Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

Subject BOTA30005 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Lectures and practical work

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 lectures and 24 hours of practical work during the semester
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours

One of

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Ed Newbigin


School of Botany
Subject Overview:

This subject will examine the aspects of molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry that contribute unique properties to plants, and current techniques for their investigation and manipulation in biotechnology including genetic engineering and plant transformation. The subject includes cellular and molecular processes underlying the regulation of basic plant functions, including the responses of plants to biotic and abiotic stress; a detailed knowledge of structure and functions of plant lipids and of cell wall carbohydrates; an insight into cell-cell recognition during the response to pathogens and symbionts; and an understanding of the organisation of the genome in plants and its modification by biotechnology.

Objectives: By the end of the subject, the student should have acquired an overall appreciation of the application of biotechnology to agriculture, horticulture, forestry and the food industry.

A written assignment of no more than 2000 words due after the midsemester break (15%); a 20-minute oral presentation and 2-page written report at the end of the semester (5%); practical reports totalling no more than 30 pages due during the semester, one before and one after the midsemester break (30%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (50%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Biotechnology
Cell Biology
Plant Cell Biology and Development
Plant Science

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