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					School of Applied Sciences


Master of Biotechnology
2010 Student Handbook

Discipline: Biotechnology and Environmental Biology
Online at www.rmit.edu.au
                                                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS




ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ............................................................................................................................................ 4

MASTER OF BIOTECHNOLOGY: INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................... 5

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER OF BIOTECHNOLOGY AND RELATED PROGRAMS................. 6

STAFF CONTACT LIST ............................................................................................................................................ 7

            Program Leader/Coordinator (A/Prof. Peter Smooker) ............................................................................................... 7
            Academic Services Coordinator (Shivalee Lees) ......................................................................................................7

WHERE IS THE PROGRAM OFFERED?................................................................................................................. 7

SUB-PROGRAMS AND THEIR CODES................................................................................................................... 8

PROGRAM STRUCTURE......................................................................................................................................... 8

            Program rules ............................................................................................................................................. 15

            Bridging courses......................................................................................................................................... 16

            Exemptions and recognition of prior learning............................................................................................. 16

            Teaching and learning methods ................................................................................................................. 16

TIMETABLE............................................................................................................................................................. 20

IMPORTANT DATES .............................................................................................................................................. 20

STUDENTS COMMENCING IN MARCH 2010....................................................................................................... 23

YOU MUST ENROLL IN THE FOLLOWING COURSES........................................................................................ 24

STUDENTS COMMENCING IN JULY 2010 ........................................................................................................... 24

STUDENTS COMMENCING IN FEBRUARY 2011: ............................................................................................... 25

STUDENTS COMMENCING IN JULY 2011: .......................................................................................................... 26

CAPABILITIES FOR THE PROGRAM.................................................................................................................... 27

STUDENT INFORMATION ..................................................................................................................................... 28

            Enrolment Online (EOL) ............................................................................................................................30

            Study & Learning Centre ...........................................................................................................................33

            Submission of Assignments ......................................................................................................................36


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STUDY TIME MANAGEMENT ................................................................................................................................ 37

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS.............................................................................................................................. 39

COPYRIGHT AND OUR LEARNING PRODUCTS................................................................................................. 39

EXAM TIPS ............................................................................................................................................................. 40

            APPLICATION FOR BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH PROJECT ..................................................................... 41

            APPLICATION FOR WORK EXPERIENCE PRACTICUM 2 ..................................................................... 42




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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The original version of this booklet was written by Dr Terry Piva for students in the Bachelor of Biotechnology
& Biomedical Sciences program. This version has been adapted for the Master of Biotechnology and related
programs, by including or adapting some of the original material and adding material specific to postgraduate
students in biotechnology.


Disclaimer

All information provided in this information booklet is current at the time of its publication. The information
contained within it should be used in conjunction with the information contained within your student diary, the
Degree Handbook and your Course Guides. It is the student’s responsibility to remain informed of all
Program and Course requirements that are contained in the section of your student diary entitled “Policies
and Procedures”. Students will be informed of pertinent information and changes via the Program Level
Black Board on the DLS and/or via your official RMIT student email address. Contact with the student via
these two methods constitute an official communication according to RMIT policy, and students are
reminded to check these electronic notices regularly, and ensure that any email forwarding protocol is set up
to a working, current and accessible email account.




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MASTER OF BIOTECHNOLOGY: INTRODUCTION
This program is presented by staff from RMIT Applied Sciences (Biotechnology) and by research staff from
various external institutions. The program incorporates a variety of learning methods including lectures,
laboratory classes, and oral presentation by students, web-based learning and critical review of scientific
literature.

This program offers students a choice of courses in four programs: Clinical Microbiology, Food Microbiology,
Environmental & Agricultural Biotechnology and Food Science & Technology. Alternatively, the generic
program can be undertaken with courses from all programs. High achieving students have the opportunity to
do either one semester of full time research or work experience in year two of the Master of Biotechnology.

Intakes are in February and July each year.
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The commencement date for all students is: (Semester 1) 1 March 2010 and (Semester 2) 19 July 2010.


Contact details: A/Prof. Peter Smooker
Telephone: +61-3-9925 7129 email: peter.smooker@rmit.edu.au

Mode and Duration: Two years full-time or four years part-time. This duration incorporates Graduate
Diploma: one year full-time or two years part-time and Graduate Certificate: six months full-time or one year
part-time.




