Module Identifier BS23220  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Aileen R Smith  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Dylan G Jones  
Pre-Requisite BS10810 , BS11810  
Course delivery Lecture   30 Hours  
  Practical   15 Hours (5 x 3 hours)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   2 Hours 1 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours One 3-hour theory paper  60%
Semester Assessment2 Hours Practical Exercise: One 2 hour practical  40%
Supplementary Assessment3 Hours One 3-hour theory paper  60%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours One 2-hour practical  40%

Learning outcomes

On completion of the modules students should


To introduce the student to the development and application of plant physiological principles to plant growth in natural and agricultural environments. Create an awareness of current and future changes in our environment impacting on plants. Give an insight into the effects of atmospheric pollution on plant growth and development. Provide information on existing legislation and global policy on climate change.


The approach adopted is designed to emphasise the close relationship between the biophysical, physiological and ecological aspects of the adaptation and acclimation of higher plants to aerial and sub-terranean environments. Key themes include the assessment and analysis of plant growth and carbon partitioning, the interactions of internal and external factors in determining photosynthetic efficiency and the seasonal control of growth and development. The concepts of biological stress and strain will be used to discuss plant adaptations and acclimation to a variety of environments and will provide a basis for discussion on limits to plant distribution. Students will then progress to study and assess the consequences for global and national plant life of climate change. The direct and indirect aspects of anthropogenic pollution are discussed in relation to impacts on plant physiological processes and consequences for ecological distribution. Direct aspects of pollution include plant exposure to increased levels of trophospheric ozone, sulphur and nitrogen oxides, and carbon dioxide while indirect aspects include factors promoting stratospheric ozone depletion, altered precipitation and global climate warming.

The practical projects reinforce and develop themes of the lecture course.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Salisbury, F.B. & Ross, C.W. (1992) Plant physiology Wadsworth.


This module is at CQFW Level 5