BOTN19001 - Terrestrial Botany
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In BOTN19001, you will learn about terrestrial plants – particularly, Australian plants. You will study their evolution, taxonomy, distribution and economic uses. In this Unit, emphasis will be placed on plant identification so you can apply this knowledge in vegetation surveys, ecosystem restoration, remote sensing, assessing responses of native flora to environmental impacts and selecting suitable plant species for economic development. Compulsory practical classes, field visits and herbarium collection will enable you to gain practical skills in plant identification and vegetation surveys.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: BIOL11099 Living Systems OR BIOL11100 Functional Biology

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Practical Assessment 45%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Most liked aspects of the course include: Field trip, residential school, resources provided for the unit, learning hands-on skills in plant identification, knowing more about native plants, allowing students to develop an interest in native plants. "The specimen collection assignment was fun and taught me skills that I will possibly use in the future." "This course will change your life, it will make you look at your surroundings totally differently and the lecturer has a lot of knowledge and is very approachable". HAVE YOUR SAY Residential school and field trip activities will be continued and they will be made more interactive. Students' appreciation of the lecturer is noted and thank you for these compliments.
Residential schools to be scheduled much early in the Term and the students be supplied with a hard copy of the plant identification key HAVE YOUR SAY The residential school has been moved to middle of the Term. It is not practical to move it any earlier, as this would inconvenience many students. The possibility of mailing the students with a hard copy of the plant key is being explored.
The videos opened automatically making operation of the Moodle site difficult HAVE YOUR SAY All videos will be run through Echo 360 to improve downloading speed.
Show students how to find the plants HAVE YOUR SAY A new video will be produced to explain where and how to find suitable plants for the plant collection assignment
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Define selected botanical terms
  2. Collect and curate specimens and use taxonomic keys to identify native plants
  3. Examine characteristic features of terrestrial Australian flora, and describe the use of those features in vegetation management and their economic exploitation
  4. Describe how native flora respond to environmental disturbances, and explain how this knowledge can be applied in revegetation and ecosystem reconstruction
  5. Undertake vegetation surveys, interpret data and explain the use of GIS and remote sensing techniques in vegetation management.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Examination  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence      
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Examination          

Corrections

Date Updated Information
24-Feb-2017 10:08

Please note:

The correct date for residential school is

27th April to 30th April 2017

16-Jan-2017 10:11

Please change the Text Book details as a new book has been found for the above course

The new book is:

Plant Systematics- Second Edition

by

Michael G. Simpson

Academic Press, Sydney

PS: This book provided the much needed information to the students, eg colour images of floral parts of plants. Furthermore this book is much more economical (~106 compared to other books ($170).

Jacinda (Book Shop) has been advised. The sales rep needed more time to provide an inspection copy and hence the delay.

Prescribed Textbooks

Plant Systematics
Author/s: Michael G. Simpson Year: 2010
Edition: Second Publisher: Elsevier Academic Press
City: Sydney State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Lucid software 3.3 (download from www.lucidcentral.org)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorNanjappa Ashwath (n.ashwath@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction

Unit Overview

Evolution & diversity of plants

Morphology

Study Guide 1

Read Text Book Chapters 1, 6, 9 (also peruse Text Book Chapters 3, 4, 5).

Independent Practical Work (IPW) 1*

Familiarise with herbarium techniques, site description and plant community description.

Use Student Forum on the Moodle site to clarify doubts and to find new information.

Refer to Youtube videos "Herbarium Techniques" (watch all 10 parts);

https://tinyurl.com/herbarium-techniques

Collect and curate at least one plant specimen during this week. Ask your lecturers for assistance, if required.

(*Independent Practical Work to be undertaken by the students during each week of the Term.The scheduled official PRACTICAL SESSIONS will be held during residential school).

Week 2 13-03-2017

Collection and curating

Nomenclature

Identification & authentication

Herbarium maintenance

Study Guide 2

Read Text Book Chapters 17, 16, 12, 18, Appendix 1, Appendix 2 and the Resources supplied on the Moodle site for this week.

