Plant Physiology and Adaptation - BI547

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 5 15 (7.5) DR F Mansfield checkmark-circle


Plant specific features of cellular organisation and processes – cell wall synthesis, cell division, endoreduplication, plasmadesmata
Photosynthesis – mechanism and regulation of photosynthesis, photorespiration, C3, C4 and CAM.
Plant hormones and signalling – e.g. auxins, gibberellins, cytokinins etc and their roles in tropism, photoperiodism, and flowering.
Adaptation and stress response – environmental stress, acclimatisation and adaptation.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Practical (20%)
Problem solving (20%)
Examination (2h) (60%)

Indicative reading

Introduction to Plant Physiology (4th edition) W.G. Hopkins and N.P.A. Hunter, Wiley Publishing (2008)
Plant Biology, A.M. Smith, G. Coupland, L. Dolan, N. Harberd, J. Jones, C. Martin, R. Sablowski, A. Amery, Garland Science (2010)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes:
On successfully completing the module students will be able to have:

A knowledge of plant specific features of cellular organisation and processes.
An understanding of the process and regulation of photosynthesis.
An understanding of plant hormones and their role in the life cycle and responses to the environment.
An understanding of how plants respond and adapt to environmental conditions

The intended generic learning outcomes:

Written communication.
The ability to generate, analyse and report experimental data.
Problem Solving.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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