Course Title: Collect and classify plants

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5161 Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Title: Collect and classify plants

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 120

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Term1 2011,
Term1 2012

Course Contact: Nevil Schultz

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254221

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course is designed to provide opportunities for the development of plant classification, identification, collection and preservation skills. Learning opportunities are provided to acquire underpinning knowledge for these skills, and include study in:
fundamentals of biological taxonomy, evolutionary and taxonomic hierarchies, binomial classification, major phyla, common exotic plant families, common native plant families, vegetation associations, ethical and legal requirements before collection, collection in the field, plant hygiene, safety considerations, recognition of key features of common genera, field herbarium construction, field herbarium applications, correct choice of herbarium materials, preservation techniques, herbarium sample maintenance, hand-lens & stereomicroscope use and plant dissection, herbarium practises such as plant sterilisation, mounting, labelling, ordering of species specimens, type specimens, use of field guides, use of botanical keys, sub-species & varieties, authorities used in nomenclature.

The course will run in the first year of the diploma over the first two semesters

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no prerequisites

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

RTC5011A Collect and classify plants


1. Prepare for plant collecting.

2. Collect plant specimens

3. Identify plant specimens

4. Preserve specimens

Learning Outcomes

This is a competency based program. Details of the competencies are provided above.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include a Plant Collection, reports, practical assessments and tests.