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BTNY467 New Zealand Plant Ecology and Evolution

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The ecology and evolution of plants, with especial emphasis on New Zealand plants, their history, their environment and their interactions with animals.

This literature-based paper focuses on the New Zealand flora, its ecology, evolutionary history, diversity, cultural relevance and interactions with New Zealand's unique animals. Topics for in-depth discussion are chosen by the class from a list of current, central and contentious issues relevant to New Zealand botany in its broadest sense. Visiting researchers and guest lecturers frequently contribute to discussion topics. Special interest topics, in keeping with the paper's focus, can be included via individual presentations.

Paper title New Zealand Plant Ecology and Evolution
Paper code BTNY467
Subject Botany
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,348.60
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,967.53

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Contact
botany@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Janice Lord
Paper Structure
Tutorials and self-directed learning
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour tutorial per week.
Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper students should be able to:
  • Understand how to access and interpret the scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of central concepts, theories and current areas of debate.
  • Deliver a professional scientific lecture.
  • Critically evaluate a published research paper.

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Timetable

Semester 2

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

The ecology and evolution of plants, with especial emphasis on New Zealand plants, their history, their environment and their interactions with animals.

This paper examines New Zealand plant ecology and evolution from a range of angles. The content is partly prescribed and partly chosen by the class through student led workshops. The prescribed component includes in-depth discussion groups on key themes associated with New Zealand Flora, its ecology and evolution, as well as formal debates on especially contentious issues. This section may include guest lectures. Student led workshops involve each student teaching the class for one session on a topic of their choice.

Paper title New Zealand Plant Ecology and Evolution
Paper code BTNY467
Subject Botany
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2022 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Contact
botany@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Matt Larcombe

Paper Structure
Tutorials and self-directed learning
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour tutorial per week.
Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the paper students should be able to:

  • Understand how to access and interpret the scientific literature
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of central concepts, theories and current areas of debate
  • Effectively communicate scientific information through peer-peer teaching
  • Critically evaluate an unpublished research paper

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Timetable

Semester 2

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41