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Biotechnology and Crop Science


About the Department:

Since re-opening the University of Sulaimani in 1992, the College of Agricultural Sciences Engineering was one of the Colleges that launched first on November 15th, 1992 to receive undergraduate students. There were several reasons behind the decision of reopening the College of Agricultural Sciences by that time. Kurdistan Region is basically graded as an agricultural country with a vast area of arable land and adequate water resources. More than 50% of the Iraqi population works in the agriculture sector. Cattle breeding and farming have always been an important sector of the region's national product, given political stability, Kurdistan is capable of producing enough food to assure the food security of the region; therefore, training specialists in the field of agriculture is of vital importance for the region. 

Out of 983000 hectares of land in Sulaimani Governorate, approximately 306000 hectares (31.2%) are cultivated with strategic crop plants such as wheat, barley, chickpeas, lentil, sunflower, cotton, sesame, peanut, rice, and broad bean. The soil of these cultivated lands is of high fertility and organic matter. The climatic condition is suitable for dry farming activities during October-June due to the availability of adequate precipitation annually (more than 750 mm). Indeed, water resources are available for summer cultivation. In Kurdistan daily thermal degree available for crop growth is more than 2600 degrees; total solar radiation is more than 22 Mega Jules M-² Day-¹.

Since its establishment, the Department of Biotechnology and Crop Science, University of Sulaimani is involved in conducting research to improve the crop productivities in Sulaimani Region. Research activities extend to, improving cultural practices, crop fertilization, practising intercropping, pastureland management and improvement, and the introduction of new germplasm. Moreover, the Department also incorporated postgraduate studies, i.e.  High Diploma, M.Sc. & Ph.D. programs to improve crop productivities, crop physiology, crop breeding, Crop germplasm manipulation and plant phytochemistry, however, the first cycle of B.Sc. study is involved in the qualifying graduate as an Agricultural Engineer in Biotechnology and Crop science.

The Department of Biotechnology and Crop Science is the oldest Department in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Currently being the largest Department both in terms of the number of programs and student population. At this time, the academic staff of the Department is comprised of (54) members, including (2) Professors, (14) Assistant Professors, (20) Lecturers, (14) Assistant lecturers and (4) M.Sc. holders. Concerning the higher education study, since the reopening in 1992 Crop Science Department gave (31) Ph.D. Degree and (77) M.Sc. Degree and (7) Diploma Degree in a different area of Crop Science.


Scientific Promotion 


 
Professor

Assistant Professor

 
Lecturer

Assistant Lecturer 
 
M.Sc. Holders
 2 13 with Ph.D. Degree 4 with Ph.D. Degree171
  1 with M.Sc. Degree 16 with M.Sc. Degree  
 2 1420 17 1 



Head of the Department Speech (Mission and Vision):

Studies Department of Biotechnology and Crop Science are related to the crop improvement throughout the fields of plant biotechnology & molecular genetics, plant breeding, plant physiology, plant tissue culture, investigating plant secondary products and biological weed control. Agronomic researches by the Department staff are being carried out in the College fields in Bakrajo and Qlyasan.


Mission


The mission of Department of Biotechnology and Crop Science at The University of Sulaimani is to generate, integrate and apply the knowledge about crop plants that are grown for food, feed and the general benefit of humankind. It can be achieved through the integration of teaching, research and extension/outreach efforts. We try to find and disseminate answers to problems and discover opportunities concerning the efficiency and sustainability of production especially in the coming uncertain environment, in addition to improve product quality. We work to ensure that agricultural systems and products in the Kurdistan region are able to meet the steadily demand for food due to the population increase and assuring the food security of Kurdistan Region for the next generations.

Generate, integrate and apply agricultural knowledge to produce sustainable food and other benefits of humankind. It can be achieved through the integration of teaching and research efforts, enabling graduate alumni to conduct professional activities in the field of Agronomy with advanced technological knowledge in a sustainable manner in both the public and private sector.

We work to ensure that agricultural systems and production in the Kurdistan region are able to assure food security through accomplishing demand for food due to the increasing population rate and uncertain environment for the current and next generations.


