This course covers introduction to biotechnology including: definition, history of biotechnology, tissue culture, molecular genetics and genetic engineering, impact of plant, animal and the microbial biotechnology on agriculture.  

This course provides the students with basic knowledge in DNA as basic material of genetic engineering and also the cell function and structure, which considered the starting point in biotechnology development. This course also includes an introduction to biotechnology current applications and future directions. This course consists of informal lectures and interactive discussions led by faculty of Agricultural technology.

The course provides students with fundamental knowledge and principle skills needed to succeed in the area of Agricultural biotechnology. The course will help students to identify the main objective of biotechnology in the field of agriculture such as improve the quality of seeds, produce the disease resistance varieties, increase the yielding capacity etc.

The course will improve student knowledge background to the recent research methodology applications in agricultural products markets.

Students need to know how biotechnology studies manipulate living things or their component molecules, cells, tissues, or organs to improve agriculture and contribute to food security.


Description: This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of plant protection, including both plant pathology and entomology. Describe the taxonomy, symptoms, type of the damage, host plants, date of occurrence, methods of eradication, and ways of control. In addition, it will present examples of economically significant insect and plant disease pests in Jordan.

 

Purpose: This course is designed to offer students with a foundational understanding of key ideas in plant protection, diverse techniques to managing plant insect pests and diseases, and an overview of the most prevalent insects and diseases in Jordan.

Description: This course introduces the significance of agriculture internationally and in Jordan, as well as the fundamentals of plant identification and classification. This course also covers the fundamentals of the major physiological processes in plants, such as photosynthesis and cell respiration, as well as the factors that influence plant growth, development, management, and usage. Introduction to the primary methods of plant propagation and a quick overview of plant hormones.

 

Purpose: This course introduces students to the significance of plants, their taxonomy, anatomy, the key physiological processes in plants, the elements that influence plant growth and development, the role of plant hormones in plant growth, and the methods for plants propagation.

This course will introduce students to the principles and practices of smart agriculture as well as the sustainable management strategies aimed at achieving high agricultural production on the path to climate change adaptation in the food security system. Students will learn about the effects of climate change on agriculture as well as the most recent developments in precision agriculture, IoT, data analytics, and automation to optimize crop production, reduce the negative effects of climate change, and improve food security.

This course introduces fundamental concepts of plant breeding and genetics as well as practices and techniques used in plant breeding and in selecting desired traits and developing crop cultivars both for human consumption and feedstock. Topics covers the genetic diversity in relation to adaptation, productivity, pest and disease resistance of plants will also be addressed. Methods of selection for self-and-cross-pollinated and asexually propagated crops will be covered in this course.

This course includes a study of the basics of plant pathology, types of pathogens, Disease life cycle, disease induced mechanisms, symptoms of infection, plant defense mechanisms, Examples of the most important plant diseases, and methods of control.

The course will cover basic principles of Mendelian genetics, natural selection, chromosomes and genomes, multiple alleles, linkage and crossing over, genetic variation and mutations. Principles of molecular genetics and population genetics and the biological variation resulting from genetic recombination will be elucidated. In addition, the use of genetic methods to analyze protein functions, the gene regulation as well as inherited disease will be studied.

The course gives an introduction to terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity, conservation biology, and the common methods to conserve the environment and its biological diversity. The central aspects of biodiversity that will be discussed here are; biodiversity through history, the value of biodiversity, human effects on biodiversity, as well as empirical examples of conservation biology.


This course is designed to provide students with fundamentals of plant physiology. The topics that will be covered including transportation of solutes, photosynthesis, metabolism of organic and inorganic nutrients, plant growth regulation and growth factors, as well as the environmental impact on plant physiology. Physiology of mycorrhiza and nitrogen fixing nodules as well as phytohormones and defense mechanisms in plants will also be addressed.