DP011 - Diploma of Biotechnology

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Plan: DP011GZU - Diploma of Biotechnology
Campus: GZUCM-RMIT Institute

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: Diploma of Biotechnology
Award abbreviation: DipBiotech
Total credit points: 96
Career: UGRD
Duration: One Year
Location: GZUCM-RMIT Institute of Life Science & Bioengineering
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science/
ASCED code: 010900
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Purpose of the Program

The Diploma of Biotechnology is designed to equip students at the GZUCM-RMIT Institute of Life Sciences and Bioengineering with knowledge and skills in relevant disciplines, together with enhanced academic English language proficiency relevant to those disciplines, thus enabling them to articulate seamlessly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) program (which will also be offered at GZUCM-RMIT). The BP226 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) program provides a combination of basic and advanced knowledge and 'hands on' techniques taught in laboratory practicals. BP226 graduates will be ready to move straight into the burgeoning field of biotechnology, equipped with skills in genetic engineering, industrial microbiology, bioinformatics, and regulatory, ethical and legal issues in biotechnology. You will be able to specialise in microbiology or molecular biology depending on their intended career. 

The Diploma program is delivered in full time mode. It consists of eight courses (96 credit points). The program structure is the same or equivalent to that offered in the first year of the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) program. Where there is equivalence, you can seek credit transfer for courses successfully completed as you articulate from the Diploma into Year 2 of the degree program. 

The following courses will provide the scientific foundation for your future studies and career in biotechnology: Biology of the Cell; Principles of Human Biology; Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics; Plant Structure and Function; Chemistry Principles; Chemistry for Life Sciences; Statistics and Epidemiology; and Scientific Skills and Communication (with a focus on Biotechnology).

Concurrent studies in English and academic learning skills are embedded into the eight Diploma courses (96 credit points) across the extended semester. 

This program is delivered face-to-face and requires on campus attendance. 

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Articulation and pathways

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

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Entrance requirements

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

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 can be found at:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/content/rmit-ui/en/study-with-us/international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/country-equivalency

English language requirements
A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 5.5+, with no band below 5.0; 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

The discipline of Biotechnology has extensive links with industry through their Program Advisory Committees (PACs), through research projects and consulting, and through their professional placement program. 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 diploma and 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. 

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 Diploma of Biotechnology is offered only as a pathway into the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology).

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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

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. All required reading material will be digitally available to students. Lecture material will be delivered via online mediums. GZUCM-RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning through our online systems. RMIT Library subject guides are available as follows:

Biotechnology: http://rmit.libguides.com/Biotechnology-and-Biological-Science

Biomedical Science: http://rmit.libguides.com/biomedical-science

Research in Health Sciences: http://rmit.libguides.com/research

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