GEOLOGY AND PLANT LIFE

ENV3GPL

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Before any other influences began to fashion life and its lavish diversity, geological events created the initial environments - both physical and chemical - for the evolutionary drama that followed. This field course will draw on the role of landforms and rock types in producing the unique geographical distributions of plants. Using the landforms and vegetation of Snowy River region, East Gippsland, this field course will examine how the dramatic variations of topography, the undulating ground and crevices of limestone karst, and the subtle realm of sand dunes affect plant life. It will illustrate the ongoing evolutionary consequences of the geology-plant interface. Geology and Plant Life will answer the question of why certain plants grow on certain soils and certain terrain structures, and what happens when this relationship is disrupted by human agents. It will be useful to a wide spectrum of students in the natural sciences: plant ecologists, paleobiologists, climatologists, soil scientists, geologists, geographers, and conservation scientists.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Morgan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Define and explain key geology and botany terminology

Activities:
Workshops and online module on key geological and botanical concepts covered on field trip
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Describe and explain the ethical constraints on collection of geological and plant specimens

Activities:
Workshops and online module on legislation underpinning collection of geological and botanical samples
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Design and discuss a small group research project and orally present a testable hypotheses and supporting data

Activities:
Students conduct a one-day field research project on the field trip, encompassing experimental design, data collection, statistical analysis and oral presentation. During the field trip, one evening session will be devoted to design consideration, and one to statistical analyses. Students will give a short (5-10 min) presentation on the design, hypotheses and initial data interpretation, receiving feedback
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Produce a grammatically correct, well-structured, coherent and scientifically accurate scientific report based on independent analysis of research project data

Activities:
Extensive detail about the layout, structure and content of report will be included in the field trip manual. The students will also receive verbal instructions on how to perform all stages of the project
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Critique and synthesise scientific information from the field trip to prepare a summary of landscape evolution and vegetation pattern

Activities:
Students will summarise field observations into one coherent, structured visual model of landscape evolution. The students will be provided with all the information necessary to complete the task.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Week 50-51, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size40

Enrolment information Limited places available. Enrolments will be accepted until quota is reached.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Morgan

Class requirements

Field Trip Week: 51 - 51
One 6.0 days field trip other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 51 to week 51 and delivered via face-to-face.
"This field intensive course will run at Buchan for 6 days"

Lecture/Workshop Week: 50 - 50
Two 2.0 hours lecture/workshop other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 50 to week 50 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Pre-field trip discipline-specific"

Tutorial Week: 50 - 50
One 1.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 50 to week 50 and delivered via online.
"On-line tutorial and multiple classes"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Field Trip Major Research Report (2000 words)50 01, 04
Field Trip Group Presentation of Research Results (PPT presentation; 15 mins) (equiv. 750 words)25 01, 02, 03
Online quiz (30 questions, multiple choice) (equiv. 500 words)15 01, 02
Field trip landscape model (Diagram of model with brief - 500 words - interpretation of patterns)10 05