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Plant Physiology

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Welcome to the 2020 course in Växtfysiologi (BI1281)! Content: This course is structured around acquiring a strong understanding of plant physiology to give you an opportunity to understand how plants grow and develop. You will learn how plants have evolved, how they reproduce and how plants have been modified by people for beneficial uses. You will also learn how plants interact with their environments: whether coping with diseases or adapting to challenging or changing environments. Course start: The first lecture will take place on Monday November 2nd at 10:15am via Zoom. Teaching method: The course includes lectures that deal with key areas of plant physiology. Two laboratory exercise are included that introduce principles of plant hormones and stress response. New for this year are the hybrid nature of the course – Zoom lectures and modified lab courses to accommodate new SLU guidelines for covid-19. The labs will be divided into groups of 3 people each with morning and afternoon sessions. The group division takes place the first day of the course. Feel free to think of group suggestions before then. Updates to the course include two new lectures and one new teacher. The labs have been updated and a new lab guide produced to help students with report writing and structure. Schedule: The course structure this year will be a hybrid between online and in-person teaching. All lectures (x14) will take place via Zoom. Three half days of labs (x3) will take place on campus. The final exam (x1) will be on campus. The course is bilingual. Half of the lectures will be in Swedish and half in English. The labs will be in English. The schedule is available on the course website (preliminary until the course starts). Zoom links for the lectures will be posted on Canvas. Be sure to join the course Canvas page. Textbook: The course textbook this year will be Campbell et al: Biology: A Global Approach, Global Edition (12th edition). Some of you might have the 11th edition from previous years and that completely fine to use. Page references are available for both textbooks. The textbook is recommended but not mandatory. Examination: To complete the course, passing a written exam is required. Attending the three lab sessions and the introductory lecture is required. Submitting and passing two lab reports is also required. Questions? Send me an email Welcome to the course! Charles Melnyk, course leader (

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Additional course evaluations for BI1281

Academic year 2019/2020

Plant Physiology (BI1281-20108) 2019-11-01 - 2019-12-03

Academic year 2018/2019

Plant Physiology (BI1281-20097) 2018-11-06 - 2018-12-06

Academic year 2017/2018

Plant Physiology (BI1281-20006) 2017-10-31 - 2017-11-30

BI1281 Plant Physiology, 7.5 Credits


Syllabus approved




Education cycle

First cycle


Title Credits Code
Laborations 2.00 1002
Written exam 5.50 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 7,5 credits Chemistry and 20 credits Biology.


The course gives understanding of the plant as a life form, not only from the point of view of utility for humans, but from the plants own survival goals.

After a completed course the student will be able to:
- understand and describe plant organs, cells and tissues, photosynthesis; uptake, transport and use of water and minerals; growth and development; protection against abiotic and biotic stress
- describe how variations in plant form, development, photosynthesis and metabolism are adaptions to cope with different environments
- evaluate the importance of the physiological properties in human plant use


The course concentrates on the crop plants. Lectures cover:
- cellular structure and form: cells, chloroplasts, cell walls
- systems for transport and structural support: shoot, root
- the root: mining for water and mineral
- the shoot: assimilation of light and carbon dioxide, photosynthesis
- transport systems for water and minerals, organics
- growth and development: stem cells, flower, reproduction, seed and germination
- protection against abiotic stresses and competing life forms, secondary metabolism
- usefulness from the human perspective, plant breeding

In laboratory practicals (compulsary) plant development and adaptability will be studied. The results will be presented and discussed in written reports.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written exams and passed written and oral accounts of practicals and literature reviews. Approved participation in compulsory activities.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The required course prerequisites in chemistry can be obtained by for instance following the courses Basic Chemistry I, 15 hp (KE0062); Basic Chemistry II, 7,5 hp (KE0063); or Biochemistry, continuation 7,5 hp (KE0064) and achieving at least 7,5 hp. Some parts of the course may be given with English as the main language.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Biology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Botanik (växtbiologi)
Replaces: BI0863, BI0864
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Biology: A Global Approach, Global Edition, 12th Edition
Author: Campbell, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky, Reece & Orr
ISBN: 9781292341637
Comments: The textbook is recommended and a helpful resource. If you’re buying a new textbook, then the 12th edition is the latest version (new for 2020). The 11th edition has been previously used and also works perfectly well for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Food Biology and Environmental Science - Bachelor´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: First cycle
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1281 Application code: SLU-20152 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Plant Biology Pace: 100%