INNER LIFE OF PLANTS

BOT2ILP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Inner Life of Plants explores the use of modern molecular and physiological techniques to study plant biology, with an emphasis on the analysis and explanation of the cellular processes that control the development, growth and productivity of plants. The ability of plants to acquire nutrients is investigated through hands-on practical experiments. The application of new molecular techniques is explored using real-life examples in the lectures, and a number of closely aligned practicals. The physiology component builds on concepts introduced in first year biology subjects, and is further developed in a series of hands-on practicals.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlison Kellow

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1MGC and (BIO1APM or BIO1EEB)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPlant PhysiologyPrescribedTaiz, L and Zeiger, E 20105TH EDN., SINAUER ASSOCIATES INC

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Discuss and describe mechanisms in plant nutrition, physiology and development.

Activities:
Lectures provide details on the mechanisms involved and laboratory sessions enable experiments to be conducted that illustrate the mechanisms in action. Two laboratory experiments written up as a scientific report, following format from 1st year (FSTE survival guide). Correct acknowledgement of other research is expected. Online collaborative wikis creates opportunity for students to work together to generate a lecture summary on an aspect of plant physiology.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Apply the scientific method to conduct laboratory experiments that address specific question(s) in the area of plant biology, and write an independent report for three experiments and, in addition, a conference style poster for one of the three experiments.

Activities:
Laboratory sessions enable experiments to be conducted that address question(s) related to plant biology. Two laboratory experiments written up as a scientific report, following format from 1st year (FSTE survival guide).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Present experimental findings on a plant nutrition experiment as a short oral presentation.

Activities:
During a laboratory session students present their results to a group of peers and demonstrator (similar to speaking done in first year)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size130

Enrolment information Quota due to limited laboratory space. Enrolments accepted until quota is reached.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlison Kellow

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two practical reports (750 words each)20 01, 02
One 2-hour theory end of semester examination50 01
Online assessment (quizzes) (equivalent to 500 words)5 01, 02
One oral presentation (5 minutes) (equivalent to 250 words)5 03
In-prac assessment (work sheets) (equivalent to 250 words)20 01