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Department of Plant Science, Faculty of Science
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COURSE DESCRIPTION
Doctoral Program (International) | Master of Science Program (International) | Bachelor of Science Program

Course Description of Master of Science Program
Core Courses
 
Credits (lecture-lab)
SCID 515
Generic Skills in Biological Science Research
1 (1 - 0)
Ethics for researchers and an ethical consideration in the use of human subjects and experimental
animals; proper design and use of research protocols; methods in search for scientific information; techniques in
formulating and writing research project, i. e., thesis proposals and grant applications, research reports, theses and
manuscripts for publication.
SCID 516
Biostatistics
3 (3 - 0)
Scientific methods and biostatistical analysis; principles and application of statistical methods to
design experimental protocols and analyze data; probability distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; chi-square
test and analysis of frequencies; regression and correlation analysis; analysis of variance; analysis of covariance;
probit analysis; non-parametric statistics; use of statistical packages.
SCPL 501
Advanced Plant Taxonomy
3 (2 - 3)
Prerequisite SCPL301 Principles of Plant Taxonomy, its equivalent or consent of
the causes director

Systematics plant Classificaion, relationships. Mutation, distribution, speciation, origins and
evolution. Application of advanced technology in anatomy, pollen biology, cytotaxonomy, molecular taxonomy and
chemotaxonomy.
PYPB 603
Medicinal Plants
3 (2 - 3)
Medicinal plants used in both modern and alternative medicines including dietary supplements and
cosmetics. This includes morphological characters, chemical constituents, pharmacological and toxicological data,
and preparation. Laboratory work emphasizes the morphological characters and identification of medicinal plant
specimens.
SCPL 672
Seminar in Plant Science I
1 (1 - 0)
PYPB 614
Seminar in Plant Science II
1 (1 - 0)
A formal presentation of topics of interest in Plant Science given by students, supervised by the
department staff and followed by group discussion.
Elective Courses
SCPL 502
Ethnobotany
3 (3 - 0)
Prerequisite SCPL301 Principles of Plant Taxonomy, its equivalent or consent of
The causes director
Systematic study of the botanical knowledge of a social group and its use of locally available plants
in foods, medicines, clothing, shelters, languages, literatures, ceremonies, arts, professions, etc. The study is the
integration of techniques in plant taxonomy, anthropology, archaeology, and paleobotany. Methods in collection,
conservation. And exchange of local plant genetic resources are reviewed. Focusing on Thailand, economic value
assessment and sustainable uses of local plant resources are discussed.
SCPL 503
Pollen Biology
3 (2 - 3)
Spore and pollen structure, their morphology and development. Conservation and viability of lower
vascular plants, gymnospermae and angiospermae. The problems of plant sterility, pollen techniques and
identification. Application is also emphasized to other palynological researches such as plant taxonomy,
paleobotany, criminology, iatropalynology and copropalynology. Laboratory and current topic discussion are
included.
SCPL 511
Plant Bioregulators
3 (2 - 3)
Types and group of chemicals that are related to plant physiology, functional and control
mechanisms, synthesis, biological effects and their applications.
SCPL 521
Plant Cytogenetics
3 (2 - 3)
Chromosome classification, chromosomal mechanism of inheritance, chromosome structure and
number, the behavior of the chromosomes during mitosis and meiosis. Their origin of their relation to the
transmission and recombination of the genes. Chromosome aberration and mutation, chromosome technology and
chromosome investigation with conventional technique; and molecular cytogenetics used in plant research such as
plant taxonomy, phylogeny, stability and improvement, plant conservation strategies and environmental
management. Laboratory and discussion in current topics of plant cytogenetics.
SCPL 522
Advanced Plant Molecular Biology
3 (3 - 0)
Advanced knowledge on techniques used in plant molecular biology and their applications to
specific plant system. Presentation in the latest genetic engineering approaches applied to understand how plant
develop and function and to improve yield and quality traits.
SCPL 523
Techniques in Plant Molecular Biology
3 (2 - 3)
Basic techniques and methods involved in plant molecular biology; molecular cloning, isolation of
plant DNA and RNA, plant transformation techniques, analysis of cloned genes and gene products.
SCPL 524
Plant mutation
3 (3 - 0)
Genetic rearrangement of plant and their transmission to the next generation. Both gene mutation
and chromosome structural changes, as a spontaneous and induced mutation. The mechanism of mutation.
Current topics and the technology to induce mutation for plant improvements are also discussed.
SCPL 541
Advanced Plant Tissue Culture
3 (3 - 0)
Prerequisite SCPL441: Plant Tissue and cell culture, its equivalent or consent of the course director
Advanced research and development in plant tissue methods. High technology is applied for
research study in commercial micropropagation, breeding and in vitro conservation.
SCPL 542
Techniques in Advanced Plant Tissue Culture
1 (0 - 3)

