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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 Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,348.60
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,967.53

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Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Janice Lord
Paper Structure
Tutorials and self-directed learning
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour tutorial per week.

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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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


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