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Master of Science inAgricultural Biotechnology

 Master of Science inAgricultural Biotechnology:

1- Admission criteria, application requirements:

Good command of English.Applicants intending to join the master program should hold B.Sc. degree with average at least 70% in relevant field of agriculture, environment, natural science or related area for a recognized university. Degree qualifications are assessed individually in accordance with admission office. When the field of degree is not related to the chosen M.Sc. Program, credits of the relevant courses (prerequisite) in the Report of Study will be acknowledged by the admission office.

2- Teaching plan

The program will offer great opportunity to study advanced course and acquire theoretical as well as practical knowledge of basic biotechnology science (molecular biology, plant biotechnology, biotechnical approaches, biochemistry, genetic manipulated organism). In addition they get a thorough training in basic laboratory techniques. In the last two semesters, the student should had passed at least 12 credit hours, the emphasis is laid on the preparation of a thesis,

First semester

Courses No.

Courses

credit hours

17011611

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology

3

17011631

Advanced Plant Biotechnology

3

17011631

Biotechnology in Crop Protection

3

Total

9

Second semester

Courses No.

Courses

credit hours

17011642

Techniques in Molecular Biology

3

17011652

Experimental Design and Analysis biostatistics

3

17011662

Scientific research and writing

3

17011672

Seminar

0

Total

9

 

Third and fourth semester the student chose 4 elective courses (12 h) in addition to 6 h thesis

Courses No

Courses

credit hours

MAB2081

Bioinformatics

3

17011771

Environmental Biotechnology

3

17011701

Techniques in Plant Tissue Culture

3

17011711

Advanced Biochemistry

3

17011721

Advanced Microbiology

3

17011731

Biotechnology for Crop Improvement

3

17011741

Plant Metabolic Engineering

3

17011751

Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology

3

17011761 Molecular Biophysics

3

17011799

Thesis

3

17011799

Thesis

3

Total

18

 

3- Offered Courses

(36) Credit hours

Compulsory courses (18) credit hours

Courses No.

Courses

credit hours

17011611

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology

3

17011621

Advanced Plant Biotechnology

3

17011631

Biotechnology in Crop Protection

3

17011642

Techniques in Molecular Biology

3

17011652

Experimental Design and Analysis biostatistics

3

17011662

Scientific research and writing

3

17011672

Seminar

0

Elective courses (12) credit hours

Courses No

Courses

credit hours

MAB2081

Bioinformatics

3

17011771

Environmental Biotechnology

3

17011701

Techniques in Plant Tissue Culture

3

17011711

Advanced Biochemistry

3

17011721

Advanced Microbiology

3

17011731

Biotechnology for Crop Improvement

3

17011741

Plant Metabolic Engineering

3

17011751

Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology

3

MAB2161 Molecular Biophysics

3

Courses No

courses

credit hours

17011799

Thesis

3

17011799

Thesis

3

17011799

Thesis

0

4- Courses description

MAB1011 Fundamentals of Molecular Biology

Introduction to the weak bonds, thermodynamics, equilibrium in molecular recognition and biological functions, proteins, structural organization, conformation and biological function Enzymes, classification and  active-site, kinetics and regulation, nucleic acids and genetic material, the structures of DNA and RNA, stereochemistry of bases and secondary structures organization of the nucleic acids and chromatin structure

MAB1021 Advanced Plant Biotechnology

The fundamental aspects of techniques for DNA cloning, including gene engineering and introduction into host cells.Isolation and detection of specific DNA sequencing. Techniques to engineer domestic plants to improve their productivity and adaptability to the environment

MAB1031 Biotechnology in Crop Protection

Biotechnology for biotic stress tolerance insects, fungi, bacteria, viruses, weeds. Constructing molecular maps, molecular tagging of genes/traits, marker. Assisted selection of qualitative and quantitative traits, insect sex determination, behavior, systematic and evolution, ecology, transgenic beneficiales in IPM.

