ENV BIOL 2500 - Botany II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ENV BIOL 2500 Course Botany II Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge BIOLOGY 1101 Course Description A general introduction to the biology of plants. Lectures and practicals cover plant structure, function, classification, diversity, evolution and responses to environmental stress. Provides a valuable basis for future plant-related courses.
Course Coordinator: Professor Robert Reid
Name Role Building/Rm A/Prof Rob Reid Course coordinator Benham 112b email@example.com A/Prof Jenny Watling Lecturer Benham G05 firstname.lastname@example.org A/Prof Amanda Able Lecturer Waite Bldg G02 email@example.com Dr John Conran Lecturer Benham 109 firstname.lastname@example.org Dr John Goodfellow Demonstrator Benham 110 email@example.com
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 The structure of terrestrial and aquatic plants 2 The developmental processes involved in growth of plants from seed to flowering 3 The main physiological and biochemical processes that sustain plant life, including the ability to absorb water and nutrients, carry out photosynthesis and respiration, and the role of plant hormones and signalling 4 Generic skills of scientific observation, data recording and be able to write a scientific report 5 The ability to use keys to identify the main groups of plants 6 The ability to interpret visual symptoms of nutrient deficiencies of plants
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 - 6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4 - 6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1 - 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1 - 6
Required ResourcesThere are no compulsory textbooks. Botany II builds upon material that was covered in Level 1 biology courses and therefore the textbook for these courses is a good source for the foundation material.
For the physiology and biochemistry section, the following text is recommended, especially for students intending to take related follow-on courses such as Ecophysiology of Plants III or Terrestrial Ecology III.
- Taiz & Zeiger ‘Plant Physiology’ 5th Edition
A more general text covering most of the material in the course is:
- Raven, Evert & Eichhorn ‘Biology of Plants’ 7th Edition, (approximate cost: $100)
All students are expected to be familiar with the basic biochemical processes taught in Level 1 biology courses (e.g. Biology 1101, Molecules, Genes and Cells). The following chapters in the textbook ‘Biology’ Campbell, Reece and Meyers 8th Edn (or equivalent textbook) should be revised before coming to the relevant lectures:
- Ch 7, Membrane structure and function (in relation to nutrient uptake)
- Ch 9, Respiration;
- Ch 10, Photosynthesis;
- Chs 17 & 18 Gene expression and regulation.
It is recognised that some students will not have done the Level 1 course Biology 1 Organisms and some revision of the relevant material from that course will be provided. However, it is recommended that all students familiarise themselves with the following chapters from ‘Biology’ Campbell, Reece and Meyers 8th Edn (or equivalent textbook):
- Ch 26: Phylogeny
- Chs 29 & 30: Plant diversity
- Ch 35: Plant structure
- Chs 36 – 39: Plant physiology
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesBotany is a science that lends itself well to hands-on learning. The practical component is therefore of high importance. The course is structured so that the topics taught in lectures are reinforced by practical studies in the same or the following week. Each of the practical classes has some assessment component, and feedback is given within two weeks on how well the topic was understood.
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 the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week Type of learning activity Topic Week 1 Lecture Respiration Photosynthesis – Light reactions Practical Photosynthesis and respiration Week 2 Lecture Photosynthesis – Carbon fixation Water and plant cells Practical Transpiration Week 3 Lecture Water movement and balance Phloem translocation Practical Mineral nutrition setup Week 4 Lecture Uptake of nutrients Rhizosphere Practical No prac Week 5 Lecture Mineral nutrition Assimilation of mineral nutrients Practical Mineral nutrition harvest Week 6 Lecture Hormones Light and gene control of development Practical Hormones Week 7 Lecture Plant growth and development Stems: Structure and function Practical Stems: Structure and functions Week 8 Lecture Roots: Structure and function Leaves and flowers Practical Roots: Structure and functions Week 9 Lecture Gymnosperms Angiosperms Practical Leaves: Structure and functions Week 10 Lecture Pollination and dispersal Breeding systems Practical Plant ID: Flowers and fruits 1 Week 11 Lecture Classification Speciation, character and taxa Practical Plant ID: Flowers and fruits 2 Week 12 Lecture Aquatic plants and algae Non-flowering plants Practical Aquatic plants and algae
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Outcome being assessed/achieved Practical reports Formative/Summative 50% No 1,2,3,4,6 Exam Summative 50% No 1,2,3,6
Week Practical Assessment % 1 Mineral Nutrition Data/question sheet 4 2 Rhizosphere enzymes Formal report 8 3 Transpiration Data/question sheet 4 4 Respiration and photosynthesis Data/question sheet 4 6 Hormones Data question sheet 5 7 Stems: structure and functions assessed in week 8 8 Roots: structure and functions Quiz 4 9 Leaves: structure and functions Quiz
10 Plant ID1 ID of vegetative specimens 4 11 Plant ID2 Plant description and
floral and fruit ID
5 12 Aquatic plants Worksheet 4 Exams Theory exam Short answers 50
Data sheets and quizzes are to be handed up before you leave the lab.
The formal report must be accompanied by the signed cover sheet available from the course website and submitted by 5 pm on the final date for submission to the course box in the Mawson Building.
Late submission of assessments
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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