Semester: 1 / Spring
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 0 hours
Field of study: Biotechnology
Study cycle: 2nd cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites: biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, genetic engineering
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Short description: During the course students acquire knowledge of GMO and GMM definitions, Polish and international laws related to GMO (Convention on Biological Diversity, Cartagena Protocol, Ustawa o GMO). They learn about important transgenic plants (resistant to herbicide, insects and phytopathogens, stress conditions) and about GMO and GMM in biopharmaceutical productions and food additives. They study social perception of GMO and analyze of current opinion on GMO in respect of scientific papers.
Full description: Introduction, GMO and GMM definitions. Polish and international laws related to GMO: Convention on Biological Diversity, Cartagena Protocol, Ustawa o GMO. Description of important transgenic plants resistant to herbicide, insects and phytopathogens, stress conditions. Transgenic animals as food. GMO and GMM in biopharmaceutical productions. GMO detection. Regulations of the use in food. Description of social perception of GMO. Analyze of current opinion on GMO in respect of scientific papers.
Bibliography: Compulsory: 1. Buchowicz J: Biotechnologia molekularna, Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN , Warszawa 2009 2. Polish and international laws on GMO and GMM 3. Scientific papers, popular and press articles related to GMO 4. Internet websites on GMO. 5. GMO Compass database Supplementary: 1. Biologia molekularna, Krótkie wykłady, Turner i wsp., PWN, Warszawa 2000; 2. Genomy, Brown T., PWN, Warszawa 2001; 3. Genes VIII, Lewin B., Pearson Prentice Hall, NY 2004;
Learning outcomes: After completing the course student In terms of knowledge: 1. has greater knowledge about different GMO applications, including in the production of biopharmaceuticals. Has learned international and Polish laws concerning GMO, 2. has knowledge about scientific and public discussions connected with GMOs. He understand the complexity of GMO related public debates. In terms of skills: 1. has the ability to define and present scientifically confirmed opinions on all aspects of GMO, 2. is able to estimate the economic outcomes of the introduction of GMOs in agronomy and food production chain; knows what kinds of decision have to be taken in questions of GMO cultivation introduction of GMO foods or food produced with GMOs and of biopharmaceutics produced by GMOs. In terms of social competences: 1. is able to identified and solve the dilemma connected with biotechnologist profession; knows how respected different opinions and initiate a essential discussion, 2. has conscience of importance of professional and ethics responsibilities of social effects resulting from the use of molecular engineering and of save quality of biotechnological products; has conscience of the need of discussions of GMO aspects on local , Polish and international forum, 3. has the conscience of risk and is able to evaluate the effects of the used of biotechnological methods in industry.
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: written exam 100%

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