YPS-60315 Plant Breeding Design Cluster (online)


Credits 15.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Knowledge clip0
Distance group work0
E-learning material0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. AB Bonnema
Lecturer(s)dr. MJW Jeuken
dr. ir. JC Goud
dr. ir. AB Bonnema
Examiner(s)dr. ir. AB Bonnema

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Assumed knowledge on:

For the design project knowledge from all preceding courses is assumed;

Continuation courses:

Major thesis Plant Breeding


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with PBR-30806 Design of Plant Breeding Programmes.

NOTE: this course is taught specifically for the students in Distance Learning Specialization and is not available for the on-Campus students.

The Plant Breeding Design Cluster has three major elements, scientific and academic skills building and a design project.
Skills building focuses on the following skills:
1. Online study and communication skills (e.g. ICT, active cooperation in group work, intercultural communication, giving and receiving feedback).
2. Academic (e.g. project management, information literacy, scientific writing, presentation skills, argumentation skills, communication skills) and scientific skills.
The design project focuses on the integration of knowledge on various aspects of plant breeding into a breeding programme for a specific crop. The theoretical and practical aspects of plant breeding are combined with economic, societal and environmental aspects. In addition, the project comprises training of specific content-related skills. Students learn to translate principles of plant breeding into the synthesis and writing of a breeding programme that includes and connects all relevant aspects on a multidisciplinary level

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- perform a project in an international team;
- determine the project aims, develop a project plan and formulate tasks on the basis of disciplinary knowledge and general academic skills and attitude;
- contribute to the execution of the project at an academic level by retrieval, selection and analysis of information;
- integrate relevant research-based information into scientifically correct written report, and present and defend conclusions and recommendations in a professional and well-argued way;
- implement reflective learning by assessment of, and reflection on, personal functioning in a professional team;
- give and receive feedback in writing and verbally, based on assessment of the contribution of other team members to team performance and execution of project tasks;
- integrate theoretical and practical knowledge in a design study for a breeding program;
- set up a breeding programme for a specific crop (all along the chain from defining the specific breeding goal(s) until marketing the newly developed variety;
- understand structure and connections between breeding methods, techniques and breeding goals;
- select parameters (parental choice, breeding strategy, population genetics, selection methods, traits of interest) that are crucial for successful practical breeding;
- reflect on breeding methods and their presuppositions; question, adjust and estimate their implications;
- justify the choices made in the breeding program;
- write a work plan and final report of the breeding program;
- present the work plan and final breeding plan to peers.


Tutorials and assignments for development of skills. Study knowledge clips on theoretical background, work on a group assignment to design a breeding program, reporting on plans and results. Team meetings, literature study, proposal and report writing, oral and online presentation.


The assessment has the following components:
- project (toolbox, proposal, report, presentation, peer review), 40%;
- scientific skills, 20%;
- academic skills (writing, information literacy, communication and interaction, argumentation, project planning, presentation), 40%;
*All parts have to be passed (i.e. score of 5.5 or higher).

The final mark for the project (design of a breeding program) will consist of the following elements:
worked out crop matrix with motivation of crop choice (10%), written proposal (15%), oral presentation of proposal plus feedback to other proposals (10%), final report (45%),final presentation (10%) and exam (10%).


Skills building: literature provided in Brightspace. Design project: Project-specific literature, to be retrieved from the library.

Compulsory for: MPSPlant SciencesMScF: Plant Breeding1DL+2DL+3DL+4DL+5DL+6DL