Vision

The Department is to be a centre of knowledge and excellence in TEACHING and RESEARCH. Seeking to strengthen in a sustainable environmental and satisfied agricultural products. Contributing to improving quality of life, based on our commitment and dedication to the scientific knowledge and technology in the field of Crop Science. The department also plans to update the studying programs of all undergraduate courses related to the strategic and policy of the Department to be more comparable with other Biotechnologies and Crop Science partners in developed countries.



  Department of Biotechnology and Crop ScienceTeaching Staff  (2018/2019)

No.

Name

Scientific Promotion

Speciality

Position

1

Dr. Rozhgar Mustafa Ahmed

Assistant Professor

Medicinal Plant Production

Head of the Department

2

Sarkawt Hama Salih Ali

Lecturer

Crop Production

Rapporteur of the Department

3

Dr. Sherwan Ismail Tawfiq

Professor

Plant Breeding and Genetics

 

4

Dr. Abdulsalam Abdulrahman Rasoul

Professor

Phytochemistry and Medicinal Plants

5

Dr. Aram Abbas Muhamad

Assistant Professor

Crop Physiology

 

6

Dr. Emad Mahmud Ghalib

Assistant Professor

Cereals Pathology

7

Dr. Mohammad Tofiq Mohammad

Assistant Professor

Plant Breeding

8

Omer Karim Aziz

Assistant Professor

Tobacco Crop Production

 

9

Dr. Nariman Salih Ahmad

Assistant Professor

Plant Biotechnology

 

10

Dr. Dana Azad Abdulkhaleq

Assistant Professor

Plant Breeding and Genetics

 

11

Dr. Shara Jalal Hama

Assistant Professor

Industrial Crops

 

12

Dr. Jwan Ghareeb Refat

Assistant Professor

Range Management

 

13

Dr. Saman Abdulrahman Ahmad

Assistant Professor

Plant Systematic and Biodiversity

  

14

Dr. Sanaria Rafiq Muhamad

Assistant Professor

Forage Crops and Range Management

15

Dr. Kamil Mahmud Mustafa

Assistant Professor

Plant Breeding and Genetics

16

Dr. Shang Hassib Abdulqadir

Assistant Professor

Cereal Crops

 

17

Dr. Emad Omer Hama Ali

Assistant Professor

Plant Biotechnology

 

18

Dr. Muhamad Amin Ali

Lecturer

Agriculture of Tropics and Subtropics

19

Dr. Shiren Jalal Mohamed

Lecturer

Plant Physiology


20

Taban Najmaddin Hama Amin

Lecturer

Plant Breeding and Genetics

Ph.D. Student

21

Hikmat Nuri Mahmud

Lecturer

Industrial Crops

Ph.D. Student 

22

Runak Ahmad Hussien

Lecturer

Industrial Crops

 

23

Hero Fatih Hama Karim

Lecturer

Plant Molecular Genetic


24

Bekhal Mustafa Hama Hassan

Lecturer

Crop Production

Ph.D. Student 

25

Bestun Omer Hama Amin

Lecturer

Plant Breeding and Genetics

 

26

Kazhal Rashid Ahmad

Lecturer

Cereal Crop Production

Ph.D. Student

27

Fawzy Fayzulla Khurshid

Lecturer

Agricultural Mechanization

Ph.D. Student

28

Dr. Rubar Hussein Muhammed Salih

Lecturer

Plant Taxonomy and Cytological Technology


29

Dzhwar Dhahir Latif

Lecturer

Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement

Ph.D. Student 

30

Shwana Ahmad Hussien

Lecturer

Plant Physiology

 31

Dastan Ahmad Ahmad

 Lecturer

Plant Breeding

 

32

Dr. Shwan Muhammad Salih Hama Rash

Lecturer

Precision Agriculture in Seed Quality 

 

33

Maki Muhamad Ahmad

 Lecturer

Cereal Production

Ph.D. Student 

34

Almas Jalal Muhamad

 Lecturer

Medicinal Plants

 

