课程信息
This class is aimed at people interested in understanding the basic science of plant biology. In this four lecture series, we'll first learn about the structure-function of plants and of plant cells. Then we'll try to understand how plants grow and develop, making such complex structures as flowers. Once we know how plants grow and develop, we'll then delve into understanding photosynthesis - how plants take carbon dioxide from the air and water from soil, and turn this into oxygen for us to breathe and sugars for us to eat. In the last lecture we'll learn about the fascinating, important and controversial science behind genetic engineering in agriculture. If you haven't taken it already, you may also be interested in my other course - What A Plant Knows, which examines how plants see, smell, hear and feel their environment: https://www.coursera.org/learn/plantknows. In order to receive academic credit for this course you must successfully pass the academic exam on campus. For information on how to register for the academic exam – https://tauonline.tau.ac.il/registration Additionally, you can apply to certain degrees using the grades you received on the courses. Read more on this here – https://go.tau.ac.il/b.a/mooc-acceptance Teachers interested in teaching this course in their class rooms are invited to explore our Academic High school program here – https://tauonline.tau.ac.il/online-highschool
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Plant BiologyGeneticsTransgenic PlantsCell Biology
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100% 在线课程

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Intermediate Level

中级

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完成时间大约为7 小时

建议:5 hours/week
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English

字幕:English, Arabic, Portuguese (Brazilian), Hebrew, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Course Introduction and Plant Cell Structure

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Reading
10 videos (Total 49 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
1.1 All plants are made of cells4m
1.2 Different types of microscopy are used to study cells6m
1.3 Characteristics of plant cells5m
1.4 Plastids2m
1.5 The origin of chloroplasts2m
1.6 The cell wall3m
1.7 The vacuole and plasmodesmata6m
1.8 Vascular tissue - xylem6m
1.9 Vascular tissue – phloem9m
Reading2 readings
How to succeed in this course? PDF version5m
Suggested Reading - Week 110m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lecture 1 Quiz24m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Whole-Plant Structure

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Reading
6 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
2.2 Apical meristems4m
2.3 Root structure and development10m
2.4 Shoot apical meristem and development3m
2.5 Flower development10m
2.6 Development is regulated by gene expression2m
Reading1 readings
Suggested Reading - Week 210m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lecture 2 Quiz24m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Photosynthesis

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Reading
8 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
3.2 Chemical currency: ATP and NADPH4m
3.3 Light and Photosynthesis3m
3.4 The light-dependent reactions and electron transfer2m
3.5 The Light-dependent Reactions and ATP2m
3.6 Phototsynthesis 2: The dark reactions and sugar synthesis3m
3.7 Discussion with Prof. Nir Ohad: The Carbon Cycle7m
3.8 Inside a photosynthesis lab6m
Reading1 readings
Suggested Reading - Week 310m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lecture 3 Quiz26m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Plant genetic engineering

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Reading
9 videos (Total 47 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
4.2 Cultivated foods and genetic changes5m
4.3 Conventional breeding and genetic engineering methods3m
4.4 Recombinant DNA technology8m
4.5 Transgenic plants - proof of concept5m
4.6 Case study: Genetic engineering in combating viruses in agriculture4m
4.7 Examples of genetic engineering: Nutritional benefits3m
4.8 Potential of genetic engineering: I Insect resistant plants3m
4.9 Concerns about the use of genetic engineering in agriculture6m
Reading1 readings
Suggested Reading - Week 410m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lecture 4 Quiz30m
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Top Reviews

By JLAug 28th 2017

The course does very good job for providing the planned content. However if you have already studied the field and want to have more deep understanding like I do, you need to look for other courses.

By APNov 5th 2017

That was a pleasure to have such a passionate and interested in biology lecturer. I found course useful and interesting. Thank you dr. Chamovitz for let me being your student for last several weeks.

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Professor Daniel Chamovitz, Ph.D.

Dean, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences

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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