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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Intermediate

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 appreciate 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. appreciate 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.