Bachelor of Biotechnology (S3V)

Overview  2019

ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

: 65

Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

: 65

Duration

Minimum 3 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

"We're developing an innovative approach to micro-algae cultivation: trying to use the waste oil growing on microalgae to produce oil. In particular, we want to create a renewable source of bio-fuel to replace crude oil, and create Omega 3 oils for human consumption."

Dr Kim Lee Chang
Biotechnology graduate
CSIRO Future Science Platforms
Biotechnology is vital to the continued survival and advancement of the human race.

With an ever-growing population and a need to live in harmony with our planet and its resources, there is an immediate global demand for skilled biotechnology graduates that is only going to increase in the future.

Through the Bachelor of Biotechnology, you can make a positive impact on one person’s life or the lives of millions, in industries all around the world.

You could be solving problems related to gene therapy; identifying and potentially curing currently terminal conditions; creating vaccines for our deadliest diseases; generating sustainable sources of fuel; feeding an ever-increasing worldwide population; helping to make livestock less vulnerable to disease; making plants naturally resistant to pests; or using natural organisms to remove pollution and heavy metals from soil and waterways.

This course specifically aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, competencies and awareness in preparation for employment in industry and research organisations working in the expanding biotechnology sector as well as for research in higher degrees.

The Bachelor of Biotechnology combines a range of scientific disciplines with advanced technology in order to naturally and ethically manipulate living organisms for the benefit of humanity and the planet.

As the application of biotechnology is deeply integrated with society, you will also cover ethics and social responsibility so that you can apply your scientific skills with a full appreciation of impact and benefits.

All of our biotechnology streams include a significant amount of hands-on experience through laboratory work, field trips, and experiences in external workplaces via industry engagement.

We let you get involved from day one, using the equipment yourself while supported by laboratory technicians, who supervise but do not do it for you. This will help make you job-ready, giving you practical skills that you will be using to create applied solutions on a daily basis.

As well as the facilities and equipment, teaching staff bring their cutting-edge findings and examples to the laboratory and classroom. Our well above world-class* research rankings in biotechnology related fields of analytical and inorganic chemistry, ecology, plant biology, zoology, agriculture, horticulture, clinical sciences, human movement and sport science and neurosciences mean that you will be learning from some of the best in the world in the same environment where they conduct their world-class research.

*2015 Excellent in Research Australia (ERA) rankings.

Tasmania as a Living Laboratory

Your physical location is also a major source of your practical experience opportunities. Tasmania is a living laboratory and your proximity to world-class, industry-standard facilities and pristine, diverse environments both in and outside the University will give you the practical experience you need to prepare you for a career in any stream you choose.

STEM Student Ambassadors

Undergraduates can also serve as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Student Ambassadors. The goals of the program are to provide exceptional STEM education, outreach and community engagement in schools and elsewhere. The program provides opportunities and experiences that will lead to personal and professional growth for participants, particularly improving public speaking skills.

Overseas Exchange

Our international exchange program offers opportunities for a semester of study at universities around the world. Exchange can allow students to have an affordable educational and cultural experience in a foreign country for a semester or a full year. To facilitate this, we offer a range of scholarships and financial assistance. Participants may be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with their airfares, accommodation and other expenses. Find out more about Student Exchange.

Career outcomes

Tom Ross, Associate Professor in Food Microbiology

"A new generation of skilled and innovative biotechnologists will develop the solutions to overcome the increasing pressure on our planet’s ecosystems from growing human populations, as well as providing a range of new products that greatly improve our lives."

Tom Ross, Associate Professor in Food Microbiology

Biotechnology is already a major contributor to a huge range of industries all around the world and will only prove to be more valuable as we need to increase outputs from ever-shrinking resources and adapt to an ever-changing environment.

Career Opportunities with Biotechnology

You could be developing new methods for detecting and diagnosing diseases, working in stem cell research to come up with new vaccines and treatments for crippling diseases, or developing cheaper and more effective drugs to combat a range of conditions.

Government agencies utilise biotechnologists for everything from research (CSIRO) to forensics (police). You could be drought and pest-proofing our future food supply, or inventing faster and more accurate DNA identification methods to solve crimes. The breakthroughs you make can have a beneficial effect on millions of people.

You might choose to take a more boutique approach to the application of biotechnology. Careers in the agricultural production sector may see you developing better beer and wines, making longer-lasting cheese and food products, or starting your own business by following an untapped niche market.

