Environmental Biotechnology

BIO60006 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended

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

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24


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. Consider and appraise the significance of native biodiversity and need for its conservation, including describing diversity of life forms and their interactions in ecosystems
2. Explore Indigenous knowledges of caring for Country and apply learnings to contemporary environmental biology studies
3. Recognise and discuss diverse types of environmental pollutants and their impacts on health and the environment, including the impact of human activities.
4. Research the challenges of and propose solutions for emerging environmental concerns, including the application new technologies for addressing these
5. Discern and report on the scientific, ethical and/or social issues associated with certain applications of biotechnology for addressing environmental concerns
6. Conduct appropriate and scholarly literature searches in undertaking an in-depth case study of an environmental issue, and presenting a critical appraisal