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BTNY301 Plant Ecology

Ecophysiological, systems, life-history and community perspectives on how plants respond to and influence their environment, across a range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

In this paper we investigate the dynamics and behaviour of plants in ecosystems. We explore plants both as organisms that are born, grow, reproduce and die, but also as organisms that regulate the flow of carbon, nitrogen and water in ecosystems. Lectures focus on the fundamental processes that underpin plant ecology. Field and laboratory sessions will provide exposure to modern ecological field methods and associated data processing. Seminars will be used to debate the fundamental scientific papers that have defined the current theory and practice of plant ecology.

Paper title Plant Ecology
Paper code BTNY301
Subject Botany
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
Two of BTNY 201, BTNY 202, BTNY 203, ECOL 211, ECOL 212, GENE 222, GENE 223, GEOG 287, GEOG 290, MARI 202, STAT 210, ZOOL 221, ZOOL 222, ZOOL 223
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Suitable for undergraduates, graduates and professionals of all disciplines interested the roles of plants in ecological systems
Contact
botany@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Kath Dickinson
Paper Structure
Lectures, seminars, laboratories and field trip
Teaching Arrangements
1-hour lectures x 16
1-hour seminars x 4
3-5-hour laboratory/field sessions x 9
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Course outline
View the course outline for BTNY 301
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who learn successfully in this paper will:
  • Appreciate that system and organismal perspectives are complementary views for studying the dynamics of plants
  • Be able to articulate the fundamental theories of vegetation dynamics
  • Experience how theory can be used to develop solutions to applied issues
  • Extend skills in written and oral communication

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Friday 14:00-17:50 9-14, 17-22

Ecophysiological, systems, life-history and community perspectives on how plants respond to and influence their environment, across a range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

In this paper we investigate the dynamics and behaviour of plants in ecosystems. We explore plants both as organisms that are born, grow, reproduce and die, but also as organisms that regulate the flow of carbon, nitrogen and water in ecosystems. Lectures focus on the fundamental processes that underpin plant ecology. Field and laboratory sessions will provide exposure to modern ecological field methods and associated data processing. Seminars will be used to debate the fundamental scientific papers that have defined the current theory and practice of plant ecology.

Paper title Plant Ecology
Paper code BTNY301
Subject Botany
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
Two of BTNY 201, BTNY 202, BTNY 203, ECOL 211, ECOL 212, GENE 222, GENE 223, GEOG 287, GEOG 290, MARI 202, STAT 210, ZOOL 221, ZOOL 222, ZOOL 223
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Suitable for undergraduates, graduates and professionals of all disciplines interested the roles of plants in ecological systems.
Contact
botany@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Linn Hoffman
Paper Structure
Lectures, seminars, laboratories and a field trip.
Teaching Arrangements
1-hour lectures x 16
1-hour seminars x 4
3-5-hour laboratory/field sessions x 9
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Course outline
View the course outline for BTNY 301
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who learn successfully in this paper will:
  • Appreciate that system and organismal perspectives are complementary views for studying the dynamics of plants
  • Be able to articulate the fundamental theories of vegetation dynamics
  • Experience how theory can be used to develop solutions to applied issues
  • Extend skills in written and oral communication

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 15-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Friday 14:00-17:50 9-12, 15-22