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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

A course in which several researchers explore both core and emerging issues in the plant sciences, focusing in particular on the inter-dependence of plants, people and environment.  Students are encouraged to develop a range of important generic and applied skills, through lectures, practicals and tutorials. Five of the practicals contribute 50% of the course mark. An exam contributes 50% of the overall course grade and consists a choice 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
  • Dr Martin Barker

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BI1004 Organismal Biology (Passed) or BI1005 Organismal Biology (Passed) or BI1006 Biology for Undergraduates (Bugs) (Passed) or BI1007 Organismal Biology (Passed) or BI1008 Introduction to Biological Sciences (Passed) or BI1508 Ecology and Environmental Science (Passed) or BI1509 Ecology and Environmental Science (Passed) or BI1511 Ecology and Environmental Science (Passed) or SM1001 Introduction to Medical Sciences (Passed) or SM1501 The Cell (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI25P3 Biological Topics in Plant and Soil Science (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The content reflects currently important topics in plants, particularly in relation to people who depend on them and the environment that affects them. The course focusses on numerous important questions in plant science research. Content builds on and integrates understanding about plants and soils from BI1008 and BI1511. Emphasis in lectures, tutorials and practicals is on taking students to the frontiers of our understanding of relevant aspects of plant science research.

Associated Costs

Course practicals require the use of a lab coat which can be purchased locally for £15

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

For each student, formative assessment occurs during interactive exercises in lectures, practicals and, especially, tutorials. From this, students can identify limitations in understanding that require more focused attention.


Verbal feedback will be given during interactive, formative parts of the course. Students will receive written feedback on each summative practical report. Where necessary, students will be invited to meet members of the course team to identify difficulties and discuss solutions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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