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BIOL3017 - Fungi in the Environment
Faculty of Science - 6 credit points
HECS Band six
Domestic Fee: $4,110
International Fee: $4,680
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Biological Sciences
Offered session(s): 102
Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Intermediate Biology or Plant Science, or 6 credit points of Intermediate Biology, or Plant Science, and 6 Intermediate credit points of either Microbiology or Geography.
Prohibitions: BIOL3917
Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof P McGee

Classes: 40 hours of practicals in a two week intensive program held immediately prior to semester one (laboratory component each morning from 18 February to 1 March 2013), plus the equivalent of 30 hours self-guided study during the semester.

Assessment: Selected from 1x2 hr take home exam, laboratory component and written assignments (100%)

The unit is designed to develop understanding of fungal ecology in relation to environmental and rehabilitation biology, biological control of pests and pathogens, and soil microbiology. Emphasis will be placed on the function of fungi, and the benefit provided by fungi in symbiotic interactions with plants, including mycorrhizal fungi and endophytes. Physiological and ecological implications of the interactions will also be considered. Each student will design and implement a research project. Analytical thinking and research-led activity will be encouraged. Using broad scientific approaches, each student will gain the capacity to work cooperatively to find and analyse information from primary sources, develop approaches to test their understanding, and to present their work in a scientifically acceptable manner. Students will develop a deeper understanding of one area of fungal biology through independent study. Part of the learning material will be available on the internetDates: Monday 18th February to Friday 1st of March 2013.The completion of 6 credit points of MBLG units is highly recommended.Please note that this unit will not be available after 2013.
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