Course Title: Industrial Biotechnology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial Biotechnology

Credit Points: 12.00

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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

Course Coordinator: Assoc. 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 reponsibility

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

The learning activities included in this course are:  

  • Lectures where syllabus material will be presented, and the subject will be illustrated with examples and applications in tutorials and group workshops 
  • Group work designed to give further practice in problem solving and design of industrial scale application of microbiology and biotechnology 
  • Private study, working through the material as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Three hours each week are used for teacher guided activities, including lectures on topics of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology as well as tutorials. In addition, group workshops (two hours per week) will allow you to investigate and explore applications of relevance to industry. You are expected to spend a minimum of four hours per week on independent study. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with lists of relevant texts, library resources (including appropriate journals) and freely accessible internet sites. Other material will be provided in class.
Students will be able to access course information and learning material through CANVAS.

Overview of Assessment

Note that: 

☒This course has no hurdle requirements. 

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