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University of Calgary Calendar 2021-2022 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions P Plant Biology PLBI
Plant Biology PLBI

For more information about these courses contact the Department of Biological Sciences: bio.ucalgary.ca.

Senior Courses
Plant Biology 327       Systematics and Diversity of Plants
The diversity, form and function of plants ranging from algae, bryophytes (non-vascular land plants) and psilophytes to the angiosperms. Examples chosen to understand the origin of land plants and their subsequent evolution leading to highly diversified flowering plants.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 371.
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Plant Biology 401       Plant Biotechnology
The theory, application and history of plant biotechnology. Plant genome structure and the regulation of gene expression. Transcript, protein and metabolic profiling. Recombinant gene transfer into the plant genome. Biotechnological approaches to crop improvement, soil remediation and value-added traits.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 331, 371, and 3 units from Biochemistry 341 or 393.
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Plant Biology 403       Plant Physiology
An integrative examination of the major physiological and metabolic processes in plants from the cellular to the whole-plant level. Emphasis on internal and external controls of growth and development; photosynthesis; nutrient assimilation; plant hormone metabolism and action; and stress physiology.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 371.
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Plant Biology 421       Plant Cell Biology and Anatomy
Study of plants at the cell and tissue level. Focus is on subcellular organization and dynamics, and on the structural and functional roles of cell and tissue systems. Lab sessions will emphasize brightfield and fluorescence microscopy imaging.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 371.
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Plant Biology 507       Directed Research in Plant Biology
Directed training in field/laboratory methods and research.

507.01 Directed Research in Plant Biology I
507.02 Directed Research in Plant Biology II


Course Hours:
3 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
54 units and consent of the Department.
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Plant Biology 528       Research Project in Plant Biology
Research project under the co/direction of faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences. Original and independent thought, practical research, and written and oral reports presented on completion of this course.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
72 units and consent of the Department.
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Plant Biology 530       Honours Research Project in Plant Biology
Research project under the co/direction of faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences. Original and independent thought, practical research, and written and oral reports presented on completion of this course. Open only to Honours Botany students or Honours Biological Sciences students.
Course Hours:
6 units; (0-8)
Prerequisite(s):
72 units and consent of the Department.
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Plant Biology 541       Taxonomy of the Seed Plants
A study of plants in relation to classification, phylogeny, evolution and identification. Students are required to make a plant collection of fifty plant specimens for identification in the laboratory. It is recommended that the collection be made in the preceding summer.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Botany 327 or Plant Biology 327.
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Plant Biology 543       Plant Signaling and Development
Physiology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular aspects of plant growth and development. Emphasis on the co-ordinated regulation of gene expression, cell-cell communication, and signalling during development. Discussion on the methods used to study development, such as mutants of Arabidopsis and other model systems.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Biology 331 and 3 units from Botany 303, 321, Plant Biology 403 or 421.
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Graduate Courses

Enrolment in any graduate course requires consent of the Department. Only when appropriate to a student's program may graduate credit be received for courses numbered 500-599. 600-level courses are available with permission to undergraduate students in the final year of their programs.

Plant Biology 633       Current Topics in Plant Biology
Topics include: plant genomics, biotechnology, biochemistry, cell biology, development and evolutionary biology. Emphasis is on technical advances and their application to plant biology research.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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