BIOEB204-23B (HAM)

Plant Structure and Function

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
Academic Divisions
Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Ecology, Biodiversity and Animal Behaviour

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: klaus.reiter@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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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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How this paper will be taught

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This paper is taught through a combination of short pre-recorded lectures, in-person workshops, laboratory classes and a one day field-trip. Students will learn the concepts of plant structure and function in the lectures, and then apply this knowledge in the weekly problem-based workshops. Most of the workshops will be assessed, and hence it is critical that students watch the relevant lectures and attend the workshop each week. Workshops will occur every week on Thursday. The labs and field trip will be held roughly every second week (refer to the detailed weekly schedule below). Both the workshops and labs are essential parts of the course.

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For the workshops, students should bring a device, preferably a laptop or tablet rather than a smartphone, for accessing information, taking notes and performing spreadsheet calculations.

For the labs, students will need

  • lab-coat
  • covered shoes
  • stationery - pens, pencil, basic scientific calculator, or a device for recording data and notes
  • safety glasses
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Communicate scientific ideas by preparing and presenting a poster
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  • Construct and test a hypothesis, collect data, and prepare a scientific report
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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
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  • Describe the morphology, anatomy and growth of plants and explain adaptive variation in plant form between functional groups and environments
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  • Identify 20 common terrestrial native plants
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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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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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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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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Workshop 1: Plant structure
5
2. Workshop 2: Plant Structure
5
3. Workshop 3: Vascular transport
0
4. Quiz 1
30 Jul 2023
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Workshop 4: Photosynthesis
5
6. Workshop 5: Nutrition
5
7. Workshop 6: NZ Flora
5
8. Plant structure report (Labs 1-3)
4 Sep 2023
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
9. Workshop 7: NZ Vegetation
5
10. Workshop 8: Mosses, liverworts and ferns
5
11. Workshop 9: Gymnosperms
5
12. Workshop 10: Dicots: Large trees
5
13. Workshop 11: Dicots: Small trees
5
14. Workshop 12: Monocots
0
15. Quiz 2 Plant ID
13 Oct 2023
No set time
5
  • In Class: In Lab
16. Poster
20 Oct 2023
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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