PLANT SC 7315WT - Innovations in Plant Breeding
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code PLANT SC 7315WT Course Innovations in Plant Breeding Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Waite Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites PLANT SC 7300WT, PLANT SC 7305WT Course Description Plant breeding programs undergo ongoing improvement by innovating: developing, adopting and integrating new approaches. This course examines the roles of genetic variation, selection intensity, selection accuracy and cycle time in determining plant breeding success and considers how specific forms of innovation affect genetic gain. Topics covered include breeding program design, exploitation of genetic diversity, methods for rapid generation advance, use of genomic and phenomic information for selection, automation and data management. Through case-studies and problem-based learning, students learn to critically analyse opportunities and constraints in plant breeding programs and to assess whether and how specific types of innovation can increase rates of genetic gain.
Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa Garcia
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Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Explain the factors that affect genetic gain in plant breeding, as expressed in the breeders’ equation. 2 Use the breeders’ equation to predict how specific changes in plant breeding practice will affect genetic gain. 3 Examine the potential of specific examples of scientific, technological or socio-economic innovation to improve genetic gain in plant breeding. 4 Examine breeding programs to identify opportunities for improvement through innovation. 5 Develop and justify plans to improve breeding programs through innovation.
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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)
1,3,4 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
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
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
4,5 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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents who are unable to attend face-to-face sessions will be given an on-line alternative option
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryLearning activities will include weekly tutorials (1 h), workshops (2 h) and Class Exercises (3 h), assigned readings and a group project.
In the first part of the course, the tutorials, workshops, class exersizes and readings will deal with the breeders’ equation and its application in plant breeding, with particular attention paid to selection intensity, genetic variation, selection accuracy and cycle time.
In the final weeks of the course, the tutorials, class exercises and readings will focus on specific areas of innovation and workshops will be used for the group project. Areas of innovation considered in the lectures, tutorials and group projects may include genomic selection, field phenomics, novel traits, methods for incorporating genetic diversity, approaches for manipulation of genetic recombination, gene editing and other biotechnologies, rapid generation advance, intellectual property and value capture and sample tracking and data management, all in the context of improving the success of plant breeding.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle Yes or No NoLearning Outcome Due Quizzes Formative or Summative
1,2 Weeks 1-5 Mid-term Exam Summative 15% No 1,2 Week 6 Group Project Report Summative 20% No 3,4,5 Week12 Group Presentation Summative 10% No 3,4,5 Week 12 Final Exam Summative 35% No 3,4,5 Exam Period
Assessment DetailQuizzes (total of 20%)
Students will complete a total of 4 quizzes (worth 5%) each. Each quiz will consist of multiple choice questions related to assigned reading and is to be completed prior to a related tutorial. Automated formative feedback will be given to help students assess whether they are ready for the tutorial. Students who attempted the quiz by the due date will have an opportunity (after the tutorial) to improve their mark by doing a second quiz.
Midterm Exam (15%)
The midterm exam will examine the topics covered during the first 5 weeks of the course. These are foundational topics that students will need to apply in the rest of the course. It will be a 60-minute exam consisting of short-answer questions.
Group Project Report (20%)
Students will work in groups to prepare a consultancy report (up to 3000 words) that presents and justifies specific recommendations for the innovation to improve the rate of genetic gain in a plant breeding program. Each student will prepare an aspect of the report and their marks will be moderated by their contribution as assessed by the instructor.
Group Presentation (10%)
Student groups will prepare and present an oral presentation (maximum 10 minutes) on their group project. This will be partly (5%) assessed by peers. Each student will prepare an aspect of the report and their marks will be moderated by their contribution as assessed by the instructor.
Final exam (35%)
The final exam will focus on the topics covered after the first 5 weeks of the course but will require understanding of the foundational topics covered during the first 5 weeks. It will be a 90-minute exam consisting of short-answer and long-answer questions.
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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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