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BIOL2930: Botany (Advanced)

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 inform 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, and plant physiology, morphology and anatomy. The Advanced Botany unit of study requires engagement at a high standard of academic rigour and affords opportunities to engage with core aspect of Botany at depth and to create new knowledge. In partnership with academic staff advanced students will undertake an independent research project, which will develop skills in research and communication.

Code BIOL2930
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Annual average mark of at least 70 in previous year
BIOL2023 or BIOL2923 or AGEN2001 or PLNT2001 or PLNT2901 or PLNT2002 or PLNT2902 or PLNT2003 or PLNT2903 or AGEN2005 or BIOL2030
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. carry out a research project and communicate the findings in a talk to members of the School
  • LO5. adopt a mindful disposition and a scholarly approach towards your studies in Botany.