Course Title: Biotechnology: Resource and Financial Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biotechnology: Resource and Financial Management

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Gina Nicoletti

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252133

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus 3.2.06

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

BAFI 3166/BAFI 3159 Finance & Accounting for Business Decisions or
BUSM3197/BUSM3243 Business & Economic Analysis or
Equivalent studies or work experience

Course Description

This course presents strategic and management issues relevant to the growth and development of small to medium biotechnology organisations operating in the international arena. The course covers the financing and resourcing issues that arise when planning company growth and managing product development and commercialisation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will develop capabilities for independent research, identification and evaluation of relevant  resources, critical analysis of data and information, evaluation of business options and the making, communicating and implementing of strategic decisions.

The course will provide an understanding of
- innovation and entrepreneurship in the biotechnology industry
- financial, resource & risk management for company growth
- valuation of projects & companies

Overview of Learning Activities

Students attend a formal program of lectures and tutorials, undertake self-organised and team-based research using varied data and information sources, write business reports and prepare and present a business plan .

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be referred to a variety of information sources such as organisation web-sites, government publications, agency and company published information, news reports, commercial consultant and industry analyst reports. This course will have online support on the Distributed Learning System.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be by individual and group project work. Project topics will be self-directed or case study selections relevant to employment and/or current issues in the course context. Projects will be presented orally and as a formal written report.