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.
This unit has mandatory on-campus components. You will be required to attend five half-day practicals in Melbourne.
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
Plant hormones and control of development 1+2
Plant hormones and control of development 3+4
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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