Molecular Biotechnology

BIO30004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 60 hours face to face + 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


Concurrent Pre-requisite (Can be completed prior to or at the same time)
Assumed Knowledge
Basic biology, chemistry and biochemistry 

Aims and objectives

The unit aims to impart knowledge and understanding of the advanced molecular techniques that contribute to the knowledge base of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and biotechnology, and have resulted in solutions to industrial, medical, agricultural and/or environmental problems. This knowledge is critical to the ability of students to gain a place in diverse professions based on molecular sciences, as well as in higher studies.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Describe the theoretical principles and applications of a number of analytical, preparative and manipulative techniques and emerging technologies in biomolecular science.
2. Design or critically evaluate protocols and solutions to medical, agricultural, industrial and environmental problems.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the purposes, applications and significance of cell culture, biocatalysis, fermentation and related technologies.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the purposes, applications and significance of protein structural analysis and protein technologies, including antibodies and related proteins.
5. Apply online tasks such as literature searching, database searching to a particular problem in the molecular biosciences.
6.   Record scientific observations correctly, analyse these critically, interpret honestly and report professionally, in a selection of the above areas.