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Plant Science - Department of Plant Science at Hobart

Botany (Plant Science)
Students who hope to make a career in Botany (Plant Science) are advised to enrol in the following units:

First year
KPA100 Botany 1 [16.67%]
and either KPZ160 or KPZ101 is essential
KPZ160 Concepts of Biology (preferable) [16.67%]
KPZ101 Biological Principles [8.33%]
Either KRA110 or KRA130 (strongly recommended)
KRA110 Chemistry 1A [25%]
KRA130 Chemistry 1B [25%]
Among other units chosen from Group 1 (level 100) to make up a total of 100%, it is sensible to include
KZA101 and (KMA122 or KYA120 or KCA123)
KZA101 Zoology 1 [16.67%]
KMA122 General Mathematics [16.67%]
KYA120 Biological Physics [25%]
KCA123 Computer Science 1C. [25%]

Second year
KPA200 Botany 2 [33.33%]
and [66.67%] from units of the student's own choice.

Third year
Before enrolling in third-year units students are advised to discuss their proposed units with lecturing staff and their Sub-Dean.
100%, including at least 50% from the following:
KPA304 Field Botany [8.33%]
KPA323 Mycology [8.33%]
KPA333 Plant Biochemistry [8.33%]
KPA335 Plant Ecology [8.33%]
KPA336 Genetics 3 [16.67%]
KPA346 Aquatic Botany [16.67%]
KPA354 Plant Tissue Culture and Cell Biology [8.33%]
KPA360 Australian Vegetation History [8.33%]
KPA370 Molecular Genetics in Evolution [8.33%]

Genetics
Students wishing to specialise in Genetics should base their course on the following recommendations.

First year
A course similar to that recommended for first year Plant Science.

Second year
KPA200 Botany 2 [33.33%]
CBA211 Biochemistry 2 [25%]
KLA210 Microbiology [8.33%]
and 33.33% of the student's own choice.

Third year
Units totalling 100%, including:
KPA336 Genetics 3 [16.67%], and
KPA370 Molecular Genetics in Evolution [8.33%]
and 75% from Group 3 - Botany, Biochemistry and Microbiology, ensuring a 50% major is completed.

Forest Ecology
Interest in forest ecology has always been strong in Australia, and particularly in Tasmania where the interest has been fostered by the CSIRO Division of Forestry and Forest Products, the Forestry Commission and the Department of Parks, Wildlife and Heritage.
The University of Tasmania has active and on-going research programs in this field, making Hobart a centre for forest ecology research. It was in this setting that the Department of Plant Science introduced a structured four-year Honours course in Forest Ecology.
The course provides students with an opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in Forest Ecology and links the study of terrestrial botany, plant geography and zoology with the earth sciences and mathematics. The first three years of the course comprises a mix of compulsory and elective units. Some combinations of units may not be available because of timetable clashes or the need to satisfy prerequisites.
Students intending to enrol in Forest Ecology (a special four-year program in science) must consult the course coordinator before entering the program.

Coordinator: Dr NJ Davidson
Prerequisites: TCE Chemistry (CH856) and Mathematics Stage 2 (MT841). Alternative prerequisites may be discussed with the course coordinator.

First year
KGA103 Physical Geography I [16.67%]
KPA100 Botany 1 [16.67%]
KZA101 Zoology 1 [16.67%]
KPZ160 Concepts of Biology [16.67%]
KMA151 Applied Statistics 1 [8.33%]
plus 25% made up of electives from mathematics, computer science or chemistry.

Second year
KPA200 Botany 2 [33.33%]
KZA210 Zoology 2 [33.33%]
KLA213 Agricultural Geology & Soil Science [12.5%]
KGA203 Physical Geography 2 [12.5%]
plus an approved Mathematics unit [8.33%]

Third year
KPA304 Field Botany [8.33%]
KPA335 Plant Ecology [8.33%]
KPA360 Australian Vegetation History [8.33%]
KPA336 Genetics 3 [16.67%]
KPA323 Mycology [8.33%]
KGA331 Vegetation Management [8.33%]
plus 41.67% selected from a specified group of Group 2, 3 or 3A units in Plant Science, Mathematics, Agricultural Science, Zoology, Computer Science and Geography and Environmental Studies.

