AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

BOT3ABT

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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 and animal 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, and will include guest lectures by leading experts.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BOT2ILP or AGR2BAA

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects BOT3PB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

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

02. Present an overview of an agricultural biotechnology topic using appropriate visual tools.

Activities:
Workshop on research methodology, and preparation of an introductory oral presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

03. Demonstrate independent learning, critical thinking and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information, and preparing a clearly written report for an expert audience.

Activities:
Through a PBL/case-study approach in small teams, students will investigate an application of agricultural biotechnology, and summarise and defend their findings in a final group oral presentation and prepare a individual report.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)

04. Work in a team to solve a biotechnological problem

Activities:
Through a PBL activity.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Class requirements

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.
"For 12 weeks"

Problem Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours problem based learning every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
8 in-lecture tasks/activities (quizzes, discussion participation, short summaries of guest lectures)10 01
Final oral presentation of PBL topic10 01, 03, 04
Introductory oral presentation of PBL topic5 01, 02, 04
One 3-hour examination50 01
PBL report (1000 words)25 01, 03