Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject 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 subject 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, the cellular location, functions, biophysical characteristics, structure of the protein it encodes and biotechnological engineering approaches.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSuzanne Cutts

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 one of the following courses: SGBB or SMBB or SMBM or 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


Lehninger: Principles of Biochemistry

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDavid L NelsonMichael M Cox.


Edition/Volume7th Edution

PublisherWH Freeman


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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. Explain advanced biotechnology techniques, which integrate fundamental biochemical concepts from a diverse range of fields.
02. Recognise and apply established knowledge and concepts relating to a range of current techniques in the fields of biotechnology.
03. Apply specialist knowledge of techniques to independently design experiments aimed at answering defined scientific questions.
04. Analyse and critically evaluate the validity of data from experiments applying of current techniques in biotechnology.
05. Report data and its analysis in a meaningful and clear context using appropriate technical language.
06. Convey an expert understanding of scientific methods and their application through verbal communication.
07. Work collaboratively and responsibly to prepare verbal presentations.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSuzanne Cutts

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
One 3.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 1.5 hour written examination Students will be assessed on their accuracy, quantitative literacy, understanding of the experimental detail and their scientific knowledge.N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Seven workshop worksheets - 350-words per worksheet (2,450-words in total) Each workshop will be dedicated to a particular technique (or techniques) which were covered in the preceding lecture.N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
One 20-min team oral presentation (500-words per student) Students will work in pairs and prepare an oral presentation on a technique that they encountered in the lecture/workshop component of the course. Student preparation required for this assessment includes co-ordination of group meetings and background literature research.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2, SILO6, SILO7