Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed to provide students with extensive training in the laboratory practices associated with biological research. The course is divided into three modules, the focus areas include microbial systems, plant biology systems and animal biology systems. Students completing this course will be able to demonstrate intermediate-level training in experimental design and development which will enable progression to advanced training in these skill sets in 3000-level courses.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Use biological terminology to display an understanding of biological experimentation and demonstrate a working knowledge of the scientific method and philosophy;

2. Explain experimental design and show the skills required to collect, process and interpret biological information;

3. Display ethical conduct in learning and research;

4. Recognise hazards and implement hazard minimisation strategies to conduct safe biological investigations;

5. Apply scientific writing and data presentation skills to demonstrate competence in scientific communication.


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

  1. Experimental techniques:
  • The growth, analysis and manipulation of microorganisms.
  • Physiological and molecular analysis of animal and plant model systems.
  • Fundamentals of aseptic technique.
  • Use of appropriate microscopy instrumentation to investigate biological systems.

       2. Communication skills - Use of Lab books to organise and document experimental details and results, data analysis and report writing.         

       3. Health and Safety - Awareness of hazards and other safety issues in the laboratory and effective responses to safety  incidents.


Students must have successfully completed BIOL1003 or BIOL1070 or SCIE1002, and BIOL2001.

Assumed knowledge

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

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Module Competency assessment

Report: 3 Written Reports

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Practical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Laboratory Attendance – Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all lab sessions to attain required competency.
  • 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

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