Career options in Biotechnology include the following specific jobs and industries:

  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry
  • Aquaculture, marine and freshwater industries
  • Brewer
  • Cheese technologist
  • Food safety advisor to government
  • Food safety auditor
  • Pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical
  • Plant and animal breeding
  • Public service (department of primary industries, quarantine)
  • Quality assurance manager/consultant (food industry)
  • Research in Universities, CSIRO, and Industry
  • Teaching
  • Wine-maker

Professional Recognition

Graduates may be eligible for membership of a number of professional organisations.

Course structure

In your first year you will study a common range of units (Schedule A and B) that provide a foundation in the sciences that you’ll later learn to apply to solving biotechnology-related challenges.

In years two and three you will combine some prescribed units (Schedule C and E) with others of your choice (Schedule D and F) that are designed to focus your education towards one of five key Biotechnology related streams:

  • Fermentation Science
  • Food Safety
  • Genetics
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Plant Biotechnology

Fermentation Science

Fermentation involves the conversion of natural materials into beneficial foods, or drinks, or compounds that are used in medicine and industry. Products made by fermentation include cheese, wine, industrial biochemicals and pharmaceuticals. Most fermentations rely on microorganisms and require detailed knowledge of microbial genetics, physiology and biochemistry, as well as chemistry, to produce the desired end-product safely, reliably and efficiently.

This stream will cover aspects of chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology needed to produce high value foods and chemicals by microbial fermentations.

Food Safety

Food-borne disease costs Australia, and other developed nations, billions of dollars per year. Most food-borne illnesses are caused by microorganisms. Governments invest considerable resources to maximize the safety of our food supply, and food businesses are required to develop and implement food-safety plans based on a scientific understanding of food safety risks.

This stream will equip you with knowledge of microbiology and other sciences related to the production, harvest, processing and distribution of foods, and the analytical skills to enable you to manage and minimise microbial food safety risks to consumers.

Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry is the area of science involved with the discovery, design and action of drugs at the molecular level and is the foundation for the development of new pharmaceuticals.

This stream will cover aspects of chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology to develop an understanding of molecule synthesis, chemical analysis and natural products chemistry as enabling areas of drug discovery.

Plant Biotechnology

Plants provide us with a wide range of essential resources from food and materials to high value chemicals and bioenergy. Genome analysis and genetic transformation of plants has opened up many opportunities in plant biotechnology. Crops with resistance to herbicides and insects have been grown for many years and future crops will have tolerance to environmental stresses and improved nutritional qualities. Smart breeding will generate improved varieties and engineering of metabolic pathways will provide new pharmaceuticals or biomaterials.

This stream will provide you with knowledge of plant tissue culture, genetic transformation and novel products.

Genetics

Genetics focuses on the study of how genes control the growth, development and function of living organisms and on using this knowledge to improve productivity and human health, preserve natural diversity, and generate innovative products. The basic techniques and approaches used to study the function and diversity of genes and genomes are rapidly developing and are of wide relevance in the agricultural, forestry, fisheries, food, medical and health care industries. As a result, familiarity with genetic concepts and experience with laboratory-based and computational techniques for DNA and genome analysis are important skills for entry into these industries.

This stream will provide you with a broad background in these basic concepts and techniques and how they can be applied to a range of fundamental questions and practical problems.

Schedules (Applicable Semester 2, 2016 onwards)

Biology of Plants is a 1st year core unit for students specialising in plant science, biotechnology, and marine science. In Biology of Plants we introduce you to the origin, diversity, structure and internal processes of plants. In lectures and practical…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Cell biology, genetics and evolution are fundamental to an understanding of the processes of life. In this unit, we examine the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including a discussion of the energy flow in photosynthesis, respiration and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Provides an introduction to the scientific study of animals. Students are introduced to animal diversity through studying the major invertebrate and vertebrate phyla with an emphasis on Australian examples. We consider the structural and functional characteristics of each group from…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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Introduces the management and interpretation of quantitative information. A 'hands-on' course, developed using data which is drawn from disciplines of relevance to the students. Topics include: collecting, processing and presenting quantitative information; descriptive statistics for summarising data; data exploration techniques;…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Together with Chemistry 1B, this unit is a required prerequisite for those students intending to major in Chemistry and for those intending to proceed to 2nd year chemistry. It provides students with fundamental knowledge and concepts in inorganic, physical, analytical,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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Together with KRA113 Chemistry 1A, this unit is a required prerequisite for those students intending to major in Chemistry and for those intending to proceed to second-year chemistry. It provides students with fundamental knowledge and concepts in inorganic, physical, analytical,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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This unit is designed to introduce students to human cells and tissues and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, defence, musculoskeletal and neuroendocrine systems in the human body. The unit will include: (a) the basic facts and concepts relating…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

