Concepts of Biotechnology

BIO10003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 54 Hours face to face plus blended

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

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

Aims and objectives

To provide students with an introduction to genetics, molecular biology, tools and applications of biotechnology, biochemistry, applied microbiology and immunology. To provide a strong foundation essential for subjects in the later years of the Biotechnology Science Major.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Describe the fundamental biochemical processes of cells such as ion/molecule uptake, energy transfers, metabolism and the immune system
2. Describe the fundamentals of cell division and genetics, including the role of DNA as genetic material
3. Describe the basic principles and techniques used for the study and manipulation of DNA
4. Appreciate the application of biotechnology in diverse areas such as health and medicine, agriculture and/or the environment
5. Conduct and/or observe a variety of laboratory exercises where some of the above theoretical knowledge is applied to practical situations
6. Demonstrate the ability to work safely and communicate effectively.