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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY1211 Applied Biology and Agriculture

10 creditsClass Size: 270

Module manager: Dr Henry Greathead
Email: H.M.R.Greathead@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will consider foods from animals, plants and microorganisms, systems of production, the use of biotechnology for crop improvement, opportunities and challenges.

Objectives

Nearly all organisms are exploited by man, or are at least affected by man’s activities. To effectively exploit living organisms we need to be knowledgeable about them, knowledge derived from biology. This module is about how knowledge derived from biology is applied to the discipline of agriculture (food production). As an occupation it is an excellent example of how man exploits living organisms, as it encompasses all aspects of exploitation, i.e. 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 foods from animals, plants and microorganisms, systems of production, the use of biotechnology for crop improvement, opportunities and challenges.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should:
1. Understand the process of domestication;
2. Be able to discuss the livestock revolution and associated challenges;
3. Understand the main system of animal production;
4. Be able to discuss the use of biotechnology for crop improvement and industrial microbiology

Skills outcomes
There are opportunities to develop transferable professional skills:
- Problem solving (research-based learning)
- Sourcing relevant literature (self-directed learning)
- Time management (assessment)


Syllabus

Domestication, livestock revolution, animal production systems (milk, beef, sheep, pig and poultry) crop improvement, plant biotechnology and environmental safety, industrial microbiology.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture251.0025.00
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

75 hours - preparation for lectures, supplementary reading, research and revision, in-course MCQ tests and end of module examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1 x MCQ tests.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQOnline MCQ test in Minerva20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Further guidance on the assessment will be provided in the module handbook/Minerva. Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 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: 06/10/2021 10:45:04

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