Advanced Topics in Biotechnology II

BIO80004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


87.5 credit points

Aims and objectives

The unit aims to develop an appreciation of the need for and role of governance policies and procedures related to biotechnology experimentation, industrialisation, intellectual property, commercialisation, and patenting. It aims to build an in-depth knowledge of developments such as transgenic foods, human genetic testing, environmental technologies and to introduce the diverse types of biotechnology industries and trends worldwide.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Appreciate the advancements in biotechnology research and development in a range of areas.
2. Develop the concepts of biotechnology research, development and professional practice-related topics.
3. Engage into considerations of the ethical, legal, social and moral issues associated with some of the above developments.
4. Identify and critically analyse published literature and/or utilise computer-based tools to analyse topics such as above.
5. Present written reports or assignments, critically appraising the literature and the issues, challenges, new trends and opportunities in areas such as above.