35

Karzan Ezaddin Abdulla

 Lecturer

Medicinal Plants

 

36

Suad Muhamad Shekh Abdulla

Lecturer

Plant Breeding and Genetics

Ph.D. Student 

 37

Dayan Majid Ibrahim

 Lecturer

Crop Production 

 

 38

Banaz Jamal Mahmud

 Assistant Lecturer

 Medicinal Plants

 

39

 Kawa Faysal Mustafa

Assistant Lecturer

Technology of Control

Ph. D. Student 

40

Didar Abdulkarim Rahim

Assistant Lecturer

Environmental Biotechnology

Ph. D. Student

41

Shelan Mahmud Ahmad

Assistant Lecturer

Crop Physiology

42

Solav Adnan Mahmud

Assistant Lecturer

Industrial Crops

43

Ashti Sleman Abdulla

Assistant Lecturer

Medicinal Plants

44

Shno Osman Sofi

Assistant Lecturer

Cereal Production

45

Shangin Hama Salih Nadir

Assistant Lecturer

Weed Control

46

Shokhan Mahmood Sleman

Assistant Lecturer

Crop Improvement

47

Rezhin Ghareb Nwry

Assistant Lecturer

Environmental Technology

48

Shaee  Adeb Gharib

Assistant Lecturer

Field Crop Production

49

Bestun Ali Abdulla

Assistant Lecturer

Legume Crops Production

50

Sayran Sardar Hasan

Assistant Lecturer

Cereal Technology

 

51

Tara Omer Muhammad

Assistant Lecturer

Range Management

52

Mehraban Sharif Maeruf

Assistant Lecturer

Plant Biotechnology

 

53

Parez  Ahmad Taha

Assistant Lecturer

Weed Control

                                        

 54 Rawaz Jalal Hama Ali M.Sc. Holder Image Processing Technique 
 55 Sara Ibrahim Abdulrahman Assistant Lecturer Agricultural Equipments 



First Cycle Degree / Bachelor in Biotechnology and Crop Sciences

Course Structure Diagram for the Educational Plans (2019 -2020)

 

First Year (First Semester):

No.

Discipline / Module

Notation

Code

First Semester (16 Week)

ECTS

No. of Hours per week

Final Evaluation

Theory

Practical

LAB

Project

Exam

Continuous Evaluation

1

Applied Mathematics

FD

 

2

0

0

2

6

2

General Botany

FD

 

2

3

0

2

6

3

Computer Application

CD

 

2

0

3

2

5

4

English Language (Reading + Writing)

CD

 

4

3

0

2

6

5

University Work Environment

CD

 

2

3

0

2

4

6

Kurdology

DU

 

2

0

0

3

3

Total hours per week:

10

9

6

11

 

 

30

 

First Year (Second Semester):

No.

Discipline / Module

Notation

Code

Second Semester (16 Week)

ECTS

No. of Hours per week

Final Evaluation

Theory

Practical

LAB

Project

Exam

Continuous Evaluation

1

General Chemistry (Analytical and Organic Chemistry)

FD

 

2

0

3

0

5

2

Taxonomy and Biodiversity

FD

 

2

3

0

2

6

3

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

FD

 

2

0

3

2

6

4

English Language (Listening + Speaking)

CD

 

4

6

0

2

6

5

Professional Skills

FD

 

2

2

1

2

4

6

Physical Education

DU

 

2

3

0

0

3

Total hours per week:

10

8

10

6

 

 

30

 

 

Second Year (First Semester):

No.

Discipline / Module

Notation

Code

First Semester (16 Week)

ECTS

No. of Hours per week

Final Evaluation

Theory

Practical

LAB

Project

Exam

Continuous Evaluation

1

Crop Production

SD

 

2

3

0

3

6

2

Biostatistics

FD

 

2

3

0

0

6

3

Microbiology

FD

 

2

0

3

2

6

4

Agroecology and Meteorology

FD

 

2

3

0

2

6

5

Farming System and Sustainable Agriculture

PF

 

2

3

0

2

6

Total hours per week:

10

12

3

9

 

 

30

 

Semester Elective Course (3 ECTS):

No.

