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Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31

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 seminars. Two practicals and one seminar contribute 50% of the course mark. An exam contributes 50% of the overall course grade and consists a choice of multiple-choice questions and 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 BI1008 and BI1511. Emphasis in lectures, seminars and practicals is on taking 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

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 26, 31
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 34, 38

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2x Lab report (20% each)

Group Presentation (20%)

Timed essays (40% in total)


Resit:Individual submission of same task.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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