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    Special topics involving literature research, essay writing and data analysis.

    This paper is designed to allow students to explore current topics in plant biotechnology in depth through independent study guided by an academic mentor. Students have the opportunity to meet with lecturing staff in the Plant Biotechnology programme to discuss the research being carried out in their laboratories. Assessment is largely internal and emphasises exercises in presenting scientific material.

    About this paper

    Paper title Research Perspectives in Plant Biotechnology
    Subject Plant Biotechnology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
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    Schedule C

    This paper is recommended for students intending to do postgraduate studies in the Plant Biotechnology programme. It is also of interest to students studying Biochemistry, Botany, Genetics and Molecular Biotechnology who are particularly interested in applied plant science.

    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
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    Teaching staff
    Professor Julian Eaton-Rye
    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Examples are drawn from current research literature.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the paper, students will be able to:

    • Articulate a broad understanding of contemporary plant biotechnology and related scientific fields
    • Understand the relationship between hypothesis, experiment and data and know how to apply this to attain knowledge
    • Appropriately communicate scientific concepts to both specialist and general audiences
    • Evaluate the philosophical and ethical aspects of their activities as a scientist
    • Identify and critically evaluate relevant information


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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