Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology

Information valid for students commencing in 2015.

Course code




Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

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 Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply specialised theoretical and technical knowledge in biotechnology, with specific application to aquaculture

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments/practices by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines

  • Organise, analyse and interpret complex scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills

  • Communicate complex scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and high level judgement

  • Explain and apply regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure


BC5201:03 Biotechnology

BZ5420:03 Ecological Genetics

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 Biomedical 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


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and 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 student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable