BIOTECH 3000 - Biotechnology Practice III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code BIOTECH 3000 Course Biotechnology Practice III Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 9 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites MICRO 2504, BIOCHEM 2502 Restrictions Available to BSc(Biotech) students only Course Description The aim of this course is to add to the strong scientific focus of the degree by providing an introduction to aspects of technology, business and ethical issues relevant to the diverse nature of biotechnology industry. Students completing this course should be well equipped to undertake further studies (e.g. Honours in Biotechnology or a Master of Business Administration), obtain employment in research laboratories, obtain employment in local, interstate and overseas biotechnology companies or create their own business. Topics include intellectual property and its commercialisation, basic business accounting, preparing a business plan, principles in bioprocess engineering and design, use of animal and plant cell culture systems, validation and monitoring, food biotechnology, genetically modified organisms, food additives and by-products. The group-based project involves preparation of a business plan to operate a model biotechnology business.
Course Coordinator: Dr Tony Fratini
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 To understand aspects of technology, business and ethical issues relevant to the diverse nature of the biotechnology industry. 2 Essential skills in preparation of a business plan to operate a model biotechnology business. 3 An understanding of the need for good experimental design and scientific research practices. 4 Critically analyse and interpret raw and published experimental data within the limitations of experimental design. 5 Essential skills in recording and communicating scientific information.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 4, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 4, 5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2, 3, 5
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
3 Lectures of 1 hour each per week.
1 Tutorial of 1 hour per week.
1 eSim research project/workshop of 5 hours per week.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 6 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 24 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Intellectual Property Week 2 Commercialisation Week 3 Sources of Capital Week 4 Starting a Company Week 5 Marketing and Product Sales Week 6 Principles in Business Accounting Week 7 Engineering Principles for Bioprocesses and BioProcess Design Week 8 Recovery and Purification of Products Week 9 Bioprocess Considerations using Plant Cells Week 10 Bioprocess Considerations using Animal Cells Week 11 BioProcess Economics Week 12 BioProcess Validation Week 13 Food Biotechnology and Processing
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Written exam on lecture material Summative
End of semester
70% 1 Practical write up on eSIM project Summative To be scheduled during seminar 30% 2, 3, 4, 5
Assessment DetailEnd of term Exam (70% of total course grade) – A 2 hour examination covering the lecture material. It is made up of a mixture of short and long answer type questions.
Write up and presentation of eSim research project (30% of total course grade).
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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