Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology

Information valid for students commencing in 2012.

Course Code





Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Graduate Diplomas.

Completion to an appropriate standard, of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedical Science, from this or from another university; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Graduate Diploma Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

BC5201:03 Biotechnology

BZ5420:03 Genetics for Biology

BZ5450:03 Ecological and Conservation Genetics


Select 9 credit points of specified level 5 subjects

AQ5004:03 Aquaculture: Genetics and Stock Improvement

BC5101:03 Genes, Genomes and Development

BC5102:03 Advanced Cell Biology

BC5202:03 Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

or BZ5501:03 Special Topic 1

or BZ5502:03 Special Topic 2

or BZ5503:03 Literature Review

or BZ5501:03 Special Topic 1

or BZ5502:03 Special Topic 2

or BZ5503:03 Literature Review

or BC5202:03 Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

MI5000:03 Epidemiology

MI5003:03 Advanced Marine Microbiology

MI5021:03 Advanced Clinical Microbiology

MI5031:03 Advanced Aquatic Pathobiology

TV5120:03 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology


Select 6 credit points of any AQ, BC, BZ, MI, TV level 5 subjects.







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 14 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable