Postgraduate Course: Plant Genome Diversity (PLSC11004)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Plant Genome Diversity gives an overview of methodology for studying plant genomes.
Plant Genome Diversity gives an overview of methodology for studying plant genomes. It also considers the drivers and mechanism of variation in genome structure and size across green plants and the consequences of this variation. It comprises lectures, wet labs in cytology and DNA extraction and dry labs in DNA sequence analysis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 31,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Lab write up for cytology practical (50%)«br /»
Research proposal (2,000 words) (50%)
||Half of the course marks are awarded for a practical report and half for a written grant proposal. There is no formative assessment for the practical report associated with this course--students will have received feedback on previous practical reports in other courses. However, students will be able to discuss the content of their reports with the teaching staff. Students will be provided with training in writing in grant proposal format, in a tutorial, and will be provided with feedback on a written exercise.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the drivers of plant genome diversity and discuss the underlying mechanisms.
- Explain the potential consequences of plant genome diversity and assess critically the experimental evidence for each.
- Demonstrate practical skills in making chromosome preparations for cytology and interpret chromosome preparations.
- Evaluate the findings of a cytological study of a plant genus and assess it in the context of wider knowledge about the genus and genome evolution.
- Apply theoretical knowledge and practical experience to propose a work-flow for analysis of plant genome sequences and prepare it in the format of a research grant proposal.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Catherine Kidner
Tel: (0131 6)51 3316
|Course secretary||Mrs Claire Black
Tel: (0131 6)50 8637