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 to drought stress, nutrient availability and light environment. These plant behavioural characteristics are essential for understanding the way plants 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|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Professor Tim Brodribb|
|Available as an 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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- Define plant "stress" and explain what constitutes plant stress.
- Communicate the latest developments in research into plant responses to water, light and nutrients.
- Explain key techniques in modern plant physiology and interpret their application and limitations.
- Evaluate scientific research and communicate critique with professional scientists.
- Demonstrate effective writing skills in order to communicate effectively with relevant language with professional scientists.
- Construct and present logical arguments in an oral debate or discussion on a scientific topic.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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PrerequisitesKPA214 Plants in Action
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:KPA373 AND KPA377
2 x 1-hr lectures weekly. Fortnightly practicals.
|Assessment||Report 2 (15%)|Presentation (20%)|Report 1 (25%)|Examination (40%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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