The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


  • Discovering Plant Cells and Microscopy
  • Gene Expression and Signal Transduction
  • Overview of development
  • Cell division
  • Cell expansion
  • Cell differentiation

Assumed knowledge

BIOL1001 and BIOL1002 or BIOL1010 and BIOL1020.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises

Quiz: On-line Quizzes

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term