UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Botany

Plants underpin life on Earth. Honours in Botany allows you to conduct rigorous scientific research on various aspects of the taxonomy, biology or functioning of plants. Your research could investigate the exciting diversity and uniqueness of Australian flora or focus on how plants function and interact over all levels of biological organisation, from the plant cell to the role of vegetation in the functioning of ecosystems. Other research may focus on the ways plants adapt to environments ranging from the Antarctic oceans to deserts of the inland. You might also study how best we can overcome problems of environmental degradation such as those derived from mining and salinity. If you are enthusiastic about plants across terrestrial (natural and agricultural) and aquatic ecosystems, this honours specialisation is for you. Honours in Botany can lead to many careers including ecologist, conservation biologist, plant physiologist, plant taxonomist, agricultural scientist, forester, environmental impact assessor, flora resource manager, government policy writer and consultant, consultant risk assessor involved in predicting and identifying algal blooms, consultant for aquaculture, marine biologist, evolutionary biologist, science journalist, laboratory technician, field research officer, plant pathologist or forensic scientist.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) critically identify gaps in knowledge in the field of botany; (2) design and implement a research project that fills an identified gap in knowledge; (3) critically analyse results and draw evidence-based conclusions; (4) manage and analyse research data sets using appropriate statistical tests; (5) present research outcomes orally and in the form of a scientific paper; and (6) convey specialist knowledge in the field of botany.

Entry requirements: a weighted average mark of at least 65 percent in the Level 3 units of the Botany major; or equivalent, as recognised by UWA.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2PLNT4511Plant Biology Research Project DevelopmentPrerequisites: enrolment in the BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Botany, Conservation Biology or Marine Science.
S1, S2PLNT4512Plant Biology Research PresentationCo-requisites: PLNT5544 Botany Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2PLNT5541Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 1Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development
S1, S2PLNT5542Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 2Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development
S1, S2PLNT5543Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 3Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development
S1, S2PLNT5544Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 4Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural SciencesPrerequisites: enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field MethodsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of BiodiversityPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520 ) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5542Conservation GeneticsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems ApplicationsNone
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem BiogeochemistryPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540).
Incompatibility: ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural SystemsPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science