Plant Physiology

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Plant Physiology

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Physiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BI207: Tropical Plant Biology

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course will emphasise the processes and functions at whole plant level, responses of plants to changes in the environment, and the growth and development which results from the responses. Students will be required to carry out a research project in an area of plant physiology that interests them.


    Plant Physiology is a study of natural phenomena ofliving plants. It is the science concerned with the processes and functions, responses of plants to changes in the environment, and the growth and development which results from the responses. Fundamental processes of plants include photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration and water transport, mineral nutrition uptake, plant hormone functions, tropisms, environmental stress physiology, seed germination and dormancy. The course will emphasise the effects of environmental stresses on plants and their mechanisms to deal with these stresses.


    Learning Outcomes:

    -Describe the major physiological processes in plants and the factors underlying it.

    -Appraise plant developmental patterns and the factors underlying it.

    -Review the physiological responses of plants to various environmental stresses.

    -Formulate a research project

    -Construct a formal report of using the findings of the research

    -Appraise the findings of the research



    Introduction to Plant Physiology, 4th Edition, W. G. Hopkins and N. P. A. Hiiner, John Wiley& Sons, Inc, USA. 

    Plant Physiology, 4th Edition, L. Tiaz and E. Zeiger, Sinauer Associates, Inc, Publishers, Sunderland



    Short tests: 10%

    Research project report: 20%

    Field Trip: 5%

    Seminar: 5%

    Literature Review: 10%

    Tutorial: 0%

    Final Exam: 50%

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