SLE712 - Molecular Biotechnology


2024 unit information

Offering information:

Available from 2025

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

10 x 3 hour practical experiences (laboratory) per trimester, 1 x 3 hour online seminar per trimester.


This practical-intensive unit will give students an opportunity to develop skills and experience in a variety of laboratory techniques commonly used in biotechnology. More specifically, the practical sessions will focus on techniques used in molecular biology, cell biology and some aspects of bioinformatics. These techniques include extraction of nucleic acids, amplification with polymerase chain reaction, working with plasmids, including restriction digestion, molecular cloning, and DNA sequencing. Students will learn the principles of ethics and research integrity related to molecular biotechnology including good laboratory practice, record keeping and biosafety compliance. Students will advance their written communication skills with the preparation of formal laboratory reports and will demonstrate their scientific practice using valid forms of data visualisation and analysis.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve at least 50% in the practical component, in addition to the normal requirement of at least 50% overall for the unit.

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