Students in the Master’s Programme in Plant Biology, Master’s Programme in Agricultural Sciences, Master’s Programme in Forest Sciences
After completing the course the student
- can identify her/his areas of interest in plant science that helps her/him in the selection of the most appropriate courses and course modules for the degree, and also a tentative topic for Master’s thesis
- gets an overview of plant science from molecules and cells to ecosystems and future plant and forest production
- will appreciate the role and importance of basic research for practical applications in the various uses and production of plants
- acquires a general view of the research topics and research groups within plant science, that form the Viikki Plant Science Centre at the campus, with a view to Master’s thesis
Period I, first year of MSc studies
This is a “showcase” course where plant science study modules offered in three Master’s Programmes, as well as the respective research activities and groups at the campus, will be introduced. The course encompasses four main themes:
- Plant diversity
- Plant adaptation
- Plant breeding and biotechnology
Changing use and production of plants
Total workload 135 h includes lectures 24 h, group work (seminar, research group presentations) 20 h, Moodle tasks (Highlights) 10 h, final report 27 h, reading + exam 54 h.
Compulsory reading, either:
The Emerald Planet by David Beerling:
Climate Change and Crop Production by M.P. Reynolds: https://www.terkko.helsinki.fi/booknavigator/climate-change-and-crop-production
Grading scale pass-fail. To pass the course the student must 1) follow the lectures, 2) take part in the group work (seminar, research group presentations), 3) do the Moodle tasks (lecture highlights), 4) write the final report, and 5) pass an examination of the compulsory course book.
Obligatory attendance on lectures, research group presentations and seminars.
Professor Timo Hytönen