Environmental Biotechnology

BIO60006 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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


Assumed knowledge:
Background in basic biology and/or chemistry

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to introduce the students to various regional and global concerns regarding the environment, including the natural challenges, various types of environmental pollutants and their effects, the changing environment, and the developments of diverse technologies to detect, study and address these concerns. The subject aims to introduce specific examples and cases, and explain how chemical, biological and molecular sciences can be applied to identify and address issues of environmental concerns.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Recognise the various global and regional environmental concerns due to natural causes and/or human activities, and the impact of these on various forms of life including native biodiversity.
2. Investigate some examples of different types of environmental pollution and their impacts
3. Describe the applications of various fields including chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and/or microbiology, in understanding and addressing the above issues, as well as exploring environmental resources for new technologies.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of emerging concerns such as climate change, waste management or reductions in fossil fuels, and new technologies for addressing these.
5. Appreciate the scientific, ethical and/or social issues associated with certain applications of biotechnology for alleviating the environmental concerns.
6. Demonstrate advanced skills in performing literature searches in undertaking an in-depth case study of an environmental issue, and presenting a critical appraisal.