Short Title:Plant Biology
Full Title:Plant Biology
Module Code:HTSC H1023
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Ciarnad Ryan
Module Description:This module will give learners the fundamentals of scientific knowledge on the structure, life processes, biology and breeding of plants required at this stage of their development as Horticultural scientists and practitioners. This knowledge will be given to the students in a way that emphasises its practical nature and its role in their further studies
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Describe the fundamentals of plant science including cell structure, plant life cycle and plant physiology
  2. Describe the metabolism and functions of plant processes such as photosynthesis, transpiration and respiration.
  3. Define the conditions necessary for plant growth and recognise the symptoms of plant stress and nutrient deficiency.
  4. Explain the mechanisms of reproduction in plants, sexual and asexual, fertilisation and germination
  5. Describe the evolutionary process, the role of humans in plant breeding, cell division, the transfer of genetic characteristics and the inheritance of characteristics.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Plant Structures
Study of plant life forms to include algae, fungi, lichen and micro-organisms. the structure of the plant cell and cell tissues including the cell membrane,the nucleus, protein synthesis and the secretion of protein from cells. The role of vacuoles and mitochondria, the anatomy of plants and plant structural components. Morphology and the structure and physiology of plants and plant parts such as leaves, flowers and fruits, monocotyledons and dicotyledons.
Plant Processes
The metabolism and functions of plant processes, photosynthesis, transpiration, respiration, photoperiodism, dormancy, juvenility, germination, pollination and fertilisation. Water transport through the xylem, the cohesion-tension theory and the movement of products through the phloem. The physical challenges of water movement, water absorption from soil and the nature of hydrostatic pressure in soil water and water absorption by roots (osmosis). The absorption of minerals by the roots and the symptoms of mineral deficiency in plants.
Plant Development
The life cycle and development of plants, shoot and leaf initiation, root growth and the nature of phytochromes and light control of plant development. Blue light, bending and asymmetric growth. Detection of light direction in plants. Senescence and cell death.
Plant Breeding
The mechanisms of reproduction in plants, sexual and asexual. The selection of seeds and pollination. Methods of tissue culture and it's basis in plant biology. Principles of genetics and the inheritance of characteristics. The historical evolution of plants under human intervention.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %30.00%
Final Exam Assessment %70.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
In-class test Short answer test on lecture content 2,3,4 20.00 Week 7
Lab work The student will be assessed on their ability to carry out practical lab tasks and present suitable notes on their activities 1,2,3 10.00 Sem 1 End
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,4,5 70.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • 2009, Introduction to plant physiology, John Wiley Hoboken [ISBN: 978-0470247662]
  • James D. Mauseth,, Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology [ISBN: 978-0763753450]
  • Brian Capon,, Botany for Gardeners [ISBN: 978-1604690958]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 1 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 1 Mandatory