This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to the diversity of plants found in Tasmania. In online delivery, we examine the major natural vegetation communities in Tasmania, and critically appraise current understanding of past and present processes that have shaped these communities, as well as their conservation and scientific significance. The larger component of the unit is a practically-based introduction to the major groups of land plants (bryophytes, ferns and gymnosperms), key flowering plant families, and the features that enable you to identify each. This level of understanding of the diversity of plants, their communities, and the forces shaping them will give you a new appreciation of the Tasmanian environment and its global context. The combination of this unit with KPZ314 Fauna of Tasmania and the field-based summer school KPZ301 Tasmanian Field Ecology provides some of the best undergraduate training in practical field ecology in Australia.
|Unit name||Plants of Tasmania|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Robert Wiltshire|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|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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- Identify Tasmanian flowering and non-flowering plants using a variety of diagnostic tools
- Compare and contrast hypotheses proposed to explain the distribution of the main natural vegetation types of Tasmania.
- Appraise different views on the origins and conservation significance of the Tasmanian flora
- Effectively communicate the systematic relationships and defining characteristics of taxa including elements of the Tasmanian flora
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Prerequisites50 credit points of Bacheor of Science units
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:KPA210
Weekly four hour in-person practical session; weekly module of theoretical content supported by formative quizzes
|Assessment||Identification excursion. (20%)|Quiz (20%)|Infographic (30%)|Sample Identification (30%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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