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BTH2012 - Biotechnology regulation, law and ethics

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader(s): Dr Philip MacKinnon


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Students will be introduced to intellectual property law and to the major regulatory regimes relevant to biotechnology research, development and commercialization. Ethical issues and controversies relating to biotechnology will also be examined. Students will be encouraged to develop strategies to identify and pursue career paths post graduation.


Students will develop knowledge of or skills at: Australian and major international intellectual property law regimes; biotechnology regulation; societal issues relating to biotechnology; approaches to career development; literature research; teamwork; and oral and written communication.


Assignments (Total of 4500 words): 45%
Exam (2 hours): 40%
Oral Presentations: 15%

Contact hours

Two one-hour lectures per week and one two-hour tutorial per week



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