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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

BIO00201 - Biology

Unit aim

Considers the many unique elements of the Australian flora, reflecting the evolutionary circumstances under which it has developed since life began on earth. This course uses a general teaching approach to provide an understanding of the physiological adaptations of Australian plants and the ecological circumstances in which they have developed.

Unit content

  • Biogeography of the Australian flora
  • Genetic function and enzymology as the basis of evolutionary development
  • Photosynthesis as the basis of plant growth
  • The role of light, water, temperature and mineral nutrients in plant function and adaptation

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 understand the basic biochemical, physiological and ecological concepts which underlie plant adaptations to their environment Intellectual rigour Creativity
2 appreciate the fundamental importance of water, light, temperature, fire and nutrients in plant and community function Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 appreciate the evolutionary circumstances under which the Australian flora has developed. Creativity Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the basic biochemical, physiological and ecological concepts which underlie plant adaptations to their environment
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  2. appreciate the fundamental importance of water, light, temperature, fire and nutrients in plant and community function
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. appreciate the evolutionary circumstances under which the Australian flora has developed.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.