BIOEB204-19B (HAM)

Plant Structure and Function

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Paper Description

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Plants are key regulators of ecosystem processes, and actively respond to and change their environments. This paper examines how plants have these effects by exploring plant structure, functioning, reproduction and adaptation to different environments. Lectures and laboratory work emphasise New Zealand examples and the identification of common native plants.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory classes. Details of lecture and lab content are provided in the attached paper timetable.

Important note for international students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.


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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Describe the morphology, anatomy and growth of plants and explain adaptive variation in plant form between functional groups and environments.
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of plant water and nutrient acquisition, and photosynthesis, and their role in influencing plant species distributions.
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  • Describe the main characteristics of the NZ flora and vegetation
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  • Undertake basic practical laboratory and field techniques relevant to plant biology, including use of light microscopes, hand sectioning and plant identification.
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  • Identify up to 20 common terrestrial native plants in a field context.
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  • Construct and test a hypothesis, collect data, and prepare a scientific report.
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  • Communicate scientific ideas by preparing and presenting a poster
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Assessment

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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes in the dates will be made in consultation with the class, at least one week prior to the original date.


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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Online Test 1
26 Jul 2019
11:30 PM
2.5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Online Test 2
16 Aug 2019
11:30 PM
2.5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Plant structure report (Labs 1-3)
6 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
15
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4. Poster
23 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
10
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5. Poster Presentation
30 Sep 2019
10:00 AM
5
  • Presentation: In Class
6. Practical Test R1.09 10 Oct 11AM
10 Oct 2019
11:00 AM
15
  • In Class: In Lab
7. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Evert, R. F. and S. E. Eichhorn. 2013. Raven Biology of Plants. 8th Edition. W. H. Freeman

Poole, A. L. and Adams, N. M. 1994. Trees and Shrubs of NZ. Revised Edition. Manaaki Whenua Press

Simpson, MG. 2010. Plant Systematics, 2nd Edition, Academic Press

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions. Your essay assignment must be submitted electronically through Moodle, and as an identical paper copy at FIC.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices. It is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.


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Workload

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This paper provides an average of 4.5 contact hours per week during semester. Students should spend an additional 6 to 7 hours per week during semester on independent study, including reading, revising and preparing assessment items. Additional time will be spent revising for the final exam, up to a total workload of 150 hours for the course by an average student.


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Linkages to Other Papers

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Required for the major in Ecology and Biodiversity

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: BIOEB102 or BIOL102

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: BIOL223

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