Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Lynne Mayne


The science of biotechnology and the structure of the industry and the relationship between academic research and commercial biotechnology will be explored. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of biotechnology in Australia and Asian countries. The unit will help prepare students to pursue careers in biotechnology.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe how modern biotechnology has evolved from advances in cell and molecular biology;

  1. Explain the essential steps needed to translate a scientific discovery into a commercial product;

  1. Discuss how ethics and the views of society impact on the biotechnology industry;

  1. Illustrate, using examples from medicinal chemistry, biomedical science and engineering, the contribution of these disciplines to biotechnology;

  1. Demonstrate basic skills for effectively searching public literature databases, identifying relevant and reliable published information and effectively summarising content to support their writing;

  1. Demonstrate basic skills in laboratory techniques and data analysis in at least one area of biotechnology research.


Assignments (written and oral): 75%
Laboratory reports: 20%
Tutorial presentation: 5%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Two x 1-hour lectures per week, one x 2-hour tutorial per week, one x 4-hour laboratory session every third week


This is a core unit for the Bachelor of Biotechnology and enrolment via WES has been restricted to students enrolled in this course only. For students in other courses, you will need to seek permission to enrol from the Unit Co-ordinator as places are limited.