PLANT DIVERSITY AND ECOLOGY
Credit points: 15
Important aspects of biodiversity and its conservation in Australia are covered in this subject and represent an introduction to plant ecology and plant systematics. In the component on plant ecology, the broad topic of the effects of environmental and biotic factors on the distribution of plant species is covered. Topics discussed include community assembly, patterns of diversity in space and time, and plant population processes. In the component on plant diversity, the broad topic of the origin and evolution of the Australian flowering plant flora is covered. Topics discussed include an introduction to plant systematics, the evolution and classification of flowering plants with particular reference to the Australian flora, plant geography of the Australian region and keys and identification of Australian flowering plants. A 4.5 day field trip to far western Victoria is an essential part of the subject.
FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering
Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Morgan
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Incompatible subjects BOT2PE, BOT2AES
Special conditions The field trip is an essential part of the subject and reports based on it are used in the final assessment. It is not possible to set alternative work. All students must prepare a herbarium collection. Details will be provided at the beginning of the semester.
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||The families and genera of Victorian plants,||Prescribed||Duigan, S. L.||SCHOOL OF BOTANY, THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE 1992.|
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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Morgan
One 4.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 5.0 days field trip other recurrence on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"During the mid-semester break. This field trip is only 4.5 days and not 5 days."
|one 1,000-word field trip report||15|
|one 2-hour examination and one 1-hour field exam||50|
|one 2-hour practical examination||10|
|practical assignments and herbarium||25|