BOTN13002 - Plants and the Environment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will study plant ecophysiology, describing in vivo responses of plants to the environment in both an agricultural and environmental context. You will gain an understanding of plant structure and function, including water relations, transport pathways, gas exchange, photosynthesis, respiration, secondary metabolism, nutrition and growth regulation.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: minimum of 72 credit points

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 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 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. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Practical Assessment 25%
4. Online Test 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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 50.00% 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: SUTE
Feedback
Request that assessments are not due on the same day, two weeks after Res School.
Recommendation
The assessment items are the practical report and a written assignment. Students should be reminded that written assignment can be submitted earlier, and that the formal due date is a final date. Students will continue to be encouraged to bring drafts of the assignment to residential school to inform general discussion on the topics covered in the assignment.
Action Taken
The assessments were due on different days this year.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Request perusal time for the questions in on-line exam
Recommendation
The exam was on-line, open for a three hour period. It is not possible to invigilate a 'no writing' 10 minute period. In future, students should be advised to create a perusal (planning) time for themselves.
Action Taken
As stated in the recommendation no perusal time was provided.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Request to provide hardcopy of on-line text, available for purchase
Recommendation
The on-line text is a free resource, but its navigation is not optimal. The potential to have hardcopy available through the bookstore will be investigated.
Action Taken
This is not economically feasible. Students can purchase a hard copy online if they require it.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Request to have quizzes a higher percentage of total marks
Recommendation
The weekly time-limited quizzes are meant to ensure weekly study and reflection, with the work rewarded in understanding of the topic and so better performance on other assessment items. Multiple attempts are possible, and so very high marks are achievable. I will seek guidance on potentially increasing the weight of this assessment item.
Action Taken
The weighting was left intact.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Request to avoid Mondays for lectures given the number of public holidays that fall on Mondays
Recommendation
Timetabling is outside lecturer control, however a series of 'topic' video presentations can be made that support continued learning on public holidays.
Action Taken
The use of recorded lectures meant that holidays did not impact the lecture schedule. Tutorials were held on Tuesdays.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Request to avoid need to access external links in the final on-line exam
Recommendation
The on-line examination is, by necessity, open book. Therefore questions must be more 'problem solving' than 'direct responses'. This was attempted through having links to readings. This material can be provided within the exam documentation.
Action Taken
Material for the exam was provided within the exam documentation.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Assessment tasks were relevant to the weekly learning and related heavily to our exam. The residential school was great for learning some theoretical work, as well as practical work.
Recommendation
These outcomes should be maintained.
Action Taken
These outcomes were maintained.
Source: Student Have Your Say
Feedback
Please update lectures they are a little hard to hear
Recommendation
Lectures are likely to be updated in the coming years as the Unit Coordinator role changes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Have Your Say
Feedback
Please pose questions in quizzes in plain English with no 'tricks' Thanks
Recommendation
The quiz questions are difficult and complicated and that reflects the content. There are no "trick" questions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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 - Online Test
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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