AGRI11007 - Plant and Livestock Breeding Strategies

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will be provided with a framework for the development and application of agricultural breeding strategies, and application of modern genetic selection tools. You will be introduced to a broad overview of genetic selection tools, whilst learning how to select, monitor and evaluate a breeding program. Finally, you will consider the ethical and social implications of genetic modification and how this might influence management decisions.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%
3. Portfolio 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 88.89% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 23.08% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
Scheduling of the residential school on a weekend/ on father's day
Review the dates scheduled for the residential school when released, try to avoid significant dates (where possible) and continuously remind students throughout the term.
Action Taken
Unfortunately, this couldn't be avoided in 2022. Students were provided with the dates at the beginning of term and were given the afternoon off to attend any father's day events. This clash is unlikely to occur in 2023.
Source: Have Your Say
Students found the residential school an invaluable to learning experience
Continue to ensure students get the opportunity to obtain hands on experiences that compliment the theory knowledge of the unit. Maintain industry connections to ensure industry experts can be used annually.
Action Taken
Hands-on opportunities were provided to apply theory knowledge into practice during the residential school.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation
A weekly review would help to facilitate student learning
Continue to offer weekly tutorials to apply knowledge learnt in lectures and fortnightly pop in sessions. Send reminders to prompt students to utilise these opportunities and help them review the content of the unit.
Action Taken
Source: In Class
Practical opportunities enabled theory knowledge to be put into practice during the residential school.
Continue offering hands-on opportunities during the residential school.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Select appropriate tools for a genetic improvement plan
  2. Develop a breeding program based on heritability and economic returns
  3. Monitor and evaluate a breeding program
  4. Critique the social and ethical implications of genetic modification.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
1 - Online Quiz(zes)