PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY

BOT3PB

2014

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.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

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 subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPlant PhysiologyRecommendedTaiz, L. and Zeiger, E.5TH EDN., SINAUER ASSOCIATES INC, 2010

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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Emmerling

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Two 4.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Research projects equivalent to two 4-hour practical classes per week"

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments%
Final Group Report (2000 words)9
Group Poster Presentation (approx 5 minutes per student)9
Laboratory participation5
Lecture-associated activities (e.g. quizzes, one paragraph summaries of guest lectures)9
One 3-hour examination50
Two 5-minute individual oral presentations18