Module title: Plant Science

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HRB07103
Module leader: Jay Mackinnon
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science
Prerequisites

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Description of module content:

You will explore the diversity and variety of the plant kingdom. You will investigate how they came to be the way they are and how such diversity arose. You will learn how plants live, grow and reproduce. You will explore the relationships between form and function in a plant; the interactions between different species of plants, between plants and animals, between plants and humans, between plants and the environment they inhabit. You will relate the structure, physiology and interactions of plants to evolution by natural selection. You will also explore the many human uses of plants.
By the end of the module you will be able to identify a range of plant species from a range of habitats.
Throughout the module you will work independently on a project to illustrate an aspect of plant biology using photographs, drawings and pressed specimens of plant species, explaining why these species are good examples for the concept you wish to illustrate.
Subject matter: Ancestors and relatives (plant taxonomy). Plant anatomy, physiology and metabolism. Reproduction and life cycles in plants. Competition, adaptation and co-evolution. Plant ecology, plant influences on the environment and environmental influences on plants. Economic botany: human uses of plants (including food, medicine, fuel, ornament, construction material) and conservation vs utilisation of natural resources.
Practical botany: field identification and sampling, herbarium preparation, basic horticulture, investigating plant anatomy and physiology.



Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Recognise the taxonomic classification of plant species
LO2: Name plant parts and identify plant species using a key
LO3: Describe the processes of metabolism, growth and reproduction in plants
LO4: Describe interactions between plants and their biotic and abiotic environment
LO5: Explain adaptations of plants to their environment and explain how natural selection gives rise to plant structure, function and diversity
LO6: Use examples to produce a project which illustrates a given aspect of plant biology



Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - LACK, A.J. & EVANS, D.E. (2006) PLANT BIOLOGY: BIOS SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHERS LIMITED, 2nd ed.
Recommended - AVERIS, B. (2013) PLANTS AND HABITATS : AN INTRODUCTION TO COMMON PLANTS AND THEIR HABITATS IN BRITAIN AND IRELAND, 1st ed.
Recommended - BERG, L. (2008) INTRODUCTORY BOTANY: PLANTS, PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT: THOMSON BROOKS COLE, 2nd ed.
Recommended - ENNOS, R. & SHEFFIELD, E . (2000) PLANT LIFE: BLACKWELL SCIENCE, 1st ed.
Recommended - ROSE, F. & O'REILLY, C. (2006) THE WILD FLOWER KEY: WARNE, 2nd ed.
Recommended - STREETER, D., HART-DAVIES, C., HARDCASTLE, A., COLE, F. & HARPER, L. (2010) COLLINS FLOWER GUIDE: HARPER COLLINS, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780007183890
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