• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Marilyn Ball
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • 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.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately.

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)

Indicative Assessment

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)


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)

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Two lectures per week, nine practicals of three hours each and a field trip to Jervis Bay field station over one weekend.Non-contact: plant collection approx 30 hrs; practical reports 2 hrs each; essay 10-20 hrs.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


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 $2520
2004 $2160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3606
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
8182 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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