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Plant Structure and Function

Undergraduate | RMI-SCB120 | 2024

Dig into the structure of plants and unearth how they function, survive, manage stress and cultivate. Nurture a career in plant science, agriculture or environment. Grow your plant anatomy, water relations, photosynthesis and plant hormone knowledge. 

Study method
Online & on-campus
Subject may require attendance
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks

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Plant Structure and Function

About this subject

  • On successful completion of the course you should be able to 

    1. Explain the structure of plants, including their tissues and organs, and the functions of each
    2. Explain the way in which plants take in water and mineral nutrients, transport them to sites where they are used and metabolise them to allow the plant to survive and grow. 
    3. Explain the process of photosynthesis and the way in which the products are used and translocated by the plant both locally and throughout the plant 
    4. Explain the mechanisms by which plants regulate growth and development, and the economic applications of this knowledge, including tissue culture 
    5. Conduct experimental work, analyse the data and draw appropriate conclusions 
    6. Demonstrate knowledge and use basic information services available in the library, including computer-based services, e.g. catalogues, databases, to find specific information relevant to topics. 
    7. Interpret statistics (Minitab) in written reports and use computer applications for word-processing (Word), spreadsheet/database/graphics (Excel) 
    8. Demonstrate ability to write adequate practical reports in standard biological format.

Entry requirements

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted into a degree.


This is an introductory enabling course requiring no formal prerequisites, but you will find that knowledge of biology and chemistry at VCE level will be an advantage.

Additional requirements

  • Attendance requirements - Practical dates SP2: July 3 - July 7 (5 half days from 9 am - 1 pm)

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

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