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Experimental approaches in plant growth analysis and phenotyping

The course BI1339 Experimental approaches in plant growth analysis and phenotyping has been cancelled autumn semester 2021, but we plan to give the course again in the autumn semester 2022.

The practical parts of the course are due to current covid-19 guidelines difficult to carry out in such a way that the course objectives can be met. In addition there are only a few applicants. Decision has therefore been made to cancel the course.

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BI1339 Experimental approaches in plant growth analysis and phenotyping, 15.0 Credits

Experimental approaches in plant growth analysis and phenotyping

Syllabus approved

2018-11-15

Subjects

Biology Agricultural science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

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

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.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits at basic level, including
90 ECTS biology or
30 ECTS biology + 60 ECTS forestry incl. 15 ECTS chemistry or
30 ECTS biology + 60 ECTS horticulture incl. 15 ECTS chemistry
30 ECTS biology + 60 ECTS agricult. science incl. 15 ECTS chemistry
and
English 6

Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide an in-depth overview of the basic methods for measuring and assessing growth and physiology of plants, applying some of these methods in a practical project work, and give an overview of quantitative methods for the measurement of structural and functional plant properties (so called phenotyping) in modern phenotyping facilities.
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
- describe the basic methods for measuring and assessing the growth of plants
- independently implement simple methods for plant growth analysis
- independently plan, implement and assess scientific experiments focusing on the growth of plants in relation to the surrounding environment (plant-environment and plant-plant interaction)
- describe the basic principles of growth modeling of plants
- evaluate different quantitative methods for measuring structural and functional plant properties in modern phenotyping facilities

Content

•Lectures
Seminars (obligatory)
Projekt work (obligatory)
Exercises (obligatory)
Own studies
Examination and evaluation
•The course deals with the basic methods for measuring and assessing growth and physiology of plants in relation to the surrounding environment (plant-environment and plant-plant interaction), training the students’ ability to apply some of these methods in practical project work, provide a basic understanding of plant growth modeling, and an overview of automated methods to rapidly measure structural and functional plant properties (so called phenotyping) in modern plant phenotyping facilities.
Topics covered by this course are:
- Growth analysis and functional physiology of agricultural and forest plants
- Plant-environment and plant-plant interaction
- Experimental design and basic statistics for the analysis of scientific results
- Growth modeling of plants
- Modern phenotyping methods for plants, i.e. technical solutions for rapid and automated quantification of structural and functional plant properties in large quantities of plant individuals.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written or oral examinations, active participation in compulsory seminars and exercises, oral and written reporting of project work.

The course contains mandatory elements (seminars, exercises, project work)
  • 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 course is given in the Faculty-General Master’s Program in Plant Biology for Sustainable Production.

Responsible department

Department of Crop Production Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Botanik (växtbiologi)

SLU BI1339 – Grading criteria 2021

Grading scale: 5: Pass with Distinction; 4: Pass with Credit; 3: Pass; U: Fail

Half of the course consists of lectures/seminars/exercises and half of the course is project work(s). The first part is mostly linked to the intended learning outcomes (ILOs) 1-3 (see below) and is examined through a written or oral exam. The project components are mostly linked to ILOs 4-5 (see below) and examined through an assessment of the student's work, written group project report(s), and oral group project presentation(s).

To pass the course, the grades of the exam and the project work(s) need to be either equal or greater than 3 (i.e., both parts of the course need to be passed). The final grade is the rounded value of the mean of the grades for the exam and the project work.

Participation in the compulsory activities (including the seminars) is required to pass the course (for grade 3). If a student is absent, the student should get in contact with the teacher responsible for the missed part to discuss a make-up task. This task should be carried out independently and handed in as a written report in order to achieve a pass, in agreement with the teacher responsible for that part.

Grading criteria for the written or oral exam

The written or oral exam will examine the student's knowledge of the topics covered during the course lectures and seminars, thus testing primarily whether the student has met the following three ILOs (listed on the course syllabus):

1) describe the basic methods for measuring and assessing the growth of plants

2) describe the basic principles of growth modelling of plants

3) evaluate different quantitative methods for measuring structural and functional plant properties

in modern phenotyping facilities.

The final grade of the written or oral exam will be determined as follows:

Grade 5: Achievement of at least 85 % of the maximum score of the whole exam.

