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Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

A course in which students 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 seminars. Two practicals and two seminars contribute 60% of the course mark. An exam contributes 40% of the overall course grade and consists of short, structured questions.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Martin Barker

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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 first year courses. Different teaching methods are used, on campus and online, to take students to the frontiers of our understanding of plant science research.

Associated Costs

Course practicals require the use of a lab coat which can be purchased locally. GBP 15.00

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 27, 27, 27, 32, 32, 32
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 29, 34
  • 3 Tutorials during University weeks 26, 28 - 31, 33 - 35, 39
  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 27, 32

More Information about Week Numbers

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

2x Lab report (20% each)

Group Presentation (20%)

Online Exam (40% in total)

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Students will repeat whichever elements of the assessment were failed or not completed at first sitting; the marks for elements already passed will be carried forwards.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment for this course consists of a practice seminar.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberDemonstrate a familiarity and understanding of some key principles
ProceduralAnalyseConduct analyses of plant material in lab, following instructions
ProceduralAnalyseUse class date to identify and interpret trends in data
ProceduralCreateWorking in a group, construct a persuasive presentation on a given topic
ProceduralApplyApply knowledge to interpret information and data
ConceptualEvaluateDemonstrate an awareness of different and sometimes conflicting uses of plants in human society

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