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BIOL2030: Botany

We are surrounded by plants, and rely on them every day for our wellbeing. Ecologists use botanical knowledge to help manage marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and public health and land management professionals depend on their understanding of plant science to help solve environmental problems and to enhance biosecurity. Botany aims to increase and improve our supply of medicines, foods, and other plant products, and is critical for anyone interested in contributing to the sustainable future of our planet.  In this unit, you will explore the origins, diversity, and global significance of plants. You will gain insights into the micro- and macro-evolutionary processes and patterns behind how plants moved from aquatic ecosystems to terrestrial ecosystems. Integrated lectures, practical classes, and extensive online resources will allow you to develop and integrate practical skills and conceptual frameworks in plant identification, plant physiology, plant anatomy, and plant morphology. Successful completion of Botany will allow you to contribute to a range of disciplines including: ecology, bioinformatics, molecular and cell biology, genetics and biotechnology, environmental law, agriculture, education and the arts.

Code BIOL2030
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
BIOL2023 or BIOL2923 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901 or PLNT2002 or PLNT2902 or PLNT2003 or PLNT2903 or BIOL2930
Assumed knowledge:
Knowledge of concepts and skills in BIOL1XX6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the evolution of land plants and how plants are able to respond to their environment
  • LO2. identify the major plant families of the Sydney region and the tissue systems of plants
  • LO3. use cladistics to solve simple phylogenies and draw from these inferences about relatedness of taxa
  • LO4. demonstrate a thorough understanding of plant anatomy by describing features of the primary plant body and the secondary plant body of Angiosperms
  • LO5. adopt a mindful disposition and a scholarly approach towards your studies in Botany.