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BC5201 - Biotechnology

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

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

Biotecnology is usually defined as the exploitation and manipulation of biological resources to deliver commercial and social benefit. 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 prokaryotes and eukaryotes, molecular diagnostics, microbial production of therapeutic agents, vaccine production, bioremediation, bioreactors, regulations and patening in biotechnology and ethics in science.

Learning Outcomes

  • To become familiar with a wide range of modern research techniques;
  • To think critically and to develop skills in analysing scientific data;
  • To develop skills in experimental design;
  • To develop skills in presenting experimental results both orally and in writing;
  • To develop an entrepreneurial view towards the potential use of biological resources.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer
Lecturers: Dr Margaret Jordan, Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 30 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 30 hours professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); presentations (10%); tutorial attendance and participation (5%); assignments (20%).
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.