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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Michael Vovos


This unit will examine case studies of biotechnology research and development and will consider the industry context in which biotechnology is commercialised including: industry structure; methods of financing, management approaches; and product development.


Students will demonstrate understanding of how enabling technologies are applied in biotechnology; the structure of the biotechnology industry; methods of funding; approaches to the management of biotechnology innovation; and the potential of a specific biotechnology for commercial development. Students will demonstrate oral and written communication skills and the ability to work in small groups.


Essay (3000 words): 40%
Tutorial reports (including class presentations) (4 x 750 words): 40%
Oral presentation and written report (1000 words): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Cristina Varsavsky

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour tutorial per week