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BS248 - Plant Molecular Development

  • Module code: BS248
  • Module name: Plant Molecular Development
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

A broad introduction to the molecular genetic analysis of plant development. Such information promotes discussion about the differences and similarities between the molecular mechanisms employed by plants and animals, providing the student with a deeper understanding of eukaryotic developmental biology

Principal learning outcomes

Plant development from embryo formation and seed development to flowering and senescence. Concepts of cell polarity, cell position and cell fate are introduced, which are relevant to the development of all multicellular organisms

Timetabled teaching activities

Plant hormones in controlling development lectures 3 to 4. Lectures 7 and 8 introduction to plant transformation and genetic engineering. The second half of the module describes mechanisms by which plant development is altered in response to environmental signals, and lecture 15 introduces students to some concepts of Evolutionary Developmental Biology.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: BS248-12)
B (Examination only) 1 hour examination (locally held in January) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development (C1L8) - Year 2