Courses & Units

Crop Physiology KLA214


This course covers the basic mechanisms of crop function, from the molecular to the whole plant level. The broad range of fundamental processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, plant water relations, stomata physiology, mineral nutrition, plant hormone functions, plant movements, seed germination and dormancy, photomorphogenesis, photoperiodism, circadian rhythms, and environmental stress physiology, are studied in the context of crop performance under adverse environmental conditions.
The emphasis in the course is made on crop species used in Australian agriculture.


Unit name Crop Physiology
Unit code KLA214
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Professor Sergey Shabala
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the fundamental mechanisms conferring plant operation, both at the cellular and a whole-plant levels
  • Apply knowledge of plant operation to explain plant responses to hostile environmental conditions
  • Use knowledge of plant function and physiology to overcome the constraints imposed by climate on crop production
  • Carry out laboratory and glasshouse experiments on plants using modern equipment and analytical techniques
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050101 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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(Admission into a Masters course) OR (KPA161 - Biology of Plants)


Teaching Pattern

2 x 50 min lectures weekly; 1 x 3 hr practical class or tutorial weekly

AssessmentExamination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (40%)|Research Report (20%)|Laboratory 1 Report (30%)|Laboratory 2 Report (10%)
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