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|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Robert Wiltshire|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the plant anatomy, physiology and development, and how that enables plants to respond to their environment.
- Explain how such fundamental knowledge may apply to a range of situations.
- Make observations from, analyse, and draw conclusions from practical activities.
- Communicate effectively using a range of formats relevant to professional scientists.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR KPA161 Biology of Plants
2 lectures and 3-hrs practical weekly (13 wks)
|Assessment||Test or quiz (2.5%)|Test or quiz (10%)|Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (50%)|Report (10%)|Report (10%)|Laboratory/practical (7.5%)|Laboratory/practical (2.5%)|Laboratory/practical (5%)|Attendance (2.5%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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