Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course explores the range and complexity of plant ecosystems and communities, focusing in particular on Australia's flora. A number of prominent plant groups and issues in vegetation management will be examined in detail. The course shows how knowledge of plant population biology and ecology underpins vegetation management. The course will focus on local or regional case studies and examples, as far as possible.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of Australian flora, their origin and biodiversity;

2. Demonstrate knowledge of botanical terminology and skills in plant identification;

3. Understand the key adaptive features of the major plant groups in relation to their environment;

4. Understand the biological principles crucial to managing plant populations;

5. Understand the current issues in the degradation of vegetation and the key strategies to manage them;

6. Demonstrate skills in the observation and recording of field/laboratory data;

7. Develop skills in the acquiring and interpreting of scientific information;

8. Develop skills in the application of theory and techniques in a range of contexts;

9. Develop skills in the communication of ideas, observations and conclusions.


  1. Origin of the Australian flora major plant families and the conventions in classifying and naming plants
  2. Key features of vegetation types in Australia, their distribution and relationship with the environment.
  3. Aspects of reproductive biology particularly relevant to the management of plant species.
  4. Key vegetation sampling methods and their application to different purposes.
  5. Plant adaptations to fire and fire management principles.
  6. Wetland plant adaptations, ecology and management.
  7. The ecological role of and human use of fungi and grasses.
  8. Weed ecology, weed management strategies, revegetation and practices.


This course replaces EMGT2040. If you have successfully completed EMGT2040 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

BIOL1001 or BIOL1002, AND BIOL1003 (Callaghan students) BIOL1040 and BIOL1070 (or BIOL1050) (Ourimbah students)

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Report: Laboratory Quizzes

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Field Study

Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Lectures also offered by Echosystem