Plant Structure and Function

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: RMIT University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Plant Structure and Function unit from Open Universities Australia and RMIT University explains plant structure including tissues and organs, and the functions of each.

Upon completion of this unit, you will know how 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.

The unit also explains photosynthesis and the way in which the products are used and translocated by the plant both locally and throughout the plant, and relate plant physiology to its ecology and potential uses in bioremediation.

You will also conduct experimental work, analyse the data and draw appropriate conclusions.

On-campus component

This unit has mandatory on-campus components. You will be required to attend five half-day practicals in Melbourne.

Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this unit; anyone may apply.

Areas of study

In this Plant Structure and Function unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Plant anatomy – cells and tissues
  • Plant anatomy – stem and root
  • Plant anatomy – leaf
  • Water relations – transpiration stream and control
  • Water relations – cellular aspects, stress physiology
  • Ionic relations – mineral nutrition, fertilisers, N and P cycles, ion uptake/transport
  • Photosynthesis – light reactions, C3 plants
  • Photosynthesis – C4/CAM plants, ecophysiology
  • Phloem translocation
  • Plant hormones and control of development 1+2
  • Plant hormones and control of development 3+4

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences), RMIT University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will give you the foundational skills and learning that underpins a range of areas, including botany, plant biology, applied plant sciences, systems ecology, genetics and biochemistry.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Plant Structure and Function from RMIT University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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