An open discussion course designed to review and critically analyze contemporary issues in plant physiology and biochemistry.
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Class Schedule and Location:
Wednesday 1:00-2:30 pm, location TBD
For this colloquium we will discuss new developments in plant tissue culture and biotechnologies. This will include new techniques and technologies, recent regulatory considerations, as well as broader social implications and events.
Specific Learning Outcomes:
- Effectively explain recent technological developments in plant tissue culture and biotechnology
- Critically assess scientific journals, papers, and methodologies used in plant science
- Demonstrate the ability to explain both sides of controversial topics related to biotechnology, including scientific and regulatory aspects
- Lead a discussion related to plant biotechnology
There are no formal lectures in this course
Week 1: General course information session
Week 2: Scientific publishing; how do we tell good science/journals from bad?
Week 3: Overview of plant tissue culture and biotechnology
Week 4: Science meets courts; discussion of recent Monsanto court case
Week 5-12: Student led presentations/discussions
Course Assignments and Tests:
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There is no final examination scheduled for this course
None (papers to be assigned)
This is an open discussion course. Therefore, all assignments must be completed by due date time for credit to be received.
Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of seminars:
Electronic recording of classes, including student presentations is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor and the presenter. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.
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- For Graduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/2018-2019/genreg/sec_d0e2182.shtml
- For Undergraduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c08/c08-ac.shtml
- For Diploma Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/diploma/current/c08/c08-ac.shtml
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