An open discussion course designed to review and critically analyze contemporary issues in plant physiology and biochemistry.
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By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Identify strategies for elucidating the structure of the metabolic pathways in plants through assigned readings and in-class discussion;
- Identify mechanisms for controlling and/or engineering metabolic pathways in plants through assigned readings and in-class discussion;
- Critically assess experimental design and evidence for the structure and control of plant metabolic pathways;
- Create/deliver case studies and direct discussion on metabolic pathways in plants through appropriate review of literature and independent preparation of a presentation(s)
There is no lecture content for this course. Students will lead discussion on seminal literature topics related to discovery of the structure and control of plant metabolism.
Seminars - Choice of presentation topics and dates
At the first class meeting at 10:30 am on Thursday Jan. 9 (location TBD), students will be asked to volunteer for a seminar date and topic. Volunteers will be accepted in weekly order, starting with the first presentation on February 13. The first volunteer will have his/her first choice of available topics, etc. If no one volunteers, a name will be pulled from a hat until all slots are filled
Seminar Dates: Depending upon class size there may be two presentation(s) in certain weeks.
Course Assignments and Tests:
|Assignment or Test
|Contribution to Final Mark (%)
|Learning Outcomes Assessed
1, 2, 3
1, 2, 3, 4
1, 2, 3, 4
There is no final exam scheduled for this course.
The students are expected to use peer-reviewed scientific information for this course, including their specific presentation topics. Journals such as Plant Physiology; Plant Cell; Plant Journal; Journal of Experimental Botany; Plant, Cell & Environment; Plant & Cell Physiology are available on-line through the University of Guelph's library subscription.
In addition to these resources, students can consult the following for respective background information on natural product metabolism and biochemical control of metabolism:
- Plant-Derived Natural Products: Synthesis, Function and Application, Edited by A.E. Osbourn, V. Lanzotti, Dordrecht, Springer (2009) Available on-line through University of Guelph Library via the following link: http://link.springer.com.subzero.lib.uoguelph.ca/book/10.1007%2F978-0-38...
- Understanding the Control of Metabolism by D. Fell (QP171.F46), One copy in library, but not on reserve. Instructor has a copy.
- Any introductory Plant Physiology or Plant Biochemistry text
There is no lab manual for this course.
Late penalty for submission of preliminary outline is 10% per day unless academic consideration has been granted.
Please note that these policies are binding unless academic consideration is given to an individual student.
Course Policy on Group Work:
There are no group work projects.
Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:
Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.
The materials provided in this course are the property of the course instructors unless otherwise stated. Third party copyrighted materials (such as book chapters and articles) have either been licensed for use in this course, or have been copied under an exception or limitation in Canadian Copyright law.
The fair dealing exception in Canada's Copyright Act permits students to reproduce short excerpts from copyright-protected materials for purposes such as research, education, private study, criticism and review, with proper attribution. Any other copying, communicating, or distribution of any content provided in this course, may be an infringement of copyright if done without proper license or the consent of the copyright owner, the course instructors. Examples of infringing uses of copyrighted works would include uploading materials to a commercial third party web site (such as CourseHero or OneClass), or making paper or electronic copies of works for commercial purposes.
For more information about students’ rights and obligations with respect to copyrighted works, consult the Fair Dealing Guidance for Students document on the Library’s Copyright website
Other Course Information:
When you find yourself unable to meet an in-course requirement because of illness or compassionate reasons, please advise the course instructor in writing, with your name, id#, and e-mail contact. See the academic calendar for information on regulations and procedures for Academic Consideration:
- For Graduate Students: https://calendar.uoguelph.ca/graduate-calendar/
- For Undergraduate Students: https://calendar.uoguelph.ca/undergraduate-calendar/
- For Diploma Students: https://calendar.uoguelph.ca/associate-diploma/
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