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Code BIO 330
Term 201602
Title Environmental Plant Biology
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Subject Mol.Bio.Genetic&Bioengin.(BIO)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Levent Ozturk -lozturk@sabanciuniv.edu,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
Prerequisites
(only for SU students)
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Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Interactive
Content

Interaction of plants with the environment and the human impact is discussed. Topics start with the effects of biotic and abiotic stress factors affecting plant life ranging from ecosystem to global environment scale. Effects of environmental pollutants to plant life, biological clean-up of pollutants, biological degradation of solid wastes and its use in plant production, pest management, food security and sustainable production are other main topics of the course.

Learning Outcome

The boundaries of Environmental Biology and the "sphere" concept.
How is plant life affected by the global climate change.
What are the components of ecosystems and why is sustaining the plant biodiversity important.
What are the polluting factors of air and water.

How are carbon and nutrients recycled in the environment.

How do biotic and abiotic stress factors affect ecosystems.

How are the soils being degraded and conserved. Effects of solid and hazardous wastes to environment.
How is polluted land and water biologically re-mediated?
What are pests and how are they managed.
Is Agriculture Friend or Foe for the Environment?
What is food security. Solutions for sustainable production and distribution of the food.

Programme Outcomes
 
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 2
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 3
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 4
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 5
1 Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems.
2 Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose.
3 Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively.
4 Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose.
5 Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas.
6 Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development.
7 Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
1 Comprehend key concepts in biology and physiology, with emphasis on molecular genetics, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology as well as advanced mathematics and statistics.
2 Develop conceptual background for interfacing of biology with engineering for a professional awareness of contemporary biological research questions and the experimental and theoretical methods used to address them.
1 Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software.
2 Analyze and design communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software using advanced knowledge on differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics.
1 Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools.
2 Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems.
3 Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa.
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 50
Midterm 30
Exam 20