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.


* 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 Biomedical 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;
  • be able to describe how DNA is synthesised and replicated;
  • be able to describe how RNA is synthesised and processed;
  • be able to describe how protein is synthesised and processed;
  • be able to describe how gene expression is regulated;
  • be able to describe the principles of recombinant DNA technology;
  • be able to discuss a range of applications of recombinant DNA technology to the food and beverage industries;
  • be able to describe some social issues relating to recombinant DNA technology; and
  • be able to 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; and
  • Regulation of DNA technology in Australia.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BCM302 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Virtual practical report
Mid session exam
Short essay
Forum postings
Final exam

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.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.