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BC5201 - Advanced Bioengineering

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

Available to students only with permission of the Head of Molecular and Cell Biology.

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 and advanced aspects of bioengineering with a particular focus in recombinant DNA technology and recombinant protein production in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes with applications in molecular diagnostics, microbial production of therapeutic agents, bioremediation and biocatalysts. The subject will also examine contemporary ethics and patenting issues relevant to bioengineering.

Learning Outcomes

  • contrast advanced techniques used in bioengineering;
  • design a bioengineering research proposal based on advanced recombinant DNA and protein technologies;
  • argue 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.



Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer.
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
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.