Prerequisite: SCPL444 Plant Tissue and cell culture, its equivalent or consent of
the course director
Laboratory practices for plant tissue culture methods commercial micropropagation, breeding and in
vitro conservation.
SCPL 543
Advanced Phytochemistry
3 (2 - 3)
Prerequisite: SCPL442 Introduction to Phytochemistry, its equivalent or consent of the course
director
Advanced knowledge concerning secondary metabolites in plant. The chemical classification,
biosynthesis and distribution of secondary metabolites in plant. The extraction and the usefulness of secondary
metabolites as medicine, food, and cosmetic. The screening in search of chemicals for potential use in the
treatment of diseases, emphasizing interesting diseases.
SCPL 561
Plant Virology
3 (3 - 0)
History of plant virology and viral diseases, classification. Plant virology at molecular levels,
duplication, symptoms and response on plants, Types and mechanism of movement of viruses in infected plants,
distribution of viral diseases and virus-resistant plants.
SCPL 571
Current Topics in Plant Science
2 (2 - 0)
Recent publications or scientific information on advances and new technologies in Plant Science
are selected for discussion.
SCPL 621
Applied Plant Genetics
2 (2 - 0)
The application of genetics for sustainable development, in agriculture and livelihood of the people.
The investigation of genetic variation of virus and bacteria used in gene technology. Techniques of genetic
engineering. The risks and benefits of GMO (plants).
SCPL 671
Special problems in Plant Science
2 (2 - 0)
Specific problems in Plant Science are solved by carrying out experiments under the advice of the
department staff.
SCBT 602
Gene Regulation
3 (3 - 0)
Lectures and discussions on recent publications and reports. This course emphasized recent
developments in gene regulation mechanisms at the molecular level. It includes the topics of transcription, posttranscription
and translation, and how organisms response to fluctuations in the supply of nutrients or to changes in
the environment. These will be examined in various microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, fungi and viruses), in plants
and in animals.
SCBT 607
Advanced Plant and Animal Cell Technology
3 (3 - 0)
Basic and applied researches in plant and animal cell molecular biology with emphasis on gene
regulation and genetic manipulation in higher eukaryotes, and on construction and utilization of transgenic
materials. Lectures and discussions on recent publications and reports.
SCID 504
Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
3 (3 - 0)
Important ideas in population and environmental biology; evolution of life and ecosystems of the
earth; natural selection and evolution; population dynamics; behavioral biology; ecology of disease transmission;
biodiversity; conservation biology and environmental management; environmental problems that human
encountered; important problems involving population and environment.
PYPB 601
Traditional Thai Medicine
3 (3 - 0)
The medical systems in Thai society, with special emphasis on traditional Thai medicine and the
development. The political strategies of the Ministry of Public Health on traditional Thai medicine, basic principle of
traditional Thai medicine, pharmacy and massage are the important topics.
PYPB 602
World Market of Herbal Drugs
3 (3 - 0)
Factors affecting demand of herbal drugs in international market will be taught. It consists of
environmental factors influencing the demand, production and market structure of imported and exported countries,
especially Thailand and other competitors, and international organizations related to the production and marketing
promotion.
PYPB 604
Medical Ethnobotany
3 (2 - 3)
The development of medical ethnobotany in Thailand with emphasis on medicinal plants. The
multidisciplinary study of anthropology, botany, chemistry, and pharmacology will be stressed. Laboratory work
emphasizes the research methodology in medical ethnobotany.
PYPB 606
Laws Relating to Plants
3 (3 - 0)
Laws and regulations relating to plants including import and export of plant specimens of Thailand.
The aspects focus on conservation, protection, control, and promotion of utilization of plants for both research and
education, and business. Acts included are Drug Act B.E. 2510, Act of protection and promotion of Thai Traditional
Medicine B.E. 2542, Health Professional Practice Act B.E. 2542, Community Forest Bill, and Plant Protection Bill.
PYPB 607
Development of Herbal Medicine
