Course code PJH102

PJH102 Introduction to Plant Science

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Course responsible: Anne Kjersti Uhlen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course are given in the August block (08). 
Course frequency: Annually, August block
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
BSc in Plant Science.
Course contents:
Introduction to studies in Plant Sciences. Sustainable Food Production where plants have important impacts. Introduction to the high diversity of plants used for food and feed, ornamental plants, landscape plants and for urban greeneries. Important groups of cultivated plants, their uses and adaptations to environments, and conditions for plant Production in Norway. Prinsipals for production in fields and in regulated climate (as greenhouse), including urban agriculture. Introductions to main diciplines in plant science, as soil science, plant protection, plant breeding and plant biology.
Learning outcome:


You know the important crops grown in Norway and their uses. You can describe the most important principles in plant production in field and in greenhouse. You can describe important principels when selecting plants for urban horticulture. You know the disciplines within plant science. You have and overview of NMBU’s rules regarding plagiarism.


You can identify the imortant crops for food, feed, and in urban agriculture. You can search literature and held a presentation on a topic in plant science for students on Bachelor level. You can participate in discussions in plant science issues. You can use the university- and university library ICT-systems.


You have overview of the plant production in Norway in different regions, and how the climatic conditions give possibilities and limnitations. You have overview of the most important principels of a sustainable food production. You understand that the study in plant science is multidisciplinary, and  rely on courses as chemistry, botany and plant physiology, genetics and soil science. You have insight to develop your own study plan.

Learning activities:
Lectures in field, exercises, demonstrations, excursions,  and some overview lectures. Writing of reports from student experiments. Group work with presentation.
Teaching support:
Web-support and academic guidance from teachers.
List of the required readings will be given at the start of the course.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Excursions.  Report from exercises. Group work with presentation. Multiple Choice.
Reports from exercises, presentation of the group work, and one multiple choice. All parts have to be passed. Examination pass/failed.
Nominal workload:
125 working hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
75 hours Lectures in field and greenhouse, exercise/excursion/demonstrations). Self studies 50 hours.
External sensor shall evaluate the course. 
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Not Passed