Course code BIO246

BIO246 Thematic Essay in Plant Biotechnology/Plant Breeding

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Course responsible: Trine Hvoslef-Eide
Teachers: Aasmund Bjørnstad
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Plant Sciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2013V
Preferential right:
B-PV has priority because the course is on the list of obligatory courses.
Course contents:
The students will choose their theme early in the semester either from a list of topics provided by the teachers or they can suggest their own. From there they search for relevant litterature, but have the option to seek advice from teachers at any time. Half way through the semester, the teachers will have a supervision in class where general issue related to writing a thematic essay is discussed. The students will have the opportunity there to ask general or specific questions. After handing in their essay, there will be time for each student"s oral 15 min presentation of their topic. Since this course is connected to either BIO244 or BIO245, the lectures and practicals in these courses lay the foundation for the in-depth study in this course, BIO246.
Learning outcome:
The students are supposed to find litterature on a chosen topic, choose the most relevant, read through and write an essay in their own words compiling a synopsis of what they have read while using the references in a correct manner. This eassy is what forms the basis for the evaluation of the course by the teacher and the external examiner. At the end of the course, the students will present their work orally. This is for training purposes and to educate the other students on the theme chosen, and will not be part of the evaluation to mark the course.
Learning activities:
Through independent search for in.depth knowledge in a chosen topic, read and rewrite in theor own words as well as oral presentation. THese are methods most students will have to master in their future employment. The course seeks to develop these abilities in the students.
Teaching support:
Fronter is used actively. The teachers can be reached through e-mails and by appointment.
An extention of BIO244 or BIO245
This course is a continuation and in-depth studies within plant biotechnology and/or genomics. Previous knowledge within these subjects are necessary to follow the course. The courses given as BIO244 and/or BIO245 can be taken the same semester as this in-depth course.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Write a thematic essay and present this.
Term paper counts 100%
Nominal workload:
150 hours in total
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
BIO243 (5 credits)
Type of course:
The course starts with a presentation of the topics and how the course is to be run, then individual supervision when needed, a mid-semester guidance for the class and towards the end the presentation by the students. The students are responsible for putting enough effort into the writing to obtain a presentable product.
THis course is part of a package which used to be called BIO243 (15 ects). Now, this package consists of BIO244, BIO245 and BIO246. All of these are 5 ects each. This is to facilitate smaller courses for the biolgy and biotechnology students. However, BIO246 can not be taken separately from at least one of the courses BIO244 or BIO245, or equivalent.
The external examiner is active in the evaluation of the essays
Examination details: Term paper: A - E / Ikke bestått