BZ5615 - Plant Survival in a Land of Fire, Flood and Drought
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Available to students admitted to the Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma
of Science, Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied Science, Graduate
Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master
of Science, Master of Science (Professional)or Master of Development Practice.
We explore the origins of the Australian flora and the strategies that allow plants
to survive and proliferate in variable and unpredictable Australian environments.
We examine how climate has changed and plants have adjusted during the northward drifting
of Australia. Knowledge of plant survival strategies, in particular the responses
of plants to drought and fire, is used to provide a framework for assessing the resilience
and vulnerability of our living flora to changing climate. Practical skills in this
subject will be provided in field-based learning activities 'out bush', where we will
quantify ecological, reproductive and physiological survival strategies.
- to develop practical field based and laboratory skills in evaluating plant survival
- to develop the necessary skills to evaluate plant adaptations through experimental
and observational techniques;
- to understand the nature of climate change and its effect on plants and ecosystem
- to gain an understanding of strategies plants adopt to survive in a variety of terrestrial
- to apply the knowledge gained to evaluate plant species survival in the context of
- end of semester exam (50%)
- on course assessment; literature review and research project report (50%).
|Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant
discipline (eg biology or environmental science) or have acquired equivalent knowledge
through other study. They should have a fundamental understanding of whole organism/
|BT3010 BT5010 BZ3615
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