Plant Cell Development

Course code BIOL2220Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Plants are multicellular, immobile organisms composed of cells produced in restricted regions of the plant called meristems. The coordinated development of cells and their organization into tissues and organs produces a functional plant. Mature cells have specific structural characteristics designed to allow them to perform specialized tasks. This course explores how plant cells develop from meristematic dividing cells through expansion and finally differentiate to acquire their specific identities. These developmental processes are highly regulated and involve changes in gene expression in response to signalling by hormones and other molecules.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe objectives of the course are to provide students with an opportunity to gain:
1. An understanding of plant cell structure and its functional significance.
2. An understanding of the principles and concepts of the process of plant cell development and its regulation.
3. Skills in critical assessment and interpretation of data.
4. Skills in defining and solving biological problems.
Content- Discovering Plant Cells and Microscopy
- Gene Expression and Signal Transduction
- Overview of development
- Cell division
- Cell expansion
- Cell differentiation
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBIOL1001 and BIOL1002 or BIOL1010 and BIOL1020.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)Tutorial exercises
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOL2220