Cellular Biotechnology

Course code BIOL3200Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Techniques that are frequently used in biotechnology research are the basis for this course. The way in which these techniques are integrated in the development of research strategies to solve biotechnology problems then constitute the problem-solving component of the course. Groups are assigned one of a series of biotechnology problems to use as the basis for formulating a position paper and research strategy. The examples that are used to illustrate this course come from the area of reproductive science. The course culminates in an oral presentation describing the background behind a particular biotechnology problem and the research strategy that would be followed in pursuit of a solution.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. articulate an understanding of the current molecular and cellular techniques that are used in biotechnology research.
2. develop an understanding of the biotechnology aspects of mammalian developmental biology.
3. develop an ability to integrate the above technologies in the development of research strategies to achieve defined biotechnology objectives.
4. develop a range of communication skills appropriate for the biotechnology profession.
5. address the ethical consequences of modern reproductive technologies.
ContentThis course familiarizes the student with the most recent advances in cellular biotechnology covering such key areas as:

- Gene technology including techniques for identifying new genes, studying their regulation and assessing their function;
- Molecular immunology including the generation of monoclonal antibodies in vivo, and the use of phage display technology in vitro;
- Vaccine engineering including principles of adjuvant design, epitope mapping;
- Developmental biotechnology including recent advances in assisted conception, cloning and stem cell biology;

These various elements are then integrated as students design research strategies to solve defined biotechnology problems.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of year two of B Biotechnology.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Peer assessment
Presentations - Group
WorkshopWorkshop participation
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Lecture: for 18 hour(s) per Term for 5 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biotechnology program.