BOTN12010 - Botany of Aquatic Environments
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is a study of the systematics, physiology and ecology of photosynthetic life of aquatic environments, including the cyanoprokaryotes (Domain Bacteria) dinoflagellates (Kingdom Alveolata), diatoms and brown algae (Kingdom Stramenopila), red algae (Kingdom Rhodophyta), green algae, and freshwater and marine plants (Kingdom Plantae). Brief mention is also made of the mosses and ferns. It provides an introduction to these groups, emphasising their morphology, evolutionary pattern and ecological importance. Field studies are undertaken as part requirement of the unit.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BOTN11004 Foundation Plant Biology or BIOL11099 Living Systems

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 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

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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. In-class Test(s) 16%
2. Written Assessment 17%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 17%
4. On-campus Activity Pass/Fail
5. Examination 50%

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
Some students commented that the best part of the unit was the residential school which was very helpful and the field trips were great. They also liked the lecture delivery including the drawing of diagrams to assist in explanations. The assessment tasks were well received and one student commented that they really helped to facilitate and consolidate the learning of the course. One student commented that the assessment tasks were returned in the most timely fashion they had ever experienced. Another said the lecturer was great and the class was so much fun. Another said the lecturer was "pretty cool :)" ... Aw shucks. There was only one comment on how the unit may be improved - the suggestion was to maybe have a few more breaks during the res school when it's all day in the lab. Moodle Student evaluation of unit Consider having more breaks during the res school when it's all day in the lab.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. A knowledge of the major groups of photosynthetic life in aquatic habitats such that you can explain their systematics and phylogenetic relationships and the ability to classify and identify members of these groups using the keys discussed in the unit.
  2. A knowledge of the ecology of aquatic photosynthetic life such that you can outline how their anatomy, physiology and life cycles are interrelated, how they are adapted to their particular habitats and explain how this relates to the management of aquatic environments.
  3. Field and laboratory skills in the techniques of collection, beginning level identification, accurate enumeration and growth of representatives of the groups.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Examination
5 - On-campus Activity

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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 - In-class Test(s)        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Practical and Written Assessment      
4 - Examination      
5 - On-campus Activity  

Prescribed Textbooks

Phycology
Author/s: Lee, R.E. Year: 2008
Edition: 4th Publisher: Cambridge University Press
City: Melbourne State: Victoria
Country: Australia
Freshwater Algae in Australia
Author/s: Entwistle, T. S. Year: 1997
Edition: 1st Publisher: Sainty & Associates
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)
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 CoordinatorLeo Duivenvoorden (l.duivenvoorden@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 10-07-2017

Introduction and Cyanoprokaryota: Chroococcales

Week 2 17-07-2017

Cyanoprokaryota: Oscillatoriales and Nostocales

Week 3 24-07-2017

Management of blue-green algae

Week 4 31-07-2017

Freshwater macrophytes, diatoms, dinoflagellates. The lectures on aquatic macrophytes are given at this time to assist in preparation for the two assignments.

Week 5 07-08-2017

Chlorophyta (green algae). This is a large group of algae covering many large groups, hence there is some focus on these.

Essay on control of the aquatic weed Hymenachne Due Wednesday (09 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Residential school

Compulsory Residential school Wednesday 23 August to Saturday 26 August including in-class test

Week 7 28-08-2017

Chlorophyta (green algae) continued

Week 8 04-09-2017

Phaeophyta (brown algae)

Week 9 11-09-2017

Rhodophyta (red algae)

Marine algal ecology.

Week 10 18-09-2017

Marine algal ecology.

Pterophytes (ferns): focus is on aquatic species causing management problems for water bodies.

Week 11 25-09-2017

Seagrasses: their biology and importance.

Aquatic plant collection OR report on aquatic macrophytes Due Monday (25 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017

Mangroves: an important ecosystem vital to fisheries and biodiversity of our shorelines.

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title In-class Test(s)
Task Description

This test will be based on the practical and theory material covered on Cyanoprokaryotes
(see Chapter 2 of the Study Guide for the theoretical information).
It will be of approximately 15 - 20 minutes duration.

