PLNT*6250 Colloquium in Plant Genetics and Breeding

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2018 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

An open discussion course designed to review and critically analyse contemporary issues in plant genetics and breeding.


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Graduate

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Day and time to be determined at first class.

Learning outcomes:

Specific Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively about a genetics and plant breeding subject of current interest in an oral format.
  2. Communicate effectively in a written format on a topic of current interest to plant breeders and geneticists.
  3. Formulate and communicate clear and effective answers to questions from student peers.
  4. Formulate effective questions in a scientific environment.

Lecture Content:

There are no specific lectures for this course. 

This course is structured as discussion sessions. There will be eight - ten, 3 hour classes during the semester, which will consist of student presentations and discussion of the scientific literature relating to Gene Editing.

Students will prepare 20 minute presentations on a set of three current research articles related to the topic. 

The presentations will be followed by student-led discussions. 

There will be one written assignment on an issue related to Gene Editing, due at the end of the semester. 

Labs & Seminars:

There are no labs for this course


The main course content is the student presentations and discussions. 

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or test
Contribution to Final Grade

In class presentations

40% based on 2 evaluations by peers and instructor

Leading discussion

15% based on 2 evaluations by peers and instructor

Participation in discussion


Written assignment



Final examination:

There is no final exam.

Course Resources:

Required Texts

There is no required text

Recommended Texts:

There are no recommended texts.

Lab Manual:

There is no lab manual.

Other Resources:


Field Trips:

There are no field trips.

Additional Costs:

There are no additional costs.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

All assignments are due just prior to class time and will be submitted in DropBox on Courselink. Presentations will be made in class.  Late written assignments will be accepted, with a reduction in mark of 10% for each day it is late, up to 5 days after the due date. Students are expected to read all the assigned papers, attend each class and participate actively in the discussions.

Course Policy on Group Work:

All  assignments are to be individual work, conforming with the university policies of academic integrity.

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor. 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.

Other Course Information:

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