Available in 2018

Course handbook


The course is designed to provide extensive training in the laboratory practices associated with biological research. Module I will focus on microbial systems; Module II will focus on plant biology systems; and Module 3 will focus on animal biology systems.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. hold an understanding of biological terminology and concepts in experimental biology

2. be able to implement a working knowledge of the scientific method and philosophy

3. experimental design

4. the fundamental skills required for the collection, processing and interpretation of biological information

5. ethical conduct in learning and research

6. hazard recognition and minimisation in safe biological investigation.

7. an appreciation of biological model organisms

8. an understanding of how to assess complex biological models

9. an ability to use experimental apparatus

10. the ability to work in a team

11. critical and ethical thinking and the scientific approach

12. writing and data presentation skills

13. the ability to perform calculations required for understanding and interpreting experimental outcomes.


This course provides additional laboratory techniques required of a Biotechnology or Biology graduate. Through undertaking scientific experiments on biological model organisms, students will be exposed to the theory and practice of:

  • The growth, analysis and manipulation of microorganisms.
  • Physiological analysis of animal and plant model systems.

In addition, students gain an appreciation of:

  • Fundamentals of aseptic technique
  • The scientific method and philosophy of science
  • Experimental design, hypothesis testing & problem solving
  • Health and Safety
  • Laboratory skills for complex systems
  • Use of appropriate microscopy instrumentation to investigate biological systems
  • Use of Lab books to organise and document experimental details and results
  • Data analysis, interpretation and presentation
  • Report Writing *Effective use of Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion format *Referencing *Computer publishing skills
  • Working in teams
  • Ethics, Academic and personal/professional integrity.


Pre-requisite - successful completion of BIOL1003 or BIOL1070, and BIOL2001

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of level 1000 Biology including BIOL1003 Successful completion of BIOL2001

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Module Competency assessment

Report: Written Reports

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Practical: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 48 hour(s) per Term Full Term