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Undergraduate Course: Science for Agri-food Systems: Cells to Organisms (VETS08009)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide students with a foundation in science knowledge, understanding and methodology as it relates to agriculture. The focus will be on the growth, development and functioning of organisms that make up agricultural systems
Course description The aim of the course is to provide a foundation in basic science knowledge, in order to underpin the development of concepts in the animal and crop production systems courses in years 2 to 4. It will be taught in the context of global agriculture and the challenges of food security and environmental sustainability. Starting at the level of the cell and its constituents and progressing to the whole organism, the course will emphasise the importance of interactions and linkages between different components within a system for successful and sustainable function. The main themes covered will include:

Molecules of life, genes and cells
Cellular processes
Building cells into organisms; plants, animals and microbes
Organisms as systems, growth and nutrition
Genetics and reproduction
Soil as a living entity

The course will be delivered by a series of lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and practicals. The practicals will help develop laboratory and research skills. Farm visits will be utilised to demonstrate different production systems, and examples will be used in to illustrate key concepts in a global context
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 131 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Feedback will be supplied within 15 days of the submission deadline.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Cells to Organisms MCQ and SAQ Final Exam1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain how micro-organisms, mammalian and plant cells function
  2. Explain the key processes that support the growth and development of plants and animals
  3. Describe the fundamental principles of genetics
  4. Recognise the key processes that sustain soil quality and function
Reading List
Taiz L. and Zeiger E. 2010. Plant Physiology. Sinauer Associates Inc. Sunderland, USA
Essential Cell Biology Alberts B et al., 4th Edition, 2013
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Susan Jarvis
Tel: (0131 6)50 7911
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 7454
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