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BZ5650 - Australian Land Plants: Recognition, Evolution and Diversity

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject will introduce students to plant identification techniques including the use of interactive computer keys, classification and nomenclature or how plants are named. Students will be introduced to ecosystem concepts and how to evaluate vegetation communities. The distinguishing features and spotting characters of plant families, particularly those common in tropical areas are introduced. Plant variation, adaptations and diversity, as well as speciation and speciation concepts are discussed. This knowledge is essential for competency in describing vegetation communities and understanding environmental sustainability. Skills developed in this subject are fundamental to ecological and environmental disciplines. This subject develops practical skills through field and laboratory activities.

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain an understanding of Australian plant diversity, speciation and evolutionary relationships. To acquire a knowledge of the basic techniques of plant identification, both traditional and computer interactive. To explore the major plant groups from non-flowering to flowering plants. To learn the distinguishing features of common plant families and some of their adaptations to the Australian environment. To apply this knowledge to mapping plant communities particularly within the Queensland Regional Ecosystem Framework.

Subject Assessment

  • essays (25%)
  • assignments (25%)
  • quizzes (20%)
  • plant collection (30%).
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have basic biological knowledge and an understanding of basic botanical terminology.

Availabilities

External, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures - Online
  • 10 hours - Online discussion/tutorial
  • 30 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures - Online
  • 10 hours - Online discussion/tutorial
  • 30 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

External, Study Period 11
Census Date 10-Dec-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures - Online
  • 10 hours - Online discussion/tutorial
  • 30 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

External, Study Period 7
Census Date 09-Jul-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures - Online
  • 10 hours - Online discussion/tutorial
  • 30 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.