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BC5201 - Biotechnology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet 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

  • contrast both the basic and advanced techniques used in biotechnology;
  • design biotechnology experiments that can be applied to a wide variety of problems;
  • discuss the ethics and patenting and regulatory procedures associated with biotechnology.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer
Lecturers: Professor Alan Baxter, Assoc. Professor Patrick Schaeffer.
Workload expectations:
  • 30 hours lectures
  • 15 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 30 hours professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); presentations (10%); assignments (30%).
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.