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Advanced Functional Biology of Plants KPZ718



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
Unit code KPZ718
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology

Timothy Brodribb

Teaching staff

Eloise Foo, Jim Weller, Steven Smith

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 16/7/2018 10/8/2018 3/9/2018 21/10/2018

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Learning Outcomes

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

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



Teaching Pattern

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%

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