Unit description

Provides knowledge and practical skills in botany, plant identification and plant biology of medicinal plants relevant to naturopathy. Additionally, the unit provides students with basic skills in the manufacture and dispensing of herbal preparations and includes the study of the therapeutic applications of a select number of medicinal plants. The issues of intellectual property rights and medicinal plant conservation are discussed.

Unit content

Topic 1 Plant morphology and anatomy
Topic 2 Species concept
Topic 3 Binomial nomenclature system
Topic 4 Plant taxonomy
Topic 5 Plant evolution
Topic 6 Photosynthesis
Topic 7 Reproduction of flowering plants
Topic 8 Plant physiology
Topic 9 Plant identification and dichotomous keys
Topic 10 Major groups of secondary plant metabolites: basic chemistry, roles in plants and biological activity
Topic 11 Intellectual property rights
Topic 12 Medicinal plant conservation
Topic 13 Plants as raw materials for therapeutic goods: quality assurance issues
Topic 14 Therapeutic use of selected medicinal plants

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2hrs (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2.5hrs (10 weeks)
Exam: closed book25%
Laboratory manual25%
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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