The course theme is the production of plant biomass for maintenance of ecosystems and commercial gain. It explores the coordinated development of vegetative plant organs responsible for capture of nutrients from the environment and their allocation within the plant. Adaptive responses to environmental challenges and the opportunities for genetic manipulation are investigated. The course provides an opportunity to hone skills in developing a logical argument, analysis and interpretation of experimental data, and verbal and written communication.
Availability2019 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2019
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Describe the basic processes of plant development, function and reproduction and their regulation at a molecular and cellular level;
2. Provide examples of the adaptive responses of plants to endogenous and environmental signals;
3. Demonstrate competence in critical analysis and interpretation of experimental data and scientific literature;
4. Communicate scientific results, both verbally and in writing, exhibiting the ability to develop a logical argument;
5. Implement organisational skills and combine with others to effectively work as a team.
Vegetative Plant Development
Developing surfaces for nutrient capture
- Maintaining meristems
- Primordia, cell fate specification and regulation
- Organ development
Nutrient capture and allocation -- Leaves-aerial magicians
- Whole leaf photosynthesis
- Exporting nutrients
- Endogenous regulation by metabolic signals
- Adaptive responses
Nutrient capture and allocation -- Roots - underground miners
- Root architecture and nutrient capture
- Ion transporters, channels and aquaporins
- Adaptive responses
Development for Reproduction
- Environmental cues, sensors and endogenous signals
- Early events at the shoot apexEmbryogenesis - the next generation
- Seed development - investing in the future
Students must have successfully completed BIOL2220 to be enrolled in in this course.
Report: Written Reports
Presentation: Group Presentation (Oral)
Formal Examination: Formal Examination
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend all laboratory sessions.
- Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term