Urban Horticultural Flora

Subject HORT90009 (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:

Semester 2, 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 and field trips (24 hours).
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
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 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.

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Dr Melanie Birtchnell


MSLE Student Centre

Email: msle-ugrad@unimelb.edu.au

Phone: 8344 0276

Subject Overview:

The subject addresses the recognition, identification and systematic analysis of landscape plants in south-eastern Australia. Emphasis is placed on identifying plants commonly used in urban horticulture, understanding plant use and selection for a range of urban landscape types, issues of plant managment within designed landscapes, basic plant taxonomy and systematic theory, characters for taxonomic variation, and the use of keys with selected plant genera.


At conclusion of this subject the student should be able to recognize landscape plants used in urban landscapes in south-eastern Australia; describe basic plant taxonomy and systematic theory; apply this to plant recognition and identification; utilize botanical and horticultural keys for plant identification and demonstrate an understanding of plant selection and plant management in designed landscapes.

Assessment: A 120 minute examination 40% (due mid-semester); two practical reports equivalent to 2000 words (on-line CAL exercises) 20% (due during the semester) and a 120 minute final examination 40% (due end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: The Burnley Plant Directory (Version 3), 2009, MUP, Melbourne
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 Environment
Master of Environment
Master of Urban Horticulture
Postgraduate Certificate in Environment
Postgraduate Diploma in Environment

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