831110 Botany (AS)

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Kropf, Matthias , Hietz, Peter
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


Part "Systematics":
1.Principles of systematic botany
2.The main groups of the plant kingdom
3.Forms of organization in the plant kingdom
4.Plant systematics

Part "The structure of plants":
1. The plant cell: cell wall, cellular membranes, vacuole, important cell organelles (nucleus, plastids, mitochondria)
2. The plant tissues: meristems, dermal tissue, ground tissue, vascular tissue
3. Organization of the plant organs: primary and secondary stem, leaf, root
4. The seed: structure and germination

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Learning Outcomes
Part “Systematics”:
After successful completion of the course, the students are acquainted with the theoretical and practical fundamental principles of systematic botany and the evolutionary development in the plant kingdom. They have basic knowledge of the applied methods, an overview of the basic terms of taxonomy and they have the ability to utilize the technical terms for the description of plant morphology as a basis for the systematic classification. The overview of the systematics of higher plants enables them to describe evolutionary trends and to understand these trends in relation to the environmental factors.
The acquired knowledge of the reproductive processes (1. pollination, 2. fertilization, 3. seed formation) establishes the understanding of the diversity of life processes and serves as a basis for the explanation of variability and fitness in the plant kingdom. The presentation of the characters of important plant families enables the students to rapidly recognize these.

Learning Outcomes
Part "The structure of plants":
Students who have successfully passed this part of the lecture have acquired knowledge of the structure of seed plants at all levels. They have the ability to understand that the cells are the basic units of all life processes and can relate the fine structure of the major plant cell organelles to their specific metabolic functions. The knowledge of the structure and function of plant tissues and organs enables the students to analyze growth processes and to recognize that the leaf is the site of photosynthesis and gas exchange, the major function of roots is the absorption of water and minerals, and the stem provides support and pathways for transport processes.
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