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ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER OF BIOTECHNOLOGY AND
RELATED PROGRAMS
Entrance requirements for the Master of Biotechnology are a degree in Biological Sciences, Food
Science/Technology or Biotechnology, with Chemistry to at least first year level. Applicants with degrees in
Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Agricultural Science or Chemical Engineering are also considered
for specific programs.

Specific requirements are as follows:

Clinical microbiology:
Clinical microbiology requires Microbiology and Biochemistry or Molecular Biology to at least second year
undergraduate level. Microbiology at final year level is preferred.

Food microbiology:
Food Microbiology requires Microbiology and Biochemistry or Molecular Biology to at least second year
undergraduate level. Microbiology at final year level is preferred.

Food science and technology:
Food Science and Technology requires a degree in Biological Sciences or Food Technology with
Microbiology to at least second year. A degree in Food Technology or in Science or Engineering with
appropriate experience in the food industry is preferred.

Agricultural and environmental biotechnology:
Agricultural Biotechnology requires Plant Science (Physiology) and Genetics to second year level. A major in
Genetics or Biotechnology is preferred. Environmental Biotechnology requires Biology and Chemistry (or
Biochemistry) to at least second year level.

Scholarships:
Two scholarships will normally be awarded each semester to new students commencing studies at RMIT in the
February and July semesters of each calendar year, in one of the following programs:



 RMIT Code      Program Name


 MC111          Master of Biotechnology

 MC154          Master of Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology)

 MC155          Master of Biotechnology (Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology)

 MC156          Master of Biotechnology (Food Microbiology)

 MC157          Master of Biotechnology (Food Science and Technology)




Scholarships will be initially of one year’s duration but will be re-assessed at the end of the student’s first year of
study at RMIT.


Eligibility
Students with a first class undergraduate degree or the equivalent will be ranked by the Scholarship Selection
Committee on the basis of academic results in relevant courses. Decisions will be made and successful students
will be emailed two weeks after the scholarship closing date.
Application Process
There is no scholarship application form; your application for the Master of Biotechnology (by coursework)
program will be used for selection into the program and also as a scholarship application form.




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STAFF CONTACT LIST
Academic Services Coordinator (Shivalee Lees)

Shivalee Lees may be contacted for matters regarding the administration of your studies such as fees,
enrolment, proxy and other academic forms, and AMS administrative issues. Contact details and office hours
are as follows:-

                                School of Applied Sciences,
                                Academic Administration Student Services
                                Building 3 Level 1 Room 8
                                         City Campus
                                Tel: +61-3-9925 2533
                                Fax: +61-3-9639 1321

Office hours are between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm

Program Leader/Coordinator (A/Prof. Peter Smooker)

A/Prof. Peter Smooker is responsible for the leadership of the Master of Biotechnology Program. Peter
provides leadership and support to the Program Team and oversees the overall progress of all students
throughout the program. You should contact your Program Coordinator with questions involving the
management of your studies.

Tel: +61-3-9925 7129     Fax: +61-3-9925 7110        email: peter.smooker@rmit.edu.au

Consultation by appointment


WHERE IS THE PROGRAM OFFERED?
The program is offered mainly from the City campus. Most lectures are held in the city, but practical classes
are held in the new State-of-the-Art research facility at Bundoora. If you are doing the medical stream of the
program, you will have to travel to Bundoora for Molecular Biology (semester one) and Molecular Cell
Biology (semester two), which are on Fridays (all day, most weeks). Campus maps can be found on the
RMIT University webpage located at http://www.rmit.edu.au/students > Campus maps.




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SUB-PROGRAMS AND THEIR CODES


   Program                                                                                               CRICOS
   code       Program name                                                                               code
   GC093      Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology                                                      045504D
   GC124      Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology)                              045505C
              Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (Environmental and Agricultural                      045506B
   GC125      Biotechnology)
   GC126      Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (Food Microbiology)                                  045507A
   GC127      Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (Food Science and Technology)                        055289A
   GD101      Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology                                                          045508M
   GD154      Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology)                                  045509K
              Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (Environmental and Agricultural                          045510F
   GD155      Biotechnology)
   GD156      Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (Food Microbiology)                                      045511E
   GD157      Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (Food Science and Technology)                            055290G
   MC111      Master of Biotechnology                                                                    045512D
   MC154      Master of Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology)                                            045513C
   MC155      Master of Biotechnology (Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology)                     045514B
   MC156      Master of Biotechnology (Food Microbiology)                                                045515A
   MC157      Master of Biotechnology (Food Science and Technology)                                      055291G




PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Overview of Master of Biotechnology Structure

             Semester:
Year level                         Individual blocks represent 12 credit point courses:
             Credit points

                                   Gene            Immunology      Scientific Skills   12 CP from
               Sem 1: 48       Technologies 1                      and Tools           Part B / Part C
     1
                              12 CP from         12 CP from        12 CP from          12 CP from
               Sem 2: 48      Part B / Part C    Part B / Part C   Part B / Part C     Part B / Part C

                              12 CP from         12 CP from        12 CP from          12 CP from
               Sem 1: 48      Part B / Part C    Part B / Part C   Part B / Part C     Part B / Part C


                              12 CP from         12 CP from        12 CP from          12 CP from
                              Part B / Part C    Part B / Part C   Part B / Part C     Part B / Part C
     2                        OR                 OR                OR                  OR
                              Research           12 CP from Part   12 CP from Part     12 CP from Part
               Sem 2: 48      Methods            D                 D                   D
                              OR
                              48 credit points
                              from Part D




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           DETAILED STRUCTURE/MASTER OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

  Full Program Structure

               PART A COMPULSORY COURSES; SELECT 36 CREDIT POINTS
                        FOR MC154 SELECT 60 CREDIT POINTS




  Course       Course Name          CP   Main Stream   Clinical Micro   Food Micro   Envi. & Agri.
                                                                                                      Food Science
  Codes                                                                                              and Technology




36 credit points from

BIOL2310    Scientific Skills and   12
            Tools
ONPS1052 Gene Technologies          12

ONPS1050 Immunology                 12

BIOL2118    Advanced                12
            Immunology


  Master of Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology) MC154 and
  Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology) GD154



48 credit points from

BIOL2310    Scientific Skills and   12
            Tools
ONPS1052 Gene Technologies          12

ONPS1050 Immunology                 12

ONPS1054 Medical Microbiology 12
         1
ONPS1048 Medical Microbiology 12
         2




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                                   PARTS B, C AND D:
   156 CREDIT POINTS FROM PARTS B, C AND D, WITH NO MORE THAN 24 CREDIT POINTS FROM
        SECTION C. PERMISSION TO DO COURSES FROM PART D DEPENDS ON ACADEMIC
                                     PERFORMANCE


                                              PART B
  Course       Course Name        CP   Main Stream   Clinical Micro   Food Micro   Envi. & Agri.
                                                                                                   Food Science and
  Codes                                                                                               Technology




BIOL2226    Protein Technologies 12

BIOL 2034 Bioinformatics          12

BIOL 2119 Computational           12
          Biology
ONPS 1045 Bacterial Infections    24

BIOL2340    Veterinary            12
            Bacteriology
BIOL2341    Veterinary Virology   12

ONPS1059 Medical Mycology         24

BIOL 2178 Parasitology            24

ONPS2179 Medical Parasitology 12

BIOL2109    Biopharmaceuticals    12

ONPS1042 Food Microbiology        24

ONPS1043 Microbial Evaluation     24
         of Food
ONPS2082 Fermentation             24
         Technology
CHEM1226 Food Chemistry

ONPS2377 Food Safety Plans        12

BIOL 2126 Molecular            24
          Approaches to Plant
          Pathology
ONPS2095 Plant Cell and Tissue 24
          Culture
ENVI1173    Water policy and      12
            management
ENVI1154    Environmental policy 12
            and law
ONPS2378 Food Quality             12
         Assurance
ONPS2326 Food Processing          12
         Technologies
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ONPS2327 Advanced Dairy   24
         Science
ONPS2328 Advanced Food    12
         Processing
         Technologies




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    PART C: A MAXIMUM OF 24 CREDIT POINTS FROM

   Course      Course Name        CP   Main Stream   Clinical Micro   Food Micro   Envi. & Agri.
                                                                                                   Food Science and
   Codes                                                                                             Technology



ONPS1054    Medical Microbiology 12
            1
ONPS1048    Medical Microbiology 12
            2
ONPS1060    Industrial            12
            Microbiology
ONPS1066    Plant Biotechnology   12
            and Plant Breeding

