Plant Physiology BIOL-47300  
Fall 2013

INSTRUCTOR:  Peter Melcher
Biology Department Email: pmelcher@ithaca.edu
Office: 255 CNS Office hours: M 8:30-103:0 and Tuesday 2:00-4:00 pm or by appointment
Laboratory: 281 CNS Campus phone: 4-3980


Text: Multiple readings from handouts and the primary literature.

 

Course Description:

We will cover energy flow through plants, plant metabolism, growth and development, hormones, transport and translocation, interactions between plants and other organisms, and plant responses to their environment.  We will learn these topics from lectures, discussions, reading the primary literature and laboratory experiments.

 

Expected Learning Outcomes:

It is expected that a student completing this class should be able to understand:

1.  plant growth and development, anatomy, structure and its relationship to plant physiological function

2.  plant metabolism

3.  fluid transport systems of plants

4.  hormonal regulation of plant function

5.  plant physiological response to environmental (light, water, gravity and other stresses)

6.  plant interactions with bacteria, fungi and animals

 

In Laboratory

1. design hypothesis and experiments to test them. Conduct experiments and write up findings in a final report

3. review and discuss the primary literature

4. learn how to critically analyze data

5. learn how to present findings in an oral presentation and written format 

 

Methods of Assessing Expected Learning Outcomes (performance evaluation)

1.  Lecture, learning outcomes will be assessed by the administration of a few exams and quizzes. Evaluating short essays and from student discussions in lecture.

 

2.  Laboratory, learning outcomes will be assessed by grading your hypotheses, your written project proposals, evaluating your experimental designs, your results from your experiments and from your presentations and project paper.  Assessment of student learning will also be measured by reviewing student laboratory notebooks and student engagement in the laboratory.   

 

3. Detailed grade percentages of the various grading in this course will be derived from the following table:

 

Lecture (75%)

 

In class quizzes/exercises

50

Take home quizzes/exercises

50

Exam I

100

Exam II

100

 

 

Laboratory (25%)

Points

Project proposal

25

Project presentation

25

Project paper

40

Lab participation

10

 

Academic Honesty:

All the work in this class must be your own, unless stated otherwise.  Confirmed instances of academic misconduct will result in a zero for a test or assignment and referral to the school judiciary system.  Please refer to the Student Handbook for a detailed description of the policies regarding student academic conduct.

 

Attendance:

Lectures:  You are expected to attend all lectures and to arrive to class on time. There is a significant correlation between exam performance and lecture attendance.  Therefore, you should make every effort to attend all lectures.

 

Exams: You must take exams on scheduled exam dates.  If you are participating in a college-sponsored event (athletics, performance, etc.) that conflicts with a scheduled exam, you must provide a written excuse from a faculty member (coach, director, etc.) at least one week prior to the exam.  If you cannot make it to an exam (i.e. illness), you need to contact me before the exam begins (by phone 274-3980, leave a message).  Email alone is insufficient; you need to call and leave a message with a number to contact you if I am not available.  Failure to do so will result in a zero for that exam.    

 

Laboratory:  Laboratory attendance is mandatory.  

 

Accommodations

"In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation will be provided to students with documented disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Students must register with Student Disability Services and provide appropriate documentation to Ithaca College before any academic adjustment will be provided."

 

 

Course Schedule:  (PRP = Peer Review Paper; HO = Handout

Date (week)

Topic

Handouts/Readings

Aug 29 (Th)

Introduction to the course and intro to plants.

PRP 1 (basics of water transport)

Sept 3 (T)

Plant Cell

water and plant cells (osmosis and diffusion)

 

 

Sept 5 (Th)

Water, osmotic and solute potential

 

Sept 10 (T)

Long-distance transport - Xylem

                                                          

 

Sep 12 (Th)

                                                         Discuss PRP 1

 

Sept 17 (T) & 19 (Th)

Control of water transport (roots, leaves and xylem)

Physiology of root and stem pressure (Solute loading and Aquaporins)

PRP II (Embolism refilling)

 

Sept 24 (T) & 26 (Th)

Long-distance transport – Phloem

 

Oct 1 (T)

Embolism formation and removal

 

 

Oct 3 (Th)

                                                        Discuss PRP II

 

Oct 8 (T)

photosynthesis I (light reactions)

 

 

Oct 10 (Th)

photosynthesis II (Carbon reactions)

 

Oct 15 (T)

No Class. Take home reader on Photo Oxidation

 

Oct 17 (Th)  

Fall Break

 

Oct 22 (T)

A little on Fluorescence and review for Exam 1

 

 

Oct 24 (Th)

EXAM 1

 

Oct 29  (T)

 

Photosynthesis: Ecological and Physiological Considerations

PRP III (Silverswords)

Oct 31 (Th)

 

Photosynthesis: Ecological and Physiological Considerations

 

Nov 5 (T)

Thermal responses and adaptations to high elevations

 

Nov 7 (Th)

                                                        Discuss PRP III

 

Nov 12 (T)

Respiration I Glycolysis

PRP IV (Rayko’s paper)

Nov 14 (Th)

Respiration II Citric Acid Cycle, ETC and Chemiosmosis

 

Nov 19 (T)

growth and development: cell walls (structure, biogenesis and expansion) 

 

Nov 21

Secondary metabolism and plant defenses

 

Nov 23 – Dec 1

THANKSGIVING BREAK

 

Dec 3 (T)

                                                       Discuss PRP IV

 

 

Dec 5 (TH)

phytochromes (light control of plant development)

 

 

Dec 10 (T)

Morphogenesis

 

Dec 12 (TH)

Genetic engineering of plants

                                                    

 

Dec 20th

EXAM II

 

 

Laboratory Schedule: THURSDAYS   1pm – 3:50pm CNS 202

Wednesday

Topic

Stuff to be prepared for

Aug 29

Video

Discuss Research Topics

Sow plants for research

none

Sept 5

Plant Anatomy

 

Sept 12

Plant Hydraulics I

Independent research questions and hypotheses due

Sept 19

Plant Hydraulics II

 

Sept 26

Photosynthesis I

Sow seeds for independent research projects if needed etc.

Independent research proposal due.

Oct 3

Photosynthesis II

 

Oct 10

Photosynthesis III

 

Oct 17

Fall Break

 

Oct 24

Begin Independent Research Projects

 

Oct 31

Independent Research

 

Nov 7

Independent Research

 

Nov 14

Independent Research

 

Nov 21

Independent Research

 

Nov 28

Thanksgiving Break

 

Dec 5

Independent Research

 

Dec 12

Presentation of Research Projects

Final Draft of Research Papers Due

 

 



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