- Code BIOL6002
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Plant Science
Food crises, GMOs, loss of biodiversity, climate change and increased incidence of abiotic stress- these are hot topics, and all of them are intrinsically linked to plants. Modern plant science holds unprecedented opportunities to link processes at the genetic, molecular and physiological level to patterns at the crop or plantation level to address these important issues and ensure future food security. This multidisciplinary course exposes you to an exciting breadth of contemporary plant sciences so you can develop a synthetic understanding of this rapidly changing field. Links between genetics, molecular biology, anatomy and physiology will be made. You will develop skills in several techniques important in contemporary plant science. You will apply your newly honed plant science skills to a detective problem - an intensive research project diagnosing consequences of specific genetic mutations to plant growth and physiology. This research project gives students a taste of a real research environment.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Understand, describe and critically evaluate the way plants function at a whole organism level - linking gene function with performance in nature
2. Develop, evaluate and apply a range of contemporary techniques in plant science through guided independent laboratory research: Plant Detectives
3. Analyse, interpret and evaluate results of independent research
4. Work collaboratively in a group to critically interpret results and present these findings orally
5. Design and develop a wikipedia page for a lay audience on a subject synthesising issues in plant science
Other InformationThe Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email email@example.com to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Assessment will be based on:
- Theory exam (40%; LO 1)
- Practical quizzes (5%; LO 1, 2)
- Final practical written report written in form of a scientific paper (30%; LO 2, 3)
- Group symposium presentation around lab project and participations in discussions (5%; LO 1, 4)
- Production of a Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) page on a topic selected in consultation with lecturer and a 5 minute presentation of that page to the class (20%; LO 5)
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Two 1 hour lecture per week, practical sessions each week, some tutorials
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
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- 6 units
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3380||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|