Assessment Due Date The in-class test will be held during the last session of the residential school on Saturday 26 August.
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017)
Results of in-class tests will be available by Friday of week 8
Weighting 16%
Assessment Criteria

For this assessment item you need to be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the practical and theoretical information presented on the cyanoprokaryotes. See Moodle site for further details.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 30%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

In-class tests will be submitted during the residential school.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. A knowledge of the major groups of photosynthetic life in aquatic habitats such that you can explain their systematics and phylogenetic relationships and the ability to classify and identify members of these groups using the keys discussed in the unit.

2. A knowledge of the ecology of aquatic photosynthetic life such that you can outline how their anatomy, physiology and life cycles are interrelated, how they are adapted to their particular habitats and explain how this relates to the management of aquatic environments.

3. Field and laboratory skills in the techniques of collection, beginning level identification, accurate enumeration and growth of representatives of the groups.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Essay on control of the aquatic weed Hymenachne
Task Description

This will be a report (word limit 1500 words) on the control of the aquatic weed Hymenachne.

The topic is:

A new housing development in tropical Australia has some problems associated with its parklands that have as a central focus some water bodies connected by a small stream. Although the parkland is mowed to within a few metres of the water’s edge and has good shade, the water bodies are choked with the aquatic weed Hymenachne amplexicaulis. As a result they are no longer aesthetically pleasing given that there is little open water (despite some of them being 30 m across). Upstream of the development there is farmland which is the likely source of the Hymenachne.

As an environmental scientist you have been asked to write a report detailing solutions to the weed problem. Include in your report:

· a brief introduction explaining the problem and including succinct details about the biology of the weed (e.g. details of its ability to spread, rate of growth);

· physical and chemical options for its control (including advantages and disadvantages of each method, types of chemicals to use and application methods);

· a list of plants to use for replanting the waterbody with macrophytes both on the edges (emergents) and also in the shallow parts of the water (including reasons why these species are to be used);

· an outline of a management programme including frequency of monitoring and spraying to keep weeds in check and

· a summary of your recommendations.

See Moodle site for further details.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Wednesday (09-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (01-Sep-2017)
Weighting 17%
Assessment Criteria

Please check your assignment against the general assessment criteria below before submission.

You will need to check your assignment against these criteria if you want to maximise your marks for it. Ensure you cover each of the areas mentioned in the topic as these will be part of the marking scheme for the assignment. Correct format for referencing in the text and for the reference list at the end of the essay will also be important aspects. Use of refereed journal articles is encouraged – you should cite at least six of these.

Please note that penalties will apply for essays that do not meet the required word limit (within 10% over and 10% under the limit). The word limit includes words in tables but not those in the reference list. This penalty will be 5% of the assignment mark for every 100 words outside this range. Late assignments will lose marks as per the university policy – 5% of the assignment marks per calendar day late.

General Assessment Criteria

Characteristics of F (Fail) work:

· Insufficient content, too brief/or superficial

· Irrelevant content

· Information supplied does not relate to topic

· Serious factual mistakes and/or inadequacies

· Apparent lack of comprehension of issues and concepts relevant to topic

· Deficiencies in logical argument.

Criteria for P (Pass) grade include:

· Adequate coverage of major aspects of assignment subject

· Evidence of comprehension of key issues and concepts

· Clear argument and expression of ideas

· Appropriately structured sentences and paragraphs

· Referencing using the Harvard system (accurate and consistent).

Criteria for C (Credit) grade includes criteria for P (Pass) work plus:

· Evidence of relevant reading beyond core material

· Comprehension and judgment relating to issues and concepts

· Application of reading/evidence/theory beyond the obvious

· Well organised material that supports the arguments

· Well developed thought processes and arguments.

Criteria for D (Distinction) grade includes criteria for C (Credit) work plus:

· Evidence of extensive reading beyond core material

· Critical comprehension and sound judgment relating to issues and concepts

· High degree of thought in the application of reading evidence theory

· Well structured argument

· Fluent expression of ideas.

Criteria for HD (High Distinction) grade includes criteria for D (Distinction) work plus:

· Extensive reading and gathering of appropriate evidence

· Rigorous critique of existing theories, concepts, issues

· A high degree of precision and rigour in the argument

· Evidence of capacity for independent and original thought.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 30%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please submit your assignment via the on-line system in Moodle. Submission should be made as a Word or Text file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. A knowledge of the major groups of photosynthetic life in aquatic habitats such that you can explain their systematics and phylogenetic relationships and the ability to classify and identify members of these groups using the keys discussed in the unit.

