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.
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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||using appropriate terminology, describe selected issues related to plant morphology, plant anatomy, plant physiology, biological classification and plant classification||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|2||demonstrate basic skills in plant identification and application of the binomial system of nomenclature||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||trace important events in plant evolution||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||discuss the role of medicinal plants as cultural bioresources, issues of intellectual property rights and medicinal plant conservation||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||describe major groups of secondary plant metabolites in terms of basic chemistry, their roles in plants and biological activities||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|6||discuss plants as raw materials for therapeutic goods, with particular reference to quality assurance issues||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||explain the therapeutic actions, applications and contraindications of selected medicinal plants.||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning|
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Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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