Course code BOT320

BOT320 Advanced Course in Plant Developmental Physiology

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2015 - 2016 .

Course responsible: Christiaan van Der Schoot
Teachers: Paivi Liisa Hannele Rinne
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Department of Plant Sciences
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually, but not in 2016
First time: Study year 2005-2006
Preferential right:
M-BIOL, M-PV
Course contents:
The course focuses on the development of higher plants, and adresses physiological, molecular and cellular processes. Particular attention is given to organisation of life processes, and the importance of intra- and intercellular transport and signalling.
Learning outcome:
The course provides opportunities to develop insight into the growth and internal organisation of plants, and into their responses to spontaneously generated or climate-induced signals. The course stimulates the development of skills in presenting and discussing scientific material.
Learning activities:
Lectures, colloquia, student seminars, writing of term paper.
Syllabus:
Selected chapters/publications: (1). Taiz and Zeiger - Plant Physiology, latest edition. (2). Buchanan et al. - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants. (3). Primary Scientific Literature. Buy (1), the rest comes as handouts (ca. 25 primary research papers + 3-5 book chapters).
Prerequisites:
BOT200 or similar, middle level plant physiology of plant biology.
Recommended prerequisites:
Interest in, and knowledge of the basic principles that underlie plant function and organisation.
Mandatory activity:
A 30 minute pptx seminar on one recent scientific publication.
Assessment:

Continuous assessment: -Oral examination counts 50 % of the grade. -An assignment counts 25 % of the grade. -An oral presentation counts 25 % of the grade.

15 credit points: All parts must be passed.

Agreement with teacher as individual 10 credit points: Oral exam + term paper (assignment) or oral presentation

Nominal workload:
450 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
Lectures: 26-30 hours. Colloqia 4 hrs. Seminars 6-8 hrs. Literature study & writing term paper. Preparations for oral exam (lectures, ca. 25 primary research papers, 3-5 book chapters). 
Note:
The course is at the interface of molecular, cellular and developmental biology. In 2016 the course might possibly not be given.
Examiner:
An external examiner (to be determined) assists in the oral exam and in the evaluation of the oral presentation and the term paper.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått