BOTN13002 - Plants and the Environment
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is concerned with the in vivo responses of plants to the environment. There is coverage of structure and function of the whole plant.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
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 BIOL11100 Functional Biology

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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) 10%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Practical Assessment 25%
4. 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
Students felt there was too much content in the residential school. Student comments. Remove the hydroponics project from next year's residential school. This will allow students to focus more on the diurnal experiment and growth analysis without having them miss out on content.
Lecturer needs to speak more slowly. Student comments. When lecturing, I'll be more conscious of my speaking pace.
Exams were fair and students liked having a second go at quizzes — this gave them incentive to study more. Student comments. Maintain the two attempt quiz and length/point structure of final exam.
Text book, online readings and course materials need to be more closely aligned. Student comments. I recommend investigating a new textbook for students. In the meantime, keep the online textbook (students appreciate a free text) but more closely align the lectures, readings and practicals through better signposting in all three and on moodle.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe and illustrate the principal physiological processes of angiosperms as an integrated system.
  2. Apply knowledge of plant physiology in real life situations in agriculture, forestry and vegetation management.
  3. Conduct plant physiology experiments, write experimental reports in the correct format and critique existing reports.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

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 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Practical Assessment    
4 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Plants in Action
Author/s: Atwell, Kriedeman, turnbull Year: 1999
Edition: 1st Publisher: on line at http://plantsinaction.science.uq.edu.au/edition1/?q=content/title-page
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Plant Physiology
Author/s: Salisbury and Ross Year: 1992
Edition: 4th Publisher: Wadsworth
City: Belmont State: CA
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

The text Salisbury and Ross 1992 (4th Edition, Wadsworth Publishing) is a highly recommended reading (it was a prescribed text in previous years).

The text 'Plants in Action' is produced by the Australian Society of Plant Scientists and is available on-line (at http://plantsinaction.science.uq.edu.au/edition1/?q=content/title-page). It is no longer available for purchase in hardcopy form. Its strength is in its Australian examples and authors, while its weakness is its electronic formatting and lesser 'detail'.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
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 CoordinatorNathan Brooks-English (n.english@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 & Overview

Plants in Action: Preamble, A Plant Science Manifesto Plant Science Applied: case study cotton
Week 2 13-03-2017

Seed dormancy and germination

Study Guide Module 1

Plants in Action: Chapters 8.1.1, 8.1.2 and case study 8.1 (pp 254-256 and 596-598)

Week 1 Quiz closes Monday night.
Week 3 20-03-2017

Water potential

Study Guide Module 2

Plants in Action: Chapters 4.3.1, 5.1 and 5.2.1 to 5.2.6 and 15.1 (over the next three weeks)

Skim 4.3.2 and 4.3.3

Week 2 Quiz closes Monday night.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Water uptake and transport

Study Guide Module 3

Plants in Action: Chapters 4.3.1, 5.1 and 5.2.1 to 5.2.6 and 15.1

Skim 4.3.2 and 4.3.3

Week 3 Quiz closes Monday night.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Water relations (No Lecture this week)

Plants in Action: Chapters 4.3.1, 5.1 and 5.2.1 to 5.2.6 and 15.1

Skim 4.3.2 and 4.3.3

Week 4 Quiz closes Monday night.

Compulsory Residential School is scheduled in Rockhampton April 6 to 9, 2017.

(Optional) Hardcopy draft of Discussing and Quantifying Plant Processes due at beginning of Res School.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Mineral nutrition

Study Guide Module 4

Plants in Action: Chapters 4 and 16

Practical Reports Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Nitrogen and sulphur

Study Guide Module 5

Plants in Action: Chapters 4 and 16

Week 6 Quiz closes Monday night.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Photosynthesis

Study Guide Module 6

Plants in Action: Chapters 2.1 to 2.3, 12.1 to 12.6, 13.1, 13.2 and 13.5

Week 7 Quiz closes Monday night.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Carbohydrate metabolism

Study Guide Module 7

Plants in Action: Chapters 2.4 and 11.3 to 11.7

Week 8 Quiz closes Monday night.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Plant growth regulation

Study Guide Module 8

Plants in Action: Chapter 6

Week 9 Quiz closes Monday night.

Discussing and Quantifying Plant Processes Due Friday (19 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Plant growth modelling - bringing it all together

Plants in Action: Chapters 14 and 15.2 to 15.5

Week 10 Quiz closes Monday night.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Review

Week 11 Quiz closes Monday night.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quizzes
Task Description

On-line quizzes are associated with most weeks of activity in Moodle. The quizzes are designed to test that you have done the reading and understood the concepts associated with the previous weeks' learning. As items of continuous assessment, each quiz is of small ‘value', but understanding each week’s material will lead to better assessment and exam scores!

For each quiz: there is no time limit; 1 reattempt of a quiz is allowed but not required; there is a 20 minute enforced time period between attempts; an average of your attempts will be recorded as the grade for that quiz.

The questions in each quiz are taken from a question bank, so you may not get the same questions the second time you take the quiz.

Number of Quizzes 10
Frequency of Quizzes Weekly
Assessment Due Date Quizzes open Monday from Week 2 to Week 12 and close before midnight the following Monday.
Return Date to Students Automated marking - but I expect some discussion each week of uncertain answers.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Each quiz (except Quiz 1) is composed of multiple choice questions and will be automatically marked as correct or incorrect. There are some essay questions in the Week 1 Quiz, but these will be marked for completeness, not the correct answer.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40% overall average of all 10 quizzes.
Submission Online

Undertake the quiz where attached to a weekly module in Moodle.

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

1. Describe and illustrate the principal physiological processes of angiosperms as an integrated system.

2. Apply knowledge of plant physiology in real life situations in agriculture, forestry and vegetation management.

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



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Discussing and Quantifying Plant Processes
Task Description

The Discussing and Quantifying Plant Processes assessment is comprised of short tasks, including calculations and descriptive/interpretive short answers. It will cover material presented in Weeks 1 - 10. The specific questions will be posted on the Moodle site by the end of Week 2. Start this assessment right away and keep on top of it. Don't wait for the last week to do it!

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment is meant to check and demonstrate your progress in various plant topics covered in the course to the point of submission.

For calculation based tasks, marks are awarded for:

1. a statement of the principle and key relationship (20%);

2. clear step by step calculations, with explanation and unit analysis (60%);

3. the correct numerical answer (20%).

For descriptive/interpretative tasks cite and reference relevant supporting information and interpret it in the context of your response to the question asked. Marks are awarded for:

1. the quality of the background review, including a definition of the topic (30%);

2. the discussion of this information in context of the question asked (50%);

3. and the clarity of English expression, spelling, grammar, accuracy of referencing, appropriate length (20%).

Please submit your answers in a Word document (doc, docx or rtf). PDF documents will NOT be accepted. You can perform calculations or draw figures by hand and insert them as images (e.g. jpegs) in the word document. If you don’t have a scanner – take a photo on your mobile phone. You must make sure we know what question you're answering by putting the question number in front of the text. Please consider redrafting your calculations for clarity before photographing/scanning them. Blurred or blank images are not acceptable.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please submit your assignment as a doc, docx or rtf file with images of your calculations/figures embedded in the document.

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

1. Describe and illustrate the principal physiological processes of angiosperms as an integrated system.

2. Apply knowledge of plant physiology in real life situations in agriculture, forestry and 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



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Reports
Task Description
Two practical reports (1000 words each, excluding references, figure captions, tables and title page) are required in the format of scientific papers/technical reports and each describing one of the experiments undertaken at residential school (i.e. two reports, each one detailing one of the experiments undertaken at res school). You may select which two experiments you report on. They are stand alone reports, but should be submitted as one document (with one section for each report).
Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

The reports will not be assessed on the 'success' of the experiment. Assessment will be based on:

1. structure (as a scientific report, with Title, Abstract, Intro, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion);

2. demonstration and explanation of calculations, with explanation of units in each step;

3. interpretation of data in the discussion section, with reference to existing knowledge.

Please submit your answers in a Word document (doc, docx or rtf). PDF documents will NOT be accepted. You can perform calculations or draw figures by hand and insert them as images (e.g. jpegs) in the word document. If you don’t have a scanner – take a photo on your mobile phone. You must make sure we know what question you're answering by putting the question number in front of the text. Please consider redrafting your calculations for clarity before photographing/scanning them. Blurred or blank images in the word document are not acceptable.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please submit your assignment as a doc, docx or rtf file with images of your calculations/figures embedded in the document.

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

1. Describe and illustrate the principal physiological processes of angiosperms as an integrated system.

2. Apply knowledge of plant physiology in real life situations in agriculture, forestry and vegetation management.

3. Conduct plant physiology experiments, write experimental reports in the correct format and critique existing reports.

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

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



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. Describe and illustrate the principal physiological processes of angiosperms as an integrated system.

2. Apply knowledge of plant physiology in real life situations in agriculture, forestry and 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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