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BIO2181

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Martin Burd

Synopsis

This unit surveys diverse plant groups and related organisms, including fungi, algae, bryophytes, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. A strong emphasis is placed on angiosperms, the major group of plants in the Australian flora. We discuss the major characteristics of each group, including their reproductive biology, and use key features for plant identification in practical classes. As we move through this diverse range of plants we discuss their evolutionary relationships and the adaptive significance of their key features.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the diversity of plants;

  1. Explain the evolutionary relationships between plant taxa;

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Australian flora;

  1. Identify plants using practical techniques.

Assessment

Theory examination (2 hours): 40%
Practical exam (2 hours): 15%
Continuous assessment (mini quizzes): 10%
Practical assignments: 20%
Plant project: 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week (or equivalent)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

BIO1011 and either BIO1022 or BIO1042, or permission