Bachelor of Biotechnology
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25th Jul 2016 7:29pm
Level 7 Bachelor Degree
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.
International - 3 years full time.
Mathematics and Chemistry.
Relevant University rules and policies
Biotechnology harnesses the natural biochemical and genetic processes of living organisms for our own use. Right now we are using it in genetic engineering, human health, pharmaceuticals, plant and animal agriculture, food production, fuels and waste management. The diversity of jobs available in biotechnology continues to increase and it is expected to become one of the growth areas of the 21st Century.
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students . Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438
Mathematics and Chemistry.
A sound background in mathematics and chemistry would be a strong advantage in this program. If you have no previous knowledge of mathematics or chemistry (e.g., a good mark in General Mathematics at HSC, or equivalent) you are strongly advised to enrol in a bridging course offered by the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre in January/February or June/July.Link to bridging courses: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/foundation-studies/bridging-courses/
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 8 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.
Australian Institute of Biology
Graduates may apply for membership to the Australian Institute of Biology.
Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Graduates may apply for membership to the Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Australia's Biotechnology Organisation
Graduates may apply for membership to AusBiotech - Australia's Biotechnology Organisation.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
The degree is completed over three years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) and requires students to pass courses totaling 240 units.
- 150 units of core courses including 60 units at 1000 level, 60 units at 2000 level and 30 units at 3000 level;
- at least 70 units of directed courses (courses chosen from a list of options) including 20 units at 1000 level, 10 units at 2000 level and up to 40 units at 3000 level; and
- Up to 30 units of electives, depending on the 3000 level courses chosen (elective courses can be chosen form any available courses offered by the University).
In addition, the program must also include:
- No more than 100 units at 1000 level.
- At least 60 units at 3000 level.
The program was revised in 2013, and changes were implemented for 2014. New courses BTEC2230, BTEC3200, BTEC3220 and BTEC3250 replaced discontinued courses BIOL2230, BIOL3200, BIOL3220 and BIOL3250, respectively. Students who have already successfully completed a discontinued BIOL course, as above, are not permitted to enrol in its replacement BTEC course. Students who have not successfully completed discontinued core course BIOL2230 must enrol in replacement core course BTEC2230.
For students who have commenced this program prior to 2011, you are advised to contact your Program Officer or Program Convenor to discuss individual transition arrangements.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|BIOL1001||Molecules, Cells and Organisms||10 units|
|BIOL1002||Organisms to Ecosystems||10 units|
|BIOL1003||Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1||10 units|
|CHEM1010||Introductory Chemistry I||10 units|
|CHEM1020||Introductory Chemistry II||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|BIOL2001||Molecular Laboratory Skills for Biological Sciences||10 units|
|BIOL2002||Laboratory Skills in Biological Systems||10 units|
|BIOL2050||Molecular Genetics||10 units|
|BIOL2090||Microbial Biology||10 units|
|BIOL3001||Advanced Laboratory Skills in Biological Sciences||10 units|
|BIOL3090||Molecular Biology||10 units|
|BIOL3310||Plant Cell & Molecular Biology||10 units|
Placement / Non-Placement Option
Choose either the Placement or the Non-Placement option.
Choose 20 units from the following directed courses
|MATH1001||Preparatory Studies in Mathematics||10 units|
|MATH1002||Foundational Studies in Mathematics||10 units|
|MATH1110||Mathematics 1||10 units|
|MATH1210||Mathematical Discovery 1||10 units|
|PHYS1200||Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences||10 units|
Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.
An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.
For more information about Honours in Biotechnology please follow the link below:http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-biotechnology-honours/handbook
Program Learning Outcomes
- In-depth knowledge and skills in Biotechnology.
- Understanding of the Biotechnology industry and its requirements.
- Ability to effectively collect, analyse and organise Biotechnology-related information.
- Skills in problem solving and critical analysis.
- A high level of skill in communication using written, oral and graphical presentation techniques appropriate to the audience.
- Ethical awareness, professional practice and awareness of the relationship between biotechnology and society.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
It is recommended that students undertake the maths diagnostic quiz prior to enrolment to assist in selecting the appropriate level of maths. For more information please follow the link below:
Students taking MATH1001, Preparatory Studies in Mathematics, are recommended to do so prior to commencing STAT1070.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.