Complete Online Quiz 1

IPW 2

Examine the morphology of a simple plant like hibiscus. Identify various parts and draw a floral diagram.

Collect and curate plant specimens.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Diversity and classification

Taxonomic evidence

History of plant taxonomy.

Study Guide 3

Read Text Book Chapters 2, 7 and 14

Complete Online Quiz 2

IPW 3

Use a magnifying lens to draw floral diagrams of two small flowers (avoid grasses at this time.

Collect and curate plant specimens.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Plant families and their spotting characteristics

Synoptic keys

Study Guide 4

Read Text Book Chapters 7, 8, 15 and the Resources supplied on the Moodle site for this week.

Complete Online Quiz 3

IPW 4

Prepare a table showing characteristic features of selected families

Collect and curate plant specimens

Week 5 03-04-2017

Soils, climate and plants.

Study Guide 5

Read the Resources supplied on the Moodle site for this week.

Familiarise with the soil types and their influence on plant growth, and the composition and structure of plant communities (serpentine, limestone, sand dunes, rainforests, mangroves).

Complete Online Quiz 4

IPW 5

Collect and curate plant specimens.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Work on your plant specimen collection assignment

Prepare for your residential school.

Please use the Term break to collect and curate most of the plant specimens required for your assignment.

IPW 5a

Try to complete the COLLECTION part of your assignment during this break.

Collect and curate plant specimens.

Week 6 17-04-2017

Australian plant communities: origin, evolution and unique features.

Study Guide 6

Read the Resources supplied on the Moodle site for this week.

Examine how Australian flora has changed over time in response to continental drift, Circum Antarctic Current, and human inhabitance.

Complete Online Quiz 5

IPW 6

Complete drawing floral diagrams - for most of the specimens you have collected.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Field trip

Study Guide 7

Study the Resources supplied on the Moodle site for this week.

On day 3 of the residential school, we will visit selected plant communities that are found around Rockhampton.

Read about unique features of the following plant communities, viz., brigalow, serpentine flora, limestone flora, woodlands, coastal heaths, rain forests, grasslands, wetlands and mangroves.

IPW 7

Practical test (plant identification) during residential school

Residential school: 24 April - 27 April 2017.

Query why the composition and structure of plant communities found around Rockhampton are different to those present at other locations.

Handing in of note book.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Vegetation survey

Study Guide 8

Understand various methods of surveying plants and classifying vegetation into regional ecosystems (RE's) and land zones.

Read the Resources supplied on the Moodle site for this week.

IPW 8

Collect and curate plant specimens.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Data analysis and display- basic and modern methods of data analysis and presentation

Study Guide 9

Text Book Chapters 2, 19 and Appendix 4

Comparison of different plant communities.

Preparation of dendrograms and PCA plots to show interrelationships between different species or communities.

Read the Resources supplied on the Moodle site for this week.

IPW 9

Finalise your plant specimens.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Economic uses of plants- plant species, and plant parts used in daily life.

Bush food and medicines.Bush food and medicinal plants.

Techniques used in the development of new cultivars.

Study Guide 10

Text Book Chapters 13 and 14

Read the Resources supplied on the Moodle site for this week.

IPW 10

Ensure that you have collected, curated and identified required number of specimens. Inspect the specimens and make sure that they are clean and intact (if not, replace the damaged ones with good specimens).

Week 11 22-05-2017

Environmental effects on plants.

Identification of stress tolerant plants

Study Guide 11

Understand responses of plants to environmental and edaphic stresses (fluoride, sulphur, acid rain, drought, salinity, waterlogging and heavy metals) and the impacts of global warming on Australian plants.

Read the Resources supplied on the Moodle site for this week.

IPW 11

Finalise your plant specimens (check for quality, labeling, floral diagrams and keying)

Week 12 29-05-2017

Ecosystem reconstruction- principles of matching plants to site conditions to achieve long term sustainability.

Study Guide 12

Examine the strategies and the importance of using native plants in mine site revegetation and restoration programs.

Read the Resources supplied on the Moodle site for this week.

IPW 12

Despatch your plant samples for assessment.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Read ALL parts of the STUDY GUIDE and the and the Resources supplied on the Moodle site.

Try to answer the questions listed at the end.

Refer to past EXAMINATION PAPERS and note the presence of three types of questions,

Viz 'Essay Type', 'Short Answers' and 'Differentiate Between'.

Consult your lecturers and seek assistance, if required.

Exam Week 12-06-2017

Although the Term starts on the 6th of March, students are encouraged to start collecting plant specimens prior to commencement of the Term. This is because most plants in CQ flower during rainy season (Jan-March) and hence your chances of collecting good specimens will be very high during this season.

Please use the information provided in the YOUTUBE ("HERBARIUM TECHNIQUES" ; https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLycGQqmgiJ9qQn64D9hTDlyan1VaTWDLw&disable_polymer=true or the Moodle site) to prepare yourself for a plant collection trip.

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title On line botanical terms and concepts quiz
Task Description

Please attempt online quizzes in week 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. These quizzes will help familiarize with various botanical terms used in the Unit.

Number of Quizzes 5
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Please complete the quiz by Sunday midnight of the scheduled week, as the quiz may not be accessed after this date.
Return Date to Students Quiz results will be available to the students one week after the expiry of each quiz.
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

Choose a correct answer (s) from multiple choice. A correct answer will score one mark.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Submission Online

Complete these tests online by choosing the right answers. The quizzes (only one per week) will appear in week 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. You will have to score a minimum of 40% from all 5 quizzes.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
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1. Define selected botanical terms

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

This assessment has three components. They are:

1. Collecting, curating (mounting, labeling), drawing floral diagrams and identification (keying) of 20 specimens obtained by the students on their own (25 marks).

2. Identification of 5 plant specimens that are supplied by the lecturer during residential school in one of the practical sessions (in-class test) (15 marks).

3. Submission of a practical note book containing observations recorded, data analysed and the notes taken during practical sessions and field trips (5 marks).

Both Rockhampton and Flex students must attend residential school to satisfactorily complete this course.

Assessment Due Date Plant specimens are due in week 12. Plant identification test will be conducted during the last day of residential school (27th April 2017). Handing in of note book will occur on the last day of residential school (27th April 2017).
Return Date to Students Please see the Moodle site for further details on specimen collection, submission and testing, and practical book submission.
Weighting 45%
Assessment Criteria
  1. Only technically correct specimens will be considered, and only ONE specimen per GENUS will be considered towards 20 specimens.
  2. The submitted specimens will be assessed for their quality (drying, mounting), labeling, floral diagram and the steps taken in keying.
  3. The in-class plant identification test will be assessed based on the evidence provided by the student for plant identification (via floral diagrams), steps taken in keying, listing of each of the keying steps used, and other observations recorded to help identify the specimen.
  4. An A4 size note book or a ring binder may be used to record the procedures followed, observations taken and the data analysed during practical sessions and field trips.
  5. The information pertaining to each session of the residential school must be written in separate sections and the note book should be made available to the lecturers during residential school.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

Students should submit 20 TECHNICALLY correct plant specimens along with a LIST showing the names of the species collected,(Genus level) and the families to which they belong. Please pack the specimens in an A3 size card board box (eg 'PostPac' ) and mail or hand-in the box to the Admin officer, School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Level 1, Bldg 6, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Qld 4702. The post-mark will be used to assess the date posted.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
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2. Collect and curate specimens and use taxonomic keys to identify native plants

3. Examine characteristic features of terrestrial Australian flora, and describe the use of those features in vegetation management and their economic exploitation

5. Undertake vegetation surveys, interpret data and explain the use of GIS and remote sensing techniques in vegetation management.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Define selected botanical terms

3. Examine characteristic features of terrestrial Australian flora, and describe the use of those features in vegetation management and their economic exploitation

4. Describe how native flora respond to environmental disturbances, and explain how this knowledge can be applied in revegetation and ecosystem reconstruction

5. Undertake vegetation surveys, interpret data and explain the use of GIS and remote sensing techniques in vegetation management.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking


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