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BLGY1211 Applied Biology and Agriculture

10 creditsClass Size: 270

Module manager: Dr Henry Greathead

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Nearly all organisms are exploited by man, or are at least affected by mans activities. To effectively exploit living organisms we need to be knowledgeable about them, knowledge derived from biology. This module is all about how knowledge derived from biology is applied to the discipline of agriculture.As an occupation it is an excellent example of how man exploits living organisms, as it encompasses all aspects of exploitation, ie use, protection and control. It also happens to be: the foundation of all civilisations, the world's largest industry, and a springboard for development.The module will consider specific examples of plant and animal biotechnology, the domestication of both plants and animals, and animal health.


Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should;
- Be aware of examples of plant, animal and microbial biotechnology
- Understand the process of domestication
- Understand mode of spread and control of some of the major diseases of animals that are important in relation to public health.


Plant biotechnology, animal biotechnology, domestication, animal health.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

70 hours - preparation for lectures, background reading, research and revision, preparation for practicals, in-course MCQ test and end of term examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

MCQ test.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQMCQ examination (50 minutes) x 220.00
In-course MCQ1 x Formative MCQ test0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/04/2019


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