To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Specialisations).
The Biotechnology (Honours) Specialisation requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The Specialisation is offered by the College of Science and Engineering.
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
The course component aims to develop graduates who are able to function as practicioners in the interdisciplinary, global biotechnology industry. It is designed to enhance graduates' abilities to contribute to the development of scientifically sound, ethical and culturally sensitive solutions to complex problems for the economic and social benefit of society. It aims to develop graduates who work effectively within team environments and improve their practice through critical reflection and learning.
On completion of the course, graduates will be able to:
- transfer and apply core scientific concepts to propose solutions in the biotechnology industry
- work in ways that are informed by knowledge of the legislative, regulative, commercial, scientific and social environment
- use critical analysis and problem solving skills to develop, plan and implement innovative solutions within a diverse range of biotechnology industry sectors
- synthesise information and communicate effectively, succinctly and sensitively with the scientific community, co-workers, government agencies, investors, the broad public and particular cultural and Indigenous communities
- apply judgement and initiative to propose and prioritise work strategies in consultation with co-workers to achieve timely completion of a project
- work in a multidisciplinary team and incorporate the views of all stakeholders including Indigenous groups, and use self-awareness and consultation to understand their role within a group and how they can best contribute to the group
- articulate a conscious understanding of their own values and demonstrate respect for the values of others and the ability to view an ethical dilemma from multiple view points
- inform society of impending developments and engage in a constructive debate
- incorporate understanding and awareness of Indigenous and other communities' religious beliefs and culture into biotechnology practice
- plan and conduct research projects and effectively communicate research findings
- apply their understanding of commercialisation processes to biotechnology products or services.
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Biotechnology) a student must complete 144 units, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study detailed below.
No more than 45 units of First Year level topics may be included in the 144 units for the degree.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Upon completion of at least 103.5 units and with a GPA of 5 or more in the last 36 units of study, students may commence the Fourth Year Honours program. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will exit with the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) on completion of 108 units.
Students who have completed 108 units according to the first three years of the program may choose to exit with the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology).
Core - Year 1 Topics
27 units comprising:
BIOL1101 Evolution of Biological Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life (4.5 units)
BTEC1001 Introduction to Biotechnology (4.5 units)
CHEM1202 Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4.5 units)
STEM1001 Nature of STEM (4.5 units)
STAT1122 Biostatistics (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
4.5 units selected from:
CHEM1101 Chemical Structure and Bonding (4.5 units)
CHEM1201 General Chemistry (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 1 topics
4.5 units of elective topics from across the University where entry requirements are met.
Core - Year 2 Topics
31.5 units comprising
BIOL2701 Experimental Design and Statistics for Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL2702 Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity (4.5 units)
BIOL2771 Biochemistry (4.5 units)
BIOL2772 Molecular Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL3711 Plant Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL3761 Foundations in Microbiology (4.5 units)
BTEC2002 Legal, Ethical and Social Aspects of Bioscience (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 2 topics
4.5 units elective topics from across the University where entry requirements are met.
Core - Year 3 Topics
27 units comprising:
BIOL3762 Protein to Proteome (4.5 units)
BIOL3771 DNA to Genome (4.5 units)
BIOL3772 Integrating Molecular Biosciences (4.5 units)
BIOL3802 Bioinformatics (4.5 units)
BTEC3004 Environmental Biotechnology (4.5 units)
BTEC8004 BioBusiness (4.5 units)
Option - Year 3 Topics
4.5 units selected from
BTEC3002 Medical Biotechnology (4.5 units)
BTEC3003 Industrial and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 3 topics
4.5 units of elective topics from across the University where entry requirements are met.1
The following topics are recommended electives for this course:
BIOL3782 Advanced Microbiology: Microbial Ecology and Infectious Diseases (4.5 units)
STEM3001 Science Connect (4.5 units)
Core - Year 4 Topics
36 units comprising2:
BIOL7710 Honours Critical Readings (4.5 units)
BIOL7720 Honours Statistics and Research Design (4.5 units)
STEM7001 Research Methods for Honours (4.5 units)
STEM7000A Honours Research Project in STEM (4.5/22.5 units)
STEM7000B Honours Research Project in STEM (4.5/22.5 units)
STEM7000C Honours Research Project in STEM (4.5/22.5 units)
STEM7000D Honours Research Project in STEM (4.5/22.5 units)
STEM7000E Honours Research Project in STEM (4.5/22.5 units)
Course Rule Notes
1. This Program of Study serves as a suggested study plan. When core topics are offered in both halves of the year, students may enrol in these topics in either half of the year as long as requisites are met.
The Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Biotechnology) may also be studied in a combined degree program with another Bachelor degree in the College of Science and Engineering where the combination meets the requirements of the credit transfer policy.