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TITLE Flora of the Maltese Islands - Awareness and Appreciation

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is for students who wish to improve their skills in appreciating the natural and cultivated flora of the Maltese Islands. Groups will not be larger than 25 students, which make individual guidance more feasible. A non-formal assessment exercise of students' proficiency in Nature appreciation will be made at the start of the unit. This will assist the tutor in tailoring the sessions to the specific needs of participants. The study-unit will cover the following: Plants in nature, their survival strategies and importance for life on earth, indigenous versus exotic plants, cultivated plants, plant care and plant propagation, uses of plants beyond food – an ethno botanic perspective.

The last few sessions will be dedicated to shaping and sharpening our sense of observation though garden and country walks for nature appreciation. As a concluding session of the unit groups of students will be asked to deliver of a presentation about their experience in natural heritage appreciation which serves as an opportunity for training in public speaking.

Note: This is a unit offered at post-basic level, and the sessions will therefore not be entirely discipline-specific.

Learning Objectives:

• To introduce students to the importance of observing the surrounding flora as part of their daily routine;
• To enhance students' ability to identify Maltese flora both in man-made and natural environments;
• To provide opportunities for students to appreciate the Maltese flora first hand both in a garden setting and also through country walks;
• To provide an opportunity to use the awareness of Maltese flora to complement their main studies.

Unit Material:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutors during the sessions. There are no set texts for the unit, though tutors may recommend appropriate manuals to students who would like to take their work in this area further.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. Students will however be assigned a practical task to carry out under the supervision of the unit tutor. This will allow monitoring of their progress in their handling of Environmental Awareness through Natural Heritage Appreciation. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.

Note: Degree plus units are not designed to be incrementally burdensome in terms of the many academic demands placed on students during their undergraduate years. Both the sessions and the assessment in Environmental Awareness through Natural Heritage Appreciation will be modulated in a way which will keep that consideration firmly in view.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of applicants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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