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Course FRC3252

TROPICAL AND SUBTROPICAL FRUIT
Jose Chaparro, Instructor
FRC 3252 - 2 Credits
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Period 2, 8:30-9:20
Course Description and Requirements
Instructor: Dr. Jose Chaparro
Room 2115 Fifield Hall
 (352) 273-4788
Text: Tropical Fruits by H. Y. Nakasone and R. E. Paull
This introductory and survey course is intended for students with no background in tropical or subtropical fruits. The objective of the course is to provide basic information on several of the most important tropical and subtropical fruit crops from a worldwide and Florida perspective. Information will be provided on the origin, botany, cultivars, uses, and distribution of these important fruits. Some information will also be provided on cultural practices, diseases, pests, and postharvest handling. Minor tropical fruit crops will be covered via student in-class presentations.
Grading and Attendance Policies: The final grade will be determined from 3 in-class exams each worth 100 points and a final exam worth 150 points (450 points total). Class attendance and participation will also affect the final grade. Each student is also asked to give a 10-minute presentation on a tropical or subtropical crop not covered in class. A sign up sheet will be passed around early in the semester. The quality of the presentation will be considered in the final grade.
Final grades will be based on the performance of each student relative to the following standard percentages:

100-90

A

89-87

B+

86-80

B

79-77

C+

76-70

C

69-67

D+

66-60

D

Below 59

E

The final grades will be determined as in the following example:


 

Possible

Actual

Exams (3)

300

280

Final Exam

150

125

Total

450

405/450 = 90.0 = A

I encourage all of you to participate in class.  Please feel free to discuss any aspect of the course with me.  I am available during office hours or by appointment by calling (352) 273-4788.  I look forward to a great semester!
Academic Honesty, Software Use, Services for Students with Disabilities, UF Counseling Services
The University of Florida requires all members of its community to be honest in all endeavors. Cheating, plagiarism, and other acts diminish the process of learning.  When students enroll at UF they commit themselves to honesty and integrity.  Your instructor fully expects you to adhere to the academic honesty guidelines you signed when you were admitted to UF.
As a result of completing the registration form at the University of Florida, every student has signed the following statement:
“I understand that the University of Florida expects its students to be honest in all their academic work. I agree to adhere to this commitment to academic honesty and understand that my failure to comply with this commitment may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University.”
It is to be assumed all work will be completed independently unless the assignment is defined as group project, in writing by the professor. 
This policy will be vigorously upheld at all times in this course.
Software Use: 
All faculty, staff, and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use.  Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator.  Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.
Campus Helping Resources:
Resources are available on campus for student having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals that interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:
1. University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling: www.counsel.ufl.edu
2. Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling: www.hsc.ufl.edu/shcc/smhs.htm
3. Sexual Assault Recovery Services, Student Health Care Center, 392-1161.
4. Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.