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PLNT2901 - Plant Biochem & Molecular Biology (Adv)
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment - 6 credit points
HECS Band two
Domestic Fee: $3,420
International Fee: $4,200
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Agriculture Plant & Food Sciences
Offered session(s): 1
Prerequisites: Distinction average in 12 Junior credit points from Chemistry and Biology (or with the Dean's permission BIOL1201 and BIOL1202)
Prohibitions: PLNT2001, AGCH2004
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Meredith Wilkes Prof Les Copeland

Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week commencing week 2, 1x3-hr practical weekly

Assessment: 1x1hr exam (15%) and 1x1.5hr exam (45%) and project report (40%)

Textbooks: No recommended text. A study guide/laboratory manual will be available for purchase from the Copy Centre during the first week of semester. Lecture notes and readings will be available through WebCT.
This unit of study is designed to develop an understanding of the molecular principles that underlie the structure and function of plants and how these principles relate to the use of plants by humans as a source of food and fibre.
This unit is offered at an advanced level and is available to students in BScAgr, BSc and other degree programs. This unit recognizes the specialized nature of plant biochemistry and is of interest to students who wish to gain a more advanced knowledge of plant growth and development.
This unit covers the biochemistry of the main carbohydrate, lipid, protein and nucleic acid constituents of plants , metabolic pathways that regulate plant growth and development, the mobilization and deposition of storage reserves, storage and expression of genetic information and plant responses to environmental influences. The role of molecular biology in the manipulation of plant growth and development will also be explored.
At the completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate theoretical knowledge of the biochemical structure and function of plants and how molecular biology can enhance our use of plants as food and fibres. Students will also be able to demonstrate abilities in the practice of laboratory methods used to analyse plants and the effective communication of experimental findings by completing a short research project.
Students enrolled in this unit will gain research and enquiry skills through attendance at lectures and tutorials and by completing a small research project and information literacy and communication skills through the synthesis of information used to prepare a report on the findings of the research project.
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