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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY2163 How Plants Work

10 creditsClass Size: 124

Module manager: Dr Tom Bennett

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally Biology level 1 core modules

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand the basic structures and functions of plants;
- have an appreciation of the principles of plant developmental biology and how a plant develops throughout its life-cycle and responds to intrinsic and extrinsic stimuli.


The syllabus will cover:
- basic plant structures;
- embryogenesis;
- meristems and postembryonic development;
- flower and seed development;
- gravitropism and phototropism; perception of light, gravity and hormonal signals; model systems and research methodologies.

All content will address the physiological aspects of plant biology as well as the molecular approaches to its study.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours72.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

15 hours - practical write-up
55 hours - reading and lecture follow-up.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at practicals

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalAssessment of a presentation by the group based on a single set of group slides and each student's submitted slides25.00
PracticalIndividual performance during practicals (engagement & diligence - see handbook)5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Failure to submit this work or make a serious attempt will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark. For full details see the Code of Practice on Assessment. The assessment of the poster and its presentation by the group constitutes 25% of the module mark. Students will be marked individually on their ability to answer questions on their work during the poster assessment session and on their engagement, efficiency, diligence and tidiness during all of the practical sessions.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/11/2022


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