Plants: How They Shape the World

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Plants: How They Shape the World

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Botany, Life Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to botany, how the study of plants aids our understanding of Earth?s history and human society, and how plants will respond to future environmental change.

    Students who learn successfully in this paper will: understand the past, present and future role of plants for planet Earth and human welfare; be familiar with major plant groups; gain an overview of plant form and function; be able to apply skills in observation, interpretation and communication; and appreciate the excitement and potential for cutting-edge research in Plant Sciences.

    Course Structure
    This paper covers:
    - Evolution of plant diversity
    - Energy metabolism and nutrition
    - Plant growth and development
    - Marine flora: evolution and function
    - Plant life on land
    - Flowering plants

    Learning Outcomes
    Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts, theories, and current areas of research.

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