Bachelor of Biotechnology

Handbook

Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Program Code

10981

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

UAC Code

  • 480105 - Newcastle (Callaghan)

CRICOS Code

Admission Instructions

Mode of delivery

Face to face on campus

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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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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

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 may be eligible.


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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/


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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 your new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


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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.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

In addition to the practical classes in courses, students can spend one semester in a biotechnology environment. Placement can be taken in any appropriate (industry or research) laboratory. The Program organisers arrange a number of placement positions already organised, both within and external to the University. Where the number of requests exceeds this number, places are allocated on a competitive basis, eg. highest grade point average for first two years of the program. Those students who are not offered a place under the competitive program mentioned above can also organise their placement independently. However, the placement location must be approved by the Program Convenor.


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Graduates may apply for membership to AusBiotech - Australia's Biotechnology Organisation, the Australian Institute of Biology, and specialist societies such as the Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities 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 reasonably 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 & consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disabilty for more information.


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It is recommended that students undertake the maths diagnostic quiz prior to enrolment to assist in selecting the appropriate level of maths course. A link to the quiz is available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/science-it/degree-programs/mathsreq.html

Students taking MATH1001, Preparatory Studies in Mathematics, are recommended to do so prior to commencing STAT1070.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/about-the-centre/learning-development/

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Support and Development Service through the Wollotuka Institute.


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Please see Further Information above for your Program Enrolment Checklist, "Are you on track?" form.

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.

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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.


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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and Organisms

Not to count with BIOL1010 or BIOL1040 or BIOL1050.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1002Organisms to Ecosystems

Not to count with BIOL1020 or BIOL1040 or BIOL1050

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1003Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1

Not to count with BIOL1040 or BIOL1050.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry IISemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the SciencesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
BIOL2001Molecular Laboratory Skills for Biological SciencesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL2002Laboratory Skills in Biological SystemsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL2010BiochemistrySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL2050Molecular GeneticsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL2090Microbial BiologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BTEC2230BiomoleculesSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
BIOL3001Advanced Laboratory Skills in Biological SciencesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL3090Molecular BiologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL3310Plant Cell & Molecular BiologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.20 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)
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Choose 20 units from 1000 level directed courses.
MATH1001Preparatory Studies in Mathematics

Students cannot count MATH1001 for credit if they have previously passed MATH1002, MATH1110 or MATH1210. Students are encouraged to complete the Maths Diagnotic Quiz before enrolling in courses.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
MATH1002Foundational Studies in Mathematics

Students cannot count MATH1002 for credit if they have previously passed MATH1110 or MATH1210. Students are encouraged to complete the Maths Diagnotic Quiz before enrolling in courses.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics 1

Not to count with MATH1210. Special Prerequisites apply to MATH1110 - view the course handbook for information.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1210Mathematical Discovery 1

Not to count with MATH1110. Students are encouraged to complete the Maths Diagnotic Quiz before enrolling in courses.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS1200Introductory Physics for the Life SciencesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Choose 10 units from 2000 level directed courses.
BIOL2020Animal Physiology and DevelopmentSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL2220Plant Cell DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS2004Ecology

Not to count with BIOL2070

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
Choose 30 units from Non-Placement Grouping (or Choose 40 units from the Placement Grouping).
BIOL3020Reproductive Physiology and DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL3100MicrobiologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL3330Plant Development and PhysiologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3003Conservation Biology

Not to count with EMGT3030

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3004EcotoxicologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Choose 40 units from Placement Grouping (or Choose 30 units from the Non-Placement Grouping).
BTEC3200Cellular BiotechnologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BTEC3220Biotechnology Finance and CommercialisationSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
BTEC3250Biotechnology Placement

Where the number of requests exceeds the number of places, admittance will be allocated to those with the highest grade point average over the first two years.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units