PLANT PHYSIOLOGY

SCI2PLP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will consolidate and extend their knowledge of plants and plant physiology, and examine the impact of and interactions between components of crop production. Students will study the biological processes of plants from cellular level to seedling emergence and maturation. Through theory, laboratory work and experimentation, students will develop an understanding of the impacts on plant physiology and growth of natural and artificial influences. Natural plant breeding systems and developments and implications of genetic modification will be considered and investigated in the context of crop, vine and pasture production systems. Students will develop and present plant management plans.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SCI1LS1 and Admission into SBATE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAdvances in precision agriculture in south-eastern Australia. V. Effect of seasonal conditions on wheat and barley yield response to applied nitrogen across management zonesRecommendedAnwar, M, O'Leary, G, Rab, M 2009CROP AND PASTURE SCIENCE, VOL. 60, NO. 9, PP. 901-911.
ReadingsAn introduction to geographical information systemsRecommendedCarver, S, Heywood, I & Cornelius, S 20063RD EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, MELBOURNE.
ReadingsDesign of experiments for agriculture and the natural sciencesRecommendedHoshmand, A 20062ND EDN, CRC PRESS, BOCA RATON, FL.
ReadingsGuide to Australian landcare management system: designed from the ground up by landholders to improve natural resource managementRecommendedGleeson, T 2006AUSTRALIAN LANDCARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, LEGUME, N.S.W.
ReadingsIntegrated Pest Management for crops and pasturesRecommendedHorne, P & Page, J 2008LANDMARK PRESS, VICTORIA.
ReadingsPests of field crops and pasturesRecommendedBailey, P 2007CSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA.
ReadingsProductivity growth in Australian agriculture: trends, sources, performanceRecommendedMullen, J, 2007AUSTRALIAN FARM INSTITUTE, SURRY HILLS, NSW.
ReadingsThe adoption of precision agriculture in an Australian broadacre cropping system - challenges and opportunitiesRecommendedJochinke, D, Bernard, N & Wachsmann, N 2007FIELD CROPS RESEARCH, VOL. 104, NO. 1-3, PP. 68-76.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Investigate and describe how plants function and identify the ways in which environmental factors can influence plant physiology and growth

Activities:
Using practical workshop sessions and group discussion students will explore plant functions. The greenhouse and laboratory growth chambers will be used for practical demonstrations and investigations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Describe and explain the basic terminology of plant morphology, taxonomy and physiology

Activities:
Using practical workshop sessions and group discussion students will explore plant morphology using common pasture and crop species and weeds. Use of paper-based and electronic keys will be used to identify species. Laboratory exercise to demonstrate plant physiology will be used.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

03. Apply physiological processes of plant growth to plant management for a selected crop, pasture or vineyard

Activities:
Using practical workshop sessions and group discussion students will apply plant physiological functions to the development of basic plant management techniques. A management plan will be developed by small groups and discussed in class.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Describe crop and/or vine production systems and the components of associated production

Activities:
Using practical workshop sessions, group discussion and field trips to the farm and vineyards, students will apply plant physiological functions to exploring production systems. A management plan will be developed by small groups and discussed in class.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

05. Produce and present nutritional management plans using language suitable for a professional audience

Activities:
Using practical workshop sessions, group discussion and field trips to the farm and vineyards, students will apply their knowledge to exploring a nutritional plan for a production system. A management plan will incorporate the nutritional plan and be developed by small groups and discussed in class.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
Two 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Laboratory Reports (practical notebook)30 01, 02, 04
Management Plan (1200 words)30 02, 03, 05
Written Exam (2 hours)40 01, 02, 03, 04