Plant Structure and Function

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Plant Structure and Function

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Animal Science, Biology, Horticulture, Natural Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    12 credit points including 6 credit point in BIOL units including BIOL114 or BIOL115

  • 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

    Plants are spectacularly diverse because of the unrelenting interaction of genes and environment. This produces variations on basic structures (such as leaf morphology) and functions (such as water loss through stomata) that adapt plants to their surroundings. This unit reveals how structure and function underpin the performance of wild and cultivated plants at many levels of organisation, from entire communities (such as rainforests) through to the expression of individual genes. Mechanisms of adaptation to a range of adverse conditions typically found in Australia are addressed. The discovery of principles is achieved through a broad range of laboratory experiments and discussion. This unit leads to the specialist third year unit in plant biology, BIOL313.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.