Course code BOT320

BOT320 Advanced Course in Plant Developmental Physiology

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Course responsible: Christiaan van der Schoot
Teachers: Paivi Liisa Hannele Rinne
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
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
First time: Study year 2005-2006
Last time: 2017V
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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.
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).
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.

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). 
The course is at the interface of molecular, cellular and developmental biology.
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: :