BIOSCI 754 : Plant Genomes and Gene Expression
2021 Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)
This paper explores recent advances in plant genomes and gene expression with distinct examples to illustrate how cellular processes work at the molecular level and highlight features of experimental design and data analysis. Plants, unlike animals, are sessile (sitting) organisms that evolved complex cellular and molecular mechanisms (gene expression and hormones) to survive and adapt to changing environments. We will discuss the physiological and molecular processes of plant development including flowering time, branching, nitrogen fixation and uptake, and carbon metabolism. We will also examine the structure, diversity and function of plant genomes to understand mechanism controlling each process and how different plant species respond to environmental stimuli. The final aim of this course is to explore how genome diversity and conservation between plant species can be used to understand evolutionary processes and for practical applications in cultivated plant species (crops). For example, we will discuss how genomic technologies could help addressing questions in sustainable agriculture and climate change and maximising crop yield and productivity. Students interested in plant science, genetics and/or biotechnology should take this course, which will prepare them for projects in Crown Research Institutes such as Plant and Food Research, AgResearch or Scion or for further Postgraduate study doing an Honours or MSc thesis research project. The courses BioSci351 or BioSci355 or BioSci340 or equivalent are recommended preparation for this course.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Describe the molecular pathways that plant development and plant response to the environment (Capability 1 and 2)
- Explain the findings of journal articles in student seminars (Capability 4 and 5)
- Identify gaps in our knowledge of selected plant processes (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
- Interpret data sets (Capability 3 and 5)
|Seminar presentation or paper summary||20%||Individual Coursework|
|Topic Discussion and/or lightning presentation||15%||Individual Coursework|
|Final exam||30%||Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
|Seminar presentation or paper summary|
|Topic Discussion and/or lightning presentation|
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