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BC3201 - Biotechnology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

Biotechnology 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 biotechnology including basic and advanced methods used in recombinant DNA technology, recombinant protein production in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes, molecular diagnostics, microbial production of therapeutic agents, vaccine production, bioremediation, bioreactors and regulations and patenting in biotechnology.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand both the basic and advanced techniques used in biotechnology;
  • understand how biotechnology can be applied to a wide variety of problems;
  • to be aware of the ethics and patenting and regulatory procedures associated with biotechnology.
BC3101 BC3102 strongly recommended
Prerequisites: BC2013 AND BC2023 AND BC2024


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer
Lecturers: Professor Ludwig Lopata, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 30 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 30 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); assignments (20%); (15%).

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