Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Lynne Mayne


The science of biotechnology and the structure of the industry and the relationship between academic research and commercial biotechnology will be explored. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of biotechnology in Australia and Asian countries. The unit will help prepare students to pursue careers in biotechnology.


Students develop knowledge of or skill at: what biotechnology is; the science contributing to biotechnology; the structure of the biotechnology industry; Australian biotechnology; regional biotechnology; communication; conducting investigations; scientific thinking and problem solving technique; working in teams.


Assignments (written and oral): 75%
Laboratory reports: 20%
Tutorial presentation: 5%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Lynne Mayne

Contact hours

Two x 1-hour lectures per week, one x 2-hour tutorial per week, one x 4-hour laboratory session every third week