Module Title:Genetics and Breeding
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Formal lectures will be supplemented by case study and group work and farm visits. Guest lecturers from animal and plant breeding centres in Ireland will be invited to give students a sense of the breadth of knowledge that exists in Ireland on this topic. Group discussion will be encouraged to critique breeding programmes on farm.
Module Aim: Learns will gain an appreciation of how genetics has greatly advanced how we breed our animals as well as the importance for a holistic approach to animal and crop breeding. The practical implications of breeding and genetics will be imbedded into the content of the module. There will be a strong focus on how the use of conventional and transgenic breeding programmes impact upon the sustainability of the farm system.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain the basic laws of genetics and their application in plant and animal breeding
LO2 Recognize and apply plant and animal breeding methods and discuss the role of sexed semen, embryo transfer, cloning and transgenic breeding technologies in sustainable farm systems, including societal acceptance.
LO3 Describe and evaluate Economic Breeding Index (EBI) and other management tools that aim to advance the productivity of animal and crop production systems.
LO4 Know how genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are produced and their use in agriculture.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Plant breeding
• Basics of plant breeding. Variety types, seed production; Intellectual Property (IP) issues; seed quality; economics of home-saved seed.
Animal breeding
• Basics of animal breeding and the practical use of genetics in animal breeding
Novel Genetic Manipulation Techniques for Plants
• Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their use in agriculture –transformation, and hybrid sterility.
Insemination and Cloning of Animals
• Developments in Artificial Insemination and cloning of livestock
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment25.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies Plant Breeding: Case study of varietal selection programmes for plants in Ireland 1,2,3 25.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students will conduct a project on breed improvement programmes relating to the animal agriculture including how they have been implemented in Ireland. 2,3,4 25.00 n/a
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Terminal Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 0.50
Independent Learning 30 Weeks per Stage 1.83
Total Hours 100.00