This unit of study is designed to develop an understanding of the structural and molecular principles that underlie the function of plants and how these principles relate to the use of plants by humans as sources of food, fibre and fuel. The unit is a core unit for BScAgr students and an elective for BSc and other degree programs. It recognizes the specialized nature of plant anatomy and biochemistry and is a platform for students who wish to gain a sound knowledge of plant growth and development. This unit covers the structure of plant cells and the anatomy of the major tissues and organs of plants. It also covers the biochemistry of the main carbohydrate, lipid, protein and nucleic acid constituents of plants, as well as the metabolic pathways that regulate plant growth and development. At the completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate theoretical knowledge of the structure and function of plants. Students will also be able to demonstrate abilities in the practice of laboratory methods used to analyse plants and the effective communication of experimental findings. Students enrolled in this unit will gain research and enquiry skills through attendance at lectures and participation in laboratory classes and tutorials; information literacy and communication skills through the synthesis of information used to prepare practical reports; social and professional understanding by participation in group-work and assessments that seek to demonstrate the role of agriculture in the broader community.
Two 1-hour lectures, One 3-hour practical per week
One 1-hour mid-semester exam (25%), one 1-hour final exam (25%), 1 x 1000wd essay (10%), four practical reports (40%)
Taiz L, Zeiger E (2010) Plant Physiology 5th ed.
6cp from (BIOL1XXX or AGEN1004) and 12cp from (CHEM1XX1 or CHEM1XX2 or AGEN1006)Prohibitions
PHSI2005 or PHSI2006 or PHSI2905 or PHSI2906