Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.
School of Botany
This subject will introduce the general principles and modern methods of plant evolutionary biology: how to discover the phylogeny (relationships) of organisms using both morphological characters and molecular (DNA) data; how to use this information to improve the classification systems of plants; how to study aspects of evolution, coevolution and historical biogeography; and how to integrate information from living and fossil plants to discover the past and date evolutionary events. Examples of the diversity and evolution of Australian plants - both fossil and living forms - will be used throughout this subject. Topics will include:
At the completion of the subject, students should:
A 2000 word practical report (20%) due during the semester; a 15-minute oral presentation and 1000 word written report (20%) at the end of semester; a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (60%).
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This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
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This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.
Previously known as 606-303 Systematics of Plants and Fungi (prior to 2008)
Previously known as Botany Systematics and Evolution (prior to 2005)
Botany (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED
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