BOTN19001 - Terrestrial Botany

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In BOTN19001, you will learn about terrestrial plants – particularly, Australian plants. You will study their evolution, taxonomy, distribution and economic uses. In this Unit, emphasis will be placed on plant identification so you can apply this knowledge in vegetation surveys, ecosystem restoration, remote sensing, assessing responses of native flora to environmental impacts and selecting suitable plant species for economic development. Compulsory practical classes, field visits and herbarium collection will enable you to gain practical skills in plant identification and vegetation surveys.

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

Pre-requisites: BIOL11099 Living Systems OR BIOL11100 Functional Biology

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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 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. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Practical Assessment 45%
3. Examination 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

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Previous Feedback

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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
Feedback
"I enjoyed the practical work, residential school, herbarium assignmen, and got to see Australian plants in nature"
Recommendation
This unit is designed to provide the students with practical experience in plant identification and plant community description. The above focus will be retained and improved.
Action Taken
Students had the opportunity to visit various plant communities and discuss about 'what plants grow where and why'. The future students will be offered similar opportunity.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
This a discipline which I have come to highly respect and enjoy yet there is so much content that it could be broken into two subjects, the vertical and horizontal aspects.
Recommendation
The rejuvenation program has addressed this issue and accordingly, the contents will be spread across two units. This change will come into effect in 2020.
Action Taken
Now the students learn herbarium collection techniques in 'Life Sciences Laboratories', so the emphasis on this topic has been reduced in the current unit. Likewise the emphasis on soils and image analysis has been reduced to pave way for aquatic plants.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
I learnt a lot in this unit, from Ashwa. He is an engaging lecturer who is extremely knowledgeable in this unit. Not a common quality in lecturers.
Recommendation
Thank you and I will endeavour to maintain this enthusiasm.
Action Taken
This learning opportunity will be maintained and further enhanced by including lower plants (algae and aquatic plants).
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The unit needs to be more inclusive for students in WA. The different climate is an issue with collecting herbarium specimens.
Recommendation
Since the students of this unit come from different parts of Australia, and the local conditions do affect their performance, I will certainly consider this suggestion.
Action Taken
Students who reside in different parts of Australia enroll in Australian Botany. I take this into consideration while designing assignments and presenting lectures..
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Provide clearer instructions on assignments, due dates and specimen mailing address
Recommendation
Assignment instructions will be rewritten. Assignment details will be explained in the tutorial sessions
Action Taken
These details were modified, and they will be further improved.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Students have appreciated the hands-on work on specimen collection, inspecting various plant communities and keying specimens during residential school.
Recommendation
I will ensure that these activities will be continued and improved in Australian Botany..
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Several students commented that the lecturer is extremely knowledgeable, passionate, willing to help, and inspiring students to learn more about Australian plants
Recommendation
I am glad to receive these comments. I too enjoy visiting native plant communities and giving lectures on Australian plants, particularly in exploring native plants for revegetation and other economic activities.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
The practical exercises were backed by the theoretical information, and both were tested through regular quizzes
Recommendation
The quizzes will help prompt the students to keep up with the studies, and the Moodle information will help them gain further knowledge on plant taxonomy and plant community dynamics. These aspects will be enhanced in 2020 via inclusion of aquatic plants.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Moodle navigation could be made more easier
Recommendation
University-recommended template has been used to upload unit contents. Ways of improving this navigation will be explored and the students will be informed of the adapted structure at the beginning of the Term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
More instructions required re: residential school
Recommendation
The proposed residential school activities will be explained to students, a few weeks prior to residential school.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Consideration should be given to other co-hort of students (eg Education students)
Recommendation
Backgrounds of the students who enroll in this unit will be considered while setting assignments and examination papers. Possible application of the skills learnt in this unit to high school teaching will be highlighted.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Define selected botanical terms
  2. Collect and curate specimens and use taxonomic keys to identify native plants
  3. Examine characteristic features of terrestrial Australian flora, and describe the use of those features in vegetation management and their economic exploitation
  4. Describe how native flora respond to environmental disturbances, and explain how this knowledge can be applied in revegetation and ecosystem reconstruction
  5. Undertake vegetation surveys, interpret data and explain the use of GIS and remote sensing techniques in vegetation management.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination