BIO3091 - Biology of Australian vegetation - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences


Professor Ros Gleadow

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit focuses on the factors influencing the distribution, composition and structure of plant communities from around the world, and the characteristics of the component plant species that enable them to survive in diverse environments. Methods of quantifying community parameters and physiological responses are covered in the practical course. Case studies will focus on Australian species. There is a four-day field excursion during the Easter break (fee payable).


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the broad characteristics of the Earth's major vegetation types, and functional and structural differences between plants adapted to different environments;
  2. Explain the fundamental physiological and ecological processes that influence vegetation types and their component species;
  3. Integrate and explain various environmental interactions and their impact on plant growth and development;
  4. Demonstrate strong competence in methodological approaches used in the plant sciences, including the collection, interpretation, analysis and synthesis of biological data;
  5. Effectively communicate the results of practical and project work in a range of modes and for a variety of audiences;
  6. Work effectively, responsibly and safely in individual and peer or team contexts.


Examination (2.5 hours): 50%

Practical report: 35%

Essay: 15%

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures, equivalent of 3 hours laboratory or field work per week

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Chief examiner(s)

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


BIO2011 or BIO2181, and another six point level two BIO unit, or by permission.