This course is for MSc students in Biology.
Coordinator: Dr. B. Gravendeel
This course will give an overview of the different scientific fields represented in the Plant Sciences and Natural Products specialisation, ranging from fundamental scientific topics such as Plant Genomes, Plant Development, and Plant Defense, to more applied topics such as Plant Genome Engineering, Plants and the Bio-based Economy, and Identification of Plant Metabolites for New Medical Products. This will be done primarily through lectures by experts in Molecular and Cellular, Evolutionary and Ecological, and Mathematical Plant Science, complemented with chapters from the book Plant Physiology & Development by L. Taiz, E. Zeiger, I.M. Mǿller & A. Murphy 2015 (6th edition, ISBN 978-1-60535-255-8) on a selection of key topics. The lectures together with several lab tours will provide a solid overview of the ongoing research in Leiden, and allow MSc students to make a well-based choice of their first research project. Several lectures by invited speakers will also inform students about job perspectives in the field.
To provide students with an overview of the research fields covered by the Plant Sciences and Natural Products specialisation
To introduce them to the basic concepts and the key scientific questions covered by those research fields
To familiarize students with the research and methods used within the research groups participating in the Plant Sciences and Natural Products specialisation
To facilitate the choice for a first MSc research project, and to enable the planning of a concept programme for the 2-years MSc specialisation.
A MSc student in Biology with an established study programme, ready to start the theoretical courses and the first (internal) research project for the selected specialisation.
The course starts on Monday, September 5th 2016 and ends on Friday, September 16th. The programme consists of lectures in the morning (starting at 9.00), and lab tours, specific instructions, or self-study in the afternoon. The detailed programme will be placed on Blackboard.
Mode of instruction
By lectures, and by self-study by reading chapters of the book mentioned above on a selection of key topics.
A final exam, based on the lectures and the studied book chapters
The detailed course programme, powerpoints/jpgs of lectures and book chapters for self study will be placed on Blackboard.
Chapters of the book Plant Physiology & Development by L. Taiz, E. Zeiger, I.M. Mǿller & A. Murphy 2015 (6th edition, ISBN 978-1-60535-255-8)
Via USIS and enroll in Blackboard
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.
For students who follow the specialisation Plant Sciences and Natural Products, the orientation on Plant Sciences and Natural Products course can be replaced by an Orientation Course from a different specialisation.