ENV BIOL 3009 - Ecophysiology of Plants III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
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, 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 and a compulsory three day field trip in the mid-semester break. Two oral presentations will be prepared and delivered by small groups after the mid-semester break.
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 should be able to:
1. Explain the concepts of plant resource acquisition, plant energy budgets and plant water relations and plant to symbionts and parasite interactions.
2. Explain how these concepts help understand ecological systems with a particular focus on the South Australian context.
3. Acquire then demonstrate the skills to design and undertake experiments in the laboratory and in the field using cutting edge
4. Work collaboratively to undertake experiments in the laboratory and in the field, produce written reports and deliver oral reports.
5. Collect, analyse interpret and present field data in the format of a peer reviewed scientific report as well as discuss the finding in the context of the current literature.
6. Demonstrate confidence in self-directed learning through the production and presentation of a lecture topic.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4, 6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
4, 6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
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, a field camp and oral presentations. 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 as well as lectures prepared and presented by students in small groups. Laboratory-based practicals and a field-based project will be undertaken in groups of 3 to 4 students promoting the collaborative approach to science. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the field camp which will operate over three days in the second week of the mid-semester break. Students will be expected to participate in peer assessment of group oral presentations of the lectures and field camp reports.
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 Approximate Timing of Assessment Practical reports (3) Formative/Summative No 30% 1, 9,10 Weeks 1-7 Field Trip report Formative/Summative No 15% 1, 8-10 Week 11 Group Field Trip Oral Presentation Formative/Summative No 5% 9-13 Weeks 11 & 12 Group Lecture Topic Presentation
10% 9-13 Weeks 9, 10 & 11 Exam Summative
40% 1-7 Sem 2 Exam Period
Assessment DetailPractical 1 will be submitted in the form of a consultant’s report and submitted individually. Practicals 2 & 3 and the field camp report are to be prepared as if you were submitting a scientific paper to the journal New Phytologist. Practicals 2 and 3 are submitted individually. The field trip report is submitted in groups of 3-4.
A 10 min oral presentation based on the field trip report will be prepared by the group members that undertook the field based report and presented to the class in the lecture time in week 10. Peer assessment will contribute to the
grade for this task.
A 15 min oral presentation prepared and delivered by groups of 3-4 students in the form of a lecture and chosen from a list of topics provided to the class will be delivered in the lecture times in weeks 11 and 12. Peer assessment will contribute to the grade for this task.
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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