2023-2024 / BOTA0415-1

Plant biology, Botany


20h Th, 15h Pr, 1d FW

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geology4 crédits 


Alain Hambuckers

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course makes the most of the skills gathered with the Biology course. It mostly scrutinizes organization of the flowering plants and brings notions of plant physiology then goes thoroughly into description of the most important taxonomical groups of the traditional plant biology.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To lead to a reasonably good knowledge of the terrestrial plant organization and their functions as well as to the understanding of the botanical diversity. To introduce to the methods and the vocabulary of botany.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Advance French knowledge

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Theory is exposed in a series of lessons largely open to the questions of the students. Workshops and field works are part and parcel of the course. They illustrate concepts exposed during lectures and represent another useful way of apprehending the contents of the course. They also make it possible for students to assess their understanding of theoretical issues and give them opportunities to ask questions or engage in a dialogue with the holder or the assistants.
Living material is dissected and examined using binocular lens or microscope, and permanent microscope preparations are studied. These manipulations aim at introducing to objective observation, drawing and determination.
A visit of the National Botanical Garden demonstrates the tremendous variety of life forms and the adaptations to the climates.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Participation to practical works and field trip is mandatory

Recommended or required readings

Written notes are available  but students are invited to take their own notes during the lectures.

Reference work: Biology of plants, by P. H. Raven, R. F. Evert & S. E. Eichhorn, W. H. Freeman and Company/Worth Publishers, New York, 1999 (several copies of the French translation of this book by J. Bouharmont could be consulted in ULg libraries "Bibliothèque Interfacultaire" on the Sart Tilman campus and little library of the Institue of Zoology)

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Additional information:

The practical exam consists of the analysis of a microscopal preparation and the interpretation of organisms. The answers are written.

The exam on theory is face-to-face. Students have time to prepare, then they are invited to present their conclusions for about 20 min.

Successful completion of the course requires the completion of each of the exams, practical and theory.

Work placement(s)

See schedule.

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

No complementary information


Prof. Alain HAMBUCKERS, agrégé de faculté, tel.: 32(0)4 366 5072, email: alain.hambuckers@uliege.be, Biology of Behaviour, Department of Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Institut de Zoologie, Quai Van Beneden 22, 4020 Liège (local 1/6) 

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