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C10172v7 Bachelor of Biotechnology

Award(s): Bachelor of Biotechnology (BBiotech)
UAC code: 607045(Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 026806C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Biotechnology provides students with a broad knowledge of modern biotechnology and its applications. Algal biofuels, stem cell therapy and new methods of disease diagnosis are just a few projects that biotechnologists are working on today.

This course provides students with a good understanding of biological processes of living organisms and the skills required to manipulate these processes in the development of new medicines, environmental management, data analysis and biosensor technology. Students gain broad knowledge of modern biotechnology and practical skills in ethics, law and business processes.

Biotechnology is a key science of the future and graduates have high employment rates due to the course's strong professional and industry focus. Graduates of this course gain a professional qualification in biological science and a strong foundation in the commercial aspects of biotechnology.

Students choose one from the following four majors:

  • medical biotechnology – students gain knowledge and skills to work in both the biotechnology industry and biomedical science research. It is an exciting and rapidly evolving area, leading to development of a new generation of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, hormones and anti-inflammatory agents using this technology.
  • environmental biotechnology – students gain knowledge and skills to address environmental issues, such as the removal of pollution, renewable energy generation or biomass production, by exploiting biological processes. Students learn how to remediate contaminated sites, develop more sustainable products (such as converting algae to fuel) or use microbes to manage waste.
  • computational biotechnology – bioinformatics or computational biotechnologists are in demand due to their combined expertise in biological sciences, statistics, mathematical modelling and database design. Students gain knowledge and skills in analysing and interpreting data, using mathematical modelling and technology, to translate data and help make informed decisions.
  • biosensor technology – a biosensor is an analytical device that detects biological samples and then converts these responses into measureable data. An example of a biosensor application is the glucose meters, where a vast majority are developed based on electrochemical biosensor technology. In this major, students gain knowledge and skills in how to develop innovative products and technology to improve the quality of people's lives, such as user-friendly diagnostic tools for alcohol and drug testing, and water and food safety testing.

Career options

Career options vary according to the chosen major.

  • Medical biotechnology: positions in laboratories or research labs developing new vaccines and medicines for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, hospitals, pathology and biomedical firms, universities, and research institutes.
  • Environmental biotechnology: typical jobs include research associate, consultant, field scientist, microbiologist, conservation officer, environment officer, biotechnologist, and employment across a wide range of industries, creating new products or processes to conserve the environment.
  • Computational biotechnology: roles include data analyst, data curator, database developer, statistician, mathematical modeller, bioinformatician, and software developer. Employment prospects are driven by pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries looking to take advantage of genomics data to usher in a new generation of pharmaceuticals. Other companies that have similar computational needs, such as Google, Facebook and Netflix, also hire computational biotechnologists to manage their own versions of big data.
  • Biosensor technology: graduates can find employment in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health-related industries as a product development engineer, bioengineering lead, regulatory scientist, solution specialist, biomedical algorithm engineer, biosensor engineer, and biophysicist. As this market is expanding, the technology behind biosensors is also reaching new heights and advancements are changing the way everyone from health professionals to wearable and mobile device manufacturers are thinking about biosensors and their capabilities.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 An understanding of the nature, practice and application of the chosen science discipline.
2.0 Encompasses problem solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition.
3.0 The ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills, in appropriate and ethical ways within a professional context, autonomously and collaboratively and across a range of disciplinary and professional areas, e.g. time management skills, personal organisation skills, teamwork skills, computing skills, laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative and graphical literacy skills.
4.0 The capacity to engage in reflection and learning beyond formal educational contexts that is based on the ability to make effective judgements about one's own work. The capacity to learn in and from new disciplines to enhance the application of scientific knowledge and skills in professional contexts.
5.0 An awareness of the role of science within a global culture and willingness to contribute actively to the shaping of community views on complex issues where the methods and findings of science are relevant.
6.0 An understanding of the different forms of communication - writing, reading, speaking, listening -, including visual and graphical, within science and beyond and the ability to apply these appropriately and effectively for different audiences.
7.0 An ability to think and work creatively, including the capacity for self-starting, and the ability to apply science skills to unfamiliar applications. It encompasses skills such as understanding risk management and risk taking, 'thinking outside the box', questioning the norm to suggest new solutions for old problems.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics; any two units of English; any two units of Science.

Chemistry, Mathematics Extension 1 is recommended.

Course duration and attendance

Students can complete the course over three years full time. Full-time attendance involves approximately 24 hours each week on campus. Students may also be able to complete the course part time, usually at the rate of two subjects a session (a 50 per cent load), taking six years to complete. Part-time students are required to attend some classes in daytime hours.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 144 credit points, made up of 54 credit points of core subjects, a 66-credit-point major and 24 credit points of electives.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students studying this course have an opportunity to undertake an internship subject and receive academic credit for their placement off campus (an external business or research institute) or on campus (UTS research institutes or departments), in a capacity relevant to their academic studies.

Course completion requirements

STM91191 Core subjects (Biotechnology) 54cp
CBK91236 Major choice (Biotechnology) 66cp
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG) 24cp
Total 144cp

Course program

Typical course programs are shown below.

