Faculty of Science

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Science, Malaysia


Associate Professor Kumaran Narayanan



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit will cover classical and modern biotechnology, including recent developments in molecular biology and its applications in such diverse areas as agriculture, forestry, food, medicine and marine sciences. This includes an introduction to bio-prospecting and pharmaceuticals; genomics, proteomics and bio-informatics; environmental and industrial biotechnology and the current issues and concerns surrounding biotechnology. Related topics such as human genome project, risk assessment, bio-safety and genetically modified organisms and crops, cloning, patents, ethics intellectual property rights and the regulatory framework for biotechnology in various countries will be discussed.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental techniques and the basic principles of molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology that are required for biotechnology;

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the applications and impact of biotechnology in the areas of agriculture, medicine, and industry;

  1. Assess and manage occupational health and safety issues related to biotechnology activities in the laboratory, and in environmental and industrial settings;

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts of biotechnology business, intellectual property rights, and the regulatory framework governing the biotechnology industry;

  1. Apply knowledge of the fundamental ethical and regulatory issues surrounding the biotechnology field;

  1. Communicate biotechnology findings effectively in the form of oral and written scientific reports.


Final examination: 50%
Quizzes: 15%
Tutorial activities: 15%
Web pages: 20%

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and three 1-hour online tutorials per week

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