Plant Form and Function - BIOS5470

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Frances Mansfield checkmark-circle


This module will cover the following areas:

* 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.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Total Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

• Practical Report (2,000 words) – 30%
• Examination (2 hours) – 70%

Both the practical report and the examination are compulsory sub-elements and must be passed to complete the module.

Indicative reading

* Hopkins, W.G. and Hunter, N.P.A. (2008). Introduction to Plant Physiology (Fourth Edition). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing.
* Smith, A.M., Coupland, G., Dolan, L., Harberd, N., Jones, J., Martin, C., Sablowski, R., Amery, A. (2010). Plant Biology, New York: Garland Science.
* Taiz, L., Zeiger, E., Møller, I.M., and Murphy, A. (2018). Plant Physiology and Development (Sixth Edition). Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of plant specific features of cellular organisation and processes.
2. Demonstrate a cogent understanding of the process and regulation of photosynthesis.
3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of plant hormones and their role in the life cycle and responses to the environment.
4. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of how plants respond and adapt to environmental conditions.


  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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