Medical Biotechnology major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
Spring session
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
26100 Integrating Business Perspectives   6cp
91401 Immunology 1   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
91359 Immunology 2   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
91142 Biotechnology   6cp
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
Spring session
21510 Business and Organisational Strategy   6cp
79006 Intellectual Property Commercialisation   6cp
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp
91709 Pharmacology 2   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
91817 Medical Biotechnology   6cp
91368 Bioreactors and Bioprocessing   6cp
21632 Business Strategy and Scenario Planning   6cp
91369 Biobusiness   6cp
Medical Biotechnology major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
26100 Integrating Business Perspectives   6cp
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
Spring session
91401 Immunology 1   6cp
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
91709 Pharmacology 2   6cp
79006 Intellectual Property Commercialisation   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91359 Immunology 2   6cp
91142 Biotechnology   6cp
21632 Business Strategy and Scenario Planning   6cp
91369 Biobusiness   6cp
Spring session
91817 Medical Biotechnology   6cp
91368 Bioreactors and Bioprocessing   6cp
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp
21510 Business and Organisational Strategy   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Environmental Biotechnology major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
91107 The Biosphere   6cp
Spring session
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
26100 Integrating Business Perspectives   6cp
91123 Biocomplexity   6cp
21510 Business and Organisational Strategy   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
48840 Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
91142 Biotechnology   6cp
33116 Statistical Design and Analysis   6cp
Spring session
91159 Environmental Remediation   6cp
79006 Intellectual Property Commercialisation   6cp
65621 Environmental Chemistry   6cp
48821 Principles of Environmental Engineering   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
91818 Environmental Biotechnology   6cp
91368 Bioreactors and Bioprocessing   6cp
21632 Business Strategy and Scenario Planning   6cp
91369 Biobusiness   6cp
Environmental Biotechnology major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91123 Biocomplexity   6cp
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
33116 Statistical Design and Analysis   6cp
26100 Integrating Business Perspectives   6cp
91107 The Biosphere   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
Spring session
65621 Environmental Chemistry   6cp
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
91159 Environmental Remediation   6cp
79006 Intellectual Property Commercialisation   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
21510 Business and Organisational Strategy   6cp
91142 Biotechnology   6cp
21632 Business Strategy and Scenario Planning   6cp
91369 Biobusiness   6cp
Spring session
91818 Environmental Biotechnology   6cp
91368 Bioreactors and Bioprocessing   6cp
48840 Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering   6cp
48821 Principles of Environmental Engineering   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Computational Biotechnology major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
33130 Mathematical Modelling 1   6cp
Spring session
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
26100 Integrating Business Perspectives   6cp
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
33230 Mathematical Modelling 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
37373 Programming for Data Analysis   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
91142 Biotechnology   6cp
31250 Introduction to Data Analytics   6cp
Spring session
31266 Introduction to Information Systems   6cp
79006 Intellectual Property Commercialisation   6cp
21510 Business and Organisational Strategy   6cp
31005 Advanced Data Analytics   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
91816 Bioinformatics   6cp
91368 Bioreactors and Bioprocessing   6cp
21632 Business Strategy and Scenario Planning   6cp
91369 Biobusiness   6cp
Computational Biotechnology major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
33130 Mathematical Modelling 1   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
26100 Integrating Business Perspectives   6cp
33230 Mathematical Modelling 2   6cp
31250 Introduction to Data Analytics   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
Spring session
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
31005 Advanced Data Analytics   6cp
79006 Intellectual Property Commercialisation   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
21510 Business and Organisational Strategy   6cp
91142 Biotechnology   6cp
37373 Programming for Data Analysis   6cp
91369 Biobusiness   6cp
Spring session
91816 Bioinformatics   6cp
91368 Bioreactors and Bioprocessing   6cp
21632 Business Strategy and Scenario Planning   6cp
31266 Introduction to Information Systems   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Biosensor Technology major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
33130 Mathematical Modelling 1   6cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
26100 Integrating Business Perspectives   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
68037 Physical Modelling   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
21510 Business and Organisational Strategy   6cp
91142 Biotechnology   6cp
91403 Medical Imaging   6cp
67509 Molecular Nanotechnology   6cp
Spring session
91140 Bionanotechnology   6cp
79006 Intellectual Property Commercialisation   6cp
91401 Immunology 1   6cp
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
91820 Biosensors   6cp
68513 Nanophotonics   6cp
21632 Business Strategy and Scenario Planning   6cp
91369 Biobusiness   6cp
Biosensor Technology major, Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
Summer session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
33130 Mathematical Modelling 1   6cp
26100 Integrating Business Perspectives   6cp
91142 Biotechnology   6cp
Spring session
91401 Immunology 1   6cp
68037 Physical Modelling   6cp
91140 Bionanotechnology   6cp
79006 Intellectual Property Commercialisation   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
21510 Business and Organisational Strategy   6cp
91403 Medical Imaging   6cp
21632 Business Strategy and Scenario Planning   6cp
67509 Molecular Nanotechnology   6cp
Spring session
91820 Biosensors   6cp
68513 Nanophotonics   6cp
91369 Biobusiness   6cp
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp

Honours

The Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) (C09022) is available to eligible students with an additional one year of full-time study.

Professional recognition

The faculty is awaiting recognition from AusBiotech for this course.

Other information

Further information is available from:

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