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Botany A (INTRODUCTION) Online Course

Plant Physiology and Taxonomy

Learn essential plant physiology and taxonomy.  This course provides a sound introduction to plant morphology and anatomy; in agriculture, horticulture, environmental or plant science. Base knowledge for careers in teaching, pharmaceuticals or for those seeking a pathway to undergraduate plant specialist courses.

  • Students study a range of different structual and physiological aspects of plant function.
  • Expert tutors
  • Payment Plans available
  • Course available as Online or Distance/Correspondence
  • Gain a sound understanding of plant structure and function

Though it is a stand alone course, in order to fully take advantage of this knowledge pathway, the careerline course; Botany II should be studied next.




Online, Correspondence


from $50.00 AUD week


There are 10 lessons in this course:

  • Taxonomic Classification of Plants
    • Plant Taxonomy - Botanical/Horticultural Nomenclature
    • The Binomial System
    • Botanical Classification
    • Plant Families and Species
    • Hybrids, Varieties and Cultivars
    • Botanical Keys - How to use a botanical key
    • Key to Plant Groups
    • Key to Plant Phyla
  • Cells and Tissues
    • Plant Cells - types of plant cells
    • Plant Tissues
    • Primary and Secondary Plant Growth
  • Specific Vegetative Parts of a Plant
    • Stems - Different Stem Forms
    • Leaves - Leaf Structure and Arrangement
    • Roots - Root Structure (tap root, adventitious roots)
    • Common Botanical Terms
  • Flowers and Fruit
    • The flower - inflorescence (panicle, umbel, composite head)
    • Fruits - Simple, Aggregate, Multiple
    • Reproductive Growth and Development
    • Pollination
    • Fertilization
    • Fruit setting
  • Seed and the Developing Embryo
    • Seed Structure
    • Seed Coats
    • Food Storage Organs
    • Embryo
    • Seed Germination - Germination Requirements
    • Stimulation and Inhibition of Germination
    • Plant Reproduction -Propagation of Plants
  • Photosynthesis and Growing Plants
    • Photosynthesis - the Photosynthetic Apparatus
    • Light transformation into energy
    • Photosynthetic process
    • Gas Exchange with the Atmosphere
  • Respiration
    • Stages of Respiration
    • Krebs Cycle
    • Electron Transport Chain
    • Rate of Respiration
    • Control of ATP Production in Respiration
  • The Role of Water
    • Osmosis
    • Water Movement from Soil to Root
    • Development of Root Pressure
    • The Transpiration Stream
    • Transpiration and Environmental Conditions
  • Movement of Water and Assimilates through a Plant
    • Mechanisms of Nutrient Uptake
    • Absorption and Transport of Mineral Nutrients
    • Translocation of Sugars
    • Adaptations for Water Storage
    • Food and Water Storage Organs
  • The Effects of Tropisms and Other Growth Movements
    • Plant Hormones
    • Tropisms
    • Phototropism
    • Geotropism
    • Thigmotropism
    • Other Growth Movements
    • Chemical Growth Modifications

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

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