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BC3201 - Bioengineering

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

For students who do not have the required pre-requisites, please seek advice from the Discipline Academic Advisor to enrol

Bioengineering is usually defined as the exploitation and manipulation of biological resources to deliver commercial and social benefits. This subject is designed to cover the fundamental aspects of bioengineering such as recombinant DNA technology and recombinant protein production in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes with a focus on biomedical applications such as in molecular diagnostics and drug development. The subject will also examine contemporary ethics and patenting issues relevant to bioengineering.

Learning Outcomes

  • discuss basic techniques used in bioengineering;
  • design recombinant DNA and protein experiments;
  • discuss the ethics and patenting procedures associated with bioengineering.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (15%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; Hand in and have an overall pass for the entire assignment component. Important note: an overall pass is a mark obtained of 50% or above for that group of assessments, i.e. written and oral; Pass final examination. Important note: a pass is a mark obtained of 50% or above for that assessment piece.

BC3101 BC3102 strongly recommended
Prerequisites: BC2013 AND BC2023


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer
Lecturers: Dr Alanna Sorenson, Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer, Dr Sacha Jensen.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 30 hours lectures
  • 15 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.