Bachelor of Biotechnology

Handbook

Bachelor of Biotechnology

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3rd Aug 2015 7:03am

Program Code

10981

AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 3 years full time.

ATAR (2015)

Cut-off Median
Callaghan Campus70.5579.00

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics and Chemistry.

Recommended Studies

Physics

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

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 Information

Admission Requirements

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

Assumed Knowledge

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/


Credit Transfer

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.


Professional Recognition

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

240 units

Program Duration

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.

Program 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.

Transition Arrangements

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.


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and Organisms
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL1002Organisms to Ecosystems
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL1003Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry I
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry II
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
BIOL2001Molecular Laboratory Skills for Biological Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL2002Laboratory Skills in Biological Systems
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL2010Biochemistry
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL2050Molecular Genetics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL2090Microbial Biology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BTEC2230Biomolecules
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL3001Advanced Laboratory Skills in Biological Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL3090Molecular Biology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL3310Plant Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Placement / Non-Placement Option

Choose either the Placement or the Non-Placement option.

Non Placement Option
Directed Courses - Non Placement

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

BIOL3020Reproductive Physiology and Development
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL3100Microbiology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL3330Plant Development and Physiology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS3003Conservation Biology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3004Ecotoxicology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Electives

Complete 30 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. 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.

30 units
Placement Option

The Placement option allows students to spend one semester in a biotechnology environment. A number of placement positions are organised both within and external to the University. Places are allocated on a competitive basis. Students can also organise their placement independently. The placement location must be approved by the Program Convenor.

Placement Courses

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option

BTEC3200Cellular Biotechnology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BTEC3220Biotechnology Finance and Commercialisation
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BTEC3250Biotechnology Placement
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
Electives

Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. 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.

20 units

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses

MATH1001Preparatory Studies in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MATH1002Foundational Studies in Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1210Mathematical Discovery 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1200Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

BIOL2020Animal Physiology and Development
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL2220Plant Cell Development
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENVS2004Ecology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Honours

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.

Additional Information

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:

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/learning/study-skills/develop-your-skills/mathematics-and-statistics

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


International Students

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.


Special Needs

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.

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