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Methods in Agrifood Biotechnology (BTCH30001)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeBTCH30001
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The aim of this subject is to introduce students to the practical skills in the application of biotechnological techniques with particular emphasis on agri-food sector related investigations. The practical techniques to be introduced to the students include cell and tissue culture, plant genetic transformation, molecular markers in animal and plant improvement, polymerase chain reaction and antibody based diagnostic techniques, accessing and utilising bioinformatic resources for biotechnology and analytical techniques for GM products, antioxidants and other constituents in food samples.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the subject, students should have:

  • Understood the way in which experiments are designed, interpreted and communicated
  • Experienced the use of particular laboratory techniques and methods used in agri-food biotechnology
  • Developed an understanding of technologies applied in biotechnology
  • Gained experience in writing scientific reports
  • Developed an ability to analyse data generated from their own experiments

Generic skills

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

  • The ability to integrate interdisciplinary knowledge across broad discipline areas
  • The awareness of and ability to utilize appropriate communication technology and methods for the storage, management and analysis of the data
  • The ability to develop as a well-informed citizen better able to contribute to their community
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • The ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Skills in the design, conduct and interpretation of experiments

Eligibility and requirements


Students must have completed one of the following subjects:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOL10002 Biomolecules and Cells
Semester 1
BIOL10004 Biology of Cells and Organisms
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

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



Attendance at practical classes is compulsory. Students must attend at least 80% of the laboratory-based component to be considered for assessment

  • 10-minute group oral presentation or a 1000-word written assignment due approximately Week 7 (15%)
  • Up to four 1000-word written reports throughout the semester (55%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester written examination (30%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorPrem Bhalla
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours12 lectures (one per week), 36 hours of practical work (three hours per week).
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019