Botany (BIOL2023)


This unit of study focuses on the remarkable world of plants and recent advances in botanical research. A phylogenetic approach provides the systematic foundation to this unit and is fundamental to biology. Students are introduced to large-scale patterns in plant morphology and distribution (biogeography). At a different scale, this unit of study investigates the structure of cells, tissues and organs of flowering plants and addresses how plants are constructed and how they respond to environmental signals (incl. stress responses). There is a focus on recent advances in botanical research. Students will develop skills in phylogenetic inference, plant identification and plant anatomy. The content is well-suited to students with specific interests in botany, broad interests in biology (ecology, bioinformatics, environmental science, molecular and cell biology, genetics and biotechnology) and broader disciplines (e.g. education, arts, and environmental law).
This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.

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Further unit of study information


Two lectures, one tutorial and one 2- to 3-hour practical per week.


One 2-hour exam (40%), anatomy project (20%), quizzes (10%), one 2-hour practical exam (30%).


Evert RF and Eichhorn SE. 2013. Raven: Biology of Plants. 8th Ed. Freeman & Co Publishers. New York. NY.
A Study Guide for the unit will be available for purchase from the Copy Centre during the first week of semester, a .pdf copy of which will be available for download from the LMS.

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

6cp Junior BIOL and 6cp Junior Sciences

BIOL1001 OR BIOL1002


PLNT2902, PLNT2003, BIOL2904, BIOL2923, PLNT2002, PLNT2903, BIOL2003, BIOL2004, BIOL2903

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.