3 (2 - 3)
The development of production and quality control of herbal medicine. This course is also emphasis
on evaluation of chemical and physical properties of registered and unregistered herbal medicine available in Thai
market including detection of steroid adulteration and microscopic characteristic studies chemical and physical
control, determination of adulterant and microbial contamination of herbal medicine sampled from the market and
produced in the laboratory.
PYPB 609
Computer Application for Plant Database
3 (1 - 6)
Data structure analysis, information system design, and data searching. This course also deals with
the use of computer programs for storing, sorting, retrieving and displaying information.
PYPB 609
Medicinal Plant Improvement
3 (3 - 0)
Principles of plant breeding and their application to problems in medicinal plant production. The
emphasis is on genetic concepts in plant breeding, methods of developing improved varieties of self-pollinated and
cross-pollinated species and hybrid varieties. This course also covers polyploidy, mutation, and biotechnology on
plant breeding.
PYPB 610
Current Topics in Pharmaceutical Botany
2 (2 - 0)
Literature survey on selected topics of current interest in the field of Pharmaceutical botany, The
students will participate in the presentation and discussion on the assigned topic.
PYPB 611 Sociocultural Perspectives on Drug and Herbal Use 3 (3 - 0)
Drugs and herbals use in both professional and popular sectors with sociocultural perspectives.
This course emphasizes on social and network, indigenous belief, ritual, and value related to using techniques,
indications, and meaning of those products.
PYPB 612
Conservation and Utilization of Medicinal Plant Genetic Resources
3 (3 - 0)
Medicinal plant genetic resources, their importance, and in situ and ex situ conservation techniques
including growing collection in the field, seed collection, and in vitro techniques. Sustainable utilization of plant
genetic resources, law, and international co-operation and agreements are also covered.
PYPB 613
Medical Ethnobotany Fieldwork
3 (1 - 6)
Fieldwork techniques in medical ethnobotany are practices at rural areas. It includes selection of
study area and key informants, data gathering techniques, collection and identification of plants used, data
evaluation and presentation.
PYID 674
Special Problems I
2 (0 - 6)
Each student will be assigned to review relevant literatures and/or conduct laboratory experiment in
the topic of individual interest under the supervision of academic advisor.
PYID 675
Special Problem II
2 (0 - 6)
Each student will be assigned to review relevant literatures and/or conduct laboratory experiment in
the topic of individual interest under the supervision of academic advisor.
PYID 695
Applied Plant Biotechnology in Pharmaceutical Science
3 (2 - 3)
The application of principle and techniques of plant biotechnology, e.g., biopharming,
micropropagation, embryogenesis, cell suspension culture, hairy root culture, and transgenic plants, for high quality
natural product production.
Thesis
SCPL/PYPB 698
Thesis
12 (0 - 48)
Students need to conduct experiments and write up dissertations in the topics of their interest
under the supervision of their advisors. A total of 12 credits of research for M.Sc. Thesis is required.
Quality Assurance
Teaching-Learning Process
The teaching and learning process of the programme places emphasis on activelearning,
interactive 2-way education and communication with local, regional and
international lecturers, researchers and experts.
Learning activities are in-class, home-based and field-based in order to gain theoretical
knowledge, analytical thinking as well as practical skills. It is required that written
papers should demonstrate critical and thoughtful thinking and analysis.
In-class learning and in-class based tasks involve lectures, hands-on exercises, analysis
of case studies/histories/examples, individual and group analytical assignments, multidisciplinary/
inter-disciplinary group work, group discussion presentations and roundtable
discussions.
Evaluation of the Student Performance
The evaluation of the student performance will follow standard
evaluation criteria of Mahidol University.
Curriculum Evaluation and Revision
The evaluation of the teaching and learning is performed every semester.
The evaluation of the curriculum is performed every 2 years.
The revision of the curriculum is performed every 2 years, or as needed.

