Molecular Agriculture - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - Invigilated Exam (40%) , Practicum - Practical Reports (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,864.00
International 2,114.00

This unit aims firstly to familiarise the student with the new molecular techniques which are currently used to enhance conventional plant breeding and secondly, to introduce the student to a few of the emerging technologies which are likely to have significant impact on agriculture in the near future. The lecture series will include topics in the areas of plant transformation, the use of molecular markers (marker-assisted selection and marker-assisted backcrossing), genome mapping and molecular assessment of germplasm diversity.

Please note the dates below for the compulsory requirements for this unit to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's Bundoora Campus:

Study Period 2:

  • Jun 20 - 24, 2016 - 9am - 1pm

Study Period 3:

  • Oct 24 - 28, 2016 - 9am - 1pm

Practicals will be conducted demonstrating different plant transformation protocols, PCR techniques and the use of several computer packages for genome mapping and bioinformatics.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. list and discuss the uses of biotechnology of plants in agriculture
  2. apply plant transformation, molecular plant breeding and functional genomics techniques in the laboratory
  3. use molecular and classical techniques, including tissue culture to create and test new genotypes and phenotypes
  4. understand the ethics of applying biotechnology strategies to plant improvement and agriculture.
  • Invigilated Exam — Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Practicum — Practical Reports (35%)
  • Presentation — Mini-Lecture Presentation (15%)
  • Test — Test (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Some on campus attendance

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Plant transformation
2Molecular markers (marker-assisted selection and marker-assisted backcrossing)
3Genome mapping
4Molecular assessment of germplasm diversity

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