Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) with Bachelor of Biotechnology (BE(Hons)(Chem)(BBiotech))

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

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Through this double degree program students can combine the concepts of chemical engineering with science (Biotechnology). The chemical engineering program will provide students with a background in the physical sciences, chemical engineering core disciplines, integrated design skills and research training. Students choose a science specialisation in Energy and Environment, Process and Product Engineering, or Food, Wine and Bimolecular Engineering. Through the science program, students learn a number of transferable skills including analytical methods, laboratory and field techniques, information technology skills, teamwork, initiative and the ability to communicate and cooperate with people from a range of backgrounds and expertise.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)/ Bachelor of Biotechnology is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 5 years.

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and graduates of the program qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia and the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) (UK).

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Contribute to the design of creative, sustainable, economic and safe solutions, which satisfy the objectives of clients and stakeholders.
  2. Demonstrate a broad, theory-based understanding of the mathematical, natural and physical sciences underpinning engineering practice, and evaluate the differences between theoretical and applied system behaviour.
  3. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the computer and information sciences that underpin engineering practice.
  4. Demonstrate a substantial and contemporary body-of-knowledge of engineering methods, tools and processes for a specific discipline, complemented by relevant knowledge from related disciplines.
  5. Professionally and ethically conduct themselves and their work, respecting the communities and cultural norms within which that work is carried out.
  6. Communicate objectively and effectively, in written and oral forms, to lay and expert audiences.
  7. Apply critical and independent thinking to make sound judgements, based on evidence, theory and logical reasoning.
  8. Maintain and develop knowledge of advancements in engineering practice and research in the specific discipline, and apply this knowledge innovatively when devising solutions.
  9. Be an effective, emotionally and culturally intelligent team member, with leadership potential.
  10. Apply a systems approach to managing and developing solutions to complex problems.
  11. Understanding biotechnology Demonstrate an integrative understanding of biotechnology by: 11.1 explaining the role and relevance of biotechnology and its related disciplines in society 11.2 understanding the major economic, social and policy drivers that underpin biotechnological practice 11.3 understanding how information is adopted and the context within which the biotechnology industry makes decisions.
  12. Knowledge of biotechnology Exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge of biotechnology by: 12.1 demonstrating well-developed knowledge of the core sciences in the context of biotechnology 12.2 demonstrating a basic knowledge of economics, business and social science as they apply to biotechnology.
  13. Inquiry and problem solving Critically analyse and address complex problems in biotechnology by: 13.1 gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources 13.2 designing and planning an investigation 13.3 selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation or develop a biotechnological process 13.4 collecting, accurately recording, analysing, interpreting and reporting data.
  14. Communication Be effective communicators of biotechnology by: 14.1 communicating with a wide range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes.
  15. Personal and professional responsibility Be accountable for their own learning and professional work by: 15.1 being independent and self-directed learners 15.2 working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context 15.3 demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to biotechnology 15.4 personally practising ethical conduct.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) with Bachelor of Biotechnology

There shall be a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) with Bachelor of Biotechnology.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the double degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)/ Bachelor of Biotechnology, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 120 units, comprising:

  1. Courses to the value of 84 units from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical).
  2. Bachelor of Biotechnology courses to the value of 36 units.
  3. A total of 8 weeks of approved engineering work placement is required. Students will need to enrol into the ENG 3100 Engineering Internship UG (0 units) course to complete this requirement.
  4. Unless exempted, International students are required to take ENG 1011 Introduction to Engineering EAL in lieu of ENG 1001 Introduction to Engineering.
  5. Students who have not undertaken SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) will be required to enrol in Mathematics IM, followed by Mathematics IA with Mathematics IB taken in Summer Semester to complete the Mathematics requirements at Level I. The satisfactory completion of Mathematics IM is in addition to the normal requirements of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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