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

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. In-class Test(s) 16%
2. Written Assessment 17%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 17%
4. Examination 50%
5. On-campus Activity 0%

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 Policy 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.

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

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 9
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Examination
5 - On-campus Activity