bio5tec techniques in biotechnology




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit students will learn about a wide range of currently used techniques in biotechnology. They will be exposed to research scientists who are specialists in cutting-edge techniques relevant to current applications in the biotechnology industry and the research laboratory. The unit has a strong focus on providing students with the opportunity to understand, design, apply and analyse experiments based on state-of-the-art technology. BIO5TEC delivers theoretical concepts in concert with experimental design, application and analyses of a range of techniques used in modern biotechnology. The breadth of such techniques is vast and growing, so students will be exposed to techniques at the current forefront of experimental applications in a molecular biology setting. The subject is highly integrated, and the techniques are presented in a logical progression, from the identification of a gene of interest, to understanding its regulation, the cellular location, functions, biophysical characteristics and structure of the protein it encodes, through to the possibility of engineering that protein for future biotechnological applications.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMegan Maher

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SZBTBA or SPBB or SMBT or SMBB.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Consolidate fundamental biochemical knowledge in the fields of molecular biology, gene regulation and protein structure (primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary) and characterisation.

Lectures Each 2 hour lecture will be given by a research scientist who is a specialist in the current technique being addressed in the lecture. The lecture will canvas the basic biochemical knowledge required to comprehend the technique, the type of scientific/biological problem being addressed, the experimental design aspects, practical application and analysis and interpretation of results. Workshops Workshops will be used to consolodate the information presented in the proceding lecture and to give practical examples of the application of each techniques in terms of the data generated, its analysis and interpretation. Students will complete a worksheet during each workshop which will canvas these main objectives.

02. Understand and apply basic knowledge and concepts relating to a range of current techniques in the fields of molecular biology and biotechnology

Lectures, Workshops

03. Apply knowledge of molecular biology techniques to design an experiment aimed at answering a defined scientific question.

Lectures, Workshops

04. Analyse data from experiments involving the application of a current technique in biotechnology. Evaluate the data validity.

Lectures, Workshops

05. Report data and its analysis in a meaningful and clear context

Lectures, Workshops (particularly worksheet assessments)

06. Convey an understanding of scientific methods through verbal communication

Presentation assignment

07. Work as a member of a team to prepare a verbal presentation

Presentation assignment

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMegan Maher

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Class participationAttendance will be taken for every class. Students will also be marked on their conduct and diligence in the workshops.1001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 2-hour examStudents will be assessed on their accuracy, organisation, quantitative literacy, understanding of the experimental detail and their scientific knowledge. More details regarding the exam will be given in a dedicated lecture.3002, 03, 04, 05
Eight worksheetsDemonstrators will mark worksheets and return them the following week along with comments and feedback. Students are welcome to discuss the comments and marks with your demonstrator.4001, 02, 03, 04, 05
One Presentation AssignmentStudents will be assessed on their clarity, correctness and presentation. A detailed marking scheme will be given out during class.2002, 06, 07