2 x 1-hour lectures weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 x 2-hour practical weekly
1 Admission into GDPBT-Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
1a Admission into MNT-Master of Nanotechnology
1b Admission into MBA-Master of Business Administration
1c Admission into MBTL-Master of Biotechnology
1d Admission into MSCCM-Master of Science (Chemistry)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of BTEC3002, BTEC9673 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Second year undergraduate level knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics.
Topic description

Medical Biotechnology is the use of biological systems, living organisms or their derivates to address health issues. Medical Biotechnologists develop innovative solutions in areas such as diagnostics, medical products (e.g. drug discovery) and medical procedures. This topic exposes students to a range of cutting-edge Medical Biotechnology practices and areas of research. The topic also involves students in the process of applying their scientific, cultural and commercial knowledge to solve a medical problem and deliver a medical product.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Convey the breadth of interacting disciplines that comprise Medical Biotechnology
  • Describe in-depth examples and illustrative case-studies representative of key areas of Medical Biotechnology
  • Explain how core scientific concepts and practical techniques are applied in Medical Biotechnology
  • Develop problem-solving and team work skills that incorporate culturally inclusive practices, especially as regards Indigenous groups and other stakeholders
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Transfer and apply core concepts drawn from cellular biology, molecular biology, microbiology, chemistry and biochemistry to develop innovative solutions to address health issues including diagnostics, medical products and medical procedures
  2. Describe and discuss the breadth of interacting disciplines that comprise Medical Biotechnology and present examples of how they can be harnessed to improve health
  3. Synthesise information and communicate effectively, succinctly and sensitively with the scientific community, clients, the broad public and particular cultural and Indigenous communities about medical biotechnology products
  4. Work in teams to develop a plan to solve a health problem using medical biotechnology principles