Discipline / Module

Notation

Code

First Semester (16 Week)

ECTS

No. of Hours per week

Final Evaluation

Theory

Practical

LAB

Project

Exam

Continuous Evaluation

1

Arabic Language

DU

 

2

0

2

3

3

2

Turkish Language

DU

 

2

0

2

3

3


Second Year (Second Semester):

No.

Discipline / Module

Notation

Code

Second Semester (16 Week)

ECTS

No. of Hours per week

Final Evaluation

Theory

Practical

LAB

Project

Exam

Continuous Evaluation

1

Phytochemistry

PF

 

2

0

3

2

6

2

Crop Diseases

PF

 

2

3

0

2

6

3

Forage Crops  and Range Management

SD

 

2

3

0

2

6

4

Crop Equipment Mechanization

PF

 

2

0

0

2

6

5

Surveying and Remote Sensing  and GIS

PF

 

2

3

0

2

6

Total hours per week:

10

9

3

10

 

 

30

 

 

 Third Year (First Semester):

No.

Discipline / Module

Notation

Code

First Semester (16 Week)

ECTS

No. of Hours per week

Final Evaluation

Theory

Practical

LAB

Project

Exam

Continuous Evaluation

1

Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis

SD

 

2

3

0

0

6

2

Genetics and Molecular Biology

PF

 

2

0

3

2

6

3

Crop Physiology

PF

 

2

0

3

2

6

4

Food Security and Agricultural Law Legislation

DU

 

2

0

0

3

6

5

Irrigation Engineering

PF

 

2

0

3

2

6

Total hours per week:

10

6

9

6

 

 

30

 

Third Year (Second Semester):

No.

Discipline / Module

Notation

Code

Second Semester (16 Week)

ECTS

No. of Hours per week

Final Evaluation

Theory

Practical

LAB

Project

Exam

Continuous Evaluation

1

Macromolecules and Enzymology

SD

 

2

0

3

2

6

2

Plant Biotechnology and Cell Biology

SD

 

2

0

3

2

6

3

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

PF

 

2

3

0

2

6

4

Crop Insects and Bee Keeping

PF

 

2

3

0

2

6

5

Tobacco Production and Technology

PF

 

2

3

0

2

6

Total hours per week:

10

6

6

11

 

 

30

 

 Fourth Year (First Semester):

No.

Discipline / Module

Notation

Code

First Semester (16 Week)

ECTS

No. of Hours per week

Final Evaluation

Theory

Practical

LAB

Project

Exam

Continuous Evaluation

1

Plant Breeding

SD

 

2

3

0

2

6

2

Plant Cell and Tissue Culture

SD

 

2

3

0

2

6

3

Industrial Crops

SD

 

2

3

0

2

6

4

Crop Germplasm Manipulation

SD

 

2

3

0

2

6

5

Dryland Farming

PF

 

2

3

0

2

6

Total hours per week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

Fourth Year (Second Semester):

No.

Discipline / Module

Notation

Code

Second Semester (16 Week)

ECTS

No. of Hours per week

Final Evaluation

Theory

Practical

LAB

Project

Exam

Continuous Evaluation

1

Population Genetics and Biometry

PF

 

2

0

3

2

6

2

Molecular Techniques in Plant Breeding

SD

 

2

0

3

2

6

3

Cereal Crops and Grain Legumes

PF

 

2

3

0

2

6

4

Weed Biocontrol

PF

 

2

3

0

2

6

5

Seed Technology

PF

 

2

3

0

2

6

Total hours per week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

Tips:

Discipline type

Notation

Weight%

From a total of 44 Disciplines

Fundamental (General)Disciplines

FD

(17-20) %

8 = (18.18) %

Preparatory Disciplines in the Field

PF

(35-37) %

16 = (36.36) %

Specialty Disciplines

SD

(25-28) %

11 = (25.00) %

Complementary Disciplines

CD

(8-10) %

= (9.09) %

Disciplines according to University option

DU

(10-15)%

= (11.36) %

Total:

%100

%99.99