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 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 quickly changing field. We will demonstrate links between genetics, anatomy, physiology and ecology. You can expect to develop skills in a wide range of techniques important in contemporary plant science; we 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.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
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
5. Design and develop a wikipedia page for a lay audience on a subject synthesising issues in plant science
Other InformationThe Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Assessment will be based on:
- Theory exam (40%; LO 1)
- Practical quizzes (5%; LO 1, 2)
- Final practical written report written in form of a scientific paper (30%; LO 2, 3)
- Group symposium presentation around lab project and participations in discussions (5%; LO 1, 4)
- Production of a Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) page on a topic selected in consultation with lecturer and a 5 minute presentation of that page to the class (20%; LO 5)
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Two 1 hour lecture per week, practical sessions each week, some tutorials
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.
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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.
Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2521||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|