|Student Contribution Band:||Band 4|
|Administered by:||School of Marine & Tropical Biology|
Available to BVetSc students only
We explore how plants have evolved to become the dominant terrestrial organisms, producing the oxygen we breathe and the carbon we eat. Fundamental concepts of plant biology and ecology are addressed, including how plants develop, trap energy, reproduce, disperse seed, defend themselves, how they form communities, their importance in geological cycles, and their pivotal function in creating and modifying landscapes. Interactions between plants and humans will be emphasised, in particular the provision of food and fibres, the concept of weediness, and how plants and their toxins strongly influenced the evolution of animals. Contemporary topics covered include the emerging roles of plant biotechnology, the developing science of plant forensics, and the possible responses of plants to climate change.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of Chemistry, Mathematics and English to Grade 12 (Queensland) or equivalent.|
|Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal|
|Census Date 23-Aug-2012|
|Coordinator:||Empro Joseph Holtum|
|Lecturers:||Empro Joseph Holtum, Dr Robert Congdon, Dr Janine Sheaves.|
|Assessment:||end of semester exam (50%); other exams (30%); on course invigilated assessment (20%).|
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.