Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Martin Burd


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.


On completion of this unit, students should have gained an understanding of plant diversity and evolutionary relationships within the plant kingdom, a basic knowledge of the Australian flora and developed practical skills in plant identification.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Martin Burd

Contact hours

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


BIO1011 and either BIO1022 or BIO1042, or permission