BI2022 - Plant growth and Development


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The course is offered every second year, next time will be in autumn 2019. It builds on the foundation in plant physiology established in BI1007 with an emphasis on growth and development. It covers the physiological processes involved in plant growth and development, including embryonic development, cell expansion, root and shoot growth, light responses, hormonal regulation, and environmental and hormonal signal transduction. The pensum includes chapters from a current textbook and scientific articles chosen by the instructor and students. This course provides a physiological foundation for students studying cell and molecular biology and biotechnology, and together with BI2021 comprises a comprehensive full semester course in plant physiology for physiology majors.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course the student will have a fundamental understanding of the physiological principles and processes involved in plant growth and development.

The student will be able to:
Search databases to collect scientific articles on a specific subject
Use bibliographic software to search, catalogue, and cite scientific information
Critically evaluate scientific methods, including data analysis and presentation, in scientific articles
Analyze and lead discussion on a scientific article
Summarize and synthesize scientific literature in a review article

General competence:
The student will be able to:
Choose and define the boundaries for review of a scientific subject
Search for, critically read, and evaluate scientific journal articles
Cite scientific literature to support statements and discussion in scientific writing
Write a literature review

Learning methods and activities

Lecture and discussion: 30 hours
Obligatory project work
Compulsory assignments
Project work: The student will 1) Choose, present and lead discussion on a journal article 2) Choose a theme in plant growth and development and write a review article on it.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

All assessment components included in the course must be passed. In the case of 'fail' or 'retake' , the final written examination needs to be taken again. Appeals for reassessment apply to the final written examination only. The individual components will not be graded and assessment consists of an overall final grade. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.
Please refer to these supplementary regulations UTF §5-6 at NTNU for information on re-sit examinations (oral and written) in science courses.
1. Final examination in each semester -for courses with prefix BI, IT and KJ a final examination is held during the examination period every semester.
2. New assessment incase of “fail” - please refer to the course description for details on which components of the course need to be retaken in case of re-assessment.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biology (BBI) - some programmes
Biotechnology (MBIOT5)
Natural Science with Teacher Education (MLREAL)

Course materials

Taiz, Lincoln, and Eduardo Zeiger. Plant Physiology. 6th ed. Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Associates, 2014.
Journal articles chosen by instructor and students

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BO2022 7.5 01.09.2011
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology



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