MAB1041 Techniques in Molecular Biology

Polymerase chain reaction PCR and its variant, Agarose gel electrophoresis of plasmid and genomic DNA, Electroelution ,SDS - PAGE of protein from microbes, plants. Mini and bulk preparation of plasmids fromE.coli Mini and bulk preparation of genomic DNA from microbes, plants : Restriction mapping of plasmid DNA

MAB1051 Experimental Design and Analysis biostatistics

Principles and methods of experimental design and statistical analysis.Introduction to completely randomized design, Factorial experiments, Latin square, and split -plot design.Correlation and regression.

MAB1061 Scientific research and writing

Type of research, formulating a scientific approach to overcome a problem. Preparing the thesis, literature survey and, writing a scientific article.

MAB1071 Seminar

Students in this seminar should perform a presentation discussing their project proposal and get feedback from the board or the committee. The seminar involves discussion on the student’s literature review, hypothesis, resources and working plan

MAB2081 Bioinformatics

Introduction to computers in biology, software and hardware requirements.Databases, internet and databases. Concept of assessing a database on internet, searching a database query and response developing a database ftp and www

MAB2091 Environmental Biotechnology

Environmental biotechnology utilizes microorganisms to improve environmental quality. These improvements include treatment of contaminated waters and wastewaters, clean up of industrial waste streams, and remediation of soils contaminated with hazardous and toxic chemicals. Environmental biotechnology is essential to society and truly important as a technical discipline.

MAB2101 Techniques in Plant Tissue Culture

Methods of conventional and non-conventional propagation of flowering plants of agricultural/horticultural value are considered. Current problems relating to plant improvement are highlighted leading to an examination of how hybridisation is prevented naturally and, in the context of plant improvement, effectively bypassed. Other topics include plant tissue culture technologies, micro-propagation and modification of plants using tissue culture; assessment of the relevance and application of these approaches to meet current and future breeding requirements for plants of commercial value

MAB2111 Advanced Biochemistry

Water pH and buffer, chemistry of living matter, protein structure, biomembranes, molecular weight, enzyme kinetics and mechanisms of action, coenzymes and their function, metabolic pathways of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids, purines and pyrimidines, structure and role of nucleic acid, vitamins, minerals and hormones.

MAB2121 Advanced Microbiology

Nature of microbial world, the protests, the prokaryotes: an introductory survey The effect of environment on microbial growth, the relations between structure and function in prokaryotic cells, the viruses, classification of bacteria, the photosynthetic prokaryotes microorganisms as geochemical agents, symbiosis, microbial diseases of plants The exploitation of micro-organisms by man industrial, agricultural, environmental

MAB2131 Biotechnology for Crop Improvement

Conventional methods for crop improvement pedigree breeding, heterosis breeding. Mutation breeding, tissue culture in crop improvement, micropropagation for virus-free plants.Somaclonal variation, somatic hybridization, haploids in plant breeding

MAB2141 Plant Metabolic Engineering

Introduction to the concept of secondary metabolites, historical and current views, importance of secondary metabolites in medicine and agriculture.Introduction to various pathways, flavanoid pathway, basic structure Stereochemistry.

MAB2151 Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology

The dynamic cell, cell organization, sub-cellular structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.Organelle biogenesis, synthesis and sorting of plasma membrane, transport across cell membranes, eukaryotic cell cycle, signal transduction and regulation. Prokaryotes as genetic systems, sources of variation, methods of genetic analysis and  prokaryotic chromosomes Conjugation, transformation and traseminnsduction. Eukaryotic genome organization C-value paradox, cot-value, Chromatin structure, Chromosome replication, Structure and organization of eukaryotic genes, rRNA gene, Histone gene, Immunoglobin gene Molecular genetics of photosynthesis, Molecular genetics of nitrogen fixation Molecular genetics of stress.

MAB2161Molecular Biophysics

Laws of thermodynamics, heat, energy and work, chemical equilibrium, electron microscopy, sedimentation and viscosity, chromatography, electrophoresis, tracer techniques, light scattering and X-ray diffraction, absorption spectroscopy (UV, Visible, Infrared, Raman, NMR, ESR) and their uses, circular dichroism and optical rotatory dispersion principles and applications, microarray technology.