APS137 Plant Physiology, Reproduction and Development

Level 1
Semester 2A
Credits 10
Restrictions Cannot be taken with APS 119 or APS120
Teaching Staff Professor Andrew Fleming, Dr Helen Hicks, Professor Richard Leegood
Co-ordinator Dr Fiona Hunter


This course is an introduction to the physiology, reproduction, development and growth of plants and fungi. The course will explore: the ways in which plants and fungi acquire and process energy, nutrients and water; and how plants and fungal colonies reproduce, grow and develop. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between structure and function.

Aims and Objectives

This unit aims to introduce students to the essential and unifying concepts of physiology, reproduction, development and growth in plants and fungi, which are central to modern biology.

By the end of this unit, a student will be able to: (i) explain the processes of photosynthesis in plants, (ii) describe the acquisition and transport of water and nutrients in plants; (iii) indicate the various nutritional modes of fungi (iv) outline the processes of plant and fungal reproduction; (v) describe the essential processes of plant and fungal morphogenesis and differentiation; (vi) describe some of the symbiotic and other interactions that occur between plants and fungi. (vii) understand key concepts from the scientific literature.

Delivery Method: 18 lectures and 3 practicals

Student Contact Hours: 27

Assessment Method: 2 hour, multiple-choice examination (70 questions).

Feedback: You will receive feedback via an online self assessment test and on request in the practical sessions.

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