BP289 - Bachelor of Science (Food Technology)/Bachelor of Business (Management)

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Plan: BP289SFTDD - Bachelor of Science (Food Technology)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
Campus: City Campus


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 (Food Technology)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
Award abbreviation: BSc(FoodTech)/BBus(Mgt)
Total credit points: 432
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science/
ASCED code: 019905
CRICOS code: 076963J

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Purpose of the Program

Most of the key roles in food industries and in food–related government bodies are held by Food Technology graduates, therefore you are highly employable. Upon graduation and after working initially as food technologist, you can move into middle management positions where you are primarily concerned with managing production lines or processing plants.  To be able to progress to top managerial positions as leaders of the food industry you need to be equipped with a stronger understanding of the business aspects of food operations. The B. Bus (Management) enables you to perform high level management analyses with a global perspective.  Thus equipped with both skills you will be able to oversee development of large scale, high value-added food processing companies that have a global operational focus, making Australian manufacturing more competitive.

This double degree is designed to give you both the science and management skills needed to best fulfil your changing roles in the workplace. Completing this program will help you become a skilled scientist and manager. This will put your skills in high demand, as Food Technologist with a deep understanding of business and management practices, and as a Manager with a deep understanding of the scientific principles governing food production and safety.

As a graduate of this program you will be knowledgeable in both food technology and management; skilled in food analysis and production; able to communicate with both scientists and non-scientists; able to work professionally in both scientific and managerial roles and use your skills and experience to achieve a better outcome in your workplace with strong commitment to environmental and social demands of your work. The net outcome will be a faster progression in the company and a soundly managed and more productive work place.

The program provides you with critical and broad ranging studies to enable you to enter graduate positions in administration and management.  You will have the opportunity to develop the required knowledge and outcomes to operate successfully in contemporary environments.  You will be able to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the core areas of management in a diverse range of political, social, environmental and economic contexts.

This program will actively explore and apply management theory through problem-based and work-relevant activities which may include face-to-face, online, self-directed, collaborative and individual learning experience and is delivered on-campus.

The capstone courses include BUSM4546 Management in Practice which provides the culmination of the knowledge, skills and applied work practice experiences that prepare you to transit into business world, ONPS 2496 Product Development which gives you experience in developing or reverse engineering a food product.

On successful completion of the program, you will be able to work within a wide range of organisations and industries in varied roles, and career entry positions, such as business administration, management consulting and strategy analysis.  The program will provide you with a basis for further development of your knowledge and skills in management, and for further study in business and management.

The courses in this program are taught face to face. For the first 3 semesters, the courses are in the city campus of RMIT, while in the later semesters, the Food Technology courses are taught at the Bundoora campus in order to access the state of the art food processing pilot plant.

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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. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

Articulation through Food Technology Program:

If you have completed AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science (Food Science) or AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science (Food Technology), with a Grade Point Average of 2 or higher out of 4, you can apply for admission to BP289. If successful, you will be given credit for Food Technology and Nutrition courses. See the BP199 Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition to see which course you would get credit for.

Articulation through Business Management Program:

You may gain entry into this program from RMIT's C5130 Diploma of Business. If selected you will get credit for up to 8 courses (96 credit points) equivalent to two semesters.
You may gain entry into this program from RMIT's DP003 Diploma of Commerce provided you have a GPA of 2 or higher. If selected you will get credit for up to 8 courses (96 credit points) equivalent to two semesters
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.
Under the RMIT articulation pathway scheme, students who have completed a nationally accredited Diploma or Advanced Diploma in a corresponding field of study will be guaranteed an exemption of 96 or 144 credit points of courses (normally equivalent to two or three semesters respectively) in the Bachelor degree program.  Students who can demonstrate academic merit in their performance in the Diploma or Associate Degree may be offered exemptions of up to 144 credit points.

Note that credit point exemptions may not correspond to complete semesters of work because the articulated program may contain a mixture of courses from different semesters of the standard Bachelor program, in order to ensure effective preparation for core course material at advanced levels in the program.

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.

If you require further details on these Program Plans, refer to the RMIT Handbook [http://www.rmit.edu.au/handbook]. You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT programs for sucessfully completing this program upon application to the other RMIT 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 Country equivalents web page (unresolved).


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any), 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 the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

Industry Links

Both programs have strong links with industry. Students undertake one week of work in industry in Year 3. Guest lecturers from industry join classes throughout the program. Research projects in the final year may be based on an industry project and design projects are based on industry input thus providing opportunities for work integrated learning. Students visit industry sites throughout the program.


You may be eligible for student membership of Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), which can be upgraded to professional membership after graduation. Professional members are allowed and encouraged to use MAIFST after their names.

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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 or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network from most places on campus.

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 students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Food Science refer to http://rmit.libguides.com/foodscience For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Business Management refer to http://rmit.libguides.com/businessmanagement

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

Services for students
RMIT 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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/services

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