BCM302 Food and Beverage Biotechnology (8)

This subject introduces students to a number of molecular biology techniques including genetic engineering and examines a range of applications for this technology in the food and beverage industries. Applications discussed include ways in which the nutritional value of food can be increased by genetic engineering, the use of molecular biology in the viticulture industry for studying grapevine pathogens and genetically engineering grapevines and the use of genetically engineered yeast in winemaking.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BCM302. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Wine and Food Sciences

Assumed Knowledge
BCM206 or BMS205

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to:
  • Describe the structure of genes and chromosomes;
  • Describe how DNA is synthesised and replicated;
  • Describe how RNA is synthesised and processed;
  • Describe how protein is synthesised and processed;
  • Describe how gene expression is regulated;
  • Describe the principles of recombinant DNA technology;
  • Discuss a range of applications of recombinant DNA technology to the food and beverage industries;
  • Describe some social issues relating to recombinant DNA technology;
  • Describe the how recombinant DNA technology is regulated in Australia


This subject will cover the following topics:

* Biotechnology: Old and New; * From DNA to proteins; * Recombinant DNA technology; * Microbial biotechnology; * Plant biotechnology; * Animal biotechnology; * Genomics and beyond; * DNA profiling and other applications; * Regulation of DNA technology in Australia

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.There will be a 4 day residential school that will cover the practical components of the subjects


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.