BOTN12010 - Botany of Aquatic Environments

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BOTN11004 Foundation Plant Biology or BIOL11099 Living Systems

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% response rate.

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.

Source: Moodle Red Button feedback
Feedback
Most of the feedback centred on how great the residential school was, including the field trips. Also the way lectures were delivered and rapid assessment feedback were aspects that students liked.
Recommendation
Continue to deliver the material presented in a similar way as students like the approaches adopted.
Action Taken
Material was presented in a similar fashion to previous years.
Source: Moodle Red Button feedback.
Feedback
One student requested tutorials so they could ask questions about the material presented in lectures - which was odd, because biweekly tutorials were offered!
Recommendation
Make students more aware of the tutorials that are on offer during the term.
Action Taken
Students were made aware of tutorials early in term and reminded throughout term.
Source: Moodle Red Button feedback
Feedback
One student suggested reducing the emphasis on the green algae.
Recommendation
Consider reducing the number of lectures in this area of content.
Action Taken
Lectures remained as previous years, however, this will continue as a consideration in future.
Source: "Have your say" feedback on Moodle.
Feedback
Students enjoyed residential school and the addition of experts in the presentation of the residential school.
Recommendation
Continue to present residential school in its current format.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" feedback on Moodle.
Feedback
Students noted that with the changes in algal taxonomy, some changes are required to learning resources.
Recommendation
Changes are currently being made to the learning resources.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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