Post Graduate Diploma
Programme Code: DK_SAGPD_9
Mode of Delivery:Full Time, Part Time, Modular
No. of Semesters:2
NFQ Level:9
Programme Credits:60
Programme Short Title:Postgraduate Diploma Agricultural Biotechnology
Language of Instruction:English
Department:Agriculture, Food and Animal Health

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner should be able to :

PO1Knowledge - Breadth
 (a)Have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the facts, concepts, principles, theories and methods associated with the agricultural biotechnology area
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)Have a detailed knowledge, experience and understanding of the theories, paradigms, defining concepts and underlying principles in the area of agricultural biotechnology
 (b)Have a detailed knowledge, experience and understanding of advanced methods for acquiring, interpreting and analysing current research, with a critical awareness of the appropriate contexts for their use through the study of original papers, reports, journals and data sets
 (c)Have a detailed knowledge, experience and understanding of the identification, definition and resolution of novel, complex, research problems
 (d)Have a detailed knowledge, experience and understanding of relevant legal and regulatory frameworks
 (e)Have a detailed knowledge, experience and understanding of aspects of the defining elements and inter-relationships of the agricultural biotechnology research area as a result of in-depth study and research
 (f)Have a detailed knowledge, experience and understanding of the current limits of theoretical and applied knowledge of the specific research area
PO3Skill - Range
 (a)Proactively troubleshoot and solve original technical problems
 (b)Employ appropriate advanced data analysing, synthesising and summarising skills in a scientific research environment
 (c)Source relevant information, critically interpret and apply appropriate referenced literature from a wide range of information sources
 (d)Apply relevant numerical and statistical analysis skills
 (e)Maintain detailed records of activities
 (f)Present and defend scientific research findings in a variety of forms to specialists and non-specialists
 (g)Formulate a hypothesis and design a relevant programme of investigation
 (h)Write accurately and in a manner consistent with scientific publications in the agricultural biotechnology area
PO4Skill - Selectivity
 (a)Think independently and make informed effective decisions
 (b)Select from a range of routine and specialised scientific skills to apply the most appropriate in a range of situations
 (c)Make decisions in relation to a complex, or highly regulated work setting
 (d)Design, develop and test novel hypotheses
 (e)Learn new skills with ease, either independently from scientific papers, or with minimal instruction
PO5Competence - Context
 (a)Apply advanced research skills, constructively criticise, draw conclusions and offer recommendations in the agricultural biotechnology area
 (b)Act autonomously and think independently
 (c)Formulate and communicate judgements, with incomplete or limited information
PO6Competence - Role
 (a)Lead multidisciplinary teams
 (b)Develop novel technical solutions
PO7Competence - Learning to Learn
 (a)Identify knowledge gaps and source and undertake self-learning to fill the gaps
PO8Competence - Insight
 (a)Identify and articulate the key considerations of a problem
 (b)Critically comment on the technical, economic, environmental and social implications of own work and work of others
 (c)Draw complex information together and extract policy implications

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
AGRI S9Z01 Animal Genetics
AGRI S9Z04 Biotechnology in Animal Feeds
AGRI S9Z09 GIS, Data Management and Statistics
AGRIS9Z03 Bioinformatics

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
AGRI S9Z06 Bioremediation & Bioenergy
AGRI S9Z05 Animal Biotechnology
AGRI S9Z08 Food Biotechnology
AGRI S9Z02 Crop Biotechnology