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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Unique and popular modular structure where six academics deliver six topics using a mixture of plenary lectures on a subject of cutting edge research of their choice, background science lectures, practicals, interactive session (e.g. group discussions) and quizzes.  

As well as covering topical research issues, you will acquire fundamental biology knowledge and skills helping you to understand how plants and soil microbes grow and interact in soils.

There will be five practicals which contribute 50% of the course mark, and an exam of short, structured questions.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Adam Price

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Course Description

The content reflects currently important topics in plant and soil research. It features six two-week blocks of teaching covering six topics, plus one summary week of course content. The content builds on and integrates in a critical manner knowledge about plants and soils from BI 1005 and BI 1509.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written exam (50%); continuous assessment (50%).

Resit: Similar to 1st attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) and /or exam mark carried forward with an opportunity to resit either or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment are provided in each module to help students assess how well they are learning the course material.  It is anticipated that two of these will be delivered online where student participation in these tests will be monitored and contribute to retention of the class certificate.


Students will receive regular written feedback on each practical report before the start of the next practical class. Students who are identified as having difficulty in correctly completing the formative on-line tests will be invited to meet members of the course team to identify difficulties and discuss solutions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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