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BIOL2007 Plant Development and Function

Module Overview

This module provides an understanding of plant function and development at a molecular, cellular and whole organism level.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of plant function and development at a molecular, cellular and whole organism level.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the major developmental events in the life of a plant from germination to flowering and death,
  • Be able to describe aspects of plant function including water movement, stomatal function and phloem transport.
  • Be competent in a number of plant related techniques.
  • Have worked as part of a team
  • Have an awareness of safety in the laboratory
  • Have written up findings in several different types of assignment.
  • Used statistics and graphics packages to present practical findings

Syllabus

This module will centre on the study of growth and development processes in higher plants both at the level of the cell and the whole organisms and in relation to the environment. Functional aspects related to development will then be considered. The major growth and development features of the plant will be discussed. The responses of the plant to light and the role of phytochrome will be considered, as will the change from vegetative to reproductive growth and the onset of senescence. The mechanisms of short and long distance transport will be described, as will the functioning of stomata. The module also considers the relevance of developmental processes in a changing environment, with particular emphasis of the role of model organisms in determining gene function and the manipulation of plant characteristics using biotechnology.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, practicals.

TypeHours
Practical classes and workshops12
Lecture20
Independent Study106
Supervised time in studio/workshop12
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 30%
Written exam 70%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 30%
Written exam 70%
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