Course Title: Industrial Biotechnology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial Biotechnology

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Prof Paul Ramsland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7024

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 223 Level 1 Room 06C

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course is designed to develop your ability to understand the techniques used in the different phases of industrial microbiology and biotechnology: discovery, production (including fermentation and scale-up), bioprocessing, cell banking and biotherapeutic development. It includes the principles and practices in the main applications of micro-organisms, cell-lines and their products to the industrial production of foods, pure chemicals, proteins and other useful products, including the use of genetically modified organisms. This course aims to enable graduates to enter industry with an appropriate level of understanding of the need for both the science and business aspects required to make a viable product. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the School of Science Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 7:

  • PLO-1   Understanding science
  • PLO-2   Scientific knowledge
  • PLO-3   Inquiry and problem solving
  • PLO-4  Communication
  • PLO-5   Personal and professional responsibility


Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

  1. Identify the main steps and processes used to produce biological products in industry
  2. Explain approaches for development of new useful microorganisms for biotechnology applications
  3. Determine and compare the molecular techniques applicable to improve production of biochemicals, chemicals, proteins and carbohydrates by microorganisms, cell-lines and their products (e.g. enzymes) 
  4. Discuss ethical and commercial issues such as record keeping, confidentiality, patenting, and licensing
  5. Develop and integrate a technical and commercial analysis of an area of industrial microbiology or biotechnology as part of a project team
  6. Demonstrate independent research skills through synthesis and analysis of scientific literature in a relevant area of industrial biotechnology 

Overview of Learning Activities


You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources


RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Team-Based Research Projects
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 3, 4, and 5 

Assessment Task 2: Oral Assessment 
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1 – 4, and 6 

Assessment Task 3: Critical Analysis of the Literature
Weighting: 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, and 6 

Assessment Task 4: Formative MCQ Quizzes 
Weighting: 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1 – 4  

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.