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Approx. 8 hours to complete

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Subtitles: Arabic, French, Catalan, Portuguese (Brazilian), English, Hebrew, Romanian...

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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: Arabic, French, Catalan, Portuguese (Brazilian), English, Hebrew, Romanian...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Course Introduction and Plant Cell Structure

10 videos (Total 49 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
1.1 All plants are made of cells4m
1.2 Different types of microscopy are used to study cells6m
1.3 Characteristics of plant cells5m
1.4 Plastids2m
1.5 The origin of chloroplasts2m
1.6 The cell wall3m
1.7 The vacuole and plasmodesmata6m
1.8 Vascular tissue - xylem6m
1.9 Vascular tissue – phloem9m
3 readings
Before we begin10m
How to succeed in this course? PDF version5m
Suggested Reading - Week 110m
1 practice exercise
Lecture 1 Quiz24m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Whole-Plant Structure

6 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
2.2 Apical meristems4m
2.3 Root structure and development10m
2.4 Shoot apical meristem and development3m
2.5 Flower development10m
2.6 Development is regulated by gene expression2m
1 reading
Suggested Reading - Week 210m
1 practice exercise
Lecture 2 Quiz24m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Photosynthesis

8 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
3.2 Chemical currency: ATP and NADPH4m
3.3 Light and Photosynthesis3m
3.4 The light-dependent reactions and electron transfer2m
3.5 The Light-dependent Reactions and ATP2m
3.6 Phototsynthesis 2: The dark reactions and sugar synthesis3m
3.7 Discussion with Prof. Nir Ohad: The Carbon Cycle7m
3.8 Inside a photosynthesis lab6m
1 reading
Suggested Reading - Week 310m
1 practice exercise
Lecture 3 Quiz26m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Plant genetic engineering

9 videos (Total 47 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
4.2 Cultivated foods and genetic changes5m
4.3 Conventional breeding and genetic engineering methods3m
4.4 Recombinant DNA technology8m
4.5 Transgenic plants - proof of concept5m
4.6 Case study: Genetic engineering in combating viruses in agriculture4m
4.7 Examples of genetic engineering: Nutritional benefits3m
4.8 Potential of genetic engineering: I Insect resistant plants3m
4.9 Concerns about the use of genetic engineering in agriculture6m
1 reading
Suggested Reading - Week 410m
1 practice exercise
Lecture 4 Quiz30m
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Top reviews from Understanding Plants - Part II: Fundamentals of Plant Biology

By APNov 5th 2017

That was a pleasure to have such a passionate and interested in biology lecturer. I found course useful and interesting. Thank you dr. Chamovitz for let me being your student for last several weeks.

By JLAug 28th 2017

The course does very good job for providing the planned content. However if you have already studied the field and want to have more deep understanding like I do, you need to look for other courses.

Instructor

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Professor Daniel Chamovitz, Ph.D.

Dean, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences
Director, Manna Center for Plant Biosciences

About Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest institution of higher learning – with over 30,000 students and more than 125 schools and departments in nine faculties. Global in outlook and impact, it is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities, as well as the top 20 institutions in terms of scientific citations. A spirit of openness and innovation is evident in all of TAU's teaching and research activities, breaking down barriers between disciplines, and boldly striving to address the twenty-first century's most pressing challenges....

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