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Plant Biology 2 (HORT10016)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Burnley)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeHORT10016
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject aims to extend students’ knowledge of plant biology in both practical and theoretical areas. Students will use core knowledge obtained in Plant Biology I as a base to further their understanding of plant function. Additional areas of study in plant growth and development include respiration, nutrition, senescence, breeding systems, genetics, herbicide action, tissue culture and eco-physiology. Students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of plant processes and be able to apply this knowledge to horticultural situations. Practical classes will provide a balance between lecture consolidation, experimental design and horticultural applications of biological plant growth principles

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • understand how the processes of photosynthesis and respiration result in energy acquisition and growth for plants;
  • comprehend the importance of plant nutrients to growth;
  • have an awareness of the importance of genes and gene expression in plants;
  • understand the physiological mechanisms behind herbicide action;
  • appreciate the effects of a changing climate on plant growth;
  • understand the physiological basis of plant responses to diseases, decay and senescence;
  • perform experiments testing various plant processes such as enzyme action, photosynthesis, plant nutrition, response to herbicides, effects of plants hormones and tissue culture;
  • search the professional literature and develop good report writing skills based on the collation of scientific information; and
  • become confident in the field of horticultural science.

Eligibility and requirements


HORT10007 Plant Biology 1



Non-allowed subjects


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.

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



1x 50 minute written examination - Mid Semester 20%, 1 x 1000 word practical report - Mid Semester 20%, 1 x 1500 word practical report - End Semester 30%, 1 hour written examination - End Semester 25%, Participation in subject - During Semester 5%.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorJohn Rayner
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Burnley
    Contact hours24 hours lectures, 12 hours tutorials, 30 hours practicals = 66 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details


Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Evert, RF & Eichhorn, SE 2013, Raven Biology of Plants, 8th edn, WH Freeman & Company, New York.

  • 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.

Last updated: 3 April 2019