The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

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 organisation into tissues and organs produces a functional plant. Mature cells have specific structural characteristics designed to allow them to perform specialised tasks. The above sets the scene for studying this course Plant Cell Development. You will learn 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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Summarise plant cell structure and its functional significance;

2. Define the core principles and concepts of the process of plant cell development and its regulation;

3. Assess and interpret scientific data;

4. Define and solve biological problems.


The development of plant cells progresses from cell division, expansion and differentiation, regulated by various signals. Thus, the course contains the following components and is taught sequentially:                

  • 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: Online 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