Courses & Units

Biology of Plants KPA161

KPA161 Biology of Plants is offered in Attending mode in either Hobart or Launceston.


Biology of Plants is a 1st year core unit for students specialising in plant science, agricultural science, and marine science. In Biology of Plants we introduce you to the origin, diversity, structure and internal processes of plants. In lectures and practical classes, we examine the fine structure of plant cells, the organisation of tissues, structure, development and sexual reproduction in flowering plants. We also examine how plants function (photosynthesis, water relations, nutrition and responses to environmental signals). In practical classes and lectures, we survey the diversity of plants (dinoflagellates, diatoms, algae, bryophytes, lycopods, ferns, conifers and flowering plants), their origins, life histories and evolutionary trends that have led to the successful colonisation of land. This unit is a core unit in the Plant Sciences major of the Bachelor of Science, and to complete a major in Ecology a student requires either this unit or KZA161 Biology of Animals.


Unit name Biology of Plants
Unit code KPA161
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Biological Sciences|TIA - Research Institute|Ecology and Biodiversity
Coordinator Professor Greg Jordan
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and explain the diversity, relationships and evolutionary trends of plants.
  • Describe and interpret the morphology, anatomy, physiology and reproduction of plants.
  • Dissect, draw and identify morphological and histological features using safe and ethical laboratory methods
  • Explain important biological processes of plants.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010903 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

One three hour practical class each week starting in week two

One one hour live face to face tutorial per week for thirteen weeks

AssessmentWeekly tests (11%)|Prac Book (20%)|Laboratory skills and understanding (29%)|Final exam (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



KPA161 Plant Biology Practical Manual. This is available from the the unit staff.


Evert RF, Eichhorn SF (2013) Raven Biology of Plants, 8th Edition. Macmillan. Later or earlier editions are also fine (note, it is also useful for other units!).

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