Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be required to apply for a job within a virtual biotechnology company and work in groups to produce and market a virtual product. Students will be guided by career development staff and academic staff on a weekly basis, with input from industry professionals. Students will cover aspects of bio-business such as organizational structure, IP, scientific reasoning, market research, and ethics.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJeff Yeoman

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in SGBB, SMBB, SMBM, SMBT or SMNT All other students require coordinator approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Discuss and explain key elements of finding employment in the biotechnology sector
02. Effectively collaborate with a group of unfamiliar colleagues to achieve desired outcomes
03. Demonstrate effective time management while working towards group deadlines
04. Present a report/poster to disseminate a complex body of work to a peer audience
05. Critically evaluate and present an argument to support newly generated or existing data
06. Analyse and evaluate the value of scientific data

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeff Yeoman

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 11 - 22
Two 2.00 h lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 500 word resume and cover letter Each student will produce a cover letter and resume in order to apply for a position within a virtual biotechnology company. Students will identify transferrable skills relevant to the biotechnology sector.N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1
One 3,000 word (or equivalent) group assignment (750 words equivalent per student) Students will work in groups of 4 or 5 to investigate the production and commercialisation of an important biomolecule. The results of their research will be presented to staff and peers during a mini-conference in the form of a poster. Part of this assessment includes a peer review component.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO6
One 5-minute group presentation (500 word equivalent) Group-wise, students will present a 5 minute oral presentation (via video) describing the goal of their project and each student's individual role.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2, SILO3
One 1,500 word individual project report Students will submit an individual project report that contains evidence and evaluation of their contribution to the group assignment.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6
One 1,000 word journal Via LMS, students will submit reflections on their research and weekly responses to questions from lecture notes and workshop activities.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO5, SILO6
Team participation (500 word equivalent) Students are expected to participate in the timetabled workshop activities as well as keeping a record of group meetings (both in-class and online) throughout the group assignment.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2
One 10 minute presentation (interview, 500 word equivalent) Students will perform an interview to apply for a job within a virtual biotechnology company. Guided by career development experts, students will be expected to identify and present their transferrable skills relevant to work within the sector. Part of this assessment includes a peer review component.N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO5