- Code BIOL6125
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Plant Science, Biology
This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.
How will global climate change affect the performance, survival and distribution of plants? This course will provide you with a solid background in plant function in relation to global climate change and enable you to answer this question at scales ranging from cellular function to community processes. The course is structured around six topic modules selected to expose students to current research areas in the field. ANU has a high research profile in different aspects of how environmental factors and global climate change affect plant function and ecology and each module is taught by an expert lecturer. The specific topics may vary between years depending on lecturers. The course will have a broad content ranging from topics as fundamental as how: plants take up carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and how this uptake of carbon is linked to the use of water; changing environmental factors such as temperatures affect plant function; the biotic environment is crucial in determining how plants acquire nutrients and their responses to changes in the global climate; and, climate change is leading to increased mortality of plants – often described as ‘dieback’ – in ecosystems across the globe.
Students will learn how to critique papers in the primary literature and will develop written and oral communication skills. Course format is directed by lecturers, but significantly based on student-led presentations of primary literature. This course will build students’ understanding of plant function in relation to global climate change, research analysis and proposal formulation skills.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and describe global climate change and critically analyse the ways in which its effects may have impacts on plant biology
- Develop knowledge and actively evaluate processes of plant biology relevant to plant growth and performance and ecological outcomes
- Find and interpret primary research literature and be able to analyze and critique the research results in written and oral formats.
- Communicate science issues and ideas in both oral and written forms.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
- Student-led presentations on a given topic. (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Extended essay based on a scientific paper aligned with one of the course modules (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Open book exam, including printed copies of literature research papers (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Following an introduction lecture, this course will be divided into six modules, each 2 weeks long and each having a similar number of lectures and discussion sessions.
The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester, including:
- a face-to-face component consisting of 28 hours of lectures and 12 hours of discussion sessions throughout the semester (i.e. total 40 hours of face-to-face contact).
- Approximately 90 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations, discussion sessions and other assessment tasks
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute to the discussion sessions.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
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