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Field Botany (BOTA30006)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeBOTA30006
Campus
Parkville
Availability(Quotas apply)
Summer Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is structured around the fieldwork excursion in early February and covers the basic skills that are required to undertake a field-based botanical activity such as a flora survey or an environmental impact assessment, or to proceed to research in a field-based botanical discipline. Topics to be covered include:

  • taxonomy of the Australian flora;

  • field identification of major families and genera of plants;

  • collection and preservation of plant specimens; mounting and cataloguing specimens; curatorial skills; nomenclature;

  • techniques for description and classification of vegetation; structural types, floristic associations, measures of abundance (cover, density, basal area, biomass), sampling techniques (quadrats, line transects, plotless methods), sampling scale and species-area relationships, profile diagrams, life-form spectra;

  • soils; and

  • vegetation mapping.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this subject, students should have the skills for:

  • identification, description and quantification of plants and plant communities in the field;

  • collection, cataloguing and preserving plant specimens; and

  • constructing a vegetation map.

Last updated: 07 November 2017