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.
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.
* 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)
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.
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Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
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