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1st Year - BOT 100

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SEMESTER 1

 

BOT 111:          Introductory Botany

 

Purpose:            The module will introduce the learner to plant cell structure, metabolism, genetics, plant tissues and anatomy. Such knowledge will lay a firm foundation to the following semester and subsequent years of study in Botany.

Contents:            Plant cell structure and metabolism: development of the cell theory; prokaryotic vs. eukaryotic cells; internal structures of a typical plant cell; respiration; photosynthesis. Genetics: cell division - mitosis and meiosis; chromosomes and the concept of the gene; expression of the gene - protein synthesis and its significance; basic Mendelian genetics; linkage; mutation. Plant tissues and anatomy: apical meristems; tissue types; primary anatomy of the root, stem and leaf; secondary growth; modifications of roots, stems and leaves.

Instruction:         Lectures: 180 minutes per week. Practicals: one 3-hour session per week. Students may be required to undertake practical projects.

Credits:               16

Assessment:       Continuous assessment through class participation in lectures, through practical work and through at least two theory tests and one practical test. The projects may also be assessed. Summative assessment: one 3-hour theory examination paper.

Prerequisites:     None.

 

 

SEMESTER 2

 

BOT 121:          Introduction to Ecology, Physiology and Plant Diversity

 

Purpose:             The module will introduce students to the study of ecology,

                           physiology and plant diversity. Students will learn basic concepts

                           which are necessary for further studies in Botany.

Contents:            Ecology: defining Ecology; plants and people; biodiversity loss; new crops and genetic engineering; resources needed for plant growth; nutrient cycling; pesticides and ecosystems; the transition to sustainability in the new millennium. Physiology: plant nutrition and soils; mineral deficiency; the importance of water; the movement of water and solutes in plants; water relations; external factors and plant growth; tropisms (photo, gravi, hydro, thigmo); circadian rhythms; photoperiodism; hormonal control of flowering; dormancy.  Plant Diversity: taxonomy and hierarchical classification; methods of classification; basic plant nomenclature principles; the major groups of plants and their life histories.

Instruction:         Lectures: 180 minutes per week. Practicals: one 3-hour session per week. Students may be required to undertake practical projects.

Credits:               16

Assessment:        Continuous assessment through class participation in lectures, through practical work and through at least two theory tests and one practical test. The projects may also be assessed. Summative assessment: one 3-hour theory examination paper.

Prerequisites:     A semester mark of at least 40% for BOT 111.