Applied Plant Biology (APB) involves using plants to generate new products, such as foods, pharmaceuticals, or biofuels or processes, to solve environmental problems including food security and dwindling natural resources.
Year 1 Modules:
BL1002Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics & Evolution (5 credits);
BL1004Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals (5 credits);
BL1005 Habitats and Ecosystems (5 credits);
CM1003Introductory Chemistry for Environmental Scientists (10 credits);
ER1006Applied Earth Systems (5 credits);
EV1002The Environment (5 credits);
GL1001Introduction to Geology (5 credits);
GL1004Geological Evolution of Ireland (5 credits);
GG1010Introduction to Physical Geography (5 credits);
MA1001Calculus for Science Part 1 (5 credits);
PY1009Physics for the Environmental Sciences I (5 credits)
Year 2 Modules:
Plant and Animal Genetics; Introduction to Plant Biotechnology; Ecological Plant Physiology; Plant Identification; Introduction to Biostatistics; Vertebrate Diversity; Invertebrate Diversity; Fundamentals of Ecology; Practical Ecological Skills; Fundamentals of Microbiology; Principles of Microbiology; Fossils as Living Organisms
Year 3 Modules:
Plant Biology Literature Review; Plant Biology Field Course (residential); Conservation Biology; Plants in Hostile Environments; Evolution and Diversity; Bioactive Natural Products; Biostatistics I;
Adaptation to Extreme Environments; Animal Behaviour; Introduction to Ecotoxicology; Environmental Microbial Genomics; Environmental Systems Microbiology; Micropalaeontology and Palynology
Year 4 Modules:
Plant Biology Research Project; Frontiers in Biology; Research Skills in Biology; Crop Physiology and Climate Change; Food Production; Genetic Manipulation of Plants; The Environmentally Protective Management of Plant Pests and Pathogens; Biostatistics II
Advanced Ecotoxicology; Landscape Conservation and Management (Burren residential field course); Biological Work Placement; Biology and Management of Alien Species.
See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modulesfor a more detailed description of programme modules.
Course Code: CK404/CK402
Course Title: Applied Plant Biology
College: Science, Engineering and Food Science
Duration: 4 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BSc (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.
2016 Entry Requirements:
2017 Entry Requirements: Refer to CK404/CK402
Entry Points: 2016: CK404-430; CK402-480, points vary each year.
You will take a combination of laboratory, glasshouse and field practicals. Laboratory APB students carry out fieldwork as part of this course.
In Year 2, you will visit various sites in Co Cork. In Year 3, there is a residential field course to London. In Year 4, you can go to the Burren in Co Clare.
You will also carry out an independent research project in Year 4, working alongside research groups.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment includingcontinuous assessment whichinvolves essays, assessed practical exercises, field reports, multiple-choice questionnaires, assessed presentations and project work. In Year 4, you will undertake a six-month research project. The range of assessments provides a broad skills base of relevance to future employment.
Refer to CK404/ CK402
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