Course code BIO351

BIO351 Geneticallly Modified Plants - Case Study

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Course responsible: Trine Hvoslef-Eide
Teachers: Odd Arne Rognli
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Plant Sciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 5 students, no upper limit.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2007H
Preferential right:
all students at NMBU welcome to participate in this course
Course contents:
The course is focused on problem-based learning, where only a few lectures will be given. The students will spend most of their time working in pairs using material supplied through Fronter and web links. The first part of the course will be spent writing a proposal to the authorities for deliberate release of a particular GMO. Then the students swap cases and evaluate each other¿s proposals, as if they were the authorities. Two reports will be made during the course, one of which will also be given as an oral presentation to the class.
Learning outcome:
The students shall learn something about the techniques used to create genetically modified plants. Through groupwise case studies, they are to consider all aspects of GMOs how will it affect health and environment?, is this a product/project that is useful for society?, will it lead to a more sustainable development?, is it ethically justifiable? By going through these case studies, they will acquire knowledge and qualifications to enable them to participate in the public debate on GMOs. They will also be aware of Norwegian and international law within the field and the international agreements and conventions applicable.
Learning activities:
Lectures on topics depending on the background of the students who attend the course that particular year, group work, evaluations, presentations.
Teaching support:
Fronter and guidance by teacher.
Syllabus:
Adrian Slater, Nigel Scott and Mark Fowler (2003). Plant Biotechnology - the genetic manipulation of plants. Oxford University Press, UK. Thomas R. Mikkelsen (2001) Bioteknologi. Nucleus, Danmark. Material on Fronter. Web links.
Prerequisites:
-
Recommended prerequisites:
The teacher would like to encourage different student groups to attend the course to provide different backgrounds and values for good discussions. Students from social sciences are welcome.
Assessment:
2 reports: the first (application for deliberate release) accounts for 70% and the second (evaluation by the competent authority) counts 30%. Presentation for the class. Both parts have to be passed.
Nominal workload:
Ca. 150 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
-
Type of course:
2 lecture hours each week, either lecture or self-study depending on the students\' needs.
Note:
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Examiner:
The external examiner will be used for the assessment.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått