PLANT SC 7126WT - Techniques in Plant Biotechnology
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PLANT SC 7126WT Course Techniques in Plant Biotechnology Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 11 hours per week for 6 weeks Assumed Knowledge PLANT SC 7225WT & PLANT SC 7226WT Restrictions Available to GradCertBiotech, GradDipBiotech & MBiotech students only Course Description This course involves teaching sessions that may be attended by both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.
Recent advances in techniques for gene discovery and analysis have revolutionised the options available for the investigation of plant development, responses to disease and abiotic stresses and to engineer plants with new properties. This course will provide an opportunity for students to learn and try out key new methods for plant genomics and biotechnology. This will include techniques for transcript profiling using microarrays and quantitative PCR, the use of large insert DNA libraries and genetic data for positional cloning, metabolomics and proteomics including protein modelling, in situ localisation of mRNA and proteins, new methods for plant transformation and a range of bioinformatics tools and applications that underpin the various techniques. The bioinformatics component will also teach students how to use key genomics databases and resources.
Course Coordinator: Professor Rachel Burton
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
A successful student will be able to:
1 make decisions about the most appropriate methods for use in gene discovery and anlaysis. 2 become familiar with databases and bioinformatics tools available for genomics and biotechnology research. 3 develop skills in a wide range of genomics and biotechnology methods. 4 understand the latest technological developments and ways in which they can be used. 5 apply their knowledge to practical problems in plant biotechnology.
cooperate and work effectively as a member of a team to solve problems
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 3,4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,3,4,5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,3,4,5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3,4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4,5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3,4,5
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Recommended Textbooks (please also see the recommended reading list in the program booklet)
Buchanan B, Gruissem W, Jones R (2000) Biochemistry & molecular biology of plants.
Rockville,Md.: American Society of Plant Physiologists.
Glick B (2003) Molecular biotechnology: principles and applications of recombinant DNA
Taiz L, Zeiger E (2002) Plant physiology. Sunderland, Mass: Sinauer Associates.
Nath P et al (2003) Molecular insight in plant biology. Enfield Science Publishers.
Trigiano RN, Gray DJ (2005) Plant development and biotechnology.
Chrispeels M, Sadava D (2003) Plants, Genes, and Crop Biotechnology
Smith AM et al (2010) Plant Biology
You may also find the following website useful for preliminary information on some aspects of plant science: http://www.plantcell.org/teachingtools/teaching.dtl
‘Plants in Action’, published by the Australian Society of Plant Scientists is also available online at http://plantsinaction.science.uq.edu.au/edition1/ and in the library
A glossary of terms will also be available on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course relies heavily on the current expertise of the teaching staff and the research that is being undertaken in the ARC Centre of excellence in Plant cell walls. Reference material will be provided where appropriate.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
A full-time student should expect to spend, on average, a total of 48 hours per week on their studies. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g. lectures, tutorials, practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g. reading and revision).
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Assessment will be by written laboratory reports based on the practical work undertaken.
There are four reports required;
Week 1 = 20%
Week 2 = 20%
Weeks 3, 4, 5 = 40%
Week 6 = 20%
Due dates for the reports will be announced by the lecturer responsible for that practical unit.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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