SLE717 - Synthetic Biology


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

3 x 3 hour practical experiences (laboratory) per trimester (weeks 2, 5 and 8),
3 x 3 hour practical experiences (computer practicals) per trimester (weeks 3, 6 and 9),
5 x 2 hour seminars per trimester (weeks 1, 4, 7, 10 and 11).


Synthetic biology is a field of study involved in the engineering of organisms for useful purposes. This unit will familiarise students with recombinant DNA, genome writing and gene editing technologies. Students will study the societal, ethical, legal and environmental aspects of synthetic biology technology. Students will learn principles of bioengineering, including rational design of novel protein products, genetic regulatory sequences and metabolic pathways. Students' will gain hands-on laboratory and computer-based skills for the modelling and optimisation of bioproduction.

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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