Plant Biology 2

Subject HORT10016 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours lectures, 12 hours tutorials, 30 hours practicals = 66 hours
Total Time Commitment:



HORT10007 Plant Biology 1

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Virginia Williamson


Semester 1: David Beardsell

Semester 2: Virginia Williamson

Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre

Ground Floor, Melbourne School of Land & Environment (building 142)


Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Email: (

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to extend students’ knowledge of plant biology in both practical and theoretical areas. Students will use core knowledge obtained in Plant Biology I as a base to further their understanding of plant function. Additional areas of study in plant growth and development include respiration, nutrition, senescence, breeding systems, genetics, herbicide action, tissue culture and eco-physiology. Students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of plant processes and be able to apply this knowledge to horticultural situations. Practical classes will provide a balance between lecture consolidation, experimental design and horticultural applications of biological plant growth principles

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • understand how the processes of photosynthesis and respiration result in energy acquisition and growth for plants;
  • comprehend the importance of plant nutrients to growth;
  • have an awareness of the importance of genes and gene expression in plants;
  • understand the physiological mechanisms behind herbicide action;
  • appreciate the effects of a changing climate on plant growth;
  • understand the physiological basis of plant responses to diseases, decay and senescence;
  • perform experiments testing various plant processes such as enzyme action, photosynthesis, plant nutrition, response to herbicides, effects of plants hormones and tissue culture;
  • search the professional literature and develop good report writing skills based on the collation of scientific information; and
  • become confident in the field of horticultural science.

1x 50 min written examination - Mid Semester 20%, 1 x 1000 word practical report - Mid Semester 20%, 1 x 1500 word practical report - End Semester 30%, 1 final I hour written examination - End Semester 25%, Participation in subject - During Semester 5%.

Prescribed Texts:

Evert, RF & Eichhorn, SE 2012, Raven Biology of Plants, 8th edn, WH Freeman & Company, New York.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture

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