Bachelor of Science Program

Credits (Lecture - Lab – Self Study)

SCPL 221 Introductory Plant Genetics 3 (3-0-6)
Prerequisite -
The rules of inheritance in plant cells, individuals and populations, genetic material and molecular mechanisms by which genes control the growth, development and appearance of plants in comparison with other organisms, genetics change, gene technology and discussion in current topics in plant genetics.

SCPL 301 Principles of Plant Taxonomy 4 (3-3-7)
Prerequisite SCPL 303 Study of Plant Taxonomy history, classification and evolution. Identification by using the key, nomenclature. Study on preparing specimen. The main characters of each plant group, bryophytes, fern allies, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms.

SCPL 303 Plant Morphology 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite-
Study on plant morphology in each stage of life cycle especially the characters that concern on adaptation and evolution. Comparative study on structures and reproductive organs of lower and higher plants.

SCPL 304 Plant Anatomy 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite-
Microscopic features of lower and higher plant cell, tissue, and organ structures; structures of plant during the developmental stages; microscopic features of plant cell, different types of plant tissue, and the pattern of arrangement which aid identification of plant and the body part (or organ) originated; applications in other related areas such as taxonomy, plant physiology, agricultural environmental and natural resource management, etc.

SCPL 311 Plant Physiology I 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite-
Water and soil properties, Water balance of the plant, Translocation in xylem and phloem, Mineral nutrient, Photosynthesis, Respiration and electron transport, Stress physiology.

SCPL 331 Plant Ecology 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite-
Updated events of the world situation. Plants and environment, ecosystem, plant population, plant community and applied plant ecology.

SCPL 411 Plant Physiology II 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite-
Plant growth and development, Properties of plant bioregulators and its role on physiological changes, Effect of external environments on growth and development, Processes of flowering, fruiting, seed germination, dormancy, senescence, abscission, movements and signal transduction

SCPL 471 Special Project in Plant Sciene 3 (0-9-3)
Prerequisite-
Student’s ability to plan, execute and report on a laboratory investigation. Research projects of topics in Plant Science, supervised by academic staffs in the Department of Plant Science.

SCPL 473 Seminar I 1 (1-0-2)
Prerequisite-
Student’s formal presentation of topics of interest in plant science and the proprosal of senior project in plant science, supervised by the department’s staffs. Group discussion.

SCPL 474 Seminar II 1 (1-0-2)
Prerequisite-
Student’s formal presentation of topics of interest in plant science, supervised by the department’s staffs. Group discussion.

SCPL 491 Training 1 (0-3-1)
Prerequisite-
An assignment to be trainee in the government offices or private sectors that work on plant science. Oral presentation and report writing of the training.

Elective courses 18 Credits
Credits (Lecture - Lab – Self Study)

SCPL 251 Phycology 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite-
Classification based on morphology and anatomy of algae. Comparison of lifecycle of each group. Physiology and ecology of algae. Emphasis on algae of economical importance. Laboratory on algae classification, culture, and strain separation.

SCPL 261 Economic Botany 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite-
Botany of important economic crops of the world and Thailand, emphasize on morphology and taxonomy of plants used for agricultural industry, food, fiber & fabric, wood, paper, medicine, resin, rosin, latex, oil and ornamental purposes.

SCPL 286 General Botany 3 (3-0-6)
Prerequisite-
Basic concept and application of plant science that be related to others disciplinary; biodiversity, evolution, anatomy, morphology, taxonomy, ecology, physiology, genetics and molecular biology

SCPL 287 General Botany Laboratory 1 (0-3-1)
Prerequisite SCPL 286 (or together)
Various plant characteristics; biodiversity, evolution, anatomy, morphology, taxonomy, ecology, physiology, genetics and molecular biology

SCPL 291 Scientific Illustration 2 (1-3-3)
Prerequisite-
Scientific presentation skills dealing with report writing, drawing of specimens; oral and poster presentation techniques.