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This unit is designed to introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and digestive systems of the human body. The regulation of body temperature will also be studied in the unit. The unit will…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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Provides students with a broad introduction to metabolic and nutritional aspects of biochemistry, and laboratory techniques in biochemical analysis of tissues and enzymes. Major topics include structure, function and metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates and lipids; the integration and control…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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Provides students with a broad introduction to molecular biology. The focus is primarily on humans and other mammals but most of the matters discussed apply to a much broader range of species. Major topics include protein structure and function; DNA…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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Genetics & Evolution is a core second year unit for BBiotechMedRes, BMarAntSc, and BSc students majoring in Plant Science or Genetics, and important for any student studying Biological Sciences. The unit offers an introduction to genetics and evolution, and integrates…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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Provides students with a basic knowledge of microbiology including bacteria, fungi, protozoans and viruses. The unit considers the place of microorganisms in the evolution of life on earth, their structure, chemistry, biology and ecology, and consideration of their role in…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This unit builds on first year chemistry units and consolidates this theoretical and practical framework. It is essential for students who intend to major in chemistry, or who need additional chemistry to support their studies in other science areas (such…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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Microorganisms, though invisibly small, collectively make up the majority of the living matter on Earth and have profound influences on many aspects of our lives. This unit will draw on contemporary and real-world examples to explore the influence and impact…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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This unit is designed to extend the knowledge of statistical data analysis. It builds on the concepts of regression and ANOVA introduced in Data Handling & Statistics 1 and introduces analyses using multiple explanatory variables, mixed-effects models and generalized linear…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to the diversity of plants found in Tasmania. In lectures, we examine the major natural vegetation communities in Tasmania, the key processes shaping them in the present and in the past, and their conservation…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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Plants in Action is a core unit for BSc students interested in specializing in plant science. The unit explores the interaction of plants with the environment at the organism, organ, tissue and cellular levels. We examine the processes of photosynthesis,…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This core unit provides a broad training in fundamental aspects of population and community ecology and (with other core units in the School of Biological Sciences) forms an essential basis for specialist studies at third year level. This unit focuses…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This core unit provides a broad training in fundamental aspects of zoology, and with KPZ211 (the other core unit), forms an essential basis for specialist studies in Zoology at level 3. This unit focuses on developing students' understanding of functional…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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This unit builds on KRA113/114 or KRA101/102, and consolidates the theoretical and practical framework required by students who intend to major in chemistry or who need additional chemistry to support their studies in other science areas. The Physical Chemistry component…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

