12 x 2-hour lectures per semester
3 x 6-hour tutorials per semester
3 x 6-hour intensive workshops per semester
1 x 70-hour project work per semester
1 Admission into BSCHBT-Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Biotechnology)
2 BTEC3005 - Integrating Biotechnology
3 108 Units in topics
4 108 Units in topics
5 Admission into BBT-Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)
6 Admission into HBSC-Bachelor of Science (Honours)
7 Admission into GCBT-Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology
7a Admission into GDPBT-Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
7b Admission into MBA-Master of Business Administration
7c Admission into GDPBA-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
7d Admission into MSCAQ-Master of Science (Aquaculture)
7e Admission into MNT-Master of Nanotechnology
8 Admission into MBTL-Master of Biotechnology
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2 and 3) or (4 and 5) or (6) or ((7 or 7a or 7b or 7c or 7d or 7e)) or (8))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of BTEC4001, BTEC4630, BTEC8004, BTEC9001 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Biosciences degree.
Topic description

This topic provides an overview of the financial, business and management principles which would enhance understanding of business enterprise for the R&D-intensive bioscience industries. Students will work in management teams to prepare a Business Plan and will cover: an overview of Australia's science and technology policy, in particular how it relates to start-up research based industries; intellectual property management; team work and leadership skills; market research; commercial viability assessments; sales and marketing; strategic, financial and managerial processes which are applicable to the Bioscience industries.

Educational aims

This topic aims to give students experience and knowledge related to the commercialisation of biotechnology products or processes. This involves a basic knowledge of the scientific basis of the product/process, production and manufacture, marketing, sales, financial analysis, personnel and resource management, regulatory affairs, assessment of commercial viability, quality control and assurance. Students work in management teams with assigned tasks and work together to produce the business plan, a presentation of the plan to a board of directors and a company web site. The topic is run in an intensive workshop format with formal team meetings with support from an academic tutor. Lectures and tutorials are presented by external industry-based personnel with expertise in financial management, patenting and intellectual property and marketing, who will conduct workshops with extensive use of case studies.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the key components involved in the development of a business plan to commercialise biotechnology products and processes
  2. Integrate and apply knowledge of the regulation of biotechnology industries and the various mechanisms for protecting Intellectual Property
  3. Apply the knowledge and skills in business planning to the development of a biotechnology product or service
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of financial, personnel and resource management related to running a small to medium size business
  5. Understand the operation of an effective management team with a common objective, and gain effective team work skills, with an awareness of cultural diversity and social inclusiveness
  6. Demonstrate core skills in report and oral presentations as well as learning how to construct an effective web site for marketing/promotional purposes