PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY

BOT3PB

Not currently offered

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Plant biotechnology, based on cell and molecular biology, has become a central part of the biological revolution. This subject familiarises students with some of the latest developments and specific technologies in plant biotechnology. The advantages and problems associated with biotechnology are debated. Topics include the role of gene technology in the improvement of insect and disease resistance and specific technologies, including plant genome sequencing, RNA interference, functional genomics and microarray analysis. Plant responses to hormones and environmental changes and herbicide resistance are discussed. The practical component involves working in small groups of 2-4 students in a research laboratory, supervised by research staff pursuing an original research project. Students are introduced to the scientific method and some of the formal lectures are replaced by informal discussions. Excursions to local plant biotechnology companies and guest lecturers are also organised.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Emmerling

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites One of BOT2MPN, BOT2ILP, MIC2IM, MIC2MVM, BCH2BMA, BCH2BMB, GEN2HMG, GEN2EEG, BCH2IBM, GEN2MHG, MIC2MI, BCH2MBC, GEN2EGE, MIC2MMV.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects BOT3ABT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPlant Physiology and DevelopmentRecommendedTaiz, L., Zeiger, E., MÃ~ller, I.M, Murphy, A.SINAUER ASSOCIATES INC, 2006.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and discuss key technologies used to identify and understand gene function in plants and plant pathogens

Activities:
Lectures, in-lecture discussions and activities, guest lecturers, lab visits, actual lab work, and final theory examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Writing
Discipline-specific GCs
Creative Problem-solving

02. Prepare an overview of a research topic.

Activities:
Writing of topic overview based on topic introduction by the demonstrator, and independent literature search
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Writing

03. Work independently and as part of a small group to design and conduct lab experiments that address a specific question in the area of plant/pathogen biology

Activities:
With initial guidance by demonstrators, students will perform lab experiments in a "real world" setting
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Teamwork

04. Apply the scientific method to design and conduct experiments, and to assess and interpret scientific data.

Activities:
With initial guidance by demonstrators, students will design, perform, and analyse results from lab experiments in a "real world" setting
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Discipline-specific GCs
Ethical Awareness
Critical Thinking
Teamwork

05. Record experimental progress in a lab notebook to internationally recognised standards

Activities:
Describe experiments, and record and interpret data to internationally recognised standards
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Writing
Ethical Awareness
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research

06. Present research outcomes as a conference-style poster, a short oral presentation, and a report.

Activities:
Students prepare and present a scientific poster and a short oral presentation. Both will be to academic staff, postgraduate students and their cohort.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Critical Thinking
Writing
Speaking
Inquiry/ Research
Ethical Awareness
Teamwork

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