Courses Catalogue

Introduction To Biotechnology

COURSE CODE: BIO 3203
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Education (Biology) - B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

Introduction to biotechnology

Plant Cell and Tissue Culture

·         Principles of plant cell and tissue culture

·         Culture techniques; Meristem culture.  Orchid culture; Anther culture

·         Application of culture techniques (in vitro methods) in plant breeding;

·         Merits and demerits of cell and tissue culture techniques

·         Selection role of phytotoxins in culture filtrates for pest resistance.

Genetic engineering and Recombinant DNA Technology

·         Molecular basis of plant breeding

·         The central theme of Molecular biology; Recombinant DNA, and Recombinant           DNA techniques

·         Principles and applications of polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

·         Biochemical and Molecular markers

·         Marker-assisted selection (MAS) in plant breeding

·         Principles and applications of Molecular cloning

·         Methods of DNA transfer (Genetic transformation) in plants

·         Generation of transgenic crops

·         Bio-safety, bio-policy and ecological implications.

MODE OF DELIVERY

·         Lectures

·         Assignment

·         Tutorials

·         Practicals

·         Fieldwork

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT

·                     Whiteboard and Markers

·                     Flip Charts

·                     LCD Projectors

·                     CDs, DVDs and Tapes