• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Djordjevic
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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Food crises, invasive species, GMOs, loss of biodiversity, climate change - these are all hot topics in our society, 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 landscape, crop or plantation level. This multidisciplinary course introduces you to the exciting breadth of contemporary plant sciences so you can develop a synthetic understanding of this rapidly changing field. We will demonstrate links between genetics, molecular biology, anatomy, physiology and ecology. You can expect to develop skills in a wide range of 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. 

The course will also serve as basis for further study of plant biology in second semester (BIOL2122) and third year, including BIOL3125 Plants and Global Climate Change, and BIOL3177 Advances in Molecular Plant Science and BIOL3107 Advances in Medical and Plant Biochemistry.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Understand, describe and critically evaluate the way plants function at a whole organism level - linking gene function with 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 and evaluate results of independent research
4. Work collaboratively in a group to critically interpret results and present these findings orally

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Theory exam (50%; LO 1)
  • Practical quizzes (10%; 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 (10%; LO 1, 4)
  • Participation during lectures. Assessed by active participation in lectures and answers to study questions (Participation mark: +/-5% of overall mark; 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 (10%), Theory exam (50%).


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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of 1000 level Biology (BIOL) Courses.



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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4161 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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