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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)M Danquah/P Chan/W Shen (Clayton); N Ramanan & S P Chai (Sunway)


Application of biology, colloid, polymer and surface science to biotechnology, nanotechnology, and sustainable engineering. Colloid stability/coagulation, polymer physics, polymers in colloidal systems and interfacial science. Elements of interfacial engineering and nanomaterials including micelle bilayers, liquid crystals, vesicles, bicontinuous structures. Cell biology and DNA including the introduction of the cell, the parts of the cell, cellular composition and the different types of cells used in biotechnology. The cell as a factory. DNA and the central theme of DNA processes and applications. Examples of bio-nano engineering in food science.


Develop the ability to apply the basic concepts of biology, colloid, surface and polymer science to applications in biotechnology, nanotechnology and sustainable processes. Develop teamwork and communications skills. Develop the skills to undertake a literature search and prepare a literature review.


Mid-semester test: 10%
Individual and team projects: 40%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Webley

Contact hours

2 hours lectures, 3 hours practice sessions/laboratory sessions and 7 hours of private study per week


VCE Chemistry (or ENG1070 or CHM1011 or equivalent)