ENV BIOL 3009 - Ecophysiology of Plants III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ENV BIOL 3009 Course Ecophysiology of Plants III Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week, plus field trip Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge ENV BIOL 2500 Course Description This course explores interactions between plants and their environment from a physiological perspective. It will consolidate and extend knowledge of the processes involved in the acquisition and transport of resources by plants and use this knowledge to examine the ways plants have adapted to a range of environments, some of which can be considered as extreme. The course will also look at how plants respond to environmental challenges such as climate change, ozone depletion, salinisation and heavy metal toxicity. Interactions with other organisms will also be examined including mycorrhizas and parasitic plants. Practical work will include small group experiments.
Details of field trip communicated at start of the course.
Course Coordinator: Dr John Goodfellow
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to: 1 Describe physiological processes by which plants acquire resources such as water, nutrients and carbon; 2 Describe and explain the factors contributing to energy budgets in leaves; 3 Explain how water moves through the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum and describe factors that influence this movement; 4 Explain how and why abiotic stresses such as drought, salinity, heavy metals, high light and temperature impact on plant performance; 5 Describe how parasitic plants acquire resources from their hosts; 6 Explain the likely effects of global change (CO2, climate & UV) on plants; 7 Describe the interaction between plants and mycorrhizal fungi and the impact it has on plant performance and distribution; 8 Generate hypotheses to explain observations of plant performance and distribution in the field; 9 Acquire, analyse and present data using appropriate techniques, then plan and write a research paper reporting the results; 10 Work independently and as part of a team.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-8 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 9,10 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-10 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 8,9,10 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 8,9 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-10 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-10
Required ResourcesCourse Handbook
Recommended ResourcesText books:
Taiz & Zeiger (2010) Plant Physiology. 5th ed. Sinauer Assoc. Mass, USA
Lambers, Chapin, & Pons (2008) Plant Physiological Ecology. 2nd ed. Springer-Verlag, New York, USA
These texts are available for purchase from UniBooks or Encompass Books. There are copies of each in the Barr-Smith Library Reserve Collection. In addition, the Lambers et al. text is available as an ebook online through the library catalogue.
Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course consists of lectures, practicals and a field camp. The practicals and field camp are designed to complement and reinforce material presented in lectures, and to provide students with experience of data collection, analysis, and report writing. Students will also develop skills with laboratory and field-based techniques commonly used in the discipline of Plant Ecophysiology.
A range of teaching methodologies will be used, including: traditional lectures, problem-based learning, small group activities, and guided activities.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to attend the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Lecture
Abiotic Stress 1 – Salinity
Abiotic Stress 2 – Acid soils
Prac 1: Abiotic Stress Week 1
Week 2 Lecture
Abiotic Stress 3 – Heavy metals
Plant and Soil Analysis
Prac 1: Abiotic Stress Week 2
Week 3 Lecture
Plant Stress – Light 1
Plant Stress – Light 2
Prac 2: Light Acclimation Week 1
Week 4 Lecture
Photosynthesis – C4
Photosynthesis - CAM
Prac 2 Light Acclimation Week 2
Week 5 Lecture
Parasitic Plants – Physiology
Parasitic Plants – Ecological roles
Week 6 Lecture
Water Relations 1
Water Relations 2
Prac 3: Water Relations Week 1
Week 7 Lecture
Transpiration: leaf, stem and root
Transpiration: cavitation & embolism
Prac 3: Water Relations Week 2
Week 8 Lecture
Energy Budgets in leaves 1
Energy Budgets in leaves 2
Field Trip planning
Mid-semester break Field Camp Week 9 Lecture
Mycorrhizas: Structure and function
Mycorrhizas: Ecological impacts
Field Trip Review
Week 10 Lecture
Plant Respiration 1
Plant Respiration 2
Field Trip report
Week 11 Lecture
Global Change: Rising CO2
Global Change: Climate change
Field Trip report DUE
Week 12 Lecture
Global Change: UV
Specific Course RequirementsAll students must attend the 3-day Field Camp to Brookfield Conservation Park. The field camp will be held in the mid-semester break.
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Assessment Task Task Type Hurdle Weighting Learning Outcome Practical reports Formative/Summative No 30% 1, 9,10 Field Trip report Formative/Summative No 20% 1, 8-10 Exam Summative
50% 1 - 7
Assessment DetailA list of the tasks to be completed is provided in the previous Section. Practical 1 will be submitted as a consultant’s report. Requirements for this report will be discussed in the practical.
Practicals 2 & 3 and Field Camp Reports are to be prepared as if you were submitting a scientific paper to the journal New Phytologist. In addition, you will be instructed on how to analyse and prepare data for your reports in Prac 1.
A proportion of marks for each report will be allocated for correct presentation, so make sure that you follow these instructions carefully.
The following rubric will be used to mark reports 2, 3 and the Field Camp Report. Instructions for Prac 1 will be provided separately.
Criteria (weighting) Score Summary: Concise summary with: background, question,
approach, results & conclusions (10%)
Background and justification for work (10%)
Methods: Complete (5%) Results: Correctly analysed and presented (20%) Discussion: Results discussed and interpreted in context of
existing knowledge (20%)
References: Used, cited and presented correctly (5%) Higher Order Skills Logical organisation of material (10%) Critical evaluation of literature (10%) Clear and unambiguous use of English (10%) Total Score 100
SubmissionPractical Reports and the Field Camp Report are to be submitted by midnight on the due date.
All Reports are to be submitted electronically in MyUni using the Turnitin Assignments feature.
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