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Vegetal Biology I

Code: MA124     Acronym: BVeg_I

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL General and Aquatic Biology

Instance: 2018/2019 - 3T (of 11-02-2019 to 29-03-2019)

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Microscopy
Course/CS Responsible: First Cycle Degree (BSc) in Aquatic Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
LCMA 44 Oficial Plan 2018 1 - 5 49 135

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Alexandre Manuel da Silva Lobo da Cunha

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 3,00
Laboratory Practice: 4,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 3,00
Alexandre Manuel da Silva Lobo da Cunha 3,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 2 8,00
Alexandre Manuel da Silva Lobo da Cunha 8,00

Teaching language



The study of vascular plant morphology is the major objective of this curricular unit. In addition, plant reproduction and development, evolution, phylogeny and taxonomy are also studied. Students also should acquire basic knowledge about fungi, lichens and non-vascular plants (bryophytes).


Learning outcomes and competences

Students should be able to identify all the tissues in histological sections of vascular plants, and recognize the primary and secondary structures of roots and stems. They should also acquire knowledge about reproduction and life cycles of vascular plants, their evolution, phylogeny and taxonomy. Additionally, students should obtain basic knowledge about the morphology, life cycles and taxonomy of fungi, lichens and bryophytes.


Working method



1) Fungi: general characterization, reproduction, life cycles andtaxonomy; the taxa Chytridiomycota, Neocallimastigomycota, Blastocladiomycota, Zygomycota, Glomeromycota, Ascomycota and Basidiomycota. 2) Lichens: structure and reproduction, with reference to coastal species. 3) Bryophytes: general characteristics, life cycle and taxonomy. 4) Morphological and functional characterization of vascular plant tissues: epidermis, parenchyma, collenchyma, sclerenchyma, phloem and xylem. 5) Primary and secondary structure of the root and stem. 6) General structure of the leaves and its variations. 7) Reproductive structures in vascular plants: flower anatomy, inflorescences, fruits and embryonic development. 8) An introduction to plant taxonomy, evolution and phylogeny.


Mandatory literature

Moore Randy 070; Botany. ISBN: 0-697-03775-4
Lidon Fernando José Cebola; Anatomia e morfologia externa das plantas superiores. ISBN: 972-757-161-1
Bowes Bryan G.; A colour atlas of plant structure. ISBN: 1-874545-16-2

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical classes; laboratory classes dedicated to the observation of fungi, lichens, non-vascular plants and microscopy slides with sections of vascular plant organs (roots, stems, leaves and flowers)



Natural sciences

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 90,00
Trabalho laboratorial 10,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 86,00
Frequência das aulas 49,00
Total: 135,00

Eligibility for exams

3/4 of lab classes

Calculation formula of final grade

Exam classification = 90% of final classification; laboratory reports = 10% of final classification (optional)


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