2. A knowledge of the ecology of aquatic photosynthetic life such that you can outline how their anatomy, physiology and life cycles are interrelated, how they are adapted to their particular habitats and explain how this relates to the management of aquatic environments.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Aquatic plant collection OR report on aquatic macrophytes
Task Description

This assignment involves the submission of an aquatic plant collection OR a report on aquatic macrophytes - see Moodle site for details.

For the aquatic plant collection you will need to collect and identify (using a plant identification key) 20 plant specimens. These will need to come from four different categories - please see the Moodle site for further details.

If instead you choose to do the report, it will involve preparing a 2000 word document to provide information to local landholders about freshwater aquatic macrophytes in Queensland. This will be limited to eight species - please see the Moodle site for further details.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (25-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Monday (09-Oct-2017)
Weighting 17%
Assessment Criteria

See Moodle site for details.

Assessment criteria for the aquatic plant collection are:

In general, up to 5 marks will be awarded per specimen as follows:

Up to 2 marks for each specimen for correct labelling including collector, locality, date, identification and quality of specimens presented (properly dried and pressed).

Up to 3 marks for each specimen for correct identification of family, genus and species: this includes correct spelling of scientific names.


For the report on aquatic macrophytes please check the general criteria provided on the Moodle site. I will also be looking for clear presentations of the material and appropriate referencing of information gathered.

Please note that penalties will apply for essays that do not meet the required word limit (within 10% over and 10% under the limit). The word limit includes words in tables but does not include words in the reference list. This penalty will be 5% of the assignment mark for every 100 words outside this range. Late assignments will lose marks as per the university policy – 5% of the assignment marks per calendar day late.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 30%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Hard copy

If you choose to do the essay this needs to be submitted via the Moodle site. Otherwise, on campus students can submit their collections directly to me or the Administration staff on Level 1 of building 6 on the Rockhampton campus. Distance students can mail their collections to me directly care of the School of Medical and Applied Science, CQUniversity, Rockhampton 4702.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. A knowledge of the major groups of photosynthetic life in aquatic habitats such that you can explain their systematics and phylogenetic relationships and the ability to classify and identify members of these groups using the keys discussed in the unit.

2. A knowledge of the ecology of aquatic photosynthetic life such that you can outline how their anatomy, physiology and life cycles are interrelated, how they are adapted to their particular habitats and explain how this relates to the management of aquatic environments.

3. Field and laboratory skills in the techniques of collection, beginning level identification, accurate enumeration and growth of representatives of the groups.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



5 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title Attendance at Compulsory Residential school
Task Description

Attend the residential school and complete the practicals, including the in-class test.

Assessment Due Date Residential school starts on Wednesday 23 August at 9am in building 8/LG07 on the Rockhampton North campus.
Return Date to Students Residential school will finish on Saturday 26 August at 5pm.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

Students will need to submit in class test assessment associated with the residential school in hard copy.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. A knowledge of the major groups of photosynthetic life in aquatic habitats such that you can explain their systematics and phylogenetic relationships and the ability to classify and identify members of these groups using the keys discussed in the unit.

2. A knowledge of the ecology of aquatic photosynthetic life such that you can outline how their anatomy, physiology and life cycles are interrelated, how they are adapted to their particular habitats and explain how this relates to the management of aquatic environments.

3. Field and laboratory skills in the techniques of collection, beginning level identification, accurate enumeration and growth of representatives of the groups.

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

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. A knowledge of the major groups of photosynthetic life in aquatic habitats such that you can explain their systematics and phylogenetic relationships and the ability to classify and identify members of these groups using the keys discussed in the unit.

2. A knowledge of the ecology of aquatic photosynthetic life such that you can outline how their anatomy, physiology and life cycles are interrelated, how they are adapted to their particular habitats and explain how this relates to the management of aquatic environments.

3. Field and laboratory skills in the techniques of collection, beginning level identification, accurate enumeration and growth of representatives of the groups.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice


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