ONPS2086    Plant Microbiology    12

ONPS2083    Molec Approaches to 12
            Plant Breeding
ONPS2386    Product               12
            Development
ONPS2331    Sensory Evaluation    12
            of Food
BIOL 1068   Ecology               12

ENVI 1004   Ecotoxicology         12

BIOL2193    Enzymology and        12
            Cellular Regulation
BIOL2194    Analytical and        12
            Industrial
            Biochemistry
ENVI1167    Soil Sediments and    12
            Water (sem 1)
ENVI1166    Environ impacts:     12
            agric/mining (sem 2)

GEOM1159    GIS Fundamentals      12

GEOM1163    GIS Principles        12

ONPS2130    Grain Technology      12

ONPS2127    Dairy science and     12
            Technology
ONPS2131    Confectionery and     12
            Lipid Technology
ONPS2183    Fruit, vegetables,    12
            beverages




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PART D. STUDENTS MAY BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO 48 CREDIT POINTS FROM SECTION
                       D, BASED ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
                   AVAILABLE TO MASTER LEVEL STUDENTS ONLY




  Course       Course Name        CP   Main Stream   Clinical Micro   Food Micro   Envi. & Agri.
                                                                                                   Food Science and
  Codes                                                                                              Technology

                    SELECT 12 CREDIT POINTS FROM
BIOL1070   Research Methods       12



               AND SELECT 36 CREDIT POINTS FROM

BIOL2230   Research Project 1     12

BIOL2231   Research project 2     24




                OR SELECT 48 CREDIT POINTS FROM
BIOL1302   Work Experience        48
           Practicum 2

 •   To graduate from a specific stream, students must complete the compulsory courses and no more than
     48 credit points from a different stream.
 •   Not all of the courses listed in the program run every year. Whether courses run or not is dependent on
     student demand.




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                                  GRADUATE DIPLOMA
The Graduate Diploma requires completion of 96 credit points from the list above, including the
compulsory courses but not including Part D courses.


                               GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
The Graduate Certificate completion of 48 credit points selected from Part A or Part B courses. It is
not essential to include the compulsory courses. Part D courses are not included in the Graduate
Certificate. Students intending to progress from the Graduate Certificate to the Graduate Diploma
should consider including the compulsory courses in their program.




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Program rules

  •   A full time year consists of 48 credit points per semester (96 per year)
  •   If you are an international student your visa requires that you are enrolled full time and that you
      attend classes regularly. Please refer to http://www.rmit.edu.au/international/enrolment for all
      information regarding international students’ enrolment.
  •   To graduate from a specific stream, students must complete the compulsory courses and no more
      than 48 credit points from a different stream.
  •   The program will generally be conducted in two years of full-time study, or up to four years if
      undertaken part-time.
  •   There are exit points at the levels of Graduate Certificate of Biotechnology and Graduate Diploma of
      Biotechnology.
  •   Students are not permitted to include more than 24 credits points towards the completion of their
      award from Part C.
  •   Students may not enrol in the same course for a second semester, unless a FAIL is recorded for that
      course. If you do inadvertently enrol in the same course twice, the first enrolment will be recorded as
      FAIL.
  •   Students are not permitted to include credit points from Part C towards a Graduate Certificate award.
  •   Students may only enroll in Research Methods and Research Project if they have attained a
      Distinction average in preceding coursework. The same applies to work experience; however, if a
      student finds their own work experience, enrolment will be approved provided the work experience is
      consistent with their program of study. If you find you own work experience you must contact the
      program leader to have the work experience approved and to get the appropriate papers signed.
      Applications for Research and Work Experience are called for in the previous mid semester.
      Applications are ranked by academic results.
  •   Students enrolling in Research Project must also enrol in Research Methods.
  •   If taking the research option, students must enrol in Research Project 1, Research Project 2 and
      Research Methods. These courses can be taken in any order and may be taken in the same
      semester or over two semesters.
  •   Students may not enrol in both Parasitology and Medical Parasitology.
  •   Students may not enrol in Veterinary Virology and Medical Microbiology 1 as there is overlap
      between practical classes
  •   Students may not enrol in Immunology (ONPS1050) and Advanced Immunology (BIOL2118) -
      unless permission is given by program coordinator, students should enroll in Advanced Immunology.
  •   Students will not be permitted to enrol in courses for which they do not have the required
      prerequisites. Refer to the following webpage to view Course Guides (short)
      http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/courses
  •   Students may not enrol in any course that does not appear in this program structure, unless they
      have specific permission from the Program Leader.
  •   During their first semester, students must enroll in the course specified in this handbook in the
      section headed “Students commencing …” “You must enrol in the following courses”.
  •   Students are advised to go into the Student Timetabling System on the web to ensure that there are
      no clashes between the courses selected. In particular, check that you are not enrolled in courses
      offered on two different campuses on the same day. Also check block practical classes – these are
      normally held on five separate days on the Bundoora campus.
  •   The following courses require permission to enrol. Note that biochemistry requires a good
      undergraduate background in biochemistry, to at least second year level:




