Plant Diversity and Conservation
Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Katherine Steele
This module describes and compares the ecology of major groups of land plants and considers their diversity, evolution, classification, structure and conservation around the world. Teaching makes extensive use of plant material at Treborth Botanic Garden and the practical components include field visits and lab classes. The module is structured around the major groups of plants: lichens, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants, as well as fungi. For each group we examine the main conservation threats and solutions. Students will be introduced to the floral diversity of Angiosperms and will receive instruction in the identification of major families of flowering plants.
Review of major terrestrial plant groups and fungi, their morphological characteristics and evolutionary relationships; origin and structure; ecological role of major terrestrial plant groups; geographical distribution of diversity; ethnobotanical and agricultural uses of plants; conservation threats and solutions. Study material is provided of bryophytes, spore-bearing vascular plants, gymnosperms and angiosperms to illustrate their morphology, anatomy and reproductive structures. Examination of this material involves a range of techniques including section cutting, microscopy, basic physiological observations and field work. The morphology of flowering plants is studied by reference to a wide range of tropical and temperate families and is conducted mainly at Treborth Botanic Garden with additional excursions to other plant collections. Discussions will explore how plant classification and conservation can be assisted with technology.
Grades A- to A**: Students will demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of all the major groups of terrestrial plants and show excellent insight the use of concise, accurate botanical and ecological terminology. Essays and portfolios will show extensive use of the primary literature and demonstrate family specific anatomic details. Students will be able to give scientific explanations as to how these anatomic details reflect ecological adaptations. The will be able to critically evaluate conservation issues. Botanical drawings must be detailed and correctly labelled and data fully analysed. Students must emphasize family specific anatomic details and must include scientific explanations of how these anatomic details reflect ecological adaptations.
Grades B- to B+:A good student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, and be able to detail examples where appropriate. Written work should demonstrate an ability to think critically about the subject and to synthesise lecture material and information from background reading. They will use an expanded vocabulary of technical botanical terms describing taxonomy and morphology and a good knowledge of conservation issues. Botanical drawings must be detailed, accurately labelled and extensively interpreted taxonomically, morphologically and ecologically.
Grades D- to C+: A threshold student should have a basic knowledge of the essential facts and key concepts of plant biology presented in the module. Written answers should demonstrate an ability to organize relevant lecture material into a coherent argument. They will understand basic ecological principles governing plant structure, evolution, and reproduction. They will have a basic knowledge conservation issues. Botanical drawings must be annotated correctly and they should include relevant comments.
Be able to identify the structure and function of vegetative and reproductive structures of terrestrial green plants.
Show understanding of the ecological and ethnobotanical importance of plants and fungi.
Be able to apply standard techniques to record variation and produce informative annotated drawings detailing the morphological characteristics of plants.
Be able to critically review the roles of plants and plant diversity in terrestrial ecosystems, threats facing them and approaches for their conservation.
Be able to write and present a well-structured and coherent leaflet on a chosen species or ecosystem using primary literature to support the argument presented.
Be able to obtain, interpret and synthesise information from background reading and use it to effectively supplement lecture notes.
|Written assignment, including essay||Conservation report||
Report to describe conservation status of a chosen species
|LLYFR LOG NEU BORTFFOLIO||Logbook||
Logbook of relevant species observed and practical reports, including botanical descriptions of species-specific features and reference information.
Short answers and MCQs
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
2 x 6 hour, 3 x 4 and 1 x 3 hour field visits (to sites and Treborth)
Mostly 1 hour lectures with slides with some longer sessions (2- 4 hour) for field-based lectures. Visual aids and discussion.
4*3 hour laboratory practicals
Private and guided self-study
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Ymwybyddiaeth o ddiogelwch - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch amgylchedd a hyder o ran cadw at reoliadau iechyd a diogelwch
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Conduct fieldwork and/or laboratory work competently with awareness of appropriate risk assessment and ethical considerations
- Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
- Collect, analyse and interpret primary and/or secondary data using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.
- Appreciation of the reciprocal nature of human-environmental relationships.
- Preparation of effective maps, diagrams and visualizations.
- Engagement with current developments in the biosciences and their application.
- Appreciation of the complexity and diversity of life processes through the study of organisms.
- Engage in debate and/or discussion with specialists and non-specialists using appropriate language.
- Undertake field and/or laboratory studies of living systems.
- Undertake practical work to ensure competence in basic experimental skills.
- Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
- Collect and record data generated by a diverse range of methods.
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Students must make their own travel arrangements to attend sessions at Treborth.
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