|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject examines the critical roles that plants play in life on earth. It explores how plants capture energy and carbon in the biosphere and influence the atmosphere; absorb almost all mineral nutrients that enter our ecosystem and underpin the nutrition and food supply of animals and people; have a major effect on hydrology and climate due to their water use; and produce a wealth of products ranging from food on our plates to fuel for our cars. Weekly practicals allow hand-on experience with plants and involve experiments with light, gravity, nutrients and additional factors that affect plant growth. Topics covered include:
- Carbon and energy: gas exchange and atmosphere, plant productivity, carbon crediting, climate change, artificial environments;
- Water: uptake and loss, plants and the hydrological cycle, coping with drought, salinity and temperature extremes;
- Nutrition: essential elements, metabolic requirements, plants as part of the global nutrition cycle, biofortification to produce nutrient-enriched food;
- Renewable energy: biohydrogen, biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel, future directions for the biofuel industry.
Intended learning outcomes
The objectives of this subject are to:
- introduce plant structure and function in relation to the physical environment;
- demonstrate how a fundamental knowledge of plant structure and function is critical to understanding major global processes such as climate change, hydrology and agriculture;
- understand how plants adapt to natural environments and how they can be modified to survive in new environments and/or provide new products;
- increase awareness of environmental issue that affect plants in Australia;
- provide skills in laboratory-based experimental plant science.
At the completion of the subject students should have:
- knowledge of plant structure and function in relation to the physical environment;
- knowledge of how plants can be used to solve environmental problems;
- knowledge of environmental issues that affect plant function in Australia; and
- skills in laboratory-based experimental plant science.
Eligibility and requirements
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|BIOL10004||Biology of Cells and Organisms||
|BIOL10002||Biomolecules and Cells||
Students may not gain credit for this subject and
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|AGRI20026||Plant Growth Processes||
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in practical class activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Student Equity and Disability Support.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Four practical assignments (up to 3000 words in total) evenly spaced through the semester (35%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (65%).
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Alex Johnson Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 2 x one hour lectures per week, 1 x three hour practical class per week Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 27 February 2017 to 28 May 2017 Last self-enrol date 10 March 2017 Census date 31 March 2017 Last date to withdraw without fail 5 May 2017 Assessment period ends 23 June 2017
Semester 1 contact information
Time commitment details
Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours
Additional delivery details
This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities.
- Subject notes
This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Informal specialisation Selective subjects for B-BMED Informal specialisation Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Informal specialisation Botany Major Botany
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.