PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY THEORY

BOT3PBT

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers the latest developments in biotechnology and molecular biology with a strong focus on plants, including specific applications, issues and limitations. Topics include the general principles and techniques commonly used to study, explore and genetically modify plants and their pathogens at the molecular level, approaches to investigate gene function by technologies such as microarrays, RNA seq, or large-scale genome-wide mutation experiments, and analysis of specific processes in plants such as control of flowering. Specific case-studies are used to illustrate how these technologies are being applied to current problems, including pest and pathogen resistance, and increasing pressure on food production. Guest lectures by members of governmental and private sector research and technology organisations are a stand-out feature of the subject and provide a unique opportunity for students to get a wider view of potential career options.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesMIC2MMV OR BCH2MBC OR BCH2IBM OR MIC2MI OR GEN2MHG OR AGR2BAA OR BOT2ILP OR GEN2EGE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
DISCIPLINE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse and discuss general principles in biotechnology and molecular biology
02. Analyse and discuss the key technologies used to identify and understand gene function in plants (and animals and apply this knowledge to current real-world problems
03. Synthesise information from research publications and prepare a clearly written essay on a current relevant topic in (plant biotechnology for an expert audience.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Final Exam (3000 words) 3 hour (writing time) short answer exam assessing content and concepts covered in lectures.N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2
Essay draft (250 words) Draft essay on current topic relevant to (plant) biotechnology.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
Weekly quizzes/in-class activities or worksheets (equiv. to 500 words total) Ongoing assessment in the form of online quizzes and/or in-lecture activities covering the relevant lecture content.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2
Essay (750 words) Draft essay on current topic relevant to (plant) biotechnology.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3