Course Title: Biotechnology/Business Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biotechnology/Business Research Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Gina Nicoletti

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9921 7143 or 9925 2133

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no prerequisite courses.  The student should have completed sufficient coursework in the Master of Biotechnology and Business program to demonstrate a capacity to formulate a research question or problem, to undertake independent research and to prepare a project report and oral presentation. 

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for a student to undertake an industry-based business research project and to apply learning from previously undertaken coursework in the Master of Biotechnology and Business.  The project will be identified by the student and be relevant to a specific biotechnology industry context.  The project report and presentation should be useful to the particular industry organisation and/or the industry as a whole.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The student will develop skills in business and industry research and business communication, including definition of a research question or problem, design of an appropriate investigational procedure, the gathering, analysis and collation of data and information, the forming of conclusions and recommendations and the preparation of industry-relevant reports and presentations.

The student will have demonstrated an ability to work with minimal direction, undertake independent research using methodology and a framework appropriate to the research question or problem, interpret and analyse  information, arrive at conclusions and make recommendations and produce business- and industry-relevant written and oral reports.  The student will also experience working cooperatively and ethically in a business environment . 

Overview of Learning Activities

The student may  attend formal lectures or seminars, undertake independent  research and learming, meet with academic and industry supervisors and be exposed to organisation and industry-based activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

The student will have access to lectures, reports and information sources relevant to the research project via the RMIT DLS and public or commercial online resources.  The student will be supervised by the Course Coordinator and a nominated industry person in the company where the project is undertaken and have access to organisational and industry personnel and information and learning resources. 

Overview of Assessment

The major assessment components will be a formal written project report with an oral presentation of significant findings.  Assessment will also include timely submission to supervisors of report components on an agreed schedule.