Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Slobodanka Stojkovic


This unit deals with the structure and function of plants at different levels of organisation from the cellular to the whole plant. Topics include general plant structure and anatomy, and structural adaptations of plants to different environments. Aspects of plant function and physiology include nutrient and water uptake and transport, gas exchange and assimilation processes and how plant function, plant growth and plant form are modified by interactions with the environment. The link between structure and function of plants is stressed throughout this unit.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic plan of higher plant anatomy, structure and morphology, the typical organization of cells and tissues found in different plant parts and common modifications found in Australian plants;

  1. Explain the basic physiology and biochemistry underlying core processes in plants, including uptake and processing of nutrients from the soil, uptake of water and its passage through the plant, photosynthesis and its regulation;

  1. Explain how plant growth and development is regulated by internal factors, particularly plant hormones;

  1. Understand the key influence of the external environment in short- and long-term modification of plant physiology and form;

  1. Demonstrate a critical, analytical approach to scientific research and show skills in writing scientific reports.


Theory examination (Two 1-hour exams): 40%
Practical: 40%
Essay: 10%
Miniquizzes: 10%.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


BIO2181 or permission