Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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.

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



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Botanical Field Guide

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorStefan Mager & Geoff Burrows



PublisherMullumbimby, NSW: Aracariaguides


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. Apply standard plant ecology sampling methods to survey vegetation and effectively communicate patterns of vegetation in a written report.
02. Preserve and classify botanical specimens consistent with disciplinary standards.
03. Describe and compare the characteristics and floral morphology of major Australian plant families.
04. Critically evaluate and synthesise scientific information to explain research findings and discuss plant diversity and ecological issues.
05. Utilise scientific data to solve real-world plant ecological problems.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size90

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlison Kellow

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 40 - 0
One 4.50 days 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 hour 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 hours 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 hour 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 hour 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.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Field Trip Assessment (1,000-words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO4

One 2-hour examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO4, SILO5

Practical Classes and Practical Assessment (750-words equivalent)

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo20 SILO3

Herbarium Assignment (500-words equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo10 SILO2, SILO3

Online Quiz (250-words equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO4, SILO5