• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Plant Science
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Michael Djordjevic
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL6002
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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Food crises, GMOs, loss of biodiversity, climate change and increased incidence of abiotic stress- these are hot topics, and all of them are intrinsically linked to plants. Modern plant science holds unprecedented opportunities to link processes at the genetic, molecular and physiological level to patterns at the crop or plantation level to address these important issues and ensure future food security. This multidisciplinary course exposes you to an exciting breadth of contemporary plant sciences so you can develop a synthetic understanding of this rapidly changing field. Links between genetics, molecular biology, anatomy and physiology will be made. You will develop skills in several techniques important in contemporary plant science. You will apply your newly honed plant science skills to a detective problem - an intensive research project diagnosing consequences of specific genetic mutations to plant growth and physiology. This research project gives students a taste of a real research environment.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand and critically evaluate the way plants function at a whole organism level - linking gene function and signaling mechanisms with physiology and performance in nature
  2. Develop, evaluate and apply a range of contemporary techniques in plant science through guided independent laboratory research: Plant Detectives
  3. Analyse, interpret evaluate and present results of independent research
  4. Work collaboratively in a group to critically interpret results and present these findings orally

Indicative Assessment

  • Theory exams (55%; LO 1)
  • Practical quizzes (5%; LO 1,2)
  • Plant Detectives Project report -written in form of a scientific paper (30%; LO 2, 3)
  • Group symposium presentation around lab project and participation in discussions (5%; LO 1, 4)
  • Participation during lectures and/or via online forum. Assessed by active participation in lectures and/or forum, and answers to study questions (Participation mark: 5%; LO 1-4)

Indicative assessment for HPO Option:
A written report or presentation will replace research project quizzes.  Written (and/or) Oral report (10%), Final written report in form of a scientific paper (30%), Group presentation (5%), Theory exam (60%).

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Workload

Three lectures each week for first 10 weeks, practical sessions weekly from week 5, 10 tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed BIOL2115 Comparative Physiology. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL6002 or BIOL2121.

Prescribed Texts

Plant Physiology and Development 6th edition (Taiz, Zeiger, Moller Murphy)

Assumed Knowledge

It would also be useful to have taken either BIOL2114 Evolution or BIOL2131 Ecology.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4463 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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