Courses & Units

Field Botany KPZ301



Field Botany (KPA375) - Courses & Units - University of Tasmania, Australia

Field Botany is an iconic part of the University of Tasmania's undergraduate offerings, remembered fondly by students for the past 30 years. In this unit, you will experience the major natural vegetation communities in Tasmania & the key processes shaping them. You will be introduced to the diversity of plants found in environments from near sea level moorlands to exposed alpine heaths, from rich basalt soil to ancient, weathered quartzite, and from sites ravaged by clear felling and burning to ancient cool, temperate rainforest.

The first five days of the course are based in the spectacular Mt Field & Southwest National Parks, including a quite strenuous walk along the Tarn Shelf, over Newdegate Pass & back along the Rodway Range. Students that are not physically fit must seek the advice of the unit coordinator.

The second part of the course introduces demographic techniques, conservation strategies & practice, & examines applied ecological practice in forestry harvesting methods in wet sclerophyll forest in the long-term ecological monitoring site at Warra, in day excursions from the Sandy Bay campus.

Assessment is by: a field test (50%) on the last day of the course, assessing plant identification ability & an understanding of the ecological processes shaping the vegetation; a report based on data collected in the field (20%) and a wiki entry on a negotiated topic (20%); & a group plant collection (10%).


Unit name Field Botany
Unit code KPZ301
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science

Dr Rob Wiltshire

Teaching staff

Mark Hovenden, Greg Jordan

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 5 Week Session Feb B On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Feb B 3/2/2020 10/2/2020 21/2/2020 8/3/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010903

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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    Any one of:  KPZ211, KPA214, KPA210

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

12-16 & 19-21 Feb, 2018; informal lectures through unit and 8 days of field workField Botany (KPA375) - Courses & Units - University of Tasmania, Australia


Internal assessment by field test, reports and group plant collection.

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