BI1007 - Plant Structure and Function


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 40/100 4 hours D
Portfolio 60/100

Course content

Vascular plant anatomy and physiology, including cell, tissue and organ types; primary and secondary growth; anatomical adaptations to different environments; photosynthesis; water relations and internal transport; mineral nutrition and toxicity; regulation of growth and development; responses to light, gravity, and other environmental factors; flower, fruit, and seed development; and senescence and dormancy. The life cycle of flowering plants is used as a framework for investigating the most important physiological processes involved in survival, growth, and reproduction. Lab exercises on photosynthesis, water potential, seed germination, and mineral nutrition, using living plant material. The group and lab work and reports emphasize analysis, presentation, and interpretation of physiological data.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should have a good understanding of the relationship between plant structure and function at the organ to organism level. The student should also have knowledge of plant adaptations to different environments.

The course has the following learning goals in knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student will be able to:

  • diagram and explain the function of plant cell, tissue, and organ types
  • explain the role of central physiological and matabolic processes in plant growth and devlopment
  • compare and contrast anatomical and physiological adaptations to different environments
  • explain classic experiments and methods in plant physiology research


The student will be able to:

  • acquire information key topics in plant physiology
  • to use relevant professional tools and techniques
  • analyze and interpret physiological measurements and results
  • carry out a task both independently and with others
  • reflect on her own understanding of plant physiology

General competence:

The student can:

  • Collect and analyze data using appropriate tools and software
  • Present and discuss scientific results in a synoptic way
  • Convey key subject matter in writing
  • Work with plants in a laboratory and greenhouses

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and discussion: 42 hours

Laboratory course: 15 hours

Admission to this course is restricted

Compulsory assignments:

  • Reading quizzes
  • Group work exercises
  • Approved laboratory course

Further on evaluation

The exam counts for 40% of the grade in the course

Portfolio (60% of final grade):

  • Quizzes based on assigned reading in the textbook: 15% of portfolio grade (9% of final grade)
  • Lab reports: 70% of portfolio grade (42% of final grade)
  • Group work: 15% of portfolio grade (9% of final grade)

In the case of 'fail' or 'retake':

  • Final exam can also be taken in the semester the course is not taught.
  • Portfolio can be improved by following teaching and submitting the work again


  • You must appeal within three weeks after the grade has been published or you've received an explanation of your grade.

Required previous knowledge

Accomplished laboratory course in BI 1001

Course materials

Campbell, N.A. et al. 2018. Biology, 12th ed. Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI1004 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 40/100 D 2023-11-30 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 96
Autumn ORD Portfolio 60/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 40/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio 60/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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