Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Inner Life of Plants explores the use of physiological and modern molecular techniques to study plant biology, with an emphasis on the analysis and explanation of the cellular processes that control the development, growth and productivity of plants. The ability of plants to acquire nutrients is investigated through hands-on practical experiments. The physiology component builds on concepts introduced in first year biology subjects, and is further developed in a series of hands-on practicals. The application of new molecular techniques is explored using real-life examples in the lectures, and a number of closely aligned practicals.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlison Kellow

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesBIO1MGC AND BIO1APM


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyEnrolment accepted until quota reached

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Plant Physiology and Development

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorTaiz, L. et al.


Edition/Volume6TH EDN



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain mechanisms in plant nutrition, physiology and development.
02. Apply the scientific method to conduct laboratory experiments that address specific questions in plant biology.
03. Communicate scientific information in written and verbal formats to different audiences.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size130

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlison Kellow

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Two practical reports (750-words, each)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
One 2-hour theory end of semester examination (2,000-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1
One oral presentation (5 minutes) (250-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO3
Two In-prac assessment (work sheets) (250-words equivalent, each)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2