BP226 - Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

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Plan: BP226P7 - Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Campus: City Campus

Overview

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 year full time or 6 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science/
ASCED code: 010900
CRICOS code: 056416B

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Purpose of the Program

Graduates of this program will be ready to move straight into the burgeoning field of biotechnology, equipped with skills in genetic engineering, industrial microbiology, bioinformatics, and regulartory, ethical and legal issues in biotechnology. Students are able to specialise in microbiology or molecular biology depending on their intended career.

The program provides a combination of basic and advanced knowledge and extensive 'hands-on' techniques taught in laboratory practicals. A capstone experience is provided in ONPS2335 Professional Scientist and ONPS2186 Science Project where knowledge and skills come together to develop and implement, sometimes in a group, a research proposal and / or a research project.

Graduates will find employment in scientific and research organisations, private industry (manufacturing and consulting) and the teaching profession.

This program is taught face to face at the RMIT city campus and in Bundoora.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

If you are applying for the BP226P7 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) and you are a graduate of the AD012, Associate Degree in Applied Science (Biosciences Stream) 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:BP226P7 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
If you have completedAD012, Associate Degree in Applied Science (Biosciences Stream)
Notes on GPA:You will be expected to gain a GPA of 2 or more
You will get credit for:12 courses, 144 credit points, equivalent to 1.5 years
The courses for which you will get credit are:

 

  • BIOL1159   Cell Structure and Function
  • CHEM1242  Chemistry Principles
  • BIOL2156   Plant Structure and Function
  • ONPS2334  Scientific Skills and Communication
  • CHEM1239  Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • BIOL2256   Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics
  • BIOL2258   Animal Structure and Function
  • MATH2123  Mathematics and Statistics
  • BIOL2158   Microbiology
  • BIOL2264   Cell and Tissue Culture
  • BIOL2260   Biological Chemistry
  • 1 University Student Elective

 

If you are applying for the BP226P7 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) and you are a graduate of the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology), MSL50109 or Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing), MSL50109, you may 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 may gain entry into the:BP226P7 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
If you have completed

Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology), MSL50109 or

Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing), MSL50109

Notes on GPA:You will be expected to gain a GPA of 2 or more 
If selected you will get credit for:8 courses, 96 credit points, equivalent to one year
The courses for which you will get credit are:

 

  • BIOL1159   Cell Structure and Function
  • CHEM1242  Chemistry Principles
  • BIOL2156   Plant Structure and Function
  • ONPS2334  Scientific Skills and Communication
  • CHEM1239  Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • BIOL2256   Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics
  • BIOL2258   Animal Structure and Function
  • MATH2123  Mathematics and Statistics

 

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a measure of your average results across all courses and is explained at:http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/gradingbasis/gpa.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

 

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the http://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/country-equivalency.

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see http://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/english-requirements/recognised-qualifications .

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External accreditation and industry links

Graduates are accepted for full membership of the Australian Institute of Biology, the Australian Society for Microbiology, and the Australian Biotechnology Society, among others, and their international equivalents.

Through our extensive research programs, most of which are undertaken in collaboration with external organisations, students on this program have access to a wide range of industrial personnel e.g. from CSIRO, Dept of Primary Industry, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Medical and Scientific research institutes, private industry (manufacturing and consulting). 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).

The Program Advisory Committee comprises external members drawn from a diverse external industry base and institutions, providing further opportunities for networking and is a useful link in ensuring that the teaching material and student capabilities remain close to the needs of future external employers.

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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 a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

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.

The courses will be supported by selected reading from textbooks, recommended reference books and current literature.  Copies of textbooks and other references will be placed on reserve in the Library or will be available electronically.

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

All students will have access to personal accounts for email and online content as well as to University supplied general and specialist software.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students.

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