BIOL254-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Principles of Plant Physiology

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


The principles of plant development, including the basic anatomy of higher plants, and how they grow, respond to external stimuli and reproduce. Relationship between these concepts and developments in agriculture and biotechnology.

This course provides an introduction to the principles of plant development, including the basic anatomy of higher plants, and how they grow and reproduce.  

There will be a broad overview of the processes associated with the transport of water and mineral nutrients in plants, and the responses of plants to external stimuli and adverse growth conditions.

In this course, the students have the opportunity to participate in trying a few practical basic plant science skills which would be useful to the study of plant ecology, plant-microorganism interactions, agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

The students will appreciate the relevance of plant physiology principles to developments in agriculture and biotechnology.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should:
* Understand the life cycle of plants, from germination through growth and development, to the induction of flowering and the formation of seeds.
* Be able to discuss the developmental responses of plants to environmental factors such as light, gravity and cold temperatures.
* Have an appreciation of plant growth and development, and how knowledge about these concepts has lead to improved productivity in modern agriculture.
* An understanding of the scientific practice and principles of plant biology.
* The ability to interpret experimental data.
* Basic skills in plant laboratory science.
* The ability to access and utilise the scientific literature on plant biology.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.




Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 465 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Friday 14:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 351 Biology Lab 23 Jul - 12 Aug
20 Aug - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 16 Sep
24 Sep - 30 Sep
8 Oct - 14 Oct
2 Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 351 Biology Lab 23 Jul - 12 Aug
20 Aug - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 16 Sep
24 Sep - 30 Sep
8 Oct - 14 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

David Leung


Paula Jameson

Lab Technician

Reijel Gardiner


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
In course assessment 20%
Final Exam 45%
Laboratory assignments 35%


Required Texts

Campbell, Neil A. , Reece, Jane B; Campbell Biology; 9th ed. ; Pearson, 2011.

Taiz, Lincoln. , Zeiger, Eduardo; Plant physiology; 5th ed; Sinauer Associates, 2010.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

It is essential that you are aware that plagiarism is considered a very serious offence by the Academic community, the University and the School of Biological Sciences. Plagiarism is defined as taking content from another work or author and presenting it, without attribution, as if it is your own work. Content here includes text (sentences or major parts of sentences), display items (graphs and tables), and overall structure (the detailed sequence of ideas). Plagiarism includes:
• re-use of previous assignments (even if each individual sentence has been rephrased to say the same thing in different words, if the overall structure is re-used)  
• copying of another student’s work (with or without their consent)
• the unreferenced use of published material or material from the internet e.g. cutting and pasting of paragraphs or pages into an essay.
For most pieces of in-term assessment you will be given information concerning the use of direct and indirect quotes from previously published work. If you are in any doubt about appropriate use of published material, please speak with a member of academic staff. If you are still unsure what plagiarism is, then seek advice.

It is a School policy that courses may request you submit work electronically for subsequent analysis of originality using Turnitin. Students agree that by taking courses in BIOL, required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism.  All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.  Use of the service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the site.

Assessment and grading system

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $865.00

International fee $3,788.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences.

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