• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Tamara Kayali
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course examines the ethical and societal impacts of new applications in biology. Case studies examine topics such as genetic modification of agricultural crops and animals for food and production of therapeutic substances; genetic modification for pest control and environmental conservation; cloning of humans and other animals; medical areas of genetic screening and gene therapy; reproductive technologies; organ and stem cell transplantation and the convergence of humans and machines to repair or enhance human function. The courses addresses bioethics and issues raised for society such as risk/benefit assessment, intellectual property, science communication and regulation of new technologies . Students will be presented with many diverse perspectives through readings, discussions and seminars from professionals from both within and outside the university.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Discuss, in general terms, the science involved in new biotechnologies and the associated contextual issues
2. Research and evaluate a diversity of biotechnology information sources, and the diversity of perspectives they reflect
3. Create a framework to assess the benefits and risks of biotechnologies
4. Identify a personal view in the context of the debate about a biotechnology in both individual and team formats
5. Apply reflective and argumentative thinking to scientific, societal and personal views.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Reflective Tutorial Reports (15%) (LO 2, 4)
  • Participation in tutorials and submission of Tutorial Questions (10%) (LO 1, 4)
  • Debate Reflection Report (10%) (LO 2, 4)
  • Research essay (30%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Open Book Examination (35%) (LO 3, 4, 5)

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Two lectures, one guest seminar and a one hour tutorial per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 96 units towards a degree



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7152 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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