AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology (8)


This subject integrates understanding of biochemistry (biological macromolecules, metabolic and energetic pathways) and genetics (Mendelian and population genetics). It provides a basis for understanding selection and performance in plant and animal breeding.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: AGS203
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

An understanding of DNA/RNA structure, meiosis and mitosis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe the structure and function of the four major classes of biological macromolecules and apply this knowledge to describe the properties of enzymes and cofactors in biological systems.
  • Be able to demonstrate acquired knowledge in the linkage between genotype and phenotype.
  • Be able to demonstrate and apply the principles and extension of Mendelian genetics in plant and animal breeding.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the implications of genetic change in biological systems.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the application of both conventional and molecular breeding, and outline the social and regulatory issues relating to recombinant DNA technology in an agricultural context.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Structure and function of major macromolecules
  • Enzyme function
  • Mendelian genetics and regulation of metabolic pathways
  • Major metabolic pathways such as glycolysis (aerobic and anaerobic), fatty acid metabolism and amino acid metabolism
  • Linkage and chromosome mapping
  • Qualitative genetics
  • Conventional and molecular approaches to plant and animal breeding including regulation of DNA technology in Australia


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.