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Understanding Plants - Part I: What a Plant Knows

Tel Aviv University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Environmental Science
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 7 weeks long

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For centuries we have collectively marveled at plant diversity and form—from Charles Darwin’s early fascination with stems and flowers to Seymour Krelborn’s distorted doting in Little Shop of Horrors. This course intends to present an intriguing and scientifically valid look at how plants themselves experience the world—from the colors they see to the sensations they feel. Highlighting the latest research in genetics and more, we will delve into the inner lives of plants and draw parallels with the human senses to reveal that we have much more in common with sunflowers and oak trees than we may realize. We’ll learn how plants know up from down, how they know when a neighbor has been infested by a group of hungry beetles, and whether they appreciate the music you’ve been playing for them or if they’re just deaf to the sounds around them. We’ll explore definitions of memory and consciousness as they relate to plants in asking whether we can say that plants might even be aware of their surroundings. This highly interdisciplinary course meshes historical studies with cutting edge modern research and will be relevant to all humans who seek their place in nature.

This class has three main goals: 1. To introduce you to basic plant biology by exploring plant senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste, balance). 2. To introduce you to biological research and the scientific method. 3. To get the student to question life in general and what defines us as humans.

Once you've taken this course, if you are interested in a more in-depth study of plants, check out my follow-up course, Fundamentals of Plant Biology (https://www.coursera.org/learn/plant-biology/home/welcome).

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

Taught by

Daniel Chamovitz and Aviva Katz

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E.A.D E
5.0 4 years ago
E.A.D completed this course.
Presented by Professor Daniel Chamovitz, Ph.D., and Aviva Katz, Ph.D, both at Tel Aviv University, the course explored plant biology from the cellular level all the way to the function of the part of a plant. I had only a passing interest in this subject, and my reasons for signing up for the course could be boiled down to, "Well, it sounds like would be interesting." As the weeks passed, I not only became more and more interested, but I started to learn a few surprising things about plants and how humans have experimented with them, on them, and otherwise tinkered with them through the centur…
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I started the class on a whim and became really interested. I usually dislike MOOCs with a talking head and slides, which this one, for the most part, is, but somehow Prof. Chamovitz kept my attention and was really enjoyable to listen to. He also is that rare presenter who knows how to use slides to illustrate a point with a picture or diagram.

The videos are clear and moderately technical, but not so detailed that I got lost. It's worth noting that the class is about the science of plants. The exams are well suited to the level of the lectures.

All in all a beautifully-designed class. L really enjoyed it and learned a lot.

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Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
One of the very few moocs I enjoyed, and most importantly, that i finished. You can retake your test as much as you can, and since they are challenging, it really brings you to a point where you actually master the knowledge. The design is cool. The content is extremly interresting. The teacher is tallented. I took his second mooc, which was a bit more challenging. I recommand 100% this mooc (it sound extatic, but this is really a VERY good mooc)
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Carol F
5.0 2 years ago
by Carol completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A fascinating course, well presented. A little challenging in parts if one does not have a background in biology, but the more complicated parts were explained in great detail.

Thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend this course.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I love this guy he is a fantastic instructor. He makes me happy and really links the deep science to the common tongue with ease. Purely a hidden jem in the world.
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