Concepts of Biotechnology

BIO60003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 54

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


Assumed knowledge: 
Some background in biological and/or chemical sciences; e.g., biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology 

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to discuss the key features of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structures; study the structures and functions of major biological molecules; examine the key concepts of biochemistry and genetics; introduce molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology; and to develop essential skills in basic microscopy, biochemistry and molecular analyses.

Unit Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Describe the central role of the genetic material, DNA, the flow of genetic information in the cell, and its regulation
2. Describe and apply some important principles and methods of analysis and manipulation of the genetic material, for diverse applications in biotechnology.
3. Discuss the structures and functions of select biologically important molecules and biochemical processes within cells/organisms.
4. Define innate and adaptive immune systems of vertebrates and examples of immune disorders, and investigate the applications of principles of immunology in medical and other areas of biotechnology
5. Conduct laboratory exercises where the theoretical knowledge in the above areas is applied to practical situations.