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Biotechnology (BTCH20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeBTCH20002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This course focuses on exploring and understanding the science underpinning the biotechnology revolution. Principles of molecular, cellular and process engineering are explained, and their applications in industry, agriculture, and medicine surveyed. Forums on currently active topics feature invited industry speakers.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the subject students should have:

  • Acquired knowledge of the basic principles of biotechnology for manipulation of microbe, plant and animal characteristics, and molecular biology, genome science and bioengineering that underpin new developments in biotechnology
  • Developed an understanding of local and global issues in biotechnology in relation to human welfare, environmental health and sustainable agriculture

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • The ability to interpret scientific literature and interpret data from electronic databases
  • The capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines
  • The ability to comprehend a question, evaluate the relevant information and communicate an answer

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOL10004 Biology of Cells and Organisms
Semester 1


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOL10002 Biomolecules and Cells
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer.

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Up to four written assignments of less than 2000 words in total throughout the semester (25%)
  • 1-hour written test in approximately Week 6 (15%)
  • 2-hour written end-of-semester examination (60%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorPrem Bhalla
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 hours - lectures: 12 x 2 hours, forums: 4 x 3 hours, tutorials: 12 x 1 hour
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes

    The course will include four seminar sessions on currently active areas of biotechnology, which provide a forum for student discussion of implications for the community of new technologies.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019