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Postgraduate Course: Biodiversity of Angiosperms (PGBI11044)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgraduate Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionAngiosperm Biodiversity Practicals serve primarily to illustrate the theoretical material in the companion Angiosperm Evolution and Biodiversity course. The practicals cover the floral structures of the major orders and families of angiosperms, giving the opportunity to extend learning on key-characters and important plant groups. They involve the sampling and observation of diverse living floral material grown at RBGE. Students are encouraged to explore this living resource, and record their observations by drawing half-flowers including floral diagrams and floral formulae, as an effective way to become acquainted with the diversity of angiosperm families. In addition students will write a biodiversity essay, either covering a group of plants, or describing a geographical area. A cytology exercise is included that introduces an important mechanism of plant speciation research carried out at RBGE.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students also take Evolution of Angiosperms (PGBI11045)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs none
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 60, Fieldwork Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 128 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 50 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Knowledge of flower structures of major angiosperm taxa.
2. Understanding of flowering plant diversity and evolution.
3. Knowledge of flowering plant breeding systems and their evolution.
4. Knowledge of angiosperm developmental genetics and phylogeny.
5. Training in cytological methods
Assessment Information
Continuous assessment of Laboratory Practical record books, the Report of the Cytology Practical exercise will be marked
An marked essay will be set with the broad brief "Angiosperm Biodiversity" within which students may exercise choice of topic.
A synoptic written examination in May
Special Arrangements
The course will include an intensive Cytology practical exercise run on 4 consecutive days in Week 8, Block 4.
For this exercise living plants are used and a continuous block is essential, as progress is measured over several days. The requirement for adequate seasonally-available plant material and the fact that the plant material have to be processed according to a specified time sequence makes it impossible to split this practical up over several weeks.
The cytology practical is a key component of the course and is highly appreciated by students.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsAngiosperm evolution, Angiosperm Biodiversity, Angiosperm phylogeny, floral anatomy, Cytology, Monoc
Course organiserDr Louis Ronse De Craene
Tel: (0131) 248 2804
Course secretaryMiss Vicky Mactaggart
Tel: (0131 6)51 7052
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