Plant Function

Subject 202-201 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours lectures, 36 hours practicals/tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 202-101 Chemistry for Land and Food Resources or 610-141 Chemistry; 202-103 Biology for Land and Food Resources or 650-141 Biology of Cells and Organisms.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Marc Nicolas
Subject Overview:

Plant Function is a functional approach to the question 'How do plants work?' and is delivered with an integrative, production-oriented approach. It is organised around three themes:

  • biomass acquisition;

  • biomass allocation; and

  • environmental physiology: limitations to productivity.

Common content will include:

  • radiation, energy budgets and transfer, photosynthesis, photorespiration;

  • water use, uptake and transpiration, xylem flow, stomatal control;

  • biomass assimilation, translocation and storage, respiration, phloem;

  • root growth and function, nutrients and nutrient uptake, nitrogen fixation;

  • plant vegetative development, production of flowers and fruit, seed dormancy and germination; and

  • abiotic factors affecting growth and productivity (deficiency or excess): light, temperature, nutrients, water, biotic factors affecting growth and productivity, secondary metabolism.

It will be augmented by stream-specific content, including:

  • crops (leaf area development, canopy light interception, dry matter partitioning);

  • horticulture (plant selection, environmental modification, plant ¬≠hormones);

  • forestry (lignin, water relations of trees, nutrient deficiencies in pines and eucalypts); and

  • animals (inherent qualities of plants as food and feed, changes from manipulation).

Practicals will cover topics in plant physiology, give skills in basic plant handling, field and greenhouse experimentation, and measurement and statistical analysis of populations of plants.

Assessment: A 3-hour exam (50%) and two assignments equivalent to 3000 words (each worth 25%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

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Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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Related Course(s): Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Bachelor of Agricultural Science/Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Forest Science
Bachelor of Forest Science
Bachelor of Horticulture
Bachelor of Natural Resource Management
Bachelor of Natural Resource Management

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