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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Develops the key scientific principles underpinning plant function. Students will gain knowledge of metabolism, physiology and structure of plants together with a better understanding of regulation of growth and development and influence of environment on these processes.

Unit content

 1: Plant water relations

 2: Plant macro and micro nutrients and their uptake and transport within the plant.

 3: Plant Metabolism: C3, C4 and CAM photosynthesis

 4: Plant hormones

 5: Plant response to abiotic stress

 6:  Plant identification using taxonomic keys based on vegetative and floral structures and plant community identification and classification using structural and floristic techniques.

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 identify the fundamental importance of water, light, hormones and nutrients in plant function
2 recognise how water, light, hormone and nutrients influence growth and development of the plant
3 critically assess the basic structural, biochemical and physiological processes that plants rely on to survive in their external environments.
4 demonstrate practical skills in identifying plants and plant communities, and describe the methodology and purpose of vegetation classification and mapping

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the fundamental importance of water, light, hormones and nutrients in plant function
  2. recognise how water, light, hormone and nutrients influence growth and development of the plant
  3. critically assess the basic structural, biochemical and physiological processes that plants rely on to survive in their external environments.
  4. demonstrate practical skills in identifying plants and plant communities, and describe the methodology and purpose of vegetation classification and mapping

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.