2 x 50-minute lectures weekly
1 x 50-minute tutorial weekly
4 x 50-minute seminars per semester
2 x 2-hour workshops per semester
1 x 6-hour independent study weekly
2 x 2-hour project works per semester
1 x 4-hour excursion per semester
BIOL1102 - Molecular Basis of Life
Assumed knowledge
Students will be assumed to understand the basic principles of microbiology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics.
Topic description
Discoveries in the biosciences are contributing to significant improvements to human health, agriculture and the environment. This topic takes students through the processes by which cutting-edge bioscience discoveries and innovations are introduced into society as new knowledge, products or services.

In Bioscience: from the Bench to the Community students will work in project teams to demonstrate the value of project management in research and development and how it is used as a framework to plan, execute, review and manage the integration of science and technology with commercial imperatives that underpin the development of the knowledge economy. Students are encouraged to challenge the current commercially driven paradigms that often restrict the widespread application of bioscience innovation and will develop alternate strategies to introduce the benefits of biosciences more widely into the community.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are to:

  • Illustrate the breadth of interacting disciplines that are required to develop a bioscience discovery so that it can be used for the benefit of society

  • Expose students to the processes and issues that are essential for the development of a bioscience product or service through real-world case studies

  • Develop project management, teamwork and problem-solving skills in integrating and applying fundamental knowledge into practical applications

  • Develop understanding of alternate pathways to introduce the benefits of bioscience innovation to the wider community.

Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the key components involved in taking discoveries and innovation in the biosciences through further R&D to a product or service that can benefit society

  • Apply the knowledge and skills in project management to the development of a bioscience product or service that is a required skill for a bioscience graduate

  • Integrate and synthesize core concepts and information from other interacting disciplines to develop innovative solutions in the development of applications in the biosciences

  • Display effective skills in self-directed learning, peer-learning, critical literature analysis and communication,

  • Demonstrate effective teamwork skills, with an awareness of cultural diversity and social inclusiveness.