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BTNY 303 Field Topics in Botany


This course 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. During this course we will help you to ‘know your plants’ by understanding plants in the world around us. It is an intensive field‐oriented course that will introduce you to plant and vegetation survey techniques, plant identification and documentation, in the context of plant population and community ecology. The course will combine field‐based work and laboratory sessions with lectures and tutorials providing a theoretical framework to the course of study. We will focus on observational as well as the diagnostic and analytical skills that are primarily used in plant surveys, as well as developing an understanding of the ecological processes that influence the location of plants, and that shape the vegetation.

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Lecturer and Course Coordinator

Professor Kath Dickinson

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The course is all internally assessed.  There is no final examination.


The course is 5 weeks long from 12th November until 14th December 2018. The first part of the course from 12th – 28th November 2018 is intensive (09.00 – 17.00) and will based on the Dunedin campus, with a combination of Field trips, Laboratories, Lectures and Tutorials. The second part of the course from 29th November – 14th December will be taught through online communication using Blackboard and email.

Key Dates

  • 12 November 2018, First day of classes
  • 14 November 2018, 5pm, Last day for payment of fees
  • 16 November 2018, 5pm, Last day to add a paper
  • 23 November 2018, 5pm, Last day to delete a paper with full refund of fees
  • 3 December 2018, 5pm, Last day to withdraw from a paper without a refund of fees
  • 14 December 2018, Last day of classes
  • 15 December 2018, Examination day