pha4bt biotechnology




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles underlying the common techniques used in recombinant DNA technology and genetic engineering, and their application to pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. Students will also be introduced to the areas of pharmacogenomics, bioinformatics and how genetic data may be assessed for the purpose of gene analysis.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIan Swift

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO2IMB or BIO2MBC


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBiochemistryPrescribedGarrett, RH and Grisham, CM 20053RD EDN., THOMSON.
ReadingsGenes XIIPrescribedLewin, B 2016PEARSON PRENTICE-HALL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop and present a line of argument concerning a current topic in biotechnology.

Current topics in biotechnology are introduced in the lectures. These are developed further in the workshops and culminate in student workshop debates on a range of relevant topics. Each student participates in a single debate on a current biotechnology topics. The teamwork contribution is peer assessed.

02. Evaluate how gene technology is applied to current biomedical science.

Gene technology's application to biomedical science is introduced in lectures and expanded in workshops. Assessment is via examination.

03. Gather, organise and critically analyse material on the future of biotechnology.

The future of biotechnology is discussed in lectures. Students are required to undertake self-directed learning to answer topic problems which are assessed.

04. Use Bioinformatics to examine how a hypothetical drug may be designed for a particular target

The use of bioinformatics in a real-life situation is examined through online learning.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIan Swift

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 12 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
2-hour examination4002
50 min mid-semester test (800-word equivalent)2002
Online tasks (1,600-word equivalent)5 x 4% short online tasks and 4 x 5% longer online tasks4001, 03, 04