UAC Undergraduate Course Description

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B Biotechnology

University of Newcastle

CampusType of
UAC codePattern of attendance 2013 cut-offStart dateMajor offer round
Newcastle – Callaghan CSP  480105  3F/EqP 71.50 3 Mar 2014 16 Jan 2014

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Assumed knowledge: Mathematics and Chemistry or equivalent. If you have limited knowledge in these subjects you should enrol in bridging courses offered by the University's English Language and Foundation Studies Centre before you start the program. Read 'Bridging courses' for further information.

Recommended studies: Physics.

Major studies: Biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, DNA technology, microbiology, molecular genetics. Minor studies: Biochemistry, bioethics, reproductive physiology, biotechnology finance and commercialisation.

Practical experience: Our integrated teaching allows third-year students to spend a whole week at a time in intensive laboratory training, which features teamwork activities to prepare students for the workplace. Students in their final year are also able to undertake a 10-week placement in a biotechnology environment such as industry, university or the CSIRO, working in areas such as wildlife conservation, human health, reproductive technologies, environmental toxicology and remediation, bio-fuels, agriculture and biosecurity.

Honours: A further year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) study and research is available to high-achieving students. Honours is highly regarded by potential employers, and provides entry into a research career.

Professional recognition: Graduates can join AusBiotech, the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Australian Institute of Biology.

Career opportunities: Examples include genetic engineering, pathology laboratories, genetic counselling, biotechnology industries, biopharmaceutical industries, bioanalytical laboratories, reproductive biology industries, pollution control and waste treatment, forensic science labs, veterinary and agricultural support industries and government biotechnology support and regulatory agencies.

Additional information: Biotechnology focuses on techniques that use living organisms to make or modify products or improve plants and animals. In medicine, it has been used to develop vaccines and antibiotics, to test for diseases and to assist couples to have children by IVF. Biotechnology is part of the search for cures for diseases and in agriculture has resulted in Dolly the Cloned Sheep. This degree provides students with an excellent basic knowledge in modern biotechnology including cellular and molecular biology; as well as experience in research methods, data analysis, approaches to problem-solving, instrumentation, information technology, commercialisation, bioethics and relevant laws.

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