• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Owen Atkin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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How will global climate change the distribution and performance of plants in nature and in cultivation? This course will provide you with a solid background in plant function in relation to global climate change. The course is structured around topic modules selected to expose students to current research areas in the field. Each module is taught by an expert lecturer and specific topics will vary between years. Students will learn how to find, critique and synthesize papers in the primary literature and will develop written and oral communication skills with particular emphasis on communicating science in broadly accessible terms. The course will have a broad content ranging from topics as fundamental as the properties of the photosynthetic CO2 fixing enzyme Rubisco, the response of photosynthesis and growth to CO2, and the ecological responses of plants to rising CO2 , temperature and changing water relations.

Honours Pathway Option:
Entry to Honours Pathway Option will be subject to the approval of the course convener, and requires a mark of at least 80 in a first year BIOL course, and the agreement of the course coordinator.  Students undertaking this option will engage in a small inquiry-learning project based in one of the course lecturer’s labs.  The practical experience provides an opportunity to learn and apply techniques and to extend the theory taught in the course.  Students will work with the lecturer to develop the mini-project and will either write a brief report or give a 15 minute presentation to the class on the project and results.

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 and describe global climate change and the ways in which its effects may have impacts on plant biology.
2. Understand and describe processes of plant biology relevant to plant growth and performance and ecological outcomes.
3. Search and read primary research literature and be able to analyze and critique the research results in written and oral formats.
4. Communicate science issues and ideas in broadly accessible terms.

Indicative Assessment

  • Student led discussion activities associated with the critical review of research papers coupled to the lecture modules (30%; LO 1-4)
  • Final exam based on critical assessment of research papers associated with lecture modules (40%; LO 1-4)
  • Essay based on seed paper aligned with one of the course modules (30% LO )

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Following a week of introductory material, this course will be divided into 6 modules each 2 weeks long and each having 3 lectures and 3 tutorial sessions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 96 units toward a degree, including any BIOL 1000 or 2000 level 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. 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:
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
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1753 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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