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
Unit code KPZ311
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 Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 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 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

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.



KPA214 Plants in Action

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures weekly.  Fortnightly practicals.

AssessmentReport 2 (15%)|Presentation (20%)|Report 1 (25%)|Examination (40%)
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