BMS238 Foundations of Biotechnology (8)

This subject provides a introduction to the principles and applications of biotechnology and its use in a wide range of applications. The subject contains an practical schedule that provides students with experiential learning activities in techniques such as molecular biology, DNA cloning and other related applications in modern biotechnology. This subject will also provide a introduction to bioinformatics through lectures and practical experience.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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 Biomedical Sciences

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to list the major historical biotechnology milestones and explain their contribution to modern biotechnology
  • be able to explain the genetic flow of information in cells
  • be able to describe the scientific principles that form the basis of biotechnology
  • be able to apply the principles of biotechnology to a range of living systems
  • be able to analyse the information generated from biotechnology experiments
  • be able to evaluate the role biotechnology has had on society
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in common biotechnology techniques


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical perspectives of biotechnology
  • Flow of genetic information in cells
  • Principles of biotechnology
  • Microbial biotechnology
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Animal biotechnology
  • Marine biotechnology
  • DNA profiling, forensics, and other applications
  • Genomics
  • Implications of biotechnology

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The practical compent of this subject will provide hands-on experience of common biotechnology techniques such as DNA isolation, amplification and gene cloning. The exercises are designed to reinforce the theory contained within the subject as well as provide essential laboratory skills required by students taking this subject.  This practical component is compusory as this experience is not able to be gained in another way.


Current Students

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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.