UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Biotechnology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. The use of plants, animals and bacteria, enhanced by areas such as genetics and genomics gives rise to new food, fibre and chemical production routes, new strategies for environmental protection and stewardship as well as training the next generation of biomolecular scientists.

This is a signature program designed to set us apart from other Universities by offering a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology and combining this with training in enterprise and commercialisation. This includes developing the theory of genetics and molecular biology in parallel with skills training in practical techniques such as genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, recombinant DNA methods, and basic and advanced bioinformatics. Current streams include the application of biotechnology to Plant and Animal Breeding, Environmental Biotechnology, Genetics and Genomics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Commercialisation. An important market advantage stems from the incorporation of commercialisation and enterprise, business planning and company spin out into the course.

This cross-Faculty course draws on the expertise of staff in the UWA Business School, business angels and mentors in biotechnology spin outs to provide the academic and business skills graduates need to make a significant contribution to the biotechnology sector now and into the future. There are also opportunities for students to pursue options from other faculties. Graduates will be well positioned to pursue careers in international research laboratories, government agencies as well as the private sector.

The core of the course draws on the expertise in Science and Business to provide a basis for skills training in biotechnology and combining this with skills in enterprise and commercialisation. In the Faculty of Science, key components are provided by the Schools of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Animal Biology, Plant Biology, and Earth and Environment. The Business School provides the required skills training in the commercialisation of biotechnological innovation.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Biotechnology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMBioTech
Course code71580
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code083859F
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Master of Biotechnology has the following exit awards: 73380 Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (48 points) (48 points), 73280 Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (24 points) (24 points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Andrew Whiteley

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (24 points):

NSMKTG5503Innovation and Enterprise
NSMKTG5604Biotechnology Commercialisation
S1SCIE4001The Objectives and Applications of Genomics
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from this group (36 points).

S1, S2BTEC5501Biotechnology Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2BTEC5502Biotechnology Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2BTEC5503Biotechnology Masters Research Dissertation Part 3
S1, S2BTEC5504Biotechnology Masters Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2BTEC5505Biotechnology Masters Research Presentation
S1, S2BTEC5506Biotechnology Masters Research Project Development

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specialisation

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Agricultural Science; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Botany; Conservation Biology; Environmental Science; Genetics; Marine Science; Zoology; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion unit(s) up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from this group (12 points).

S1BIOC4001Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
S1, S2BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques

For students in course by coursework only, take all units from this group (24 points).

S1BIOC4001Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
S1, S2BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques
S1MSCI4006Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences
S1, S2SCIE5515Global Challenges in Biomedical Science

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points, of which at least 2 units must be at Level 5.

S1, S2BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques
NSENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
S2ENVT5002Advanced Studies in Environmental Biotechnology
S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
S1GENE5001Advanced Genomics Techniques
S1MGMT5639Commercialisation Management Project (12 points)

Environmental Biotechnology specialisation

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Agricultural Science; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Botany; Conservation Biology; Environmental Science; Genetics; Marine Science; Zoology; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion unit(s) including GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.

S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from this group (12 points).

NSENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
S2ENVT5002Advanced Studies in Environmental Biotechnology

For students in course by coursework only, take all units from this group (24 points).

NSENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
S2ENVT5002Advanced Studies in Environmental Biotechnology
S2ENVT5503Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
S1MSCI4006Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points, of which at least 2 units must be at Level 5.

NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production Science
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
NSENVT5510Soil Dynamics
S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
S1MGMT5639Commercialisation Management Project (12 points)

Genetics and Breeding specialisation

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Agricultural Science; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Botany; Conservation Biology; Environmental Science; Genetics; Marine Science; Zoology; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion unit(s) including GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I and GENE4003 Integrated Topcs in Genetics II up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.

S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
S1, S2GENE4003Integrated Topics in Genetics II

Take all units (6 points):

S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences

For students in course by coursework only, take all units from this group (12 points).

S1AGRI5501Advanced Breeding and Biotechnology in Action
NSAGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

S1AGRI4404Breeding and Animal Biotechnology
S1AGRI4405Breeding and Plant Biotechnology

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points, of which at least 2 units must be at Level 5.

S1BIOC4001Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
S1, S2BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques
S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
S1GENE5001Advanced Genomics Techniques
 LAWS5518Bioethics and the Law
S1MGMT5639Commercialisation Management Project (12 points)
S1MSCI4006Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
S1, S2SCIE5590Literature Review and Research Proposal

Genetics and Genomics specialisation

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Agricultural Science; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Botany; Conservation Biology; Environmental Science; Genetics; Marine Science; Zoology; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion unit(s) including GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I and SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.

S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
N/ASCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences

For students in course by coursework only, take all units from this group (24 points).

NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
S1GENE5001Advanced Genomics Techniques
S1MSCI4006Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from this group (12 points).

S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
S1GENE5001Advanced Genomics Techniques

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points, of which at least 2 units must be at Level 5.

S1AGRI4404Breeding and Animal Biotechnology
S1AGRI4405Breeding and Plant Biotechnology
S1AGRI5501Advanced Breeding and Biotechnology in Action
S1BIOC4001Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
S1, S2BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques
NSENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
S1MGMT5639Commercialisation Management Project (12 points)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a bachelor's degree, that aligns with one of the specialisations of this course, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 73380 Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (48 points)
  • 73280 Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (24 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biotechnology course before completing it, but after completing 48 points, including at least four core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biotechnology course before completing it, but after completing 24 points, including at least two core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • SP-ENVBT Environmental Biotechnology
  • SP-GENBR Genetics and Breeding
  • SP-GENOM Genetics and Genomics

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree that aligns with the chosen specialisation in the course or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as an optional unit in this course must—

(i) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation; or

(ii) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or

(iii) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.