1 x 2-hour tutorial once-only
6 x 1-hour seminars per semester
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 x 3-hour on-line exercises per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 Admission into GDPBT-Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
1a Admission into MSCB-Master of Science (Biology)
1b Admission into MNT-Master of Nanotechnology
1c Admission into MBTL-Master of Biotechnology
2 ^ BIOL8005 - Protein to Proteome GE
3 BIOL8004 - DNA to Genome GE
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c) and 2 and 3)
Other requirements
Topic Coordinator approval is required for enrolment in this topic. Students should apply via
Enrolment not permitted
BIOL3772 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
An understanding of molecular Bioscience theory and research methods.
Course context
Criteria for meeting special approval: students must attain higher than 84% in the Aptitude test in BIOL8005 Protein to Proteome. The topic coordinator must approve entry into the topic.
Topic description
In this graduate entry topic students will apply their existing knowledge in molecular bioscience to develop strategies, hypothesis, and experimental approaches to solve research problems faced by those working in a molecular bioscience laboratory. This will be achieved by a combination of facilitated group discussion and independent research. Students will also be exposed to and critique cutting edge research, through attending research seminars and reading research articles. They will also gain an appreciation of how molecular bioscience research can both support our society and raise ethical dilemmas by investigating the popular media. This topic will also cover current OH&S, biosafety, and animal ethics regulations which molecular bio scientists are required to meet.
Educational aims
The topic has the following education aims:

  1. To enhance the students ability to develop a hypothesis and develop experimental approaches to solve problems encountered by molecular bioscience researchers
  2. Enhance students ability to critically analyse scientific literature, experimental design and data analysis
  3. Provide students with an understanding of the OH&S and other regulatory requirements that are associated with conducting molecular bioscience research
  4. Provide students with an understanding of the role molecular bioscience takes in the community and the associated ethical issues
  5. Further develop group work and presentation skills
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Critically analyse a scientific paper in the area of molecular bioscience, and reflect on potential pitfalls in experimental design and data interpretation
  2. Research and apply established theories to develop an hypothesis and design experiments to test these, which include the appropriate use of controls and statistics
  3. Understand the role of molecular bioscience has in the community and the possible ethical dilemmas that may arise from molecular bioscience research
  4. Comply with the regulatory requirements that would be required of a professional molecular bioscientist, in the areas such as WH&S, biosafety and animal ethics
  5. Work and communicate effectively as a member of a group in a professional setting