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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Full year 2010 (Day)
Clayton Second semester to First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Philip MacKinnon


The unit aims to develop students graduate attributes relevant to a post-graduation career in biotechnology and associated areas. These will be learned in an interdisciplinary biotechnology context of the development of scientific knowledge and its commercialisation. From their previous studies, students will have knowledge of scientific invention and technological innovation. The unit will allow them deeper exploration of an aspect or aspects of this process. Students will also consider what scientific knowledge is and how it is challenged. The unit will require both team and individual work.


Students can:

  1. research, analyse and report on an aspect of biotechnology;
  2. engage in a major team activity;
  3. demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills;
  4. explain and apply theories of knowledge in a biotechnology context; and
  5. communicate effectively.


two written reports: (6000 words) 30% and (2000 words) 10%
essay (4000 words): 20%
two oral presentations: 20%
continuous assessment of group work (supervisor, peer and self-assessed): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Philip Mackinnon

Contact hours

Workshops, seminars and individual or small group meetings with supervisors and mentors.


Completion of the requirements for levels 1 to 3 of the Bachelor of Biotechnology with Honours