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Course Overview

Lectures, workshops and an excursion provide a diverse set of learning opportunities relating to plant physiology and adaptations to the environment.

A literature-based research exercise forms the continuous assessment part of this course, in which you choose a plant adaptation to investigate in detail in terms of physiological adaptations to natural conditions. The exercise develops specialist knowledge and your capacity for creative, independent and critical thinking, problem identification and problem solving. Participation in the oral presentations of the projects helps you to develop confidence and oral communication skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Stephen Woodward

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of BI1012 Diversity of Life 1 (Passed) or BI1512 Diversity of Life 2 (Passed) or BI15P1 Introduction to Soils (Passed) or BI2001 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2007 Foundation Skills for Biological Sciences (Passed) or BI2008 Diversity of Life (Passed) or BI2009 Biological Enhanced Skills Training (Best) (Passed) or BI2011 Biological Enhanced Skills Training (Best) (Passed) or BI2012 Diversity of Life - Theory (Passed) or BI2013 Diversity of Life - Practical (Passed) or BI2014 Diversity of Life - Semester 1 (Passed) or BI2015 Biological Enhanced Skills Training (Best) (Passed) or BI2016 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2018 Biological Enhanced Skills Training (Best) (Passed) or BI2019 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2020 Ecology (Passed) or BI2514 Diversity of Life - Semester 2 (Passed) or BI25P2 Biological Topics in Plant and Soil Science (Passed) or BI25P4 Plants, People, and the Environment (Passed) or EV3001 Global Soil Geography (Studied) or FY3304 Silviculture (Studied) or SS3008 Global Soil Geography (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course covers some of the major topics relating to plant interactions with their environment. It considers adaptations that have occurred in the evolution of plant structure and function with reference to morphological, physiological and molecular aspects pertaining to resource capture and plant survival. The course comprises a lecture series, review and presentation exercises, and an excursion.

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

This course runs in weeks 25-29, and is scheduled in Thread 2, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 14-18; Tuesday, all day; Friday, 14-18.  If this is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 9-11.

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 examination (50%) and in-course assessment (50%).
Resit: Similar to first 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

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during discussions, the practical and the field trip.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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