Biotechnology in Practice

Subject 600-205 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 lectures and 24 hours of other activities and assignments, eg. researching intellectual property protection for a product, computer searches of patent databases, developing a business plan, preparing case studies
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Biochemistry 521-211.BBiomedSc students: 521-213
Corequisites: Biochemistry 521-212 or botany 606-205.Plus one of genetics 652-214, microbiology 526-201 or biochemistry 521-220.BBiomedSc students: 536-250
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr E Newbigin
Subject Overview:

This subject will enable students to develop skills relevant to the Australian biotechnology industry. It will enhance students' understanding of the processes involved in the commercialisation of biotechnology research and is a core subject for students taking the biotechnology major. Topics include: what is biotechnology? the history of, and recent developments in, biotechnology; Australia's place in biotechnology; research in an industry setting; intellectual property protection and management; commercialisation of research; company structures and funding; regulatory issues; and public perceptions of biotechnology. The steps involved in taking a product from the research laboratory to the marketplace will be illustrated by case studies presented by participants in Australian biotechnology development. Participants in this subject include contributors from industry, research development consultants, intellectual property lawyers, members of regulatory bodies and staff from a number of University departments.

Assessment: Two written assignments totalling 3000 words due during the semester (30%); a 45-minute written class test held mid-semester (10%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (60%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Science

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