Course Title: Diagnostics and Biotherapies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Diagnostics and Biotherapies

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Gina Nicoletti

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2133

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no prerequisite courses.  The course assumes a knowledge of cell biology and the biomolecular technologies.

Course Description

This course introduces the student to the new and emerging technologies relevant to:
the identification of disease, risk factors and predisposition to disease and likely response to therapy;
biotherapies for health maintenance or restoration;
the associated regulatory, legal, and ethical issues;
commercialization of biodiagnostics and biotherapies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will
1. acquire knowledge of the scientific potential and limitations of new technologies
2. understand their application in product development in the health care industry
3. appreciate the legal and ethical constraints setting boundaries to the use of new technologies
4. develop research and evaluative skills with respect to technological developments

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will use a combination of lecture, tutorial, seminar and team-based learning modes. Students will identify relevant information sources, undertake independent research, critically analyse data and evaluate options

Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures will be supported by a DLS site with access to online material and Internet information sources, by RMIT Library resources and by use of government and industry information sources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be by individual and group project work based on case studies and current issues in the course context