2 x 50-minute lectures weekly
1 x 50-minute tutorial weekly
4 x 50-minute seminars per semester
2 x 2-hour intensive workshops per semester
8 x 2-hour project works per semester
1 Admission into GCBT-Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology
1a Admission into GDPBT-Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
1b Admission into MNT-Master of Nanotechnology
1c Admission into MBA-Master of Business Administration
1d Admission into GDPBA-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
1e Admission into MBTL-Master of Biotechnology
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e))
Enrolment not permitted
STEM8001 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Biosciences degree.
Topic description

This topic provides training in the skills required for practising graduate Biotechnologists and will cover reviewing and critically analysing scientific literature, research planning and methodology, project management and team performance. This topic takes students through the processes and paradigms for successful research performance and highlights the concepts used to commercialise biotechnology discoveries and innovations. Students will work individually and 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.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Develop the skills required for a practicing biotechnologist with an emphasis on participating in the modern knowledge economy
  • Prepare students to undertake research in biotechnology and keep pace with the rapid developments in the field
  • Develop project management, teamwork and problem-solving skills by integrating and applying fundamental knowledge to practical applications
  • Enhance students' effectiveness as oral, written and interpersonal communicators to the range of audiences with whom they will interact as practicing biotechnologists
  • Develop self-reflective practice in skills development
  • Develop an understanding of potential career paths in biotechnology
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the key components involved in planning research projects in biotechnology and an ability keep pace with the rapid of developments in the field
  2. Apply their knowledge and skills in project management to achieving individual and team goals that is a required skill for a biotechnology graduate
  3. Demonstrate effective skills in self-directed learning, peer-learning, critical literature analysis and data analysis
  4. Display effective team work skills, with an awareness of cultural diversity and social inclusiveness
  5. Demonstrate effectiveness as oral, written and interpersonal communicators to the range of audiences with whom they will interact as practicing biotechnologists

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.