Courses & Units

Tasmanian Plants and their Ecology KPZ701



In this unit, you will experience the major natural vegetation communities in Tasmania and explore 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 pristine cool, temperate rainforest. The first five days of the course are based in the spectacular Mt Field and Southwest National Parks, including a quite strenuous walk along the Tarn Shelf, over Newdegate Pass and back along the Rodway Range. The second part of the course introduces demographic techniques, conservation strategies and practice, and 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.

This unit starts from an advanced undergraduate level base, but includes personalized, additional learning tasks to facilitate learning outcomes at a postgraduate level.


Unit name Tasmanian Plants and their Ecology
Unit code KPZ701
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science

Dr Rob Wiltshire

Teaching staff

Assoc Prof M Hovenden, Assoc Prof G Jordan

Level Postgraduate
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
Hobart 5 Week Session Nov 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 4/2/2019 11/2/2019 21/2/2019 9/3/2019
5 Week Session Nov 4/11/2019 11/11/2019 21/11/2019 6/12/2019

* 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 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,200.00 010911

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

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Mutual Exclusions

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

  • KPA375, KPZ301


Teaching Pattern

11-15 & 18-20 Feb, 2019; informal lectures through unit and 8 days of field  work


Assessment is by field test (50%), reports (2x 20%), and group plant collection (10%) 

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