstrom & Widstrand 928 p.
2. Priedītis, N. Latvijas augi [Plants in Latvia]. Rīga: Gandrs, 2014, 888 p.


The study course is compulsory part of the study program "Veterinary Medicine" for second level professional higher education.