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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 has 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. & PhD 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 (4) Professors, (15) Assistant Professors, (30) Lecturers, (10) Assistant lecturers and (1) M.Sc. holders. Concerning the higher education study, since the reopening in 1992 Crop Science Department gave (31) PhD 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
 4 13with a PhD Degree 9 with a PhD Degree101
  2 with M.Sc. Degree 21with M.Sc. Degree  
41530 10 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 the 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 steady 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 center 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 Science Teaching Staff  (2021/2022)


No.

Teacher Names

Scientific Promotion

Specialization

1

(Head of the Department)

Assistant Professor

Medicinal Plant  Production

2

(Department Rapporteur)

Lecturer

Molecular Cytogenetics

3

Dr. Sherwan Ismail Tofiq

Professor

Plant Breeding and Genetics

4

Dr. Abdulsalam Abdulrahman Rasoul

Professor

Phytochemistry and Medicinal Plants

5

Dr. Emad Mahmood Ghaleb

Professor

Cereal Pathology

6

Dr. Aram Abbas Muhamad

Professor

Crop Physiology

7

Dr. Mohammad Tofiq Mohammad

Assistant Professor

Plant Breeding and Genetics

8

Omer Karim Aziz

Assistant Professor

Tobacco Production

9

Dr. Nariman Salih Ahmad

Assistant Professor

Molecular Genetics and Plant Breeding

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

Bestoon Omar Hamma-Umin

Assistant Professor

Plant Breeding and Genetics

19

Dr. Taban Najmalddin Hama-Amin

Assistant Professor

Plant Breeding and Genetics

20

Dr. Hekmat Noori Mahmood   

Assistant Professor

Industrial Crops    

21

Dr. Fawzy Faidhullah Khorshid

Assistant Professor

Agricultural Mechanization

22

Dr. Muhamad Amin Ali

Lecturer

Salinity and Drought Management

23

Dr. Sherin Jalal Muhamad

Lecturer

Crop Physiology

24

Dr. Muhammed Salar Aziz

Lecturer

Agricultural Mechanization

25

Runak Ahmad Hussien

Lecturer

Industrial Crops

26

Hero Fatih Hama Karim

Lecturer

Plant Molecular Genetics

27

Dr. Bekhal Mustafa Hama

Lecturer

Crop Physiology

28

Kazhal Rashed Ahmad

Lecturer

Crop Production

29

Shadiya Hama Salih Karim

Lecturer

Crop Production

30

Djwar Dahir Lateef

Lecturer

Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement

31

Shwana Ahmad Hussain

Lecturer

Crop Physiology

32

Dastan Ahmad Ahmad

Lecturer

Plant Breeding and Genetics

33

Dr. Shwan Muhammed Salih Hama Rash

Lecturer

Precision Agriculture in Seed Quality

34

Dr. Banaz Jamal Mahmud

Lecturer

Medicinal Plants

35

Maki Mohammad Ahmad

Lecturer

Cereal Production

36

Almas Galal Muhammad

Lecturer

Medicinal Plants

37

Karzan Ezzalddin Mohammed

Lecturer

Medicinal Plants

38

Suaad Muhammad Shekh Abdulla

Lecturer

Plant Breeding and Genetics

39

Sarkawt Hama Salih Ali

Lecturer

Crop Production

40

Dayan Majid Ibrahim

Lecturer

Crop Production

41

Shokhan Mahmood Sleman

Lecturer

Crop Improvement

42

Bestoon Ali Abdolla

Lecturer

Legume Crops Production

43

Ashti Sleman Abdulla

Lecturer

Medicinal Plants

44

Shno Othman Sofi

Lecturer

Crop Production

45

Shaee Adeeb Ghareeb

Lecturer

Field Crop Production

46

Sayran Sardar Hasan

Lecturer

Cereal Technology

47

Solaf Adnan Mahmood

Lecturer

Industrial Crops

48

Shilan Mahmood Ahmed

Lecturer

Crop  Physiology

49

Dr. Didar Abdulkarim Rahim

Lecturer

Environmental Biotechnology

50

Kawa Faisal Mustafa

Assistant Lecturer

Technology of Control

51

Shangin Hama Salih Nadir

Assistant Lecturer

Weed Control

52

Rezhin Ghareb Nwri

Assistant Lecturer

Environmental Technology

53

Mihraban Sharif Maaruf

