PLNT*6230 (F) Colloquium in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2021 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

An open discussion course designed to review and critically analyze contemporary issues in plant physiology and biochemistry.


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Graduate

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

1. Understands the properties of nanosystems, differentiation between engineered nanomaterials and biologically derived nanomaterials

2. Understanding of various applications of nanomaterials in agriculture and food including nanodelivery of biomolecules, barriers, plant responses.

3. Critically evaluates various types of nanotechnology applications and effectively communicates these to an audience.

Lecture Content:

There are no formal lectures in this course

Labs & Seminars:

Course Assignments and Tests:

Tracking Marks: We will use CourseLink to collate marks throughout the semester. It is your responsibility to review these grades and report any discrepancies. Keep paper and/or other reliable back-up copies of all in- and out-of-class assignments: You may be asked to resubmit work at any time.
Presentation Outline (10%)
Due: Week 3, Virtual, email
Learning Outcome: 2, 3
Each student will provide the instructor with a brief written paragraph/outline (point form accepted; max. 1 page) describing a plan for their topic and presentation outline
Class Participation (20%)
Learning Outcome: 1, 2
Students are expected to participate in all discussions relating to course content, unless academic consideration has been granted. The participation mark will be evaluated and provided to the student at the end of the term.
Discussion Lead/Presentation (70%)
Learning Outcome: 2, 3
Seminar Dates: Seminar dates will be decided based on the number of students

Final examination:

There is no final examination scheduled for this course

Course Resources:

There is no required textbook for this course. The students are expected to use peer reviewed scientific information for this course. Examples of Journals include;
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (American Chemical Society)- (
Postharvest Biology and Nanotechnology Eds. Paliyath, G. et al., 490 pages
Online ISBN:9781119289470 |DOI:10.1002/9781119289470 © 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Required Resources
Computer System and Software (Other)
System and Software Requirements (Software)
This course will use a variety of technologies including;
To help ensure you have the best learning experience possible, please review the list of system and software requirements.
Zoom (Software)
This course will use Zoom for meeting. Check your system requirements to ensure you will be able to participate.
Technical Skills (Other)
As part of your learning experience, you are expected to use a variety of technologies for assignments, lectures, teamwork, and meetings. In order to be successful in this course you will need to have the following technical skills:
  • Manage files and folders on your computer (e.g., save, name, copy, backup, rename, delete, and check properties);
  • Install software, security, and virus protection;
  • Use office applications (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or similar) to create documents;
  •  Be comfortable uploading and downloading saved files;
  • Communicate using email (e.g., create, receive, reply, print, send, download, and open attachments);
  • Navigate the CourseLink learning environment and use the essential tools, such as Dropbox, Quizzes, Discussions, and Grades (the instructions for this are given in your course);, if needed
  • Access, navigate, and search the Internet using a web browser (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer); and
  • Perform online research using various search engines (e.g., Google) and library databases.
Contact your course instructor if you need support with any of the above.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:
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.
Choice of presentation topics and dates
Students will need to provide the instructor with a discussion/presentation topic by week 3. It is expected that the discussions/presentations will take place after the reading/spring break.
Seminar Dates: Seminar dates will be decided based on the number of students, and the range of topic. Flexibility will be given to give one in-depth presentation or two broad presentations on multiple topics.
Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of seminars:
Electronic recording of classes, including student presentations is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor and the presenter.  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:

University Policies

Academic Consideration

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:

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The Academic Misconduct Policy is detailed in the University Calenders:


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