PLANT SC 7126WT - Techniques in Plant Biotechnology

Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Rachel Burton

     

                             

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    Communication

    Cargill M and Bellotti M (2004) Written Communication in the Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, The University of Adelaide.

    http://www.agwine.adelaide.edu.au/students/external/carwripg1.pdf

     

    If you are looking for ideas on how University life is visit:

    http://www.qutic.qut.edu.au/about/projects.jsp

     

    Visit http://www.usyd.edu.au/learningcentre/wrise/ to see how to write reports

     

    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.

    Workload

    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).

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    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.

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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