BIOL 309 - Plant Pigments and Hormones

Plant Pigments and Hormones -  BIOL 309

Class Meeting: Wednesday 08:00 - 10:00

Catalog Description

Organization of plant cells, photosynthesis, alkaloids and flavonoids, plant hormones. Biosynthesis of carotenoid pigments, biochemistry of plant development, the plant cell wall structure, formation and growth, lignin formation, free amino acids, pyrimidines, purines and nucleosides in plants, metabolism of auxins, gibberellins and cytokinins, synthetic growth regulators and herbicides. Structure-function relationship of plant hormones.  

Course Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the different types of plant pigments and plant hormones, as well as some other secondary plant metabolites. This course covers the topics of the structures, biosynthesis, importance and applications of important plant pigments and plant hormones.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO’s)

Knowledge and understanding:

    K1-Identify the different types of plant pigments and plant hormones

    K2-Classify plant pigments and plant hormones according to their chemical structures

    K3-Define and describe the biosynthetic pathways of plant pigments and plant hormones

Intellectual abilities:

    I1-Differentiate between the extraction and applications of plant pigments and plant hormones

    I2-Evaluate the roles of plant pigments and plant hormones during plant growth

Professional and Practical competencies:


      P1- Practicing in collecting information about natural products from plants

    P2- Practicing in presenting information about the uses of plant pigments, hormones and other plant metabolites

General and Transferable Skills:

    S1-Communicate ideas effectively

    S2-Deal with scientific material in English                              

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