Courses & Units

Plants in Action KPA214

Hobart

Note: This unit and the complementary unit KPA215 (Genetics and Evolution) are prerequisites for third-year units in the School of Plant Science. The complementary unit KPA210 is highly recommended;

Introduction

Plants in Action is a core unit for BSc students interested in specializing in plant science. The unit explores the interaction of plants with the environment at the organism, organ, tissue and cellular levels. We examine the processes of photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, mineral uptake and translocation, and adaptations that enable plants to occupy diverse environments. We also examine the processes controlling plant development (germination, reproductive phase change, dormancy and senescence). The practical component is a combination of experimental work and observation of plant structure, and includes a 2-day excursion to examine plant adaptations in different vegetation types on the East Coast of Tasmania.

Theoretical topics include:

  • Plant Physiology from molecular to environmental

o Nutrients - essential elements and toxicity

o Biological nitrogen fixation

o Plant water relations

o Membranes and molecules

o Photosynthesis - the basic process underpinning plant existence. CO 2 assimilation, RUBISCO and the Calvin cycle

o Photosynthesis - Chloroplast structure, pigments and light harvesting and distribution, PSII and PSI distribution

o Respiration and the Krebs cycle

  • Plant Development and the environment

o Seed dormancy & germination

o Seedling growth

o Growth in response to the environment

o Phase change - vegetative & reproductive

o Dormancy & Senescence

Practical skills include:

  • Microscopy skills, specimen preparation, observational skills, drawing skills
  • Experimental design, interpretation of data, analysis, scientific communication skills (report writing)
  • Field identification skills

Summary

Unit name Plants in Action
Unit code KPA214
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
School of Biological Sciences
Discipline Plant Science
Teaching staff Dr RJE Wiltshire (Unit Coordinator), Assoc Prof MJ Hovenden
Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes

Availability

Location Semester Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 23/2/2015 23/3/2015 13/4/2015 29/5/2015

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2015 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2015 will be available from the 1st October 2014.

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2015: $1,096.00 2015: $1,957.00 010903

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

Teaching

Teaching Pattern2 lectures and 3 hrs practical weekly (13 wks)
Assessmentsee KPA215
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Textbooks

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