PLNT3306 Australian Vegetation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Botany major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit provides an integrative understanding of the distribution of the Australian flora, past and present, and of current Australian vegetation types and their relationships with a dynamic environment. Students become familiar with the quantitative characterisation of their environment by classifying plant communities according to structural and physiognomic attributes, and analysing field data for patterns of diversity and community organisation. Students also learn how vegetation mapping, inventory and interpretation of remotely sensed data are based on understanding vegetation structure and that this knowledge underpins local, regional and national management capabilities. The unit appeals to students interested in botany, ecology, land and water management, conservation biology, restoration ecology and agriculture.
Students are able to (1) describe the main vegetation types in Australia and their distribution in relation to soil type, climate, landform and disturbance; (2) classify vegetation according to structural and physiognomic attributes; (3) analyse field data for patterns of diversity and community organisation & understand principles of ecological sampling; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of how vegetation mapping, inventory and interpretation of remotely sensed data require an understanding of vegetation structure.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) simulation modelling project; (2) data analysis report; and (3) final exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Pauline Grierson
Unit rules
PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Evolution
ENVT2250 Ecology
Approved quota: 25—group A: 25 students; group B: no quota
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - Up to $300).
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 3 hours per week; Group A: a week-long field trip (charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student); Group B: several extra labs

Beard, J. S. Plant Life of Western Australia: Kangaroo Press 1990

Keith, D.A.  Australian Vegetation. Third Edition: Cambridge University Press 2017

Kent, M. and Coker, P. Vegetation Description and Analysis: a Practical Approach: Belhaven Press 1992

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