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Seed Technology and Business (STB)

Graduate Courses |

(Interdepartmental Graduate Major)

www.seeds.iastate.edu/

Manjit Misra. Seed Science Center Director
(Administration), Paul Christensen, Program Manager
Advisory Committee: Sanjeev Agarwal, Paul Christensen, Joe Cortes, Michael Crum, David Acker, Jeff Iles, Denis McGee, Manjit Misra, Russell Mullen, Gaylan Scofield, Niki Davis, Susana Goggi.
Faculty: Paul Christensen, Sanjeev Agarwal, Fredrick Dark, Samuel DeMarie, Michael Crum, Susana Goggi, Rhonda Lummus, Brian Mennecke, James Werbel, Kay Palan, James Kurtenbach, Manjit Misra, Russell Mullen, Brad Shrader, Mark Westgate.

On-Line Graduate Study

The graduate program in Seed Technology and Business offers students advanced study in the seed science and technology and business management appropriate for application in the seed sector. The program is offered by nine departments in the Colleges of Business and Agriculture: Accounting; Agronomy; Finance; Horticulture; Logistics, Operations, and Management Information Systems; Management; Marketing; and Plant Pathology. This multidisciplinary program offers a focused on-line curriculum for a master of science in Seed Technology and Business. Courses are available to students in other majors.

The curriculum offers a set of scientific and technical courses that are focused on seed, with a set of basic management courses, similar to those in the core courses of an MBA program. The business courses will use examples drawn from the seed industry. A creative component is required for the master of science degree.

Prerequisite for the program is a bachelor's degree, or prior graduate training, in business, agriculture or other biological discipline.

All of the courses listed here are required and the students are expected to go through the curriculum in order. The pace of the course sequence is designed to allow the students with other commitments to participate. Students will complete the creative component under the guidance of their Program of Study Committee. In many cases, the creative component topic will be associated with the students work.

Graduates of the Master of Science curriculum will be prepared for roles in management and leadership within seed related organizations, private and public.

The program offers two graduate certificates: a graduate certificate in Seed Science and Technology, which consists of 8 courses (STB/Agron 535, STB/Agron 536, STB/Agron 510, STB/Agron 538, STB/Pl P 594, STB/Agron 547, STB/Agron 534, STB/Agron 539, and STB/Agron 595), and a graduate certificate in Seed Business Management, which consists of 7 courses (STB/Agron 535, BusAd 501, BusAd 503, BusAd 504, BusAd 507, BusAd 508, and BusAd 509). The graduate certificate courses may be applied to the Master of Science with a major in Seed Technology and Business. Those interested in these programs should contact the program for details.

Information on application procedures and specific requirements of the major can be obtained from the following internet addresses: http://www.seeds.iastate.edu/ or http://www.lifelearner.iastate.edu/degree.htm or by writing to seedsci@iastate.edu.

Courses primarily for graduate students

STB 510. Crop Improvement. (Cross-listed with Agron). Cr. 3. Prereq: Admission to the Seed Technology and Business Master's Degree Program or approval of the instructor. A study of the basic principles and methods in the genetic improvement of crop plants. Methods used in manipulating genomes through the use of biotechnology. Methods of cultivar development. Quantitive procedures for describing response to selection. Analysis of the relationship of reproductive characters and growth characteristics to response to selection. Restricted to students admitted to the distance eduction Master of Seed Technology and Business degree program or by special arrangement with the instructor.

STB 534. Seed and Variety, Testing and Technology. (Cross-listed with Agron). Cr. 2. Prereq: Admission to the Seed Technology and Business Master's Degree Program or approval of the instructor. The components of seed quality and how they are assessed in the laboratory, including traits derived from modern biotechnology. The impact of new technologies on seed quality testing. Variety maintenance procedures and breeder seed. Variety identification: phenotype and grow-out trials, isozyme testing, and DNA marker testing. Procedures for evaluating varieties. The variance tests appropriate for fixed effects analysis of variance. Statistical inference and stratification for yield trials. Use of strip plot testing. Restricted to students admitted to the distance eduction Master's of Seed Technology and Business degree program or by special arrangement with the instructor.

STB 535. Introduction to the Seed Industry. (Cross-listed with Agron). Cr. 1. Prereq: Curriculum requires undergraduate specialization in a business or biological science. An analysis of the defining characteristics of the seed industry and introduction to the Master in Seed Technology and Business curriculum. The tasks of crop improvement and seed production will be analytically related to basic management functions and classifications of management activities that are used in the study of business administration. Management tasks and roles will be analyzed in related to the public policy issues that shape the seed industry, including ethical and economical approaches to biotechnology, intellectual property, and corporate responsibility. Restricted to students admitted to the distance eduction Master's in Seed Technology and Business degree program, or by special arrangement with the instructor.

STB 536. Quantitative Methods for Seed. (Cross-listed with Agron). Cr. 1. Prereq: Admission to the Seed Technology and Business Master's Degree Program or approval of the instructor. Quantitative Methods for analyzing and interpreting agronomic and business information for the seed industry. Principles of experimental design and hypothesis testing, regression, correlation and graphical representation of data. Use of spreadsheets for manipulating, analyzing and presenting data. Restricted to students admitted to the Master's of Seed Technology and Business degree program or by special arrangement with the instructor.

STB 539. Seed Conditioning and Storage. (Cross-listed with Agron). Cr. 2. Prereq: Admission to the Seed Technology and Business Master's Degree Program or approval of the instructor. The technical operations which may be carried out on a seed lot from harvest until it is ready for marketing and use. The opportunities for quality improvement and the risks of deterioration which are present during that time. Analysis of the costs of and benefits of operations. Evaluation of equipment based on benefits to the customer and producer. Interpretation of the role of the conditioning plant and store as a focal points within the overall operations of a seed company. Restricted to students admitted to the distance eduction Master's of Seed Technology and Business degree program, or by special arrangement with the instructor.

STB 547. Seed Production. (Cross-listed with Agron). Cr. 2. Prereq: Admission to the Seed Technology and Business Master's Degree Program or approval of the instructor. Survey of crop production; including management of soil fertility, planting dates, populations, weed control, and insect control. Analysis of the principles of seed multiplication and the key practices which are used to ensure high quality in the products. Field inspection procedures and production aspects that differ from other crop production. Foundation seed production. Analysis of the typical organization of field production tasks. Resources and capabilities required. Survey of differences in seed production strategies between crops and impact of differences on management of seed production. Restricted to students admitted to the distance eduction Master of Seed Technology and Business degree program, or by special arrangement with the instructor.

STB 595. Seed Quality, Production, and Research Management. (Cross-listed with Agron). Cr. 3. Prereq: Admission to the Seed Technology and Business Master's Degree Program or approval of the instructor. Advanced survey of the organization, staff capabilities and management characteristics typical in seed production and crop improvement in seed enterprises. Analysis of the use of quality information in the management of seed operations and sales. Process management applications for seed. Production planning for existing capacity. Analysis of the manager's tasks in the annual cycle and how the tasks of these managers relate to the general categories of business management roles. Difference in management strategies used with different situations and groups of employees. Restricted to students admitted to the distance eduction Master's of Seed Technology and Business degree program, or by special arrangement with the instructor.

STB 599. Creative Component. Cr. 3-4. Prereq: Addmission to the Master's in Seed Technology and Business degree program and permission of the instructor. A written report based on research, library readings, or topics related to the student's area of specialization and approved by the student's advisory committee.