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    An introduction to botany, how the study of plants aids our understanding of Earth’s history and human society, and how plants will respond to future environmental change.

    Students who learn successfully in this paper will: understand the past, present and future role of plants for planet Earth and human welfare; be familiar with major plant groups; gain an overview of plant form and function; be able to apply skills in observation, interpretation and communication; and appreciate the excitement and potential for cutting-edge research in Plant Sciences.

    About this paper

    Paper title Plants: How They Shape the World
    Subject Biology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    BIOL 113, PTWY 132
    Schedule C
    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Tina Summerfield
    Lecturers: Professor David Orlovich
    Associate Professor Janice Lord
    Associate Professor David Burritt
    Dr Matt Larcombe
    And guest lecturers.

    Paper Structure

    This paper covers:

    • Evolution of plant diversity
    • Energy metabolism
    • Plant growth and development
    • Marine flora: evolution and function
    • Plant life on land
    • Flowering plants
    • Plants and the changing environment
    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught via lectures, laboratories and project.

    Evert RF, Eichhorn AE 2013. Raven Biology of Plants, 8th edition. New York: WH Freeman and Company Publishers.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts, theories, and current areas of research.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 11:00-11:50 30-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 30-35, 37-42
    A2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 30-35, 37-42
    A3 Thursday 14:00-17:50 30-35, 37-42
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