Grade 4: Achievement of at least 70 % of the maximum score of the whole exam.

Grade 3: Achievement of at least 55 % of the maximum score of the whole exam.

Grading criteria for the project work(s)

The assessment of the project work(s) primarily aims at determining whether the student has met the following ILOs (listed on the course syllabus):

4) independently implement simple methods for plant growth analysis

5) independently plan, implement and assess scientific experiments focusing on the growth of plants

in relation to the surrounding environment (plant – environment and plant – plant interaction).

The following weights will be used to evaluate the different aspects of the project work(s): the student's work during the course (30%), the final written report(s) (50%) and the oral presentation(s) together with the mini-documentary produced during the project work(s) (20%).

Percentages refer to the grading of the project work(s) only. If more than one project work is included in the course, the grades of all separate project works need to be either equal or greater than 3 (i.e., all project works that are part of the course need to be passed), and the grades for the separate project works will be weighted according to their approximate proportions (i.e., a shorter project work will contribute less to the final project grade than a larger project work). The final project work(s) grade is then averaged with the written exam grade, as specified above.

Evaluation of the student's work in the project(s) (30%)

The student's work will be assessed based on the student's participation in the discussion on the experimental work, independence regarding data analysis and report writing.

Grade 5: The student leads the discussion regarding the experimental work and actively participates in the work. The student independently performs the data analyses and writes the report.

Grade 4: The student actively participates in the discussion regarding the experimental work and actively participates in the work. The student actively discuss data analyses and writes the report with minimal support from the tutor.

Grade 3: The student participates in the discussion regarding the experimental work and actively participates in the experimental work. The student performs data analyses and writes the report with support from the tutor.

Evaluation of the written project report(s) (50%)

The project written report(s) will be graded to assess the student's ability to explain the connection between the project work and the state of the art (building on literature review, course lectures and seminars), to present the experiment and its design (what was done), as well as the demonstrated analytical understanding and reflections (why/how it was done) and writing quality (form and language).

Grade 5: Demonstrate advanced understanding of the subject through application in project work and thorough review of relevant scientific literature. Provide original, significant and correct analysis of data with respect to the main hypotheses of the project work. Provide insightful and thorough discussion of the results of project work. Use existing scientific literature to place project results in the context of current published theory. Good use of figures and graphics combined with concise text in proper scientific tone without errors in grammar or spelling. Appropriate referencing to existing literature.

Grade 4: Demonstrate adequate understanding of the connections between the state of the art and the application in project work, with a review of relevant scientific literature. Provide correct and significant analysis of data with respect to the main hypothesis of the project work. Provide discussion of the results of project work. Use existing scientific literature to place project results in the context of previously published theory. Good use of figures and graphics combined with concise text in proper scientific tone. Appropriate referencing to existing literature.

Grade 3: Demonstrate a limited understanding of the connections between the state of the art and the application in project work, with a limited review of relevant scientific literature. Provide correct analysis of data with respect to the main hypothesis of the project work. Discussion of the results of project work with minimal referencing to existing literature. Use correctly figures and graphics combined with concise text.

Evaluation of oral presentation(s) and mini-documentary of the project work(s) (20%)

The oral presentation(s) and mini-documentary will be assessed for clarity of the presentation(s) and visuals.

Grade 5: Presents clearly, in a well-structured way, and in a scientifically appropriate tone the project hypotheses, methods, main results, and their implications. Excellent management of time. Responds to questions from the audience.

Grade 4: Presents clearly and in a well-structured way the project hypotheses, methods, main results, and their implications. Good management of time

Grade 3: Presents the project hypotheses, methods and main results.

1) Plant Physiological Ecology
Author: Lambers H, Chapin FS III, Pons TL (2008)
Comments: Main course literature. Reference will be made to specific chapters by the teachers responsible for each teaching unit, through the course Canvas page.
2) Practical Statistics for Field Biology, 2nd edition
Author: Fowler J, Cohen L, Jarvis P (1998)
Comments: Main reading in the (project) tools, “Basic Statistics” section. This book is available at the SLU Library (8 copies).

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 Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Agricultural science
Course code: BI1339 Application code: SLU-10097 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Crop Production Ecology Pace: 100%