|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To deepen understanding and knowledge of the manner in which plants perceive and respond to environmental stimuli and the co-ordinated adjustments at the physiological, biochemical and molecular level that facilitate survival.
To describe the evolution and diversity of higher plants.
To grow an appreciation of relevant background theory and the application of experimental methods
Practical classes are designed to develop core skills and encourage the formulation and testing of hypotheses.
The goal of this module is to build on the appreciation of the role and importance of plants in the natural world delivered at Stage 1 (Plant Biology 1). The evolution and reproductive biology of higher plants will be discussed and the diversity of plant life on the planet highlighted. The majority of the course will focus on the mechanisms underlying the way in which plants perceive and respond to environmental stimuli and the co-ordinated adjustments at the physiological, biochemical and molecular level that facilitate growth and survival in diverse environments.
Practical classes are aimed at developing core cognitive abilities (e.g. including the analysis and interpretation of datasets) and will facilitate the formulation and testing of specific hypotheses – skills that will be of direct relevance in the planning and execution of Stage 3 research projects.
This module is taught in three parts:
Part I. Dr G. Beakes
Evolution and diversity of higher plants including ferns (and allies), gymnosperms and angiosperms
Part II. Dr S. Peacock
Regulation of plant growth and dormancy; flowering and reproduction; biological clocks; plant-water relations, (4 lectures)
Part III. Dr T. Taybi
Plant responses and survival under environmental stress; perception of the external environment; cell signalling; plant hormones; in planta and plant-to-plant communication; mineral nutrition and plant-rhizosphere interactions (8 lectures + 3 practicals)
Students will gain a mechanistic understanding of the way in which plants sense, respond and withstand a range of environmental challenges as well as the hormonal control of plant growth and dormancy.
Specialist knowledge, team-working, information synthesis, scientific reasoning, critical appraisal and hypothesis-testing. Cognitive skills will be developed through analysis and interpretation of data and observations during laboratory practicals.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||16||0:30||8:00||Revision for final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||4:30||9:00||Lab reports|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||16||1:00||16:00||2 sets of 4 lectures, 1 set of 8 lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||16||1:00||16:00||Completion of post-lecture directed reading|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||3||3:00||9:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||24:00||24:00||Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||16||1:00||16:00||Lecture follow up|
A thorough understanding from molecular level to whole plant plus reaction and survival in extreme environment. The learning experience will constitute a strong foundation to pursue specialist 3rd year courses. A computer-aided learning tool will be employed as part of the teaching of the evolution and diversity of higher plants. Practicals will utilise Nuffield-style approaches to specifically encourage the formulation and testing of hypotheses. The practical experience is designed to complement the formal lecture programme. Private study using the recommended texts will provide further depth of understanding of the biological processes and systems involved.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||20||2 Lab reports (lab 1 formative and lab 2 20%)|
Practicals and short review supplement information presented in lectures will engender not only an appreciation of the topic, but also the development of a hypothesis-driven scientific approach. Lectures, practical exercises provide questions for formal examination which focuses on testing depth and breadth of factual knowledge and general understanding of the subject area. The practical reports are designed to assess the ability to design and perform hypothesis-driven research, record findings and interpret experimental results.
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