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BC5201 - Biotechnology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
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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.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer
Lecturers: Professor Alan Baxter, Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer.
Workload expectations:
  • 30 hours lectures
  • 16 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); (40%).
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.