PLANT SC 7126WT - Techniques in Plant Biotechnology
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge PLANT SC 7225WT & PLANT SC 7226WT Restrictions Available to Biotechnology (Plant Biotechnology) 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4,5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,4,5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4,5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
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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).
Learning Activities SummaryThis 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.
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Assessment Task Type of Assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Outcomes being assessed/achieved Approximate timing of Assessment Practical reports x 5 Summative 20% No 2,3 and 4 Weeks 1,2,3,5 and 6
Assessment will be by written laboratory reports based on the practical work undertaken.
There are four reports required;
Week 1 = 20%
Week 2 = 20%
Week 3 = 20%
Week 5 = 20%
Week 6 = 20%
Due dates for the reports will be announced by the lecturer responsible for that practical unit.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
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
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