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Syllabus for

Academic year
KMG076 - Genetically engineered foods  
Genetiskt modifierade nyttoväxter
 
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-12 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPBIO
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Bioengineering
Department: 0113 - BIOLOGI OCH MILJÖVETENSKAP GU


Teaching language: English
Application code: 08132
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 20

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0114 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner,  26 Aug 2020 am J

In programs

MPBIO BIOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)

Examiner:

Adrian Clark

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Replaces

KMG075   Genetically engineered foods


Eligibility:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in cell and molecular biology (corresponding to UCM010, KMG050 or similar  ) and molecular biotechnology (corresponding to KMB056 or similar). KMG041 Methods in molecular biology or similar knowledge on model organisms is recommended.

Aim

The aim of this course is to give a deeper insight into present and future applications of modern biotechnology on the production of food and feed crops.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Have knowledge in how plant genetic engineering is performed in practice and the theoretical background to this.
  • Have knowledge about which genetically engineered crops are currently available on the market and the positive and negative consequences of their use
  • Have knowledge in potential future applications of genetically modified crops and how these will affect currently over- or underfed human populations
  • Have knowledge in how a risk analysis for a genetically modified crop is performed and understand the potential ecological and toxicological risks associated
  • Have a general understanding of the legal regulation surrounding genetically modified crops in the EU, USA and other important countries
  • Be knowledgeable in the main features of the current popular debate surrounding genetically modified crops

Content

  • The course gives an introduction and presents the biological background to current gene modification technologies used in plants’
  • The course gives an in depth presentation about currently used genetically modified crops in terms of herbicide tolerance and insect resistance as well as both positive and negative consequences of their use
  • The course gives an overview of potential future applications of genetic modification of crop plants to tackle major problems in agricultural production
  • Politics around genetically engineered foods are presented
  • Project works will also be done in groups of two students to deepen the understanding by investigating a currently field tested or commercially used genetically modified crop
  • A practical concerning some molecular aspects of plant genetic engineering

Organisation

The course includes lectures, project work and a practical

Literature

Current reviews and research reports on the courses subject, handed out during the course.

Examination including compulsory elements

Written exam, lab report and oral presentation.


Published: Wed 26 Feb 2020.