Advanced Plant Biology

Subject HORT20012 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Burnley - 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, 24 hours practicals, 12 hours tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: NA
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Magali Wright


Dr Magali Wright


MSLE Student Centre


Phone: 8344 0276

Subject Overview:

The aims of this subject are to extend the student's ability to:

  • apply the principles and units of chemical measurement and energy balances;

  • comprehend the biochemistry of major plant physiological processes including photosynthesis;

  • understand how water, inorganic nutrients and sugars are translocated around the plant body

  • understand the biological process of germination, growth, flowering, dormancy and senescence;

  • be able to describe the effects of plant hormones on plant growth and development;

  • comprehend the effects of herbicides on plant metabolism, the environment and health;

  • understand the physiological basis of plant responses to disease and decay

  • comprehend the structure of genetic information and the mechanisms of gene expression

  • identify responses of native plants to aspects of the Australian environment

  • demonstrate the ability to design and conduct experiments relating to plant physiology

  • have developed good scientific report writing skills.

Content to be studied includes:

  • nutrient cycling, uptake and assays;

  • photosynthesis;

  • respiration;

  • germination, growth, flowering and senescence;

  • the biology of mycorrhizal fungi;

  • competition, breeding and genetics;

  • stress physiology;

  • physiological plant pathology;

  • hormone biology;

  • mechanisms of herbicide action;

  • plant pollutants; and

  • the biology of native plants.

Objectives: Information Not Available

One 1-hour mid-semester examination worth 20% of final marks, one final 2-hour examination worth 40% of final marks and three practical reports equivalent to 2000 words worth 30% of final marks, attendance at practical classes woth 10% of final marks.

Prescribed Texts: Raven, P.H., Evert, R.F., Eichhorn, S.E. (2005) The Biology of Plants (7th Edition). New York. W.H. Freeman.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Information Not Available


Study commitment for this subject is five hours per week.

Related Course(s): Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture

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