Plant Science (Advanced) (BIOL3943)


The content will be based on the standard unit BIOL3043 but qualified students will undertake an indivual project and prepare a manuscript. This unit explores major concepts, discoveries and controversies in the plant sciences. Lectures will examine the mechanisms plants employ to adapt and acclimate to the environment. Major topics include growth and development, acquisition of resources such as light and nutrients, perception and response to signals, and interactions of plants with other organisms. Emphasis will be placed on integration of plant responses from molecular through to whole plant scales. There is a focus on recent research that has been critical in enhancing our current understanding of plant biology. Lectures are augmented by experimental work. This unit of study complements other Senior units of study in the Plant Science Major and is essential for those seeking a career in plant biology.

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Two lectures and one 4-hour practical per week.


Manuscript (30%), lab notebook (10%), group presentation (10%), one 2-hour exam (50%).

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


Distinction average in either- 12cp Intermediate BIOL, or (6cp Intermediate BIOL and(MBLG2072 or MBLG2972))


BIOL3043 or PLNT3001 or PLNT3901 or PLNT3002 or PLNT3902

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.