BIOS2051 – Flowering Plants

BIOS2051 - Flower Plants introduces students to basic plant biology including cell structure, plant morphology and anatomy, water and sugar transport, seed structure and germination, plant growth and development, leaves and photosynthesis, roots, micro-organisms and nutrition, evolution of land plants, and plant taxonomy. A strong emphasis is placed on Australian native flora. Practical work includes light microscopy; plant anatomy and identification.

Once a love for botany takes hold... Photo by J. Chan - jytc_botany.


Term 3
Study level: Undergraduate
6 units of credit

Current handbook entry Current timetable Course outline


A lovely fringe lily, the roots of which are edible. Photo by J. Chan - jytc_botany.

Who should I contact?

Coordinator: A/Prof Will Cornwell

Other course contacts:

Prof Angela MolesProf David KeithDr Daniel Falster 

What does this course cover?

Major topics covered include:

  • Plant Identification
  • Edible Botany
  • Plant Ecology and Biogeography
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about how plants work

One of the major assignments for the class is a plant collection where students collect and identify their own plant species.  

For more information, see the course outline.

A flying duck orchid. Photo by J. Chan - jytc_botany.

Where does this course fit into my degree?

This course is intended for year 2 students interested in learning about plants.

Flowering Plants provides excellent preparation for third year courses like Advanced Field Biology, Life in Arid Lands, and Plant Ecology.

The course develops skills in understanding and conducting field research, as well as in effective communication of science. We will mix lab based plant identification and field based investigation.

The captivating symmetry of a Banksia inflorescence. Photo by J. Chan - jytc_botany.

Is there assumed prior knowledge or a co-requisite?

There is no formal pre-requisite for Flowering Plants, but a first year course in Biology and/or Chemistry is recommended for background about organisms and how they work (e.g. BIOS1101).

Photo by J. Chan - jytc_botany.

Are there mandatory activities for this course?

Students must attend:

- Weekly class meetings on Wednesday afternoon from 1-6. This will be a mix of laboratory and lecture material; and

- Two field trips to national parks in the Sydney region.

Photo by J. Chan - jytc_botany.

Is there anything else I should know?

Plants are awesome! Come learn their names and how important they are in the world!

A sundew- this carnivorous plant catches small insects with globs of sticky goo. Photo by J. Chan - jytc_botany.

NB: All information provided on this page is superseded by information provided by the course coordinator or lecturer(s).