Assistant Lecturer

Cereal Technology

54

Sara Ibrahim Abdulrahman

Assistant Lecturer

Agricultural Equipment

55

Parez Ahmed Taha

Assistant Lecturer

Weed Control

56

Tara Omer Muhammad

Assistant Lecturer

Range management

57

Saya Fatih Karim

Assistant Lecturer

Forage Production

58

Sakar Yasin Hama Rahim

Assistant Lecturer

Plant Taxonomy

59

Shano Abdulrahman Omer

Assistant Lecturer

Cereal Technology



Academic Syllabus of the Department of Biotechnology and Crop Sciences

First Cycle Degree / Bachelor in Biotechnology and Crop Sciences

Course Structure Diagram for the Educational Plans (2021 -2022)


  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

C. Evaluation

1

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

1

6

5

University Work Environment

DU

 

2

3

0

2

4

6

Physical Education

DU

 

2

0

0

3

3

Total hours per week:

14

9

3

10

 

 

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

C. 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

0

6

4

English Language (Listening + Speaking)

CD

 

4

3

1

0

6

5

Professional Skills

DU

 

2

3

0

2

4

6

Kurdology

DU

 

2

3

0

0

3

Total hours per week:

14

12

7

4

 

 

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

C. Evaluation

1

Agricultural Legislations

SD

 

2

2

0

1

5

2

Biostatistics

SD

 

2

3

0

0

5

3

Plant Biotechnology

SD

 

2

0

3

0

5

4

Agroecology

FD

 

2

2

0

1

5

5

Farming System and Sustainable Agriculture

PF

 

2

-

0

1

5

Semester Elective Course (5 ECTS):

1

Arabic Language

CD

 

2

0

2

0

5

2

Turkish Language

CD

 

2

0

2

0

5

3

Persian Language

CD

 

2

0

2

0

5

Total hours per week:

12

7

5

3

 

 

30


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

Microbiology

FD

 

2

0

3

0

6

2

Crop Diseases

PF

 

2

2

0

1

6

3

Biochemistry

FD

 

2

3

0

0

6

4

Crop Equipment Mechanization

PF

 

2

3

0

1

6

5

Remote Sensing and GIS

FD

 

2

3

0

0

6

Total hours per week:

10

12

3

2

 

 

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 Analysis

SD

 

2

3

0

0

7

2

Genetics

SD

 

2

0

3

1

6

3

Crop Physiology

PF

 

2

0

3

0

6

4

Agricultural Internship - I

PF

 

0

3

0

3

5

5

Irrigation Engineering

PF

 

2

0

3

0

6

Total hours per week:

8

6

9

4

 

 

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

Agricultural Internship - II

PF

 

0

3

0

3

4

2

Phytochemistry and Medicinal Plants

PF

 

2

3

0

1

7

3

Crop Insects and Bee Keeping

PF

 

2

3

0

2

6

4

Tobacco Production and Technology

PF

 

2

3

0

1

7

5

Forage Crops and Range Management

PF

 

0

0

0

0

6

Total hours per week:

6

12

0

6

 

 

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

Research Methods

SD

 

2

0

0

3

6

2

Plant Breeding

SD

 

2

3

0

1

6

3

Industrial Crops

SD

 

2

3

0

0

6

4

Germplasm Manipulation and Bioinformatics

SD

 

2

0

3

0

6

5

Cereal Crops

SD

 

2

3

0

1

6

Total hours per week:

10

9

3

5

 

 

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

Graduation Research Method

DU

 

2

0

0

3

6

2

Molecular Techniques

SD

 

2

0

3

1

6

3

Grain Legumes

PF

 

2

3

0

0

6

4

Weed Control

PF

 

2

3

0

0

6

5

Seed and Grain Technology

PF

 

2

3

0

1

6

Total hours per week:

10

9

3

5

 

 

30

 

 

 

Tips:

Discipline type

Notation

Weight%

From a total of 43 Disciplines

Fundamental (General)Disciplines

FD

(17-20) %

9 = (20.93) %

Preparatory Disciplines in the Field

PF

(35-37) %

14 = (32.55) %

Specialty Disciplines

SD

(25-28) %

11 = (25.58) %

Complementary Disciplines

CD

(8-10) %

4 = (9.30) %

Disciplines according to University option

DU

(10-15) %

5 = (11.62) %

Total:

%100

%99.98