Full Title:Plant Science
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:53567
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:Following this course, the student with be able to critically evaluate plant community structure, distibution and Irish plant biogeography. They will gain skills in botanical field identification and recording methods.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify plant species and assess the community structure of a range of Irish habitats.
  2. Analyse botanical data from a range of habitats.
  3. Evaluate the distribution of plant species using appropriate field techniques.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the plant kingdom
Plant evolution and distribution, including the major groups of plants and when they evolved; overview of the Bryophytes, seedless vascular plants (ferns and horsetails) and the seed-bearing plants.
Plant anatomy and morphology
Higher plant anatomy and morphology, in particular vegetative parts, infloresences and fruits.
Plant systematics
Introduction to plant taxonomy, nomenclature, and classification; introduction to molecular phylogenetics; introduction to genetic manipulation of plants.
The seed-producing plants: Gymnosperms
Structure of Gymnospermae; taxonomy of the major Gymnosperm families found in Ireland.
The seed-producing plants: Angiosperms
Structure of the Angiospermae (Magnoliophyta); taxonomy of the major Angiosperm families found in Ireland.
The Irish flora
Disribution of the Irish flora, including its history; community structure and floristic composition; red data species in Ireland; issues related to invasive species.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test Weekly practical classes on species identification (with an emphasis on gymnosperms and angiosperms) and field recording methods. This will include two field visits to selected habitats e.g. comparison of deciduous and coniferous woodland; species diversity in peatland habitats; natural grassland species ecology. 2,3 30.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Project The student will undertake a project and produce a short report on a selected plant family. None 10.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam n/a 2,3 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Weekly practicals on plant identification with two half day field trips to selected habitats. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study Small research project on assigned plant family, focused on its evolution, identification and distribution in Ireland. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • John Parnell & Tom Curtis 2012, Webb's an Irish Flora, 8th Ed., Cork University Press [ISBN: 9781859184783]
  • Francis Rose, ā€ˇClare O'Reilly 2006, The Wild Flower Key: How to Identify Wild Plants, Trees and Shrubs in Britain and Ireland, 2nd Ed., Frederick Warne London [ISBN: 0723251754]
  • K. J. Willis and J. C. McElwain 2002, The Evolution of Plants, Oxford University Press Oxford [ISBN: 9780198500650]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • T.G.F.Curtis & H.N. McGough 1988, The Irish Red Data Book 1 Vascular Plants, The Stationary Office Dublin
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

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