Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susanna Venn


This unit focuses on the factors influencing the distribution, composition and structure of Australian plant communities, and the characteristics of the component plant species. The roles of contemporary environmental and historical factors are discussed. Methods of quantifying community parameters are covered in the practical course. There is a five-day field excursion (to the Grampians) during the Easter break (fee payable).


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the major characteristics of the main Australian vegetation types;

  1. Explain the basic ecological and historical processes influencing the characteristics of the vegetation types and their component species;

  1. Integrate and explain the different interactions occurring within the plant environment;

  1. Demonstrate competence in the methodological approaches that are used in plant ecology.


Examination (2.5 hours): 50%
Practical report: 30%
Essay: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures, equivalent of 3 hours laboratory plus field work per week


12 points from level two BIO units including BIO2011 or BIO2051, or by permission. Recommended: BIO2181 and BIO2022