Plants enable other life forms on the planet and drive all ecosystems. This course explores concepts of plant adaptations to the environment. You will learn about the mechanisms that enable plants to survive, grow and reproduce in the harshest environments, and examine key processes and applications such as flowering, pollination, fruit production, germination, plant growth regulators, root function, soils and plant nutrition, photosynthesis and carbon sequestration, plant water relations, transpiration, carbon partitioning, nursery propagation and plant tissue culture.
|Learning materials – Asynchronous learning material||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Laboratory 1 – On Campus lab||3hrs||Week 1||6 times|
|Fieldwork – Fieldwork. Week to be determined||6hrs||Not applicable||Once Only|
|Seminar – On campus seminar||1hr||Week 7||2 times|
300 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Perform and interpret nursery and laboratory experiments, and record and report relevant information in a standard scientific format.||
|2||Evaluate the sustainability implications of plant growth and reproduction strategies||Sustainability-focussed|
|3||Describe physiological processes in plants, recognize structural features, relate structure and function to ecology, and apply this framework to new situations.||
|4||Search the scientific literature for information, critically evaluate the literature, and present this information in an appropriate written and oral format.||
Creative and critical thinker
|5||Use a microscope to examine and illustrate specimens, use scientific apparatus to quantify aspects of physiology, and use scientific observation skills to interpret scientific results.||
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
You will have prior knowledge and skills in scientific research design and statistical methods that can be used to summarise, analyse and interpret scientific data.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Practical workbooks will be reviewed by the lecturer and tutor during the practical classes in weeks 1-3.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Oral and Written Piece||Individual||30%||
2000 words + 3 minute seminar
|Week 5||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check and in class|
Completed nursery, field and laboratory workbook
|Week 12||Assignment Box|
|All||3||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||40%||
|Exam Period||Exam Venue|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Literature review and seminar|
To develop scientific research, writing and presentation skills and gain an in-depth understanding of the state of the scientific literature on a chosen topic in plant growth and reproduction
|Product:||Oral and Written Piece|
You will submit an individual 2000 word review (excluding figures, tables and references) and present a 3-minute seminar based on peer-reviewed scientific journal articles covering an aspect of plant growth or reproduction. A list of topics will be made available in the first practical class.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Nursery, field and laboratory report|
To develop data collection, analysis and reporting skills by conducting real experiments and using scientific apparatus related to plant growth and reproduction
You will submit a completed individual workbook containing the data, analyses, results and discussion from the nursery experiments, laboratory experiments and field trip
|All - Assessment Task 3:End of semester examination|
To demonstrate the cumulative learning in this course including plant physiological processes, structure and function in relation to ecology, and plant management strategies to ensure sustainability
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
This 2-hour examination will be based on learning material, practicals and field trip, and will be held in the central examination period.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Recommended||BJ Atwell, PE Kriedemann, CGN Turnbull||2010||Plants in Action (available as a free on-line edition: http://plantsinaction.science.uq.edu.au/edition1/?q=content/title-page)||n/a||Macmillan Education Australia|
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