Course code BIOL2230Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biotechnology degree program.

This course examines the analysis of biomolecules. The focus is on using molecular technologies to address current issues. In particular applications in the areas of plant biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals will be discussed. Questions to be addressed include: How are genes cloned? How is plant genetic engineering accomplished? What are the current applications of plant biotechnology? What are the current approaches to the development of drugs? What approaches can be taken to large scale screening of biological compounds for commercial applications?

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:

1. An understanding of the applications of molecular biology.
2. An understanding of the production of transgenic plants for commercial applications.
3. Skills and Understanding of the critical analysis and appraisal of molecular based data.
4. An appreciation for agricultural, industrial, and pharmaceutical applications of molecular techniques.
Content1. Nucleic acids: structure, isolation and manipulation;
2. DNA based libraries;
3. Plant transformation mechanisms;
4. Applications of transformation for plant improvement;
5. The drug discovery cycle;
6. Drug delivery: Pharmacokinetics;
7. Product development.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAn understanding of BIOL1001 is assumed. In particular an understanding of DNA theory and Mendelian genetics as introduced in BIOL1001 is assumed. Concurrent or prior knowledge of BIOL2050 is strongly recommended.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
ReportsStrategy report
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Biotechnology program.