AGRI5502 Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Agricultural Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Students learn how the theory of plant and animal breeding and biotechnology is applied in practice through analysing real- world cases. This unit improves communication skills and analytical skills and is taught in modules. Each module or case is taught in blocks of two weeks. Experienced professionals with special expertise in an area of genetics and genomics relevant to breeding and biotechnology deliver the lectures. Only revolutionary, successful and applicable cases in breeding and biotechnology are chosen and presented in the unit. The lecturer responsible for each module gives students a recent publication in a contemporary area of development in breeding and biotechnology and a three-hour lecture/discussion, clearly contextualising the focused area in the big picture of breeding and biotechnology. Students read the paper, participate in the lecture/discussion, and find two related papers in the same area from the literature. Based on the materials/information given and found, students write a one page commentary critically analysing the case, including the genetic foundation, process of development and successful application in the industry. Students may also comment on what they have learned, critical issues and possible future directions. Students also have a chance to give a five-minute oral presentation for each module.
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 (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) oral presentations and (2) written reports on each module. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Guijun Yan
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or honours or equivalent
Advisable prior study:
GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance or equivalent
SCIE8709/SCIE8710 Breeding and Biotechnology in Action Part 1/Part 2
Contact hours
2 x 3-hr sessions every second week for six weeks
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