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Builds on Human Biology (CHG105 and CHG106), giving students an understanding of the function of the main physiological systems and their integration and interaction in the human body. Students learn how to collect and interpret relevant information in order to…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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Builds on Human Biology (CHG105 and CHG106) and Human Physiology 1 (CHP207), giving students an understanding of the function of the main physiological systems and their integration and interaction in the human body. Students learn how to collect and interpret…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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This unit provides an introduction to the study of drugs: chemicals that affect living systems. Fundamental concepts of drug-target interactions and how our bodies handle drugs are outlined. Emphasis is given to the clinical application of pharmacology in therapeutics through…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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This unit provides an introduction to the study of drugs: chemicals that affect living systems. This unit consists of a detailed account of the pharmacology of drugs that affect selected organ systems. These include the pharmacology of drugs affecting the…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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This unit provides students with an understanding of contemporary approaches in protein biochemistry and molecular biology, including genomics and proteomics.…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This unit provides students with "hands-on" experience of contemporary techniques in protein biochemistry and molecular biology, including proteomics and genomics.…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This unit focuses on practical applications of genetics and biotechnology. It emphasises the uses of modern genetic tools including genomics and biotechnology to plants and animals. The lecture series will show that genetics is central to biodiversity conservation and restoration.…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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This unit is about how genetics is used to study development and evolution, and gives an overview of the genetic approaches and techniques that are now an essential part of almost every area of biology. The lecture component examines ways…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This unit provides students with an understanding of recent developments and contemporary issues in the areas of biochemistry and molecular biology. Areas covered include topics related to hormones and signal transduction, gene regulation and epigenetics, stem cells, transgenic animals and…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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This is a whole-of-semester research project supervised by a member of the School of Medicine or other academic staff involved in medical research. It will require up to 6 hours per week spent planning and completing a research project and…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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This unit will commence with an exploration of the basic concepts of Medical Microbiology. It will then examine the epidemiology of transmissible diseases that are common in healthcare and community settings. The unit will analyse information on the mechanisms through…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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This unit expands on the introductory immunology from KLA210 and CJA212. Areas that will receive extended coverage include advanced immunological mechanisms, the immunopathology of disease, the manipulation of the immune system to protect against infectious and non-infectious disease. Practical and…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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Studies factors influencing the bioavailability and disposition of drugs, and the application of this information to optimise the therapeutic usefulness of drugs in clinical practice. Particular emphasis is placed on the clinical role of the pharmacist and problem-solving in improving…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Toxicology is the study of the harmful effects of chemicals (including drugs) and other agents on living organisms. Studies in this unit cover general principles of toxicology, relationships between exposure and toxicity, drug safety and pharmacovigilance, mechanisms of deleterious effects…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This Unit provides the opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of physiology and physiology research techniques. The unit will take an in depth look into the applied nature of physiology in extreme environments.Physiological processes and whole body implications of…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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Food safety management, particularly for microbial hazards, is undergoing revolutionary change internationally. Essentially, a more wholistic approach is being advocated that relies on analysis and synthesis of knowledge and data from several scientific disciplines. The approach is termed 'risk analysis’.This…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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This unit equips students with knowledge of the role of microorganisms in the production, deterioration and safety of foods, from both ecological and physiological perspectives, including the effect of temperature, pH, water activity and other factors affecting the growth and…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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Microorganisms out-number all life forms on the planet and greatly impact biological, chemical and physical processes. This unit considers the significance of microorganisms in the ecology of terrestrial and marine environments; microbial diversity and evolution; the role of microbes in…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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Designed to provide law students and science students with an overview of the major legal issues being encountered by participants in the biotechnology industry in both the public and the private sector, including scientists, lawyers, company executives, clinicians, regulators and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Provides an overview of the major forms of intellectual property protection. The unit covers the statutory systems of copyright, trade marks and patents as well as related areas including passing off and the protection provided by Australian Consumer Law.…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This unit examines the relationship of law and ethics to the delivery of health care and the conduct of biomedical research. The unit takes an international comparative approach with particular reference to law, policy and current issues in Australia, the…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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Neuroscience A is intended for students studying biomedical sciences or psychology and provides a comprehensive introduction to core topics in neuroscience. Lectures cover the structure, development and cellular constituents of nervous systems, in the context of function, physiology and evolution.…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This unit follows on directly from CHP311 Neuroscience A. The unit provides an understanding of contemporary neuroscience research topics in neural development, biology of neuronal disorders and cellular and molecular neurobiology. The unit emphasises experimental techniques and the evidence on…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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Genetics forms the nexus between human biology and the environment with almost every human disease having a genetic component. This course covers the basic tenets of human genetics, introducing genetic concepts and building on these throughout the course. This will…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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Maintenance of food security and public health requires vigilance in the food supply chain based on knowledge of the physiology, ecology and epidemiology of food-borne pathogens including bacteria, viruses and parasites. This unit focuses on enhancing depth of knowledge of…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This unit consists of a one semester-long individual research project in the area of food, environmental or medical microbiology and under the supervision of an experienced researcher approved by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. Normally the project will complement existing…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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Involves a semester-long (or equivalent time-period) research project, supervised by a member of the Plant Science staff and can only be undertaken as part of a major in Plant Science. It will involve approximately 80 contact hours planning, conducting, analysing…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school

