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Unit Overview


Students understand through real-world examples how the theory of plant and animal breeding and biotechnology is applied in practice. This unit improves communication skills and analytical skills. Through a seminar series format (10 to 12 seminars) the unit provides an understanding of the operational side of plant and animal breeding and associated biotechnology giving the context of the breeding and associated biotechnology research environment, and also an industry perspective, both private and public. Some seminars are presented by students with each presenting at least one seminar per semester. The other seminars are presented by breeders and researchers actively involved in breeding and associated biotechnology. In the unit students gain in-depth exposure to current research in breeding and biotechnology.

6 points

Students are able to (1) understand through real-world examples how the theory of breeding and biotechnology is applied in practice; (2) communicate effectively on current research in breeding and biotechnology, and chair seminars; and (3) critically analyse current research in breeding and biotechnology and demonstrate this in both written and verbal forms.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation of seminar; (2) literature review; and (3) seminar participation and field visit. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jacqueline Batley
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or the Master of Science (70630)
or the Bachelor of Science (Honours)
SCIE8709/SCIE8710 Breeding and Biotechnology in Action Part 1/Part 2
Advisable prior study
AGRI4404 Breeding and Animal Biotechnology
or AGRI4405 Breeding and Plant Biotechnology
Contact hours
Seminars: 1 hour per week plus assignment work
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.