The unit will 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. Students will gain a high-level understanding of the techniques and theory of plant physiology as well important practical application of plant physiology for solving problems in a diversity of fields, ranging from plant ecology to crop production.
|Unit name||Advanced Functional Biology of Plants|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Eloise Foo, Jim Weller, Steven Smith
|Available as student 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|
* 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 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.
On completion of this unit, you will be able to:
1. Critically review the latest developments in research into plant responses to water, light and nutrients.
2. Apply key tools to answer active experimental questions in plant physiology.
3. Critically evaluate scientific research for an audience of professional scientists.
4. Communicate research data effectively using relevant language for an audience of professional scientists.
5. Present logical self-formulated arguments within oral debates or discussion on a physiological topic
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2018: $1,148.00||2018: $2,126.00||010999|
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KPA214 and KPA215
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
Two one-hour lectures per week. Fortnightly practicals.
Assessment Task 1: Scientific Report 20%; Assessment Task 2: Grant Review Panel 10%; Assessment Task 3: Breakthrough Minisymposium 20%; Final Exam 50%
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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