Courses & Units

Functional Plant Biology KPZ311



This unit is designed to provide students with a state-of-the-art knowledge of plant function, focusing on central concepts of plant responses and adaption to drought stress,nutrient availability and light environment.  These plant behavioural characteristics are essential for understanding the way plants are able to adapt to their environment whether under natural or agricultural conditions.  Lectures will combine details about the evolution of key physiological pathways, with molecular and whole plant approaches to provide a holistic view of plant function.


Unit name Functional Plant Biology
Unit code KPZ311
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology

Assoc Prof Tim Brodribb

Teaching staff

Prof Steve Smith, Assoc Prof Jim Weller, Dr Eloise Foo

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010909

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Mutual Exclusions

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

KPA377 or KPA373


Teaching Pattern

Two one-hour lectures per week.  Fortnightly practicals.


Internal assessment comprising:  practical report (20%), grant review panel (10%), breakthrough mini-symposium (20%).  Final exam (2 hours) (50%).

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