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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY2164 How Plants Live

20 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Tom Bennett

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

BLGY2163 How Plants Work, 10c

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Plants are key organisms in every terrestrial environment, acting as the primary producers that allow ecosystems to function. They provide the vast majority of food for human societies, as well as huge number of important non-food products. But how do plants do all this, while living on a diet of air and water? And how do they survive in harsh environments from which they cannot escape? In this module, which aims to provide a foundation in degree level plant science, students will explore how plants live. How does an individual plant grow, function and reproduce? And how do plants, and communities of plants, thrive and survive within complex environments?


The key aim of the module is to provide students with a foundation in degree-level plant science.
The key objectives are:
1. To familiarise students with the importance of plants in their environments
2. To familiarise students with the basic physiology and metabolism of plants
3. To familiarise students with the concepts of plant growth and development
4. To familiarise students with the functioning of plants within the environment.

Learning outcomes
1. Explain how plants function within their environment, and how they influence their environment
2. Explain how plants grow and develop, and how this reflects their specific lifestyle.
3. Explain the nature of different genome structures, and to be able to identify genes within genomes.
4. Explain the basic physiology and metabolic processes of plants
5. To design, perform and analyse experiments to understand plant growth and eco-physiology
6. Communicate a scientific study, from conception through to future directions, to an audience.


In this module, students will gain a foundational knowledge of:
- Plant ecology and ecosystem function
- Plant growth and development
- Plant physiology and metabolism
- Plant growth and development
- Plant eco-physiology

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning310.0030.00
Private study hours134.00
Total Contact hours66.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Provide detail of opportunities for students to receive formative feedback. Please state the type, frequency and length of work done by which the progress of a student is monitored (e.g. 2 x 1000 word essays).

Students will be provided with formative feedback on their performance during practical classes, allowing them to develop and refine their ideas for the assessed practical work.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationGroup presentation based on practical sessions30.00
PracticalContinuous assessment of performance and engagement in practical classes10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam3 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

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: 29/04/2024 16:11:53


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