Horticultural Plant Science

Subject HORT90008 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

March, 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours comprising lectures (24 hours), tutorials, practical sessions and field trips (24 hours).
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Nil (subject is taken by students who have graduated from a non-cognate program).
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements fo 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: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Magali Wright


MSLE Student Centre

Email: msle-ugrad@unimelb.edu.au

Phone: 8344 0276

Subject Overview:

The structure and function of plants and plant tissues, cell physiology, energy transformations, metabolism, photosynthesis, plant nutrition, water and nutrient uptake and transport, whole plant physiology.

By the conclusion of this subject the student should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the structure of plant cells and tissues, of the basic processes involved in the growth of plants and of the integration of these processes in the physiology of plant growth.


Upon completion of this subject, students will have an understanding of:

  • cellular organisation and processes in plants
  • plant tissues
  • photosynthesis, respiration and plant biochemistry
  • typical plant growth patterns
  • reproduction in the plant kingdom
  • angiosperm breeding and reproduction
Assessment: A 60 minute examination 20% (due mid-semester), a 90 minute examination 40% (due end of semester) and two laboratory reports each equivalent to 1500 words 20% each (due during semester).
Prescribed Texts: A reading pack will be prepared for use in the subject.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject student should have:

  • the capacity to engage with issues within urban horticulture relevant to contemporary society
  • an appreciation of social and cultural diversity from a regional to a global context
  • advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in the urban horticulture.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Urban Horticulture

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