AGRI11007 - Agricultural Breeding Strategies

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with a framework for the development and application of agricultural breeding strategies. The applied component of the unit is built on the VET 'Developing and implementing a breeding strategy' unit to demonstrate the application of modern genetic selection tools. You will be provided with a broad overview of both molecular and quantitative genetic selection tools and will develop and implement a breeding program; define the standard required to develop a breeding objective; implement gene-based selection strategies; use industry programs to benchmark and identify sources of genetic material; and monitor progress in a breeding program. The unit will also consider the ethical and social implications of genetic modification and how this might influence management decisions.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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. Portfolio 60%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 40%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 5% 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: Students
Feedback
There was a lack of communication about when field trips were happening between the QATC staff and the students.
Recommendation
Emphasise the role of the Unit Coordinator and promote them as the main point of contact.
Action Taken
The communication between UC and teaching staff improved. Teaching staff directed students to the UC as planned.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Need to improve the response rate.
Recommendation
Students will be reminded and encouraged to complete the unit evaluation forms. This will be done during lectures/tutorials and via emails and through Moodle.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 - Portfolio
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
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
7 - Cross Cultural 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
1 - Portfolio
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment