PLANT ECOLOGY

BIO2PE

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit, students are introduced to the functioning of plants with an emphasis on the Australian flora in their environment of poor soils, aridity, salinity and fire and including how they interact with other organisms through pollination, fruit dispersal and herbivory. Designing and carrying out ecological experiments to measure plant-animal interactions are an integral part of the practical component, as well as developing skills in identification, observation and drawing.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites OED1RAL or BIO1CO or approval of the unit coordinator

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain current (and speculate on possible future) adaptations of plants to diverse and changing environments.

Activities:
All topics are discussed in lectures; relevant documentaries are shown to illustrate examples; practicals are aligned with lectures, to further illustrate aspects of the topics.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Explain current (and speculate on possible future) interactions of plants and animals in a natural ecosystem, by giving examples of herbivory, parasitism, pollination, frugivory and seed dispersal.

Activities:
All topics are discussed in lectures; relevant documentaries are shown to illustrate examples; practicals are aligned with lectures, to further illustrate aspects of the topics.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

03. Design and carry out experiments as well as evaluate the results, by using appropriate hypotheses, controls and simple statistical tests for ecological problems.

Activities:
Apart from illustrating aspects of the theory, practicals are also used to illustrate questions of experimental design.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Communicate experimental results in a formal report style, through drawings or a poster.

Activities:
Scientific drawing and writing up practicals in a standard scientific format will be discussed and extensive feedback given on submitted work. Relevant posters are displayed and discussed at every practical sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Identify the common plants of the box-ironbark forest.

Activities:
Excursions during practical periods to the local bushland will allow students to become familiar with the local flora.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

06. Preserve, display and identify plant material for a weed collection.

Activities:
Examples of weed collections are displayed and discussed. Various perspectives of 'what is a weed?' will be incorporated in lectures.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
Six 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
5 practical reports (total equiv 1,500 words) including one posterStudents must attend a minimum of 70% of the practical component in order to pass the subject.30 03, 04, 05
a weed collection including 20 pressed specimens20 06
one 2-hour examination50 01, 02, 03