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BZ1003 - Introduction to Plant Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically observe and interpret a range of plant materials;
  • gain an understanding of the structure and function of plants;
  • learn how to use keys for identifying plants;
  • develop basic botanical skills;
  • gain an appreciation of the diversity of plants and their evolutionary relationships.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of Chemistry, Mathematics and English to Grade 12 (Queensland) or equivalent. Students without chemistry and mathematics must complete CH1020 and MA1020 in first year.
AG1003 BT1001 BZ2610


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 33 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (20%); quizzes or tests (15%); on-course assessment; practical work (15%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Empro Joseph Holtum
Lecturers: Empro Joseph Holtum, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Dr Janine Sheaves.
Workload expectations:
  • 33 hours lectures
  • 33 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (30%); on course invigilated assessment (20%).

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