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2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog
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AGT 120 - Agricultural Appl in Biotech

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This course will explore through discussion and laboratory demonstration the impact that biotechnology has in all agricultural applications. A variety of application techniques will be used in both the agronomic and animal science areas to provide students with an understanding of these significant developments. Students will develop skills to effectively communicate with a customer base that utilizes the products being developed.

  1. Explain biotechnology and its impact on agriculture as well as society
    1. Discuss the history and development of biotechnology advancements and how it relates to agriculture
    2. Explain the impact of these advancements on a global society
    3. Review society perceptions and concerns for biotechnology
    4. Identify current regulations and legislative issues affecting agricultural biotechnology
    5. Discuss the ethical implications of biotechnology in agriculture
    6. Identify connections between agricultural biotechnology and other sectors including medical, military, safety, health and beauty
  2. Assess hands-on experiences with biotechnology
    1. Identify current uses associated with agriculture
    2. Develop a list of current uses and their benefits to the agricultural industry
    3. Evaluate current agriculture biotechnology products and communicate findings through presentation
  3. Debate the cost, benefits, and risks associated with the use of biotechnology in agriculture
    1. Identify the benefits of using current technologies
    2. State the costs associated with development of technologies as well as the financial potential of such developments
    3. Evaluate the cost relationships between biotechnology and non-biotechnology production
  4. Explain the relationship between DNA, RNA, mRNA, and protein in the food, fiber, and fuel system
    1. Discuss the use of the Central Dogma of biology in agricultural biotechnology
    2. Discover various implications of DNA, RNA, mRNA, and protein technologies
    3. Establish ability to isolate DNA from a sample and separate it through the use of electrophoresis
  5. Explain the importance of biotechnology research on the new frontiers of agricultural applications
    1. Explore career opportunities within the field of biotechnology
    2. Research the role of biotechnology in agricultural production
    3. Identify new techniques that will impact agriculture in the future
    4. Utilize knowledge base to brainstorm a novel agricultural biotechnology product that will be communicated through presentation
  6. Reinforce the value of biotechnology in agriculture through laboratory experiences with a variety of current technologies.
    1. Follow strict laboratory safety guidelines
    2. Discover importance of proper recordkeeping through the use of laboratory notebook
    3. Identify protocols of conducting laboratory activities
    4. Develop skills in using scientific instruments and devices as well as sterile technique
    5. Incorporate various laboratory experiences utilizing enzymes and microorganisms to demonstrate food safety and development protocols
    6. Conduct laboratory experiences using cutting edge techniques

Competencies Revised Date: AY2023

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