551-0359-00L  Plant Biochemistry

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersS. C. Zeeman, B. Pfister
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 11.
The enrolment is done by the D-BIOL study administration.


551-0359-00 PPlant Biochemistry
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
Block course in the 2nd quarter of the autumn semester
100s hrs
Tue/113:15-17:00LFW D 12 »
Wed/108:15-17:00LFW D 12 »
Thu/108:15-17:00LFW D 12 »
Fri/108:15-17:00LFW D 12 »
25.10.09:15-12:00ML H 43 »
S. C. Zeeman, B. Pfister

Catalogue data

AbstractIn this block course, students actively participate in ongoing research projects on plant metabolism and are tutored by doctoral students and postdocs. The theoretical background of the projects is provided in a lecture series. Finally, students discuss their projects and results during an interactive poster session.
ObjectiveThrough supervision in small groups (either individually or in groups of two) students learn to conduct experiments in molecular plant biology, interpret the results, record them and communicate them to peers. Students also gain an insight into the larger context of their projects and how they are planned in the longer term.
ContentParticipation in a project from the following list is possible: 1) Photosynthesis: How is photosynthesis regulated and how is photoassimilated carbon distributed in plants? 2) Biology of chloroplasts: How do chloroplasts develop and how is their function coordinated with that of the whole cell? 3) Starch biosynthesis and degradation: How are complex, semi-crystalline starch granules produced from monosaccharides and how are they broken down again to release energy?
Lecture notesNo script
LiteratureDescriptions of the possible projects including individual reading suggestions will be handed out beforehand.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersS. C. Zeeman, B. Pfister
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationAssessments will be based on 1) performance in the lab and the lab-book 2) a journal club presentation 3) a presentation or poster describing your project, and 4) a brief oral exam based on the lectures accompanying the practical work.

Students are obliged to be present throughout the block course.
Cancellation: If you have to deregister from a course that has been assigned to you (just emergency reasons), please notify in written the course coordinator at least four weeks before the course starts, for courses in the 1st quarter, a cancellation period of one week applies. The study secretariat D-BIOL must also be informed (email CC to Link) so that the enrollment is deleted. Otherwise the course is considered as "failed".

Learning materials

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Moodle courseMoodle-Kurs / Moodle course
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


GeneralPermission from lecturers required for all students

Offered in

Biochemistry – Chemical Biology BachelorBlock Courses in the 2nd Quarter of the SemesterWInformation
Biology BachelorBlock Courses in 2nd Quarter of the SemesterWInformation