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|Distance group work||0|
|Course coordinator(s)||dr. ir. AB Bonnema|
|Lecturer(s)||dr. ir. JC Goud|
|dr. MJW Jeuken|
|dr. ir. AB Bonnema|
|Examiner(s)||dr. ir. AB Bonnema|
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For the design project knowledge from all preceding courses of the online specialization Plant Breeding is assumed.
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 the online Specialization Plant Breeding and is not available for the on-Campus students. Self-registration for this course is not possible.
The Plant Breeding Design Cluster has three major elements, Scientific skills, Academic skills and a design project.
Academic Skills building focuses on the following skills: project management, information literacy, scientific writing, presentation skills, argumentation skills, communication 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.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- improve their performance in giving presentations, using argumentation skills, and communication by defining learning goals and working on these goals;
- write scientific texts;
- find relevant literature;
- work on a project in an international team.
- critically analyse scientific papers.
Design of a breeding Programme:
- integrate theoretical and practical knowledge in a design study for a breeding program;
- understand connections between the crop, breeding methods, techniques and breeding goals;
- design a breeding program for a specific crop (all along the chain from defining the specific breeding goal(s) until marketing the newly developed variety);
- 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; justify the choices made in the breeding program and provide scientific argumentation. Consider alternatives and estimate their implications;
- write both a work plan and a final report of the breeding program;
- present the work plan and final breeding plan plenary;
- critically evaluate presented programs of other groups.
Tutorials and assignments for development of skills.
Study knowledge clips on theoretical background.
Work on a group assignment to design a breeding program. 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), 45%;
- scientific skills, 20%;
- academic skills (writing, information literacy, communication and interaction, argumentation, presentation), 35%;
*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 (pass/fail), written proposal (project planning) (20%), final report (50%),final presentation (15%) and exam (15%).
Literature provided in Brightspace. Design project: Project-specific literature, to be retrieved from the library.
|Compulsory for:||MPSDL||Spec. Plant Breeding DL||MSc||1DL+2DL+3DL+4DL+5DL+6DL|