Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Plant Molecular Biology 4Y option BIOL4112

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Life Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce several topics in plant molecular biology. It will show how molecular genetic approaches are being used, particularly in Arabidopsis, to identify important plant genes and to determine their functions in plant development and responses to environmental stimuli. 

Timetable

There are normally 3 hours of contact on Fridays, as arranged. 

Requirements of Entry

Normally, only available to final-year School of Life Sciences students in a Degree Group B (Biomolecular Sciences group) programme. Visiting students may be allowed to enrol, at the discretion of the School of Life Sciences Chief Adviser and the Course Coordinator. 

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

The course will be assessed by a 2-hour examination (70%) and in-course assessment consisting of a written assignment (30%) where students answer questions on a paper provided in advance. 

 

 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The overall aims of the course are to show how molecular genetic approaches are being used, particularly in Arabidopsis, to identify important plant genes and to determine their functions in plant development and responses to environmental stimuli. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

■ Discuss how knowledge of gene function and gene regulation is key to understanding how plants grow and develop; 

■ Discuss what experimental approaches can be used to study gene function and gene regulation in plants; 

■ Discuss how genes control development in relation to the environment; 

■ Interpret how plants perceive stimuli that regulate gene expression and development; 

■ Interpret data encountered in plant molecular biology;

■ Discuss the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of gene expression. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.