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Plant Diversity

Code: B240     Acronym: B240

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2015/2016 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: http://moodle.up.pt/course/view.php?id=272
Responsible unit: Department of Biology
Course/CS Responsible: First Degree in Landscape Architecture

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
L:AP 41 Planos de estudos a partir 2009 1 - 7,5 70 202,5

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Laboratory Practice: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Rubim Manuel Almeida da Silva 1,68
Ana Maria Gonçalves Séneca Correia Cardoso 0,32
Laboratory Practice Totals 2 6,00
Raquel Maria da Silva Graça Almeida 4,10
Rubim Manuel Almeida da Silva 0,58
Sara Cristina Ferreira Marques Antunes 1,32

Teaching language



 At the end of the course students are expected to have: 1. The basic knowledge on the botanical history and plant evolution as well as major systems of classification 2. Apprehended the Taxonomy and Systematic concepts, Classification and plant Nomenclature 3. Perception and comprehension of the main philosophical types behind different taxonomic schools and main differences between them 4. Acquired the morphological concepts and vocabulary necessary to describe plants 5. Developed the taxonomical skills needed for the identification of plants and management of biological collections 6. Learned the major lines of evolution in plants 7. Studied the major botanical groups, main differences between them, their evolution and characterization. To build and use a dichotomous key as well as to manage the necessary terms and concepts used to identify vascular plants.


Learning outcomes and competences

The competences to be acquired by the students are directly related to the aims described above.

Working method



I - Ecological bases of plant evolution: abiotic/environmental and biotic pressures relevant for understanding evolutionary processes and the current patterns of plant diversity.

II - Classification and Systematics Botany from ancient times to actuality:Concepts and definitions: the basics of the classical disciplines; molecular biology Classification and levels of taxonomic categories Major classification types: similarities and role Botanical Nomenclature and Taxonomic studies The major plant lineages – From Algae to Flower Plants. Non-vascular plants: Liverworts, Hornworts and Mosses; Seedless Vascular plants; Lycophytes and Monilophytes; Seed plants I – Gymnospermae Seed Plants II - Angiospermae. Morphology and plants descriptors of seed plants


Mandatory literature

JUDD, W. S. et al. ; Systematics. A phylogentic approach., Sinauer Associates, Inc. USA., 1999
MAUSETH, J. D.; 2009. Botany. An Introduction to Plant Biology., Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Massachusetts. USA, 2009

Complementary Bibliography

The Royal Horticultural Society; New Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers, Christopher Brickell, 1999. ISBN: 1-4053-0057-4
J. M. Sanchéz de Lorenzo Cáceres; Guía de las Plantas Ornamentales, Ediciones Mundi-Prensa, Barcelona, 2001. ISBN: 84-7114-937-0
López Gonzalez, G.; Los árboles y arbustos de la Península Ibérica e Islas Baleares (Especies silvestres y las principales cultivadas). 2 vols., Ediciones Mundi-Prensa., 2001. ISBN: 84-7114-953-2

Teaching methods and learning activities

Expositive, active and participative; Lab and field classes


Natural sciences > Biological sciences > Biology > Taxonomy
Natural sciences > Biological sciences > Biology > Evolutionary biology
Natural sciences > Biological sciences > Biodiversity
Natural sciences > Biological sciences
Natural sciences
Natural sciences > Biological sciences > Botany > Systematic botany
Natural sciences > Biological sciences > Botany

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Teste 75,00
Trabalho escrito 25,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 120,00
Total: 120,00

Eligibility for exams

Students must attend 3/4 of the lab and filed classes

The exam can be replaced by two intermediate tests. The first exam season can only be used by students that did not choose the intermediate tests. Grade improvements can only also be done in the second exam season



Calculation formula of final grade

On this course the described items will contribute to the final grade in the following proportion: Exam 75%; Group report and presentation 25%.

Final grade is the summ of the average of the intermediate tests or exame grade with the group report and presentation.

For approval the final grade must be equal or higher than 9.5 (on 0-20 scale)

Examinations or Special Assignments

Doesn't apply to non portuguese students

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Doesn't apply

Classification improvement

In the second exam season

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