HRT202 Plant Taxonomy and Systematics (8)

This subject provides an introduction to the classification, naming, identification and floral biology of plants. Skills in identifying native and exotic species, using conventional and computer-based keys, will be developed. The recognition of plant family characteristics is emphasised.

Availability

* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HRT202. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Prerequisites

BIO126 or BIO100 or AGR156 or PSC102 or PSC103

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical aspects of plant taxonomy
  • be able to accurately identify native and exotic species using various identification techniques

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:

- The need for classification
- Types of classification
- History of plant taxonomy
- Botanical nomenclature
- Identification methods
- Key construction
- Eucalypt classification
- Floral biology
- Flowering plant and structure
- Floral diagrams and formulae
- Identification of native and exotic plants by use of dichotomous keys
- Use of multi-access keys
- Key construction
- Computer assisted identification

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HRT202 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Online activities
5
2
Characteristics herbarium
25
3
Identification test
10
4
Family recognition test
10
5
Acacia key
10
6
Final exam
40

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.To provide a hands on approach to the theory taught.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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