BI2022 - Plant growth and Development


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 40/100 4 hours
Portfolio 60/100

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

Knowledge: 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 articles 
  • 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

  • Presentation
  • Literature review

Further on evaluation

The course has two assessment parts:

  • Exam 40%
  • Portfolio 60%
    • Presentation (20%) and literature review (40%)
    • All components of the portfolio must be passed to get a grade

The individual components will be graded and, if passed, an overall final grade is calculated.

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

  • A final examination is held during the exam period each semester. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught. 
  • Presntation and literature review can be retaken/improved upon by following the teaching again.


  • Applies to the final written examination only. You must appeal within three weeks after the grade has been published or you've received an explanation of your grade.

Specific conditions

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, years 8 - 13 (MLREAL)

Required previous knowledge

The student must be admitted to the Bachelor's degree in biology, with physiology as his field of study. The subject must be a part of the study plan. 

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 AUTUMN 2011
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell 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 Portfolio 60/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 40/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio 60/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination (1) 40/100





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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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