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SB-2201 Plant Form and Function (Course coordinator)

In this course we describe and study basic plant morphology from the algea to flowering plants, with the aim of get a better understanding of the functioning of plants. Students will learn to relate the internal structure of plants to their external morphology and the functions of the different plant organs. We will also treat the relationships within the plant kingdom through a study of the basic groups of plants and their evolutionary history. 

SB-2401 Plants and People (Course coordinator)

This course is a breadth course, i.e., it is available for UBD students from all faculties. We will provide insight into the diversity of the plant kingdom, the adaptations of the plants to their environment and how people interact with the natural plant world. The course will examine how humans rely on plants for their well being and how the plants are still crucial for many products that shape our society.

SB-4201 Population Genetics and Systematics (Course coordinator)

This course will provide an introduction to population genetics and explain the importance of the field to modern ecological and evolutionary studies. We will treat species concepts as well as methods for describing species (Taxonomy) and reconstructing their evolutionary relationships (Systematics). The history of life on Earth will be explored through phylogenetic analysis and an examination of relationships among living organisms and the fossil record. 

SB-4310 Seed Plant Taxonomy and Diversity (Course coordinator)

In this course we will learn to describe plants, place them in a natural classification that reflects evolutionary relationships and learn many important plant families following the APG system. We will use the UBD botanical garden as a field site for collecting plants. The collected plants will then be studied and described in the lab. After this course the students should be able to identify many genera of plants belonging to some of the commonest families in Southeast Asia.

SB-4316 Economic Botany

This course is the more thorough version of SB-2401 (Plants and People) and is only available for Biology students. We will provide insight into the diversity of the plant kingdom, the adaptations of the plants to their environment and how people interact with the natural plant world. The course will examine how humans rely on plants for their well being and how the plants are still crucial for many products that shape our society.