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C112P1 Plant Science
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  11/12

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 1

Target Students:  Students taking degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Biology, Applied Biology, Biotechnology.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: A level in Biology and Chemistry preferred

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  Content description: The module will introduce students to the conventional uses of plants and describe some of the problems associated with plant production including biotic and abiotic stresses. It will then discuss the techniques used to study plant science, including genetics and the use of mutants before introducing students to the applications of biotechnology in plant science. Module Web Links:
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  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 11 weeks1 per week3 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    3 Practical classes during the module of 3 hours each. 8 weeks of lectures in total

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 75  1 hour 30 mins examination 
    Coursework 1 25 Coursework essay - 1000 words 

    Dr K Pyke

    Education Aims:  To provide an introduction to the biology and importance of plants. Lectures will focus on plant form and function, highlighting the ways that genetics and studies on the model plant, Arabidopsis, have added to our understanding. Emphasis will also be placed on the ways plants adapt to their surroundings and the potential for use of biotechnology in plant improvement.

    Learning Outcomes:  A Knowledge and Understanding of: (1) How plants obtain nutrients and water and develop (2) How plants interact with their environment and other organisms (3) The importance of plants and plant science in society The Intellectual Skills: (1) To collect and integrate several lines of evidence and apply them in a balanced manner to support an argument (2) To apply subject knowledge to solve problems The Practical/Professional Skills: None The Transferable Skills: (1) To communicate effectively in a written form (2) To prepare material with attention to accuracy and detail (3)To manage working time effectively

    Offering School:  Biosciences

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