BP226 - Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

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Plan: BP226GZU - Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Campus: GZUCM-RMIT Institute


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Award abbreviation: BSc(Biotech)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time
Location: GZUCM-RMIT Institute
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science/
ASCED code: 010900
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

Graduates of this program will be ready for employment in the burgeoning field of biotechnology, equipped with skills in genetic engineering, industrial microbiology, bioinformatics, and regulatory, ethical and legal issues in biotechnology. Employment opportunities may be available in scientific and research organisations, private industry (manufacturing and consulting) and the teaching profession. You can specialise in microbiology or molecular biology depending upon your intended career.

The program provides a combination of foundation and advanced theoretical  and applied knowledge and extensive 'hands-on' techniques taught in laboratory practicals. A capstone experience is provided in ONPS2580 The Professional Scientist and ONPS2578 Science Project where you will integrate prior knowledge, skills and their application to develop and implement  a research proposal and / or a research project - either individually or in a group. 

This program requires on campus attendance at the GZUCM-RMIT Institute of Life Sciences and Bioengineering. The program is delivered full time, in face-to-face mode, supported by various blended learning activities (including on-line). English language is the medium of instruction.

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Articulation and pathways

Students who successfully complete DP011 Diploma in Biotechnology will be eligible to articulate into Year 2 of BP226 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology).

If you are a graduate of DP011 Diploma in Biotechnology who gains entry to BP226 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) you will be able to claim credit  for courses you have already completed. The table below provides you with information about the credit agreements between these programs.

You will be guaranteed entry into the:BP226 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
If you have completedDP011 Diploma in Biotechnology
You will get credit for:8 courses, 96 credit points
The courses for which you will get credit are:
  • BIOL2436      Biology of the Cell
  • CHEM1296    Chemistry Principles
  • BIOL2437      Principles of Human Biology
  • BIOL2438      Plant Structure and Function
  • ONPS2569    Scientific Skills and Communication
  • CHEM1297    Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • BIOL2256      Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics
  • MATH2330    Statistics and Epidemiology*

* You will take MATH2331 Mathematics and Statistics in Year 2 of your program

You may be eligible to apply for entry to MC111 Master of Biotechnology or other RMIT University programs on successful completion of this program. Please check with the Admissions Officer regarding the program of  your choice.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements
Entry to the BP226 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) program at GZUCM-RMIT is via successful completion of DP011 Diploma of Biotechnology. 

The Chinese equivalent for entry to the diploma program is:
A minimum of 375 in the Gao Kao (National College Entrance Examination, NCEE) - Beijing

For students with secondary qualifications from countries other than China, the equivalent requirements for Diploma entry can be found at:

English language requirements

Students entering the degree program BP226 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) via successful completion of DP011 Diploma of Biotechnology will automatically satisfy the English language requirement for entry.

Students who wish to enter the program without having completed DP011 will need to demonstrate a minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5+, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.

For further information on English language test equivalency go to: http://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/ international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/english-requirements/english- language-proficiency-tests 

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External accreditation and industry links

Students graduating from the degree program BP226 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) at GZUCM-RMIT Institute of Life Science and Bioengineering may be eligible for membership of national and international professional associations.

The discipline of Biotechnology has extensive links with industry through their Program Advisory Committees (PACs), through research projects and consulting. Employers and industry professionals are members of these Program Advisory Committees, and have contributed both to the initial development and ongoing improvement of this program. Their involvement ensures that your undergraduate degree program will remain relevant to your needs as a graduate and to the needs of graduate employers. Industry links include medical and scientific research institutes, commercial companies (manufacturing and consulting), government departments and various professional bodies.

Final year research projects may be undertaken with external scientific organisations, and students may elect to undertake their science project as a work placement in an approved industry (through consultation with the course coordinator).

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in an RMIT University program you may access many of the extensive collections of electronic resources and services provided from the RMIT University Library in Melbourne. Resources include e-books, electronic journals and newspapers and product data. Library subject guides and web based tutorials will support your learning. Electronic resources and the online Ask a Librarian reference service are accessible on and off campus 24 hours per day.

For more information on Library resources and services from Melbourne go to: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

Through RMIT’s online “Ask a Librarian” service Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

As a student studying outside Australia with RMIT University partner institutions, you may access online learning materials at myRMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/myrmitstudies.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University offshore partners provide resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. The range of services available will vary at each RMIT University offshore partner. Enquire locally.

Services are available online to assist you with:

  • transition to tertiary student learning,
  • study skills, academic skills including academic literacy, writing for academic purposes, research, exam preparation and much more, and
  • career development and employment.

The GZUCM-RMIT Institute has a library and a number of laboratories, to support the relevant teaching and learning activities

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