Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) (BBiotech(Hons))

Program Code

HBIO

Academic Year

2024

Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies).

Overview

The field of biotechnology is constantly evolving and utilises current technologies such as protein separation technologies, genomics and proteomics to produce foods, drugs and other products. This program provides training in both the molecular basis for biotechnology and bioprocess technologies required for product development.  This program provides students with a unique cross disciplinary approach and is based on the areas of molecular biology, animal, plant and microbial biotechnology, structural biology and bioprocess engineering.

The final year of this program provides an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and skills through participation in a substantial research project and associated theoretical work. This extended professional training provides an opportunity to experience scientific research in a chosen area of specialization. During the final year students will learn new techniques, broaden their research skill base and further develop their time management skills. 

The Bachelor of Biotechnology(Honours) is an AQF Level 8 program with a standard full-time duration of 4 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Understanding biotechnology 1. Demonstrate an integrative understanding of biotechnology by: 1.1 explaining the role and relevance of biotechnology and its related disciplines in society 1.2 understanding the major economic, social and policy drivers that underpin biotechnological practice 1.3 understanding how information is adopted and the context within which the biotechnology industry makes decisions.
2. Knowledge of biotechnology 2. Exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge of biotechnology by: 2.1 demonstrating well-developed knowledge of the core sciences in the context of biotechnology 2.2 demonstrating a basic knowledge of economics, business and social science as they apply to biotechnology 2.3 demonstrating high-level understanding of key theoretical and practical aspects in a specialist area within biotechnology.
3. Inquiry and problem solving 3. Critically analyse and address complex problems in biotechnology by: 3.1 gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources 3.2 designing and planning an investigation 3.3 selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation or develop a biotechnological process 3.4 collecting, accurately recording, analysing, interpreting and reporting both quantitative and qualitative data.
4. Communication 4. Be effective communicators of biotechnology by: 4.1 communicating with a wide range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes.
5. Personal and professional responsibility 5. Be accountable for their own learning and professional work by: 5.1 being independent and self-directed learners 5.2 working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context 5.3 demonstrating broad knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to biotechnology and advanced knowledge for those specific to their specialist area of biotechnology 5.4 Personally practising ethical conduct.
Conditions

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.

Condition of continuing enrolment: students must maintain a minimum semester GPA of 4.5 throughout their enrolment or will be required to transfer to the Bachelor of Biotechnology.

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 Biotechnology (Honours)

There shall be a Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 96 units, comprising:
1. Core courses to the value of 63 units.
2. Elective courses to the value of 33 units.
3. Level I courses not exceeding 30 units.
4. Level III Science courses to the value of at least 24 units. 
5. Level IV Science courses to the value of 24 units chosen from the Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 63 units.

Level I

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells 3
BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I: Human Perspectives 3
SCIENCE 1500 Introductory Data Science - Becoming Smart About Data 3

and

Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA 3
CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB 3

or

Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA 3
CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB 3

Level II

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
BIOCHEM 2502 Biochem II (Biotech): Molecular and Cell Biology 3
BIOCHEM 2503 Biochemistry II (Biotechnology): Metabolism 3
BIOTECH 2010 Principles of Biotechnology II 3
MICRO 2504 Microbiology II (Biotechnology) 3

Level III

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
BIOCHEM 3000 Molecular and Structural Biology III 6
BIOTECH 3000 Biotechnology Practice III 6

Level IV

Students must complete courses to the value of 24 units from the appropriate specialisation area in the Bachelor of Science (Honours)