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This unit will provide you with, first, a strong grounding in the physiology of reproduction, stress and disease ecology in higher vertebrates. You will develop your understanding of how knowledge of a species' physiology and behaviour, particularly in relation to…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This unit extends the basic understanding of organic chemistry and chemical reactivity from level 200 units and introduces more advanced chemical reactions and the concept of rational synthetic design. The course also highlights the key reactions in the synthesis of…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This unit explores the application of contemporary organometallic chemistry to the study of catalysis and reaction processes. The organometallic chemistry topics will include bonding and structure, catalytic reactions, and applications in organic synthesis and industrial chemistry. Laboratory work will cover…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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This unit builds on a range of chemical concepts and techniques introduced in 200 level units that are widely used by modern scientists that are not restricted to the chemical sciences; including earth sciences, environmental studies, industrial chemistry, and physical,…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1

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This unit concentrates on instrumental methods of analysis and provides a sound foundation to the theory and application of modern analytical techniques. This unit is of importance to all who rely on the use of instrumental analysis in their field…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 2

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This unit comprises a one-semester research project in chemistry for advanced students. This unit will only be offered to students who are currently enrolled in units leading to a major in Chemistry (within the BSc, BBiotech, BBioTechMedRes or BEnvSci programs)…

Credit Points: 12.5

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HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school (early)
HobartWinter school
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school (early)

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Entry requirements

If you're interested in studying the Bachelor of Biotechnology, you'll need to meet the general entrance requirements of the University and any course-specific requirements.

School leavers

An ATAR score of 65 or higher and successful completion of the following prerequisite unit(s) at TQA3 level, or equivalent:

  • Chemistry (CHM415115)
  • General Mathematics (MTG315115)

Mature age students/non-school leavers

You will need to meet University General Entry Requirements through alternative qualifications or experience.

You will also be required to meet the pre-requisites listed above via the completion of foundation units, or by demonstrating equivalent qualification or knowledge. Even if you don’t need to meet a prerequisite, foundation units are a great way to refresh your knowledge and give you the best preparation possible for staring your Bachelor level studies.

International Students

All international applicants will need to meet the International General Entrance Requirements.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. The Bachelor of Biotechnology requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0.

You will also need to meet any course specific requirements with recognised qualifications, or equivalent experience. More information is available at the International Future Students website.

Minimum university entrance requirements plus TCE pre-tertiary Chemistry (CHM315109) and Mathematics (MTM315109 or MTA315109). For students who have not successfully completed the above chemistry or mathematics subjects, the prerequisite will be met if the student successfully completes the appropriate foundation unit offered by the University of Tasmania.

Subject prerequisites apply within the degree.

Credit for appropriate studies completed at TAFE and/or other university courses may be granted. You can apply for advanced standing as part of the application process, or it can be assessed independently via a separate application.

Please contact us for further information.

Credit for relevant units will be given to transferring students.

Students completing their third year with sufficient merit will be invited to enter Honours in their fourth year of study. Honours graduates may apply for entry into Masters or PhD courses.

If you successfully complete this course, you may be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the Course list on the Science study theme page by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

If you meet the minimum ATAR but haven't completed the required pre-requisite unit(s), we offer foundation units to help you bridge the gap. Many run in spring and summer school so you can meet a prerequisite and not delay the start of your Bachelor level studies. HECS scholarships may also be available for domestic students.

Even if you don’t need to meet a pre-requisite, these units are a great way to refresh your knowledge and give you the best preparation possible for starting your Bachelor level studies.

If you do not meet the minimum ATAR you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies (Science pathway), which includes the mathematics and chemistry foundation units, as a pathway to the Bachelor of Biotechnology.

If you do not meet the General Entry Requirements (GER), you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies (Science pathway) or the University Preparation Program.

In all cases, contact us to discuss an option best suited to your needs.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2019, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2019, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

2019 Total Course Fee (international students): $99,244 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $31,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

Domestic Students

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description in the online Course and Unit Handbook to work out an indicative annual cost.

If you are a domestic student enrolling in the Bachelor of Biotechnology, you may be eligible to receive a Commonwealth supported place at university. To find out what to pay and whether you are eligible you can read the information and guidelines.

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

International Students

If you are an international student enrolling in the Bachelor of Biotechnology, the 2016 annual tuition fee is AU$26,500.

This rate is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2016 the SSAF is AU$290.

For more information on international fees, head to the International Fees website.

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including: those who have achieved high academic results, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, students with sporting ability, students undertaking overseas study, and students with a disability.

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

International students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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