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    Course                          Course Name                     Credit         Permission from
    Codes                                                           Points
    BIOL 2230         Research Project 1                              12           Program Leader

    BIOL 2231         Research Project 2                              24           Program Leader

    BIOL 1070         Research Methods or                             12           Program Leader

    BIOL 1302         Work Experience Practicum 2                     48           Program Leader

    BIOL 2110         Diagnostics and Biotherapies                    12           A/Prof Gina Nicoletti

    BIOL2317          Biomolecules & Cellular Regulation              12           A/Prof Theo Macrides

    BIOL 2322         Applied Biochemical Methods                     12           A/Prof Theo Macrides



Courses require a sufficient number of enrolled students in order to be offered. If you enrol in a course that
we subsequently find cannot be offered, you will be informed and advised on alternative courses



Bridging courses

Students are expected to have an understanding of Microbiology at an undergraduate level in order to
prepare them for the postgraduate programs in Biotechnology. Students, who have not successfully
                                                                                                nd
completed Microbiology at undergraduate level, or an equivalent, will be required to enroll in 2 Year
                                                                  nd
Microbiology during their first semester. Credit points from the 2 Year Microbiology will not count towards
the completion of the program.


Exemptions and recognition of prior learning

Exemptions and recognition of prior learning are normally not available for this program, but there are some
exceptions. Students who have previously completed a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology at another
institution may receive up to 96 credit points towards the Master of Biotechnology, depending on the
equivalence of courses. Students with appropriate work experience at graduate level in a NATA accredited
laboratory or equivalent may be eligible for exemptions from Work Experience Practicum and/or Research
Skills and Tools.


Teaching and learning methods

Students will experience a wide range of learning environments – lectures, tutorials, online delivery and
individual and group work. Of particular importance is the high proportion of time spent in the laboratory and
undertaking project and field work which will give practical emphasis, develop teamwork and time-
management skills and provide context for the student learning process. Support is available for students
with special needs.




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RESEARCH PROJECT AND WORK EXPERIENCE OPTIONS
Optional courses in the coursework Masters Program include work experience (Work Experience
Practicum 2) and a minor research project (Research Project). Research Project and Work
Experience Practicum are alternate ways of obtaining laboratory experience. The research option
leads to a career in research or may be a pathway to a higher degree (for students with excellent
grades). The work experience option is designed to enhance employment opportunities by
providing students with laboratory experience in the chosen discipline. See Appendix B for
application form.

These courses are only available to students who have completed, or expect to complete at the
end of the current semester, at least 96 credit points before applying for a research project or work
experience.

Research Project is offered full time and part time. In one semester, full time students enroll in
Research Project (36 credit points) and Research Methods only. Part time students enroll in
Research Project 1 (12 credit points) and Research Project 2 (24 credit points) over two
semesters. These two courses can be taken in any order. Research Methods is taken in the first
research semester. The additional credit points in both semesters are made up with coursework.

If you are enrolled in Work Experience Practicum 2 or undertaking a research project that is
conducted externally, it is your responsibility to find out what immunizations (if any) the workplace
requires and to arrange to have any necessary immunizations yourself.


Selection Criteria

As the number of places in the research and work experience courses is limited, selection is based
on academic results and the availability of places in the research group or type of external
laboratory nominated by the student. An average grade of Distinction in both coursework and
practical work, in the first year or first two stages of the program is normally required for
acceptance into work experience or minor thesis courses. The selection panel will also look
favorably at students who show marked improvement in their second semester compared with their
first semester. Students whose employer