BS111-4-SP-CO:
Plant Biology and Ecosystems

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The details
2024/25
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 4
Inactive
Monday 13 January 2025
Monday 31 March 2025
15
13 February 2024

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

Living life on a knife`s edge - explore the vital role of plants play in our biosphere, their diversity and intricate relationships that support our planet; know the value of these natural resources; examine the consequences we face when the balance is disturbed.


From studying how plants affect and are affected by their environment you learn what we can expect from a changing world. Examine how we influence the world around us. You apply this knowledge to the field, learning to collect, present, analyse and eventually interpret data.Understanding the fundamentals of ecology and plant diversity allows you to explore possible solutions to our environmental problems.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:



  • To introduce students to the diversity, importance and wonder of plants together with an awareness of the biotic and abiotic factors influencing their distribution patterns in the biosphere.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:



  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of plants.

  2. Describe the diversity, evolution and distribution of plants.

  3. Explain how abiotic factors and biotic interactions relate to adaptations in anatomy and morphology of angiosperms.

  4. Explain primary production and nutrient cycling.

  5. Explain the unique features of plant biochemistry and metabolism including photosynthesis.

  6. Describe the processes that determine Earth's climate (past, present and future), the links between the earth-atmosphere-ocean system and the role of organisms in climate.

  7. Demonstrate competence in observation, experimentation and recording, analysis and presentation through laboratory field, group and individual work.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 1-hour lecture per week.
  • One revision class before the MCQ team.
  • One revision class before the summer exam.
  • Four 3-hour practical sessions.
  • One 1-hour PC lab session.
  • One 3-hour PC lab session.

Lectures include information on directed learning material or equivalent.

Bibliography*

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Exam  MCQ exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 50 minutes during Early Exams 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 60 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 60 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 
Exam  Reassessment MCQ exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 50 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
33% 67%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
33% 67%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Amanda Cavanagh, email: a.cavanagh@essex.ac.uk.
Prof Tracy Lawson, Dr John Stamford, Dr John Ferguson, Dr Pallavi Singh
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)

 

Availability
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No
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External examiner

Prof Edgar Turner
University of Cambridge
Professor of Insect Ecology
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 16 hours, 7 (43.8%) hours available to students:
9 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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