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BB50256: Plant biotechnology

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 15      [equivalent to 30 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 300
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 25%, EX 50%, OR 25%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 25%)
  • Examination (EX 50%)
  • Presentation (OR 25%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
This unit is aimed at students interested in understanding the contribution of plant biotechnology to agricultural systems and their environmental implications.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit you will be able to:
* Examine the role that biotechnology and recombinant DNA techniques play in the development of novel plants and crop production methods;
* Explore the applications of plant biotechnology in a range of crop production and protection situations;
* Present a research seminar that critically evaluate the socio-economic impact of plant biotechnology to agricultural and natural ecosystems.

Topics will include techniques and targets of plant genetic modification, applications of plant genetic engineering in crop production and protection, socio-economic impact of plant biotechnology to agricultural systems and natural ecosystems.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB50256 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • RSBB-AFM49 : Integrated PhD Molecular Biosciences (Biotechnology)
  • TSBB-AFM49 : MSc Molecular Biosciences (Biotechnology)


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