UAC Undergraduate Course Description

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CourseCampusType of
UAC codePattern of
Course start dateMajor offer round
B Biotechnology Newcastle – Callaghan CSP 482150 3F/EqP 70.00 23 Feb 2015 21 Jan 2015

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Assumed knowledge: Mathematics, Chemistry. 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'.

Recommended studies: Physics.

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

Practical experience: Third-year students spend a 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 (eg industry, a university or the CSIRO) working in areas such as wildlife conservation, human health, reproductive technologies, environmental toxicology and remediation, biofuels, agriculture and biosecurity.

Honours: A further year of full-time (or part-time eqv) study and research is available to high-achieving students. Honours is highly regarded by potential employers, and may provide 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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