INNER LIFE OF PLANTS

BOT2ILP

2016

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 aquire 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 pracicals. The physiology component builds on concepts introduced in BIO1PS, and is further developed in a series of hands-on practicals.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Emmerling

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (BIO1OF or BIO1MGC) and (BIO1PS or BIO1APM or BIO1EEB)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects BOT2MPN

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:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Writing (Writing)

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:
Speaking (Speaking)

04. By mid semester be able to distinguish terminology and concepts related to plant nutrition.

Activities:
Weekly online quizzes during weeks 2 - 5. After each quiz is submitted and marked students receive feedback.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size130

Enrolment information Laboratory Space Laboratory Space

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Emmerling

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 - 12
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 12 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Three practical reports (750 - 1,000 words each) including poster and oral presentations45 02, 03
one 2-hour theory end of semester examination30 01
one 50 minute theory mid-semester examination15 04
online assessments e.g. quizzes and collaborative wikis10 01