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BTNY303 Topics in Field Botany

Understanding plants in the world around us. A hands-on, field-oriented course in plant identification and collection, in the context of plant population and community ecology.

This field-based paper aims to provide a hands-on understanding of New Zealand plant species, the populations and communities of which they are a part, and the ecological relationships with the environments in which they occur. Students will become familiar with the major families and genera of plants that are significant in the New Zealand flora, as well as gain internationally applicable skills in identifying plants to species level using a range of diagnostic tools and documenting plant distributions via voucher specimen collection and documentation. Further, students will gain expertise in observational as well as the diagnostic and analytical skills that are primarily used in plant surveys, as well as an understanding of the ecological processes that influence the location of plants, and that shape the vegetation.

Paper title Topics in Field Botany
Paper code BTNY303
Subject Botany
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (13 November 2017 - 15 December 2017)
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
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Kath Dickinson
Paper Structure
Lectures, laboratories and field trips
Teaching Arrangements
13 full weekdays based on the Dunedin campus, 13-29 November. All assessment will be completed by mid-December.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Teamwork.View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who learn successfully in this paper will:
  • Be able to use relevant diagnostic tools to identify plants to species level
  • Be able to collect and preserve botanical specimens in a professional manner and use herbarium resources to verify identifications and species names
  • Learn basic herbarium curatorial skills and be aware of the regulations governing national and international plant specimen exchanges
  • Be familiar with New Zealand's regulatory framework for plant collecting and the significance of Treaty partnerships
  • Be able to identify some of the major families and genera of New Zealand plants and some of their key relationships with floras elsewhere in the world
  • Be familiar with methods for surveying plant populations and communities
  • Be able to relate observational and survey data to the relevant botanical and plant ecological literature
Contact
botany@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (13 November 2017 - 15 December 2017)

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

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-16:50 46-48
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 46-48
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 46-48
Thursday 09:00-16:50 46-47
Friday 09:00-16:50 46-47

Understanding plants in the world around us. A hands-on, field-oriented course in plant identification and collection, in the context of plant population and community ecology.

This field-based paper aims to provide a hands-on understanding of New Zealand plant species, the populations and communities of which they are a part, and the ecological relationships with the environments in which they occur. Students will become familiar with the major families and genera of plants that are significant in the New Zealand flora, as well as gain internationally applicable skills in identifying plants to species level using a range of diagnostic tools and documenting plant distributions via voucher specimen collection and documentation. Further, students will gain expertise in observational as well as the diagnostic and analytical skills that are primarily used in plant surveys, as well as an understanding of the ecological processes that influence the location of plants, and that shape the vegetation.

Paper title Topics in Field Botany
Paper code BTNY303
Subject Botany
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (12 November 2018 - 14 December 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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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
Contact
botany@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Kath Dickinson
Paper Structure
Lectures, laboratories and field trips.
Teaching Arrangements
13 full weekdays based on the Dunedin campus, 12-28 November. All assessment will be completed by mid-December.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who learn successfully in this paper will:
  • Be able to use relevant diagnostic tools to identify plants to species level
  • Be able to collect and preserve botanical specimens in a professional manner and use herbarium resources to verify identifications and species names
  • Learn basic herbarium curatorial skills and be aware of the regulations governing national and international plant specimen exchanges
  • Be familiar with New Zealand's regulatory framework for plant collecting and the significance of Treaty partnerships
  • Be familiar with methods for surveying plant populations and communities
  • Be able to relate observational and survey data to the relevant botanical and plant ecological literature

^ Top of page

Timetable

1st Non standard period (12 November 2018 - 14 December 2018)

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

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Monday 09:00-16:50 47-48
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 46-48
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 46-48
Thursday 09:00-16:50 46-48
Friday 09:00-16:50 46-47