SCPL 321 Plant Genetics 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite SCPL 221 or Consent of Instructor Fundamental of plant genetics. Genetic basis for plant improvement. Genetic analysis of Mendelian traits. Statistic method to analyze quantitative traits and calculate heredity. Molecular structure and organization of genetic material, crop biotechnology, distribution and behavior of genes in populations. Plant gene resource and plant gene conservation. Laboratory and discussion in current topics in plant genetics.

SCPL 351 Mycology 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite-
Components include classification and identification, morphology, anatomy, and ecology of mushrooms. Toxic and economic mushrooms. Practical modules of mushroom classification, culture and strain separation.

SCPL 362 Ornamental Plants and Gardens 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite-
Growing ornamental plants, bonsais, commercial propagation, gardens and landscapes.

SCPL 412 Plant Metabolism 2 (2-0-4)
Prerequisite SCPL 311 Primary metabolic pathways such as carbohydrate, lipid and nitrogen metabolism. Secondary metabolic pathways of selected classes of plant natural products. The regulation of these pathways at the level of gene expression for the enzyme involved and emphasis on molecular genetic approaches responsible for recent advances in understanding plant metabolism.

SCPL 421 Cytogenetics 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite SCPL 221 or Consent of Instructor Chromosome classification, chromosomal mechanism of inheritance, chromosome structure and chromosome number, the behavior of the chromosomes during mitosis and meiosis, their origin of their relation to the transmission and recombination of the genes, chromosome aberration and mutation, chromosome technology and chromosome investigation with conventional technique and molecular cytogenetics used in taxonomy, phylogeny, stability, improvement and investigation of environmental toxicity.

SCPL 422 Plant Breeding 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite SCPL 221 or Consent of Instructor Effects of genetics and environment to plant phenotypes. Natural genetic variation, breeding plan for self-pollinated and cross-pollinated plants, induced mutation and advanced technology in plant breeding.

SCPL 423 Plant Molecular Biology I 3 (3-0-6)
Prerequisite-
The background in biochemistry and molecular genetics: nature of the gene, introduction to gene function, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell genetics, protein synthesis and regulation, an introduction to laboratory techniques for experimental manipulation of DNA, RNA and protein. Plant genetic engineering and plant transformation. Way to apply the molecular biology techniques in current plant science research.

SCPL 441 Plant Tissue and Cell Culture 3 (1-6-4)
Prerequisite-
Principles in plant tissue culture technology, effect of nutrient agar and plant growth regulators in tissue culture and applications. Basic in vitro culture inoculation, sub-culturing, and transplantation.

SCPL 442 Introductory Phytochemistry 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite SCPL 301 or Consent of Instructor Principles of plant secondary metabolites, classification, biosynthesis, distribution of plant secondary metabolites in plant species, use, techniques used for screening plant secondary metabolites.

SCPL 443 Plant Production Technology 2 (2-0-4)
Prerequisite-
Theory and basic concepts of plant production, Environmental factors that influence plant growth and development and yield, Crop production technologies; plant propagation, cropping systems, cultural management, pest control, seed technology and quality, marketing and logistics.

SCPL 444 Orchid Production Technology 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite-
Science and technology of a complete cycle of orchid industry. Orchids in nature, taxonomy, orchid growing, asexual and sexual propagation, tissue culture, breeding, conservation and information technology.

SCPL 451 Special Study in Plant Science 2 (0-6-2)
Prerequisite Consent of instructor The study of special problem in plant science under supervision of academic staffs in the Department of Plant Science. Student’s ability to carry out a literature search, design an experiment, conduct data analysis, and practice scientific report writing.

SCPL 452 Selected Topics in Plant Science 2 (2-0-4)
Prerequisite Consent of instructor A study on selected topics that are related to the plant science research and technology.

SCPL 462 Plant Pathology 3 (2-3-5)
Prerequisite-
Pathogenic organisms, i.e. bacteria, fungi, microplasma, nematodes and virus; and stress conditions causing diseases in plants. Components of the course include pathogenesis, diagnosis of plant diseases, disease carriers, and epidemic control. Practical modules and field work.

SCPL 475 Undergraduate thesis 3 (0-9-3)
Prerequisite-
Research projects of topics in Plant Science supervised by academic staffs in the Department of Plant Science. Student’s ability to plan, execute and report on a laboratory investigation.