ANIMAL-PLANT INTERACTIONS

ENV3API

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Interactions between herbivores (vertebrate and invertebrate) and plants drive energy/nutrient exchange and biodiversity. Interactions between animals and plants have produced most of the diversity on planet Earth and are therefore fundamental to the discipline of ecology. This multidisciplinary subject will introduce you to the patterns and processes underlying herbivory and trophic mutualisms which will be linked to macroecological and macroevolutionary phenomena. The subject provides a foundation to understanding phenomena relevant to agriculture, forestry and natural resource management.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMartin Steinbauer

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesBOT2PDE OR WCB2IC OR ZOO2FE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesAcademic performance in ZOO2FE or BOT2PDE or WCB2IC.

Special conditionsBIO2POS is recommended

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Plant-Animal Interactions: An Evolutionary Approach

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorCarlos M. Herrera & Olle Pellmyr

Year2002

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherBlackwell Publishing

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Macroevolutionary Theory on Macroecological Patterns

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorPeter W. Price

Year2003

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCambridge University Press

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Insect-Plant Biology

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorLouis M. Schoonhoven, Joop J.A. van Loon & Marcel Dicke

Year2012

Edition/VolumeSecond Edition

PublisherOxford University Press

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

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. Define and utilise discipline-specific key terms associated with animal-plant interactions, specifically in the areas of herbivory, host specificity, plant defence/resistance, pollination and seed-dispersal - reinforced through group discussions of scientific literature.
02. Communicate with a coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audience, such as peers, scientific community, employers and the general public, both orally and in written form using correct grammar and terminology
03. Perform statistical analysis, consolidation and synthesis of data collected from scientific experiments, as well as interpretation of scientific data and journal articles to make evidence based conclusions consistent with discipline standards - practical components, undertaken with guidance of lab demonstrators.
04. Appreciate and be able to explain broader context of subject, e.g. with respect to protecting natural heritage of Australian ecosystems, managing invasive species, sustainable use of renewable natural resources and reduced reliance on pesticides in agriculture.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size120

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMartin Steinbauer

Class requirements

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
One 3.00 h practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Poster (250 words per student in groups of 4 to 5 students)

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Project/prac report (1000 words, individual)

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Exam (2 hr, 2000 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Mini lit review. (750 words, individual)Topic of review of student's own choosing but relevant to animal-plant interactions in agriculture, forestry or natural resource management.

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4