Austin Community College
Health Professions Institute
5930 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752
Plant Tissue Culture Techniques
BITC 1091 - 40 Contact Hours - 4 CEUs
Designed to teach the basic concepts,
terminology and methods of plant tissue culture to the hobbyist, student, teacher,
commercial grower and other interested people. Includes on-line lectures on basic plant
physiology and culture methods and hands-on laboratory exercises to learn and practice the
techniques. These labs can be performed in a typical kitchen or school classroom. Sources
of needed supplies will be provided; students will need to purchase supplies to complete
the exercises. Course must be completed within 6 months to earn CE credit.
This course is designed to meet the
educational needs of the hobbyist, student, teacher (who wants to add new technology to
their classroom) and the commercial grower (who wants to determine if tissue culture
propagation techniques might be useful in their business).
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the
- Be able to discuss the significance of plant tissue culture to
the nursery and agricultural crop industries;
- Identify and apply basic plant growth theories to plant tissue
- Perform simple plant tissue culture techniques in a classroom
or home kitchen;
- Communicate with laboratory facilities around the world, and
individuals involved in these techniques, via online lectures, chat room discussions with
guests, and a plant tissue culture listserv.
Required Text: No text required.
Optional Reference: Plants from Test Tubes by
Kyte and Kleyn.
Required Supplies: See http://www2.austincc.edu/cstiff
Method of Instruction:
Course must be completed within 6 months to earn continuing education credit.
Delivery of the course will be primarily through internet based instruction including
text, graphics, communication with the instructor, assessment via short quizzes, written
laboratory reports, and interaction on the internet (chat room, email, listservs). Some
activities will involve set-up and performance of culturing techniques, and interaction
with the instructor regarding the results.
Evaluation: The students
successful completion will be determined by:
- Submission of homework assignments at the end of each lesson.
- Participation in the chat room and a listserv.
- Completion of hands-on experiments as evidenced in submitted
Determining of Final Grade:
Students will receive either "credit" or
"non-credit" for the entire course, based on the successful completion of the
activities described above. No partial credit will be offered.
Certificate of Completion:
Upon successful completion of all course requirements, the
student will be given a certificate of completion as verification of receiving credit for
Instructors will be evaluated at the end of this course.
Students are asked to be honest and contribute comments that will be used in the creation
of an ongoing professional development plan for the instructor.
Instructor Contact Information:
Carol M. Stiff
Lufkin, TX 76901
936-699-3551 Fax 936-699-3553