PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY THEORY

BOT3PBT

2021

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

PrerequisitesBCH2IBM OR MIC2MI OR BOT2ILP OR BCH2MBC OR MIC2MMV OR GEN2EGE OR AGR2BAA OR GEN2MHG

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

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), 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Two 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 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/ACentral examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2

Essay draft (250 words).  Draft essay on current topic relevant to (plant) biotechnology.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 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/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2

Essay (750 words).  Draft essay on current topic relevant to (plant) biotechnology.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3