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Trends & Issues in Agrifood Biotech (BTCH30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeBTCH30002
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students will acquire knowledge of the recent and important developments in biotechnology related to agriculture and food and develop an understanding of local and global issues in biotechnology in relation to environment health and sustainable crop and animal production. This subject will provide an overview of the integrated use of various biological technologies for the effective translation of novel research into agri-food related applications including steps involved in commercialisation of agri-food biotechnology-related products and services and international trade and related economic issues. The students will also develop understanding of contemporary social and economic issues arising due to adoption of biotechnology in the agri-food sector.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject, the student should develop:

  • An integrated multi-disciplinary view of contemporary scientific, social and economic issues relating to application of biotechnology in agriculture and food production
  • An understanding of processes involved in commercialisation of agri-food biotechnology related products and services
  • An understanding of how multidisciplinary solutions are required to address major problems relating to sustainability of global agriculture and human food supply

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 ability to examine and evaluate critically information from a variety of sources and assess its quality and relevance to issues under discussion.
  • The ability to write a logically argued and well researched written essay
  • The ability to develop as a well-informed citizen able to contribute to their community

Eligibility and requirements





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



  • Oral presentation and/or written submission, equivalent to 500 words due during the semester (10%)
  • 1-hour mid-semester written examination (25%), equivalent to 1,000 words (25%)
  • Review essay (1000 words) due during the semester (15%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester written examination equivalent to 2,000 words (50%)

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend 8 out of 10 tutorials.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorMohan Singh
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 lectures and 12 hours of other activities (such as tutorials/group/forum discussions)
    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 including 48 contact hours; 24 hours of class preparation and reading plus 30 hours of assessment related tasks.

Further information

Last updated: 1 May 2019