Courses & Units

Plants in Action KPA214


Plants in Action is a core unit for BSc students interested in botany (plant science) and is a valuable component of other biology-related degrees. 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 function. A weekend excursion to the East Coast enables us to examine plant adaptations in different vegetation types and an opportunity to become familiar with some important elements of the Tasmanian flora.


Unit name Plants in Action
Unit code KPA214
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Biological Sciences
Coordinator Professor Tim Brodribb
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 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

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and explain the anatomy, physiology and development of plants, and how each enables them to respond to their environment.
  • Apply fundamental botanical knowledge in a range of contexts
  • Design, implement, quantify, analyze, and interpret plant physiology and development experiments.
  • Communicate effectively using a range of formats relevant to professional scientists.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



KPA161 Biology of Plants


Teaching Pattern

1 lectorial and 3-hrs practical weekly (12 weeks); weekly theoretical module and quiz

AssessmentAT 4: Photosynthesis lab exercise (2.5%)|AT 7: Plant responses to light quality (2.5%)|AT1: Lab tests (2.5%)|AT 6: Plant development experiment analysis (5%)|AT 2: Plant anatomy and adaptation (7.5%)|AT 5: Excursion plant collection (10%)|AT8: Weekly quizzes (10%)|AT 3: Nutrient deficiency report (20%)|AT 9: Online examination (40%)
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