• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Plant Science, Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Marilyn Ball
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course takes an evolutionary genomic approach to the functional diversity of plants and fungi. It starts with practical skills in plant identification, culminating in a three-day trip to develop skills in the field.  Cutting edge techniques will be used to explore structure and function of plants through the many levels of diversity: ecophysiological bases of adaptive differentiation along environmental gradients, geographic patterns among populations, and the critical step of speciation within genera, and within and among families.

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. Collect, preserve and identify herbarium specimens. (LO1)
2. Combine Classical plant taxonomy with modern molecular phylogeny. (LO2)
3. Integrate concepts of plant evolution and speciation into an understanding of how organisms are classified in a molecular  phylogenetic framework (LO3)
4. Understand how molecular phylogenies can  inform studies of evolution of plant form and function (LO4)
5.  Understand how functional diversity underpins adaptive differentiation of plant structure along environmental gradients (LO5)

6.Understand  how properties of biomes emerge from interactions between genotype, phenotype and environment (LO6)

Other Information

Field Trip: As an indication, in previous years the cost to students for this field trip was about $120.

Indicative Assessment

UG Assessment will be based on:

  • Plant collection and descriptions project (15%; LO 1, 2)

  • Four practical reports at 10% each (40%; LO 5, 6)

  • Mid-term and final theory exams (45%; LO 3, 4, 5, 6)


PG Assessment will be based on:

  • Plant collection and descriptions project (15%; LO 1, 2)

  • Four practical reports at 5% each (20%; LO 5,6)

  • Mid-term and final theory exams (45%; LO 3, 4, 5,6)

  • Literature research project and essay (20%; LO 3,4,5,6)

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Two lectures plus one practical of three hours per week, and a field trip to Jervis Bay field station over one weekend in August. Non-contact time: plant collection approx 30 hrs; practical reports 2 hrs each.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed the course BIOL1009 or BIOL2121




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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
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8177 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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