BOTN13002 - Plants and the Environment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit addresses 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

BOTN11004 Foundation Plant Biology or BIOL11100 Functional Biology or BIOL12112 Animal and Plant Physiology

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 1 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 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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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 31.25% 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: By Email
Feedback
Maintain physical residential school
Recommendation
The on-line materials created for the covid optional on-line residential school will be extended and integrated into the physical residential school, as preparatory and summary material
Action Taken
This item was undertaken, with resources created in 2020 used in 2021.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Timing of assessments made preparation for exam difficult
Recommendation
Assessment timings will return to 'pre-covid' timings (ie earlier in term) in 2021. The provision for submission of a preliminary form of assignment 1 earlier in term will be promoted.
Action Taken
Assessment timings were adjusted.
Source: Have Your say
Feedback
Moodle site difficult to understand
Recommendation
The Moodle site will be revised in context of improving context to other units in the rejuvenated degree offer
Action Taken
The Moodle site was reorganized, in concert with University wide layout changes.
Source: Have You Say
Feedback
Best aspect of unit: Learning about water potential and calculations, good to real life application
Recommendation
Maintain this component, despite student hesitation with 'math'
Action Taken
This component was maintained.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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