SCIE5508 Synthetic Biology: Solving Global Challenges

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Synthetic biology aims to apply engineering principles to a broad range of biological disciplines, including biochemistry and molecular biology, genetics, genomics, evolutionary biology and computational biology. Through standardisation and modularisation, synthetic biology enables the rational (re-)design of biological systems with novel functionalities. Examples include the construction of synthetic biosensors and regulatory circuits enabling smart cellular decisions in bioremediation and biotechnology; the implementation of novel biosynthetic pathways and enzymes enabling the production of innovative materials, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, renewable chemicals, flavours and fragrances; and the re-programming of cells for advanced immunotherapies. This unit will focus on the presentation and discussion of the building blocks of synthetic biology, including current and future organisms, methods, platforms, and target uses.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) critically evaluate the tools, techniques and targets currently used in synthetic biology applications; (2) critique the multidisciplinary nature of synthetic biology to colleagues; and (3) analyse current biosynthetic technologies to create a novel technology or application.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written presentation of case studies; (2) oral presentation of case studies; and (3) funding proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assoc Professor Martha Ludwig
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology 71580
Contact hours
lectures, tutorials / workshops; 5 hours per week
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