About this Course
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Beginner Level

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 25 hours of videos, quizzes, and reading assignments...

English

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

Skills you will gain

Plant BiologyGeneticsCell BiologyPlant

Learner Career Outcomes

38%

started a new career after completing these courses

40%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

22%

got a pay increase or promotion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 25 hours of videos, quizzes, and reading assignments...

English

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

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Introduction

9 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
1.1 Introduction3m
1.2 Our Life and Plants7m
1.3 Plants and Biology Research3m
1.4 Plants and Food Security4m
1.5 Major Themes in Plant Biology4m
1.6 Scientific Process3m
1.7 The Evolution of Plant Structure and Senses6m
1.8 Plant Evolution10m
1 reading
How to succeed in this course? PDF version5m
1 practice exercise
Introduction10m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

What a Plant Sees?

7 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
2.2 Darwin's Experiment6m
2.3 Light and Flowering7m
2.4 Phytochrome: A Light-Activated Switch7m
2.5 Arabidopsis Blind Mutant8m
2.6 What a Plant Sees?5m
2.7 Molecular Biology of Plant Vision8m
1 reading
Week 2 - Suggested Reading30m
1 practice exercise
What a Plant Sees?16m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

What a Plant Smells?

7 videos (Total 48 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
3.2 Lock and Key Mechanism of a Receptor3m
3.3 Ethylene and Fruit Ripening7m
3.4 Mechanism of Ethylene Receptor7m
3.5 Plant Communication: Example 16m
3.6 Plant Communication: Example 26m
3.7 Inter and Intra Communication11m
1 reading
Week 3 - Suggested Reading30m
1 practice exercise
What a Plant Smells?12m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

What a Plant Feels?

10 videos (Total 78 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
10 videos
4.2 How Does the Venus Trap Know When it has been Touched?7m
4.3 Water and the Plant Cell6m
4.4 Leaf Movement in Mimosa4m
4.5 Thigmomorphogenesis8m
4.6 Genes that Respond to Touch4m
4.7 Do Plants Feel Pain?3m
4.8 The Sound of Music and Plants10m
4.9 Plants and Deaf Genes10m
4.10 Sound Perception in Plants13m
1 reading
Week 4 - Suggested Reading30m
1 practice exercise
What a Plant Feels?10m
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Top reviews from Understanding Plants - Part I: What a Plant Knows

By RVDec 13th 2016

Love the clarity of the instructors deliver which is supported by great explanations and most importantly visual aids & demonstrations. Ps... Especially loved the bloopers at the end. Nice treat! :)

By MROct 1st 2016

So far, I'm really enjoying this course. I like the look of it, the professor is engaging and as a layperson I find the content very, very interesting. What a wonderful take on plant biology!

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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