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  • Objectives
    The course aims to provide advanced theoretical scientific knowledge and training required for independent study at a postgraduate level and an understanding of business management issues required for modern biotechnology. Graduating students would be expected to apply this knowledge to the production and sales of biotechnology products and services. Learning outcomes On completion of their degree, students will have developed a comprehensive and well-founded knowledge in their science discipline and a range of transferable professional skills. Subject knowledge Graduates of the course are expected to be able to: * understand and apply relevant scientific principles in a biotechnology context; * retrieve and present biotechnological information; * critically analyse information relevant to biotechnology, for example, analyse and evaluate scientific, proof-of concept, and commercialisation data; * use information technology relevant to core biotechnology practice; * appreciate the role of biotechnology in society and the regulatory and ethical frameworks it operates within; and * understand the principles of biotechnology commercialisation. The course builds on the foundations gained at the Bachelor degree level and will further professional development, preparing graduates for a career in the Biotechnology sector or for further study in a biotechnology-related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is applicable. Transferable professional skills Graduates of the course are expected to be able to: * employ scientific methodologies such as experimental design, and the critical analysis of data; * communicate and present information clearly and fluently in both written and spoken forms; * interact effectively as part of a team in order to work towards a common outcome; * work and learn independently; * reason critically and logically and make independent judgements; * demonstrate research skills appropriate for further study and employment; and * appreciate the need for continuing professional development.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must normally have completed, with a Credit average or better, an approved bachelor degree in a biological, agricultural or medical science at an approved tertiary institution. However, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature may be admitted.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology
  • Course description
    The Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology is an 18-unit program jointly offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Health Sciences on a Commonwealth Supported basis.

    The course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and the Master of Biotechnology Studies, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Students who have completed the graduate certificate are awarded credit towards the graduate diploma.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology, a student must satisfactorily complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

    Except with the permission of the Biotechnology Examinations Board no topic may be attempted more than twice.

    Core topic


    Special Masters Topic in Biotechnology


    plus a minimum of 12 units selected from:








    Advanced Experimental Biotechnology



    Biotechnology Regulations and Ethics



    Bioprocessing and Industrial Biotechnology



    Environmental Biotechnology



    Genomics and Drug Discovery



    Medical Biotechnology



    Plant and Agricultural Biotechnology





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