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This course will introduce students to the taxonomy and evolution of plants. Enabling them to find some order in the huge variety of plant species inhabiting the earth. Evidence for evolutionary relationships will be discovered through examining the structure, diversity of form and life cycles of major plant groups. This online course will require individuals to carry out practical observation – examining, photographing or drawing the plant groups to be studied. Emphasis will be on the major groups, since the subject area is so extensive.
This distance learning course enables you to study from home and participate in an online community of other students learning about Plant Diversity. The module is delivered through Blackboard, our online
learning environment and a live webinar will be held at the beginning and end of the module.
Plant Diversity can be studied as a stand-alone course, but it is also a core module for the Certificate of Higher Education in Field Ecology at Aberystwyth University.
1. Presentation slides (max. 12 slides) labelling 5 diagrams of plants from different Class of the plant kingdom (Thallophyta, Bryophyta, Pteridophyta, Gymnosperms, Angiosperms) (25%)
2. Written assignment 1500 words - an illustrated profile of one plant from each of the following groups: halophytes, xerophytes, mesophytes, hydrophytes.
This module is at CQFW Level 4