Life on this planet depends upon the oxygen and food provided by plants. Food security, loss of habitat and biodiversity, land clearing, fish kills in inland waterways due to nutrient runoff and improving the efficiency of photosynthesis are some of the important hot topics relevant to plant biology. So what makes plants “tick”, and can they be improved so that the negative environmental impacts of intensive cropping can be balanced with ensuring food security? Modern plant science holds unprecedented opportunities to link processes at the genetic, molecular and physiological level to patterns at the overall plant level so that future food security can be achieved without compromising the environment. This multidisciplinary course encompasses molecular biology, genetics, plant physiology and development, as well as how plants respond to abiotic stress. This course exposes you to an exciting breadth of contemporary plant sciences so you can develop an understanding of this rapidly changing and fundamental field. You will develop skills and techniques important in contemporary plant science. You will apply your newly honed plant science skills to a detective problem - an intensive research project diagnosing the consequences of specific genetic mutations to plant growth, physiology and development. This research project gives students a taste of a real research environment and is one to consider should you be contemplating a career in plant science.
Note: This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and critically evaluate the way plants function at a whole organism level - linking gene function with performance in nature
- Develop, evaluate and apply a range of contemporary techniques in plant science through guided independent laboratory research: Plant Detectives
- Analyse, interpret, evaluate and present results of independent research
- Work collaboratively in a group to critically interpret results and present these findings orally
- Review of recent advances in particular field based on a chosen paper related to the course. Identify the main research question(s) being addressed and the advance(s) in understanding. Find 2-3 subsequent papers that describe new advances in knowledge in this particular area. Write an essay the presents the important contributions of the selected papers.
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- Theory exams - mid year (20%) final (20%) (40) [LO 1]
- Practical quizzes (5) [LO 1,2]
- Final practical and report written in form of a scientific paper (25) [LO 2,3]
- Group symposium presentation around lab project and participation in discussions (8) [LO 1,4]
- Review of recent advances in particular field (20) [LO 5]
- Participation during lectures. Assessed by active participation in lectures, and answers to study questions. (2) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures each week for the first 10 weeks; 6 x 3 hours practical sessions weekly starting from week 4, and 10 x 1 hours of tutorials throughout the semester.
- Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed TextsPlant Physiology and Development 6th edition (Taiz, Zeiger, Moller Murphy)
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8157||21 Jul 2025||28 Jul 2025||31 Aug 2025||24 Oct 2025||In Person||N/A|