Module Information

Module Identifier
BRM3920
Module Title
Crop Genomics and Genetic Engineering
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Professor Richard J Murphy (Professor - University of Surrey)
 

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay.  40%
Semester Assessment Oral presentation.  10%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Critically evaluate the challenges facing land based agriculture to substitute for fossil carbon

Demonstrate a fundamental and practical knowledge of crop performance traits and the technologies available for crop improvement.

Evaluate the relative limitations and merits of different technologies for crop improvement

Demonstrate an awareness of the social and societal issues associated with the application (and non-application) of different biotechnology options such as GM

Brief description

The module will include an overall introduction to industrial crop breeding and feedstock improvement. It will consist of a series of lectures detailing the objectives and methodologies involved in crop breeding, the scale of the challenge facing land based crop production in the 21st century and the role of emerging technologies to meet these needs sustainably. The course will be taught via a series of lectures, computer-based data analysis, and tours of facilities and field sites. Assessment will be via an essay, a presentation, and a formal examination.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Problem solving, data analysis, modeling
Communication Oral presentation and group work
Improving own Learning and Performance Targeted self-learning
Information Technology Use of computational resources, data analysis practical, modeling
Personal Development and Career planning Development of Personal Skills – presentation, team work
Problem solving Computer based practical – formal feedback provided
Research skills Research for the essay and presentation assessments
Subject Specific Skills Application of the principles underlying the use of crops for bioenergy & biorefining.
Team work Group work – formal feedback provided

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7