The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


The course is designed to provide extensive and advanced training in the laboratory practices associated with biological research. Module 1 focuses on Molecular techniques; Module 2 focuses on Microbial systems; Module 3 focuses on Plant systems and Module 4 focuses on Animal systems. There will be flexible systems of coursework and specialisation.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand biological terminology and advanced concepts in experimental biology

2. To implement a working knowledge of the scientific method and philosophy

3. Demonstrate advanced experimental design

4. Demonstrate advanced skills in the collection, processing and interpretation of biological information

5. Demonstrate ethical conduct in learning and research

6. Demonnstrate hazard recognition and minimisation in safe biological investigation

7. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced cellular and molecular biology techniques

8. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced system biology techniques

9. Demonstrate an ability to efficiently organise and perform experimental procedures including all necessary calculations

10. To work in a team

11. Demonstrate critical and ethical thinking and the scientific approach

12. Demonstrate oral, writing and data presentation skills


This course provides the advanced laboratory techniques required of a Biotechnology or Biology graduate. Through undertaking scientific experiments in; molecular biology, microbiology, plant & animal biology, students will be exposed to the theory and practice of:

  • Manipulation of molecular processes
  • Advanced analysis and manipulation of microorganisms
  • Extended physiological analysis of animal and plant model systems
  • Oral presentation to demonstrate understanding, interpretation and application (as relevant) of laboratory modules

In addition students consolidate their appreciation of:

  • The scientific method and philosophy of science
  • Experimental design, hypothesis testing & problem solving
  • Health & safety - Laboratory
  • Advanced laboratory skills
  • Use of selected Measurement Instruments
  • 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 and BIOL2002

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of BIOL1003, BIOL2001 and BIOL2002.

Assessment items

Presentation: Oral presentation

Practical Demonstration: Module competency assessments

Report: Written Reports

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: 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 84 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Laboratories will be up to 84 hours in total over the term.


Face to Face On Campus 18 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lectures will be between 8-12 hrs over the course of the term and include seminars (oral presentations)