Biotechnology of Genes and Proteins

BIO60005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 60

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

Aims and objectives

The unit aims to provide the students with the fundamentals of prokaryotic gene structure and regulation, an overview of the complexity, organisation and instability of the eukaryotic genomes, the structure, functions and mechanisms of regulation of eukaryotic genes, the genetic basis of various human diseases, the biochemical properties and functions of select proteins, an understanding of the applications of gene and protein analyses in diverse fields of modern biological and molecular sciences, and laboratory exercises that provide a greater understanding of these areas.

Unit Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the structures and functions of diverse types of proteins
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of eukaryotic genes and genomes and the significance of these
3. Explain the complexities of regulation of gene expression, especially in eukaryotes, their significance and applications, including an appreciation of new discoveries and technologies
4. Show an understanding of the diverse molecular technologies used for analysis of genes and/or proteins, including applications of computer-based technologies
5. Describe the nature and major mechanisms of genetic variability, recombinations and/or instability in the human and other genomes, and the significance of these
6. Demonstrate advanced laboratory skills where the theoretical knowledge in a selection of the above areas is applied to practical situations, and record the scientific observations correctly, analyse and interpret the results critically, and report professionally