Plant Communities in Action

Subject 208-211 (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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours lectures, 36 hours practicals/tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
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:


Greg Dunn
Subject Overview:

This subject should provide students with a basic understanding of the physiological principles and processes that underpin the performance of plant communities (native and crop) particularly in response to their edaphic environment. The basic mechanisms underlying nutrient, water and carbon acquisition will be considered as well as growth co-ordination at a plant and community level. The impact of abiotic and biotic stresses on the performance of plants and communities will also be considered in relation to current and future stresses such as climate change.

These principles of plant community operation should be demonstrated to students through field measurements of the productivity and limiting factors of crops and native communities.

On completion of this subject students should have developed a knowledge of plants and how they act in communities, and an ability to analyse the behaviour of plants and plant communities in the field in relation to natural and managerial intervention and recommend actions.

Assessment: A 3-hour examination (50%), a practical report equivalent to 2000 words (25%) and an assignment of 2000 words (25%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

  • Plants in Action (B Atwell, P Kriedemann and C Turnbull, eds), McMillan, Melbourne, 1999
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Information Not Available

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Agriculture
Bachelor of Agriculture

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