Biology of Plants

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biology of Plants

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Botany

  • 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 exploration into the structure, function and biodiversity of plants and fungi, emphasising their adaptations to different environments, their interactions with other organisms and their fundamental importance to humanity.

    Course content
    The course begins with an introduction to plant structure, showing how the assemblage of cells, tissues and organs both affects how a plant interacts with its environment and influences how humans can use it. We then consider the diversity of plants and fungi, past, present and future. Finally, we discuss the physiological mechanisms by which plants obtain and transport food and water.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Predict the adaptive significance of key structural features and metabolic processes of a plant from any type of environment
    • Identify the major groups of plants and fungi
    • Explain the fundamental importance of plants to humanity
    • Use the scientific method to conduct investigative research into plants
    • Collaborate effectively with members of a team.

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