BIOL10030 Cell and Plant Biology

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module aims to provide you with the essential knowledge of plant biology needed to allow successful management of plants' growth and development. You will discover how plant form and function relates to their basic needs in terms of light, water and nutrients. The different ways in which plants obtain resources from the environment and deal with stresses will also be described. The module will introduce you to the key concepts in plant ecology and examine the role of plant communities in the structure and function of the ecosystem. The module aims at providing an agricultural context where possible.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1) Understand the ways in which plants capture and utilize essential nutrients including water and carbon dioxide.
2) Link structure (cell, organ) to function and identify major tissues in plants using light microscopy.
3) Understand basic strategies which governed the evolution of plants and which today's plants use to cope with stress.
4) Understand the key principles of plants’ interactions with biotic components of ecosystems.
5) Observe natural systems and take detailed field notes about plants within their habitats.
6) Relate the content of practical classes to the content of lectures.

Indicative Module Content:

Plant biology
Agricultural context

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Field Trip/External Visits


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Group work as part of labs
Lab reports with feedback 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Basic interest in plant biology and ecology/soil aspects related to plants

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BIOL10120 - Cell Biology & Genetics (NUin)

Biology (BIOL1002), Cell and Plant Biology (BIOL1903)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Laboratory Report Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: End of Semester 1 hour MCQ exam 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback provided on each lab report

Name Role
Dr Grace Cott Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Maurício Cruz Mantoani Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Evelyn Doyle Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Elke Eichelmann Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Grace Hoysted Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Florence Renou-Wilson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer