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 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.
Subject Co-ordinatorAlison Kellow
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Available as ElectiveNo
Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management
Quota-conditions or rulesPreference is given to students admitted in SBSWBB and SBSC (Botany Major) then all other degrees by order of enrolment.
Special conditionsThe 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. students will be camping, and need to provide own camping supplies, transport and food, so some costs will be involved, but kept to a minimum. All students must prepare a herbarium collection. Details will be provided at the beginning of the semester. This subject is available as an elective option for students, depending upon quota. Priority enrolment is given to students in the Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology), Bachelor of Science (Botany Major) and Bachelor of Biological Science.
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Botanical Field Guide
AuthorStefan Mager & Geoff Burrows
PublisherMullumbimby, NSW: Aracariaguides
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
Intended Learning Outcomes
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment size90
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlison Kellow
Field TripWeek: 40 - 0
One 4.50 d field trip other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 40 to week 0 and delivered via face-to-face.
Duration 4.5 days during the mid-semester break.
LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
Six 3.00 h practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Practical classes scheduled in weeks 3-6 and weeks 11-12
WorkShopWeek: 31 - 31
One 1.00 h workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.
Workshop Scheduled in week 1
WorkShopWeek: 39 - 41
Two 1.00 h workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 39 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.
Computer workshops pre and post field trip. Weeks 39 and 41.
Field Trip Assessment (1,000-words equivalent)
One 2-hour examination (2,000-words equivalent)
|Central exam||Individual||No||40||SILO4, SILO5|
Practical Classes and Practical Assessment (750-words equivalent)
Herbarium Assignment (500-words equivalent)
Online Quiz (250-words equivalent)