AGRI11007 - Agricultural Breeding Strategies
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

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

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Emerald
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
More emphasis on species other than cattle. Student evaluation, teaching team. Inclusion of more plant and other livestock species content and practicals. Remove repetition of practicals.
Confusing or poor communication from staff at times. Student evaluations, self-reflection. Emphasise the role of the Unit Coordinator and promote them as the main point of contact.
Clarity around assessment tasks. Student evaluations, self-reflection. Present all aspects of assessment tasks early and include a session on each task in a timely fashion (before tasks are due).
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
1 - Portfolio
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment    

Prescribed Textbooks

Beef Cattle Production and Trade
Author/s: David Cottle Lewis Kahn Year: 2014
Edition: Original Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
City: Collingwood State: Victoria
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

This textbook will be required for future livestock related subjects.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDaniel Cozzolino (d.cozzolino@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction to genetics and breeding in crops and livestock

Week 2 17-07-2017

Molecular genetics, QTL, epigenetics

Week 3 24-07-2017

Phenotypes and traits

Week 4 31-07-2017

Concepts in livestock selection and breeding

Portfolio - PART A. Quiz. Due date Friday 4th August (5PM)

Week 5 07-08-2017

Concepts in crop selection and breeding

Field trip (8AM - 1PM). Date to be confirmed by timetable

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Develop, monitor and evaluate a crop breeding program

Field trip (8AM - 1PM). Date to be confirmed by timetable

Portfolio - PART B. OH&S Short report . Due date Friday 25th August (5PM)

Week 7 28-08-2017

Develop a livestock breeding program

Week 8 04-09-2017 Modern tools in breeding and selection, modelling and simulation
Week 9 11-09-2017

Monitor a livestock breeding program

Field trip (8AM - 1PM). Date to be confirmed by timetable

Week 10 18-09-2017

Evaluate a livestock breeding program

Field trip (8AM - 1PM). Date to be confirmed by timetable

Presentation - Short video (5 min max). Due date Friday 22th September (5PM)

Week 11 25-09-2017

Genetic resources, germplasm banks, adaptation

Portfolio - PART C. Forum . During lecture, tutorial and prac time

Week 12 02-10-2017

Social and ethical implications of genetic modification

Presentation and Written Assessment Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Breeding Strategy Portfolio
Task Description

The portfolio is made up of a series of activities undertaken in the tutorials, practical sessions, field trips. Activities will include the monitoring and evaluation of a breeding program, a critique the social and ethical implications of genetic modification, and a quiz.

There is a pass/fail component for attendance at practical sessions and field trips and attendance is compulsory.

PART A. Quiz (30 marks) (Due date Week 4)

The quiz will consists of online multiple choice questions and short answers from the lectures, tutorials, prac and field trips from week 1 to week 4. The quiz will be open on Monday and close Friday of week 4.

PART B. OH&S Short report (15 marks) (Due date Week 6)

This activity consists of a short report (200 - 300 words) discussing key safe workplace and environmentally responsible practices that are important in a breeding program. This assessment will link with content and observations made during the field trip in week 5.

PART C. Forum (15 marks) (Due date Week 11)

Forum and discussion on the ethics associated with genetic modification. For this task, you will be required to work in teams (2 students per team) to debate the social and ethical implications of genetic modification. This debate will occur online, posting your arguments to the Moodle forum.

Assessment Due Date Part A. Due date week 4. Friday 4th August (5PM). Part B. Due date week 6. Friday 25th August (5PM). Part C. Due date week 11 during lecture, tutorial and prac time.
Return Date to Students 10 working days after due date for each part.
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

Students will be marked on:

- Properly addressing the question(s)

- Content

- Referencing/research

A full marking rubric for each part of this assessment will be available on the Moodle site. The criteria and rubrics will be set by Queensland Agricultural Training College to ensure they align with Diploma competencies.

Students receiving unsatisfactory marks (<50% or unfilled units of competency) will be given the opportunity to re-submit their work.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% for each part
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Each part will have specific submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Monitor and evaluate a breeding program.

4. Critique the social and ethical implications of genetic modification.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

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



2 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Presentation and Written Assessment
Task Description

Written Assessment (75% of the total marks for the assessment) (week 12)

The assessment consists of a written report that details the development of a breeding program plan (livestock or crop) based on sound scientific background and economic returns. The written report should have an introduction to the tasks, aims or objectives, content, conclusions and references. The number of words required is between 1200 and 1500. The breeding plan should include the following:

- Select a livestock or crop trait for improvement using a breeding program,

- Identify appropriate tools to be used in your genetic improvement plan,

- Describe and discuss how the breeding strategy will be implemented ,

- Outline how you will monitor and evaluate the success of the breeding strategy both in relation to heritability and economic returns.

Presentation (25% of the total marks for the assessment) (week 10)

The presentation consists of an individual short video (5 min. max.) describing a selected genetic tool to be applied in a genetic improvement plan.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Presentation - Due date Friday 22th September (5PM) week 10.
Return Date to Students 10 working days after due date.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

There is a pass/fail component for attendance at practical sessions and field trips and attendance is compulsory.

Students will be marked on:

- Properly addressing the question(s)

- Content

- Presentation

- Referencing/research

The assessment Parts will be marked based on criteria set by Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges. Marking rubrics are available on the Moodle site.

Students receiving unsatisfactory marks (<50% or unfilled units of competency) will be given the opportunity to re-submit their work.


Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% for each part
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

The presentation will occur in class. The report will be submitted online via moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Select appropriate tools for a genetic improvement plan.

2. Develop a breeding program based on heritability and economic returns.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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