Plant Diversity (2261ENV)

This course includes the main algal groups, the symbiotic relationships of plants (with both bacteria and fungi), the lower plants (mosses, liverworts and hornworts), the seedless vascular plants (ferns) and the main seed plants (gymnosperms and angiosperms). This course takes a systematic approach to these groups emphasising the evolutionary developments evident in each major clade. The material in the course reflects the current changes in plant taxonomy. The emphasis is on how the structure of the plant influences how it functions in its environment. The processes of seed dispersal, seed germination, plant reproductive strategies and the use of secondary chemicals in plants as a way of modifying animal behaviour are investigated. The practical component of the course introduces students to the morphologies of these different groups, particularly those that are endemic to Australia. Interactive computer keys are used to teach plant identification skills along with the correct methods for preparing herbarium specimens. Prerequisite: 1041SCG Biological Systems OR 1005BPS Cell Biology and Biological Systems (or equivalent) Incompatible: 2041AES Animal and Plant Diversity; 1602EAS Botany & Zoology; 2702ENV Botany; 2702EAS Botany; 2261AES Plant Diversity

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 2

Usually available

Nathan Trimester 1

Course offerings and timetables


Key dates

Course start date
25 February 2019
Last day to add a course
10 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
24 March 2019
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
28 April 2019

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Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Laboratory
Laboratory (10366) Tuesday 09:00 - 12:50
Weeks 2 - 7, 8 - 12
N55 -2.08
Environment 1 Building
Nathan Campus