2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BLGY1211 Applied Biology and Agriculture
10 creditsClass Size: 270
Module manager: Dr Katie McDermott
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe module will consider foods from animals, plants and microorganisms, systems of production, the use of biotechnology for crop improvement, opportunities and challenges.
ObjectivesNearly 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.
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
There are opportunities to develop transferable professional skills:
- Problem solving (research-based learning)
- Sourcing relevant literature (self-directed learning)
- Time management (assessment)
Domestication, livestock revolution, animal production systems (milk, beef, sheep, pig and poultry) crop improvement, plant biotechnology and environmental safety, industrial microbiology.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||75.00|
|Total Contact hours||25.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study75 hours - preparation for lectures, supplementary reading, research and revision, in-course MCQ tests and end of module examination.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback1 x MCQ tests.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course MCQ||Online MCQ test in Minerva||20.00|
|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.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||5 hr 00 mins||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||80.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 25/10/2022
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