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Evolution of plant diversity (6 points)


Leader: Assoc Prof Jenny Read

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit surveys diverse plant groups and related organisms, including fungi, algae, bryophytes, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. A strong emphasis is placed on angiosperms, the major group of plants in the Australian flora. We discuss the major characteristics of each group, including their reproductive biology, and use key features for plant identification in practical classes. As we move through this diverse range of plants we discuss their evolutionary relationships and the adaptive significance of their key features.

Assessment: Theory examination (2 hours): 40% + Practical exam (2 hours): 15% + Continuous assessment (mini quizzes): 10% + Practical assignments: 20% + Plant project: 15%

Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week (or equivalent)

Prerequisites: BIO1011 and either BIO1022 or BIO1042, or permission

Prohibitions: BOT2041, BOT2042

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