Course Description

Course Name

Plant Ecology

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Ecophysiological, systems, life-history and community perspectives on how plants respond to and influence their environment, across a range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

In this paper we investigate the dynamics and behaviour of plants in ecosystems. We explore plants both as organisms that are born, grow, reproduce and die, but also as organisms that regulate the flow of carbon, nitrogen and water in ecosystems. Lectures focus on the fundamental processes that underpin plant ecology. Field and laboratory sessions will provide exposure to modern ecological field methods and associated data processing. Seminars will be used to debate the fundamental scientific papers that have defined the current theory and practice of plant ecology.

Learning Outcomes
Students who learn successfully in this paper will:

  • Appreciate that system and organismal perspectives are complementary views for studying the dynamics of plants
  • Be able to articulate the fundamental theories of vegetation dynamics
  • Experience how theory can be used to develop solutions to applied issues
  • Extend skills in written and oral communication

*Course content subject to change