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Plant Physiology

Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for BI1281

Academic year 2021/2022

Plant Physiology (BI1281-20081)

2021-11-02 - 2021-12-02

Academic year 2020/2021

Plant Physiology (BI1281-20152)

2020-11-02 - 2020-12-02

Academic year 2019/2020

Plant Physiology (BI1281-20108)

2019-11-01 - 2019-12-03

Academic year 2018/2019

Plant Physiology (BI1281-20097)

2018-11-06 - 2018-12-06

Academic year 2017/2018

Plant Physiology (BI1281-20006)

2017-10-31 - 2017-11-30


BI1281 Plant Physiology, 7.5 Credits




Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Laborations 2.0 0202
Written exam 5.5 0203

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 7,5 credits Chemistry and 20 credits Biology.


The course gives understanding of the plant as a life form, not only from the point of view of utility for humans, but from the plants own survival goals.

After a completed course the student will be able to:

- understand and describe plant organs, cells and tissues, photosynthesis; uptake, transport and use of water and minerals; growth and development; protection against abiotic and biotic stress

- describe how variations in plant form, development, photosynthesis and metabolism are adaptions to cope with different environments

- evaluate the importance of the physiological properties in human plant use


The course concentrates on the crop plants. Lectures cover:

- cellular structure and form: cells, chloroplasts, cell walls

- systems for transport and structural support: shoot, root

- the root: mining for water and mineral

- the shoot: assimilation of light and carbon dioxide, photosynthesis

- transport systems for water and minerals, organics

- growth and development: stem cells, flower, reproduction, seed and germination

- protection against abiotic stresses and competing life forms, secondary metabolism

- usefulness from the human perspective, plant breeding

In laboratory practicals (compulsary) plant development and adaptability will be studied. The results will be presented and discussed in written reports.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written exams and passed written and oral accounts of practicals and literature reviews. Approved participation in compulsory activities.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The required course prerequisites in chemistry can be obtained by for instance following the courses Basic Chemistry I, 15 hp (KE0062); Basic Chemistry II, 7,5 hp (KE0063); or Biochemistry, continuation 7,5 hp (KE0064) and achieving at least 7,5 hp. Some parts of the course may be given with English as the main language.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Biology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Botanik (växtbiologi)
Replaces: BI0863, BI0864

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1281 Application code: SLU-20063 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Plant Biology Pace: 100%