6 x 2-hour workshops per semester
6 x 3-hour practicals per semester
1 x 6-hour independent study weekly
1 Admission into GCBT-Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology
1a Admission into GDPBT-Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
1b Admission into MBTS-Master of Biotechnology Studies
1c Admission into MNT-Master of Nanotechnology
1d Admission into MBA-Master of Business Administration
1e Admission into GDPBA-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
1f Admission into MBTL-Master of Biotechnology
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f))
Enrolment not permitted
BTEC3001 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
An understanding of the basic principles of molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry. Familarity with aspects of commercialisation, and social and regulatory issues that effect plant biotechnology.
Topic description

This topic covers the principles and practice of plant genetics, tissue culture and transgenesis and their use as both tools for plant science and mechanisms by which a crop plant can be improved for food production. It will focus on how this technology is being used to improve food quality and nutrition, plant responses to abiotic and biotic stress, and the manufacture of biotechnology-related products in plants. It will discuss the use of all technologies in plant improvement within the broader debate of genetic modification and food security.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Use plant biology as a framework to demonstrate how information flows from basic knowledge to applied biotechnology
  • Develop graduates with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to encompass scientific strategy, with environmentally sound measures to tackle problems that face agricultural and horticultural industries today and in the future
  • Develop skills in problem solving and critical thinking, independent data collection, group work and oral and written presentation skills
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Transfer of core scientific concepts through to plant biotechnology products
  2. Use critical analysis and problem solving skills to implement innovative plant biotechnology based solutions
  3. Communicate information succinctly in an oral or written format
  4. Work in a multi-disciplinary team
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with the use of plants in Australian and other indigenous cultures
  6. Demonstrate familiarity with the technical aspects of plant biotechnology through the technique of transgenesis