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120.219 Plants and People (15 credits)

Plants as sources of food and beverage, medicine, fibres and dyes, with emphasis on their origin, domestication and the role of plant breeding to improve plants for human use. The physiological effects of active plant compounds on the body. The cultural and geographic origins of commercially important plants.

Details Details

  • Year: 2019
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester One full semester
  • Location: Manawatu Campus
  • Coordinator: A/Pro Jennifer Tate
  • Subject: Plant Biology
  • College: College of Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

  • Prerequisite(s):
    General Prerequisite: At least 45 credits from 100 level

Expected prior learningRequirements help

  • In order to be successful in this course, it is recommended that students will have passed first year biology and chemistry courses (e.g., 162.101, 119.154, 123.101, 123.171). The courses Biology of Plants (120.101) or Plants in Agriculture (283.101) provide an excellent background.

Dates

  • Start Date: Monday 25 February, 2019
  • End date: Sunday 23 June, 2019

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Saturday 9 March, 2019
  • Without academic penalty: Sunday 26 May, 2019

Fees


Course fees for 2019

  • Domestic Students: NZD $879.91 *
  • International Students NZD $3,978.75 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply to 2019 enrolments. Domestic students may be eligible for free fees in their first year.

Learning outcomes Details

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Describe the botanical origins of important sources of food, medicine, beverages, fibres, dyes, and spices.
  2. Explain the process of plant domestication and the role and relevance of genetic diversity in this process.
  3. Explain and critically discuss the impact of cultural associations, geographic origins, and global spread of economically important plants, especially as related to Maori culture and New Zealand.
  4. Compare the physiological effects that active plant compounds have on the human body.
  5. Evaluate primary scientific literature and prepare a written report on the use of an economically important plant.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

Learning experience

In order to be successful in this course, it is recommended that students will have passed first year biology and chemistry courses (e.g. 162.101, 119.154, 123.101, 123.171). The courses Biology of Plants (120.101) or Plants in Agriculture (283.101) provide an excellent background.

Assessments Details

During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
1 Test 1,2,3,4 10.0%
2 Test 1,2,3 20.0%
3 Written Assignment 1,2,3,4,5 20.0%
4 Exam (centrally scheduled) 1,2,3,4 50.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.

Completion requirements

To pass the course, students must complete and submit all assessment items. A minimum of 45% in the final examination must be achieved to gain a full pass in the course.

Textbooks

It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

Compulsory
  • Plants In Our World: Economic Botany
    Author: Beryl Simpson And Molly Ogorzaly
    ISBN: 978-0073524245
    Edition: 4th
    Publisher: MacGraw Hill

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Class timetable

The class timetable displays all available class times for this offering. Once you have enrolled in a course, you can access the student portal and select which of these class times you wish to attend.

Requirement(s): Each student should take 3 hour(s) of Lecture(s)


Lecture (All students)
Monday 11:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 17:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 10:00

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