Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Biotechnology, based on cell and molecular biology, has become a central part of the biological revolution. This subject familiarises students with some of the latest developments and specific technologies in plant and animal biotechnology. The advantages and problems associated with biotechnology are debated. Topics include the role of gene technology in the improvement of insect and disease resistance and specific technologies, including plant genome sequencing, RNA interference, functional genomics and microarray analysis, and will include guest lectures by leading experts.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BOT2ILP or AGR2BAA


Incompatible subjects BOT3PB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Gendall

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"For 12 weeks"

Problem Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours problem based learning every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8"


Assessment elementComments%
8 in-lecture tasks/activities (quizzes, discussion participation, short summaries of guest lectures)10
Final oral presentation of PBL topic10
Introductory oral presentation of PBL topic5
One 3-hour examination50
PBL report (1000 words)25