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BI1294

Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production

Dear Students,

Welcome to the course “Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production, (BI1294)”.

This course will be run jointly between the SLU campuses in Alnarp, Uppsala and Umeå.

On August 30th you will have campus-specific introductions that are common for all master students and depending on which campus you are studying you will have to go to different locations. Campus specific information about the orientation week (22-27 August), and the roll call day August 30th can be found following the links below:

Alnarp: https://student.slu.se/en/studies/new-student/alnarp/welcome-activites-and-roll-call/

Uppsala/Ultuna: https://student.slu.se/en/studies/new-student/uppsala/welcome-activities-and-roll-call-in-uppsala/

Umeå: https://student.slu.se/en/studies/new-student/umea2/welcome-activities-and-roll-call-in-umea/

Registration to the course “Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production” will take place in conjunction to the general introduction of the master´s programme Plant Biology for Sustainable Production. Hence, even if you are taking the course as a single course you need to attend the general introduction.

On Monday, August 30th we will have a Zoom lecture at 15:00-16:00, where the outline of the course will be presented.

To join the Zoom meeting you can use the link below:

https://slu-se.zoom.us/j/69164076409

Meeting ID: 691 6407 6409
Passcode: 584835

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and to facilitate social distancing the course will be run partly as a distance course where you will alternate between campus attendance and zoom-lectures. Hence, you will need to be in either Uppsala, Alnarp or Umeå to attend the course.

For more information on how SLU handles teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic, please refer to the SLU-homepage: https://student.slu.se/en/study-support/emergencies-and-incidents/information-about-the-coronavirus/

/Jens

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The course evaluation is open between 2021-10-25 and 2021-11-15

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Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production (BI1294-M1094) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

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Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production (BI1294-10039) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

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Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production (BI1294-10116) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

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Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production (BI1294-10117) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

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Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production (BI1294-10118) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

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Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production (BI1294-10004) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

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Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production (BI1294-10002) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

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Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production (BI1294-10003) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

BI1294 Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production, 15.0 Credits

Introduktion till Växtbiologi för Hållbar Produktion

Syllabus approved

2017-10-25

Subjects

Biology

Education cycle

Master’s level

Modules

Title Credits Code
Laboratory practicals 2.00 1002
Literature project 3.00 1003
Written examination 10.00 1004

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed 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.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits at basic level including
- 60 credits biology or
- 60 credits Forest Scineces including 15 credits chemistry
- 60 credits Horticultural Science including 15 credits chemistry
- 60 credits Agricultural Science including 15 credits in chemistry
and
- English 6

Objectives

The course objectives are to give an introduction to advanced university studies, provide an overview of the syllabus of the master-program, its content, and structure, provide the students with working skills that prepare them for further studies and future work.

After completing the course the students should be able to:

- give an account of the basic biological conditions for plant production.
- with relevance to the subject area of the program, look up, compile, and present information on the possibilities and limitations of plant production, in writing and in speech.
- distinguish and form an opinion on ethical issues coupled with scientific activities within the subject area of the master program.
- give an account of basic philosophical conceptions within science and the scientific method.
- give an account of possibilities and limitations of the scientific subject area of the program to contribute to sustainable development.

Content

The course will give an introduction to the master program in Plant Biology for a sustainable production and its three different specializations: Forest biotechnology, Plant Protection and Plant Breeding, and Abiotic and Biotic interactions of Plants. The course will provide the students with a basic foundation for future University studies at the master level and a comprehension of the basic biological conditions for plant production.
The course lectures, exercises and excursions cover:

- basic plant biology, including plant physiology, metabolomic, genetics, and molecular genetics
- conditions for plant production, covering agriculture, horticulture, and forestry.
- basic statistics with relevance for the courses that follow in the master-program
- an introduction to ethical argumentation, sustainable development, science philosophy and the scientific method and science communication.
- scientific presentations, in oral and in writing.

At the excursions environments of importance for plant-production is visited and study visits are made to prepare the students for a future work. Excursions, Study visits, and Laboratory exercises are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written exam. Approved written and verbal presentation of report. Participation in excursions, exercises and other compulsory moments.
  • 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

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses
cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further
strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are
welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead
to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage www.slu.se.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Biology
Cooperating departments:
Department of Plant Breeding

Further information

Determined by: Vice dekan S-fak
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser

BI1294 Introduction to Plant Biology for Sustainable Production, 15 HEC. Grading criteria.

Grade

Course objective 1: The student is expected to be able to give an account of the basic biological conditions for plant production.

Course objective 2:

with relevance to the subject area of the program, look up, compile, and present information on the possibilities and limitations of plant production, in writing and in speech.

Course objective 3:

The student is expected to be able to give an account of possibilities and limitations of plant biology and plant production to contribute to sustainable development.

Course objective 4:

The student is expected to be able to distinguish and form an opinion on ethical issues coupled with the scientific activities within the subject area of the master program.

Course objective 5:

The student is expected to be able to give an account of basic philosophical conceptions within science and the scientific method.

Course objective 6:

The student is expected to be able to conduct laboratory work (i.e. wet lab, greenhouse or climate chamber work), and computer lab work, compile the results and write a lab report.

Pass

The student is expected to:

- be able to estimate and discuss the basic biological conditions for plant production

- describe how different biotic and abiotic processes influence plant production.

The student is expected to:

- to write a report, prepare and do an oral presentation according to the instructions, also show an understanding and discuss different aspects of the subject.

The student is expected to:

- be able to estimate and discuss how plant biology may contribute to sustainable development.

-describe how different processes influence sustainable development.

The student is expected to:

- describe different ethical issues coupled with the scientific activities related to plant biology and plant production.

The student is expected to:

- describe basic philosophical conceptions within science and give an account for the scientific method.

The student is expected to:

- hand in a well written lab-report showing an understanding of the methodology.

Exercises required to pass the course:

Attendance on compulsory parts (see schedule)

Exam (Graded Pass)

Written lab report (graded Pass)

Literature exercises including written texts and oral presentation (graded G)

Final grade: Since this is an introduction course the grade on this course is either Pass or Fail and this is determined the combination of grades on examinations, the written lab report and the written literature exercises

1) Plant Physiology and Development 6 ed.
Author: Taiz, Zeiger, Möller and Murphy
ISBN: 978-1-60535-255-8
Comments: Course literature
2) Short Guide to Writing about Biology, A, 9th Edition
Author: echenik
ISBN: 9780321984258

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Plant Biology for Sustainable Production - Master´s programme Forest Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1294 Application code: SLU-10094 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Plant Biology Pace: 100%