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.


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
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Attendance Requirements

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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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55.56% 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 Student evaluation of unit
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.
Consider having more breaks during the res school when it's all day in the lab.
Action Taken
More breaks during residential school were provided.
Source: Moodle Red Button 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.
Continue to deliver the material presented in a similar way as students like the approaches adopted.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle Red Button feedback.
One student requested tutorials so they could ask questions about the material presented in lectures - which was odd, because biweekly tutorials were offered!
Make students more aware of the tutorials that are on offer during the term.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle Red Button feedback
One student suggested reducing the emphasis on the green algae.
Consider reducing the number of lectures in this area of content.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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