Fourth year (Honours)
KPA460, 461

Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology
Interest in aquatic resources has always been strong in Australia, and particularly in Tasmania where it has been fostered by the relocation of the CSIRO Divisions of Fisheries Research and Oceanography to Hobart and the Antarctic Division headquarters to Kingston. The Secretariat of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, the only Australian-based international commission, is also located in Hobart.
Mariculture industries in Tasmania are growing rapidly and require scientifically and technologically trained staff.
For Aquaculture courses offered at the Launceston campus,
See Bachelor of Applied Science in Aquaculture



The Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies and a Cooperative Research Centre for the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Environment have both been established on the University's Hobart campus as a key centre for teaching and research. These developments have contributed to making Hobart the centre for aquatic and Antarctic biological research in southern Australia.
It was in this setting that the University introduced a structured four-year Honours course in Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology. This course provides students with an opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in aquatic biology. It links the study of aquatic botany and aquatic zoology with chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and mathematics. The first three years of the course comprises a mix of compulsory and elective units. Students must discuss their plans with the course coordinator. Some combinations of units may not be available because of timetable clashes or the need to satisfy prerequisites.
Students intending to enrol in Marine, Fresh-water and Antarctic Biology, a special four-year program in science which is offered by the Departments of Plant Science and Zoology at Hobart, must consult the course coordinator before entering the program.
Coordinator: Assoc Prof DA Ritz (Zoology)

First year
Either KRA100 or KRA130
KRA110 Chemistry 1A [ 25%]
KRA130 Chemistry 1B [25%]
KPA100 Botany 1 [16.67%]
KZA101 Zoology 1 [16.67%]
KPZ160 Concepts of Biology [16.67%]
plus 25% made up of electives from physics, geography and environmental studies, geology, mathematics or computer science.

Second year
KPA200 Botany 2 [33.33%]
KZA210 Zoology 2 [33.33%]
plus one of three possible combinations (a), (b) or (c):
(a) CBA211 Biochemistry 2 [25%]
KLA210 Microbiology 1 [8.33%];

(b) KRA252 Principles of Analytical Chemistry [16.67%]
KRA236 Chemistry for Life Sciences [16.67%];

(c) KMA202 Calculus & Linear Algebra 2 [16.67%]
and 16.67% of other Group 2 mathematics units.
Note: (c) is designed for those students with particular interests in, for example, the dynamics of natural and exploited populations of aquatic animals.

Third year
KPA346 Aquatic Botany [16.67%]
KPA304 Field Botany [8.33%]
KZA325 Aquatic Zoology [25%]
plus a further 25% from either Group 3 Zoology or Botany
and the remaining 25% selected from Group 3 units in zoology, botany, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry or mathematics after consultation with the course coordinator.


Fourth year (Honours)
Students enrol in one of the following units, depending on which department they are based in:

Plant Science
KPA450 Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology (Honours) Full time
KPA451 Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology (Honours) Part time

Microbiology
KLA455 Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology (Honours) Full time
KLA456 Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology (Honours) Part time

Zoology
KZA450 Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology (Honours) Full time
KZA451 Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology (Honours) Part time


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KPA100 Botany 1

Provides an introduction to Botany and covers such topics as: the structure and origin of the stem, root and leaf of flowering plants: sexual reproduction in angiosperms; the physiology of flowering plants; the fine structure of plant cells; and a systematic survey of bacteria, algae and land plants, with emphasis on life-histories and evolutionary trends. The unit also introduces some aspects pertaining to the origin of the major vegetation types currently present in Australia.

Special Notes
teaching staff Dr JR Gorst (Coordinator), Dr G Hallegraeff
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [16.67% (6pts)]
teaching pattern full year - 2 lectures a week throughout the year; a 3-hour laboratory session in weeks 1-10 (sem 1) and 20-27 (sem 2)
prerequisites 2 of: TCE CH856 Chemistry; MT841 Mathematics Stage 2 or MT730 Mathematics Applied; BY826 Biology; PH866 Physics or SC786 Applied Science-Physical Sciences
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment at the end of each semester a1.5-hour theory exam (64%) and a 1.5-hour practical exam (36%)
required texts, etc
a laboratory manual, and
Raven PH, Evert R and Eichhorn S, Biology of Plants, 5th edn, Worth.
recommended reading
Course: Bachelor of Agricultural Science (S3A)
Bachelor of Science specimen course - Life Sciences(S3G)
Bachelor of Science specimen course - Biochemistry, Microbiology (S3G)
Bachelor of Science specimen course - Forest Ecology (S3G)
Bachelor of Science specimen course - Geological Sciences (S3G)
Bachelor of Science specimen course - Marine, Freshwater & Antarctic Biology (S3G)
Bachelor of Science (S3G) - main schedule of units
Staff of the Department of Plant Science
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KPA116 Plant Science

Has the same objectives as KPA100.

Special Notes this unit is only available to Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture) students

teaching staff Dr JR Gorst (Coordinator), Dr G Hallegraeff
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [16.67% (6pts)]
teaching pattern full year - 2 lectures a week throughout the year; a 3-hour laboratory session in weeks 1-10 (sem 1) and 20-27 (sem 2)
prerequisites See specific admission requirements and prerequisites Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture)
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment at the end of each semester a1.5-hour theory exam (64%) and a 1.5-hour practical exam (36%)
required texts, etc
a laboratory manual, and
Raven PH, Evert R and Eichhorn S, Biology of Plants, 5th edn, Worth.
recommended reading
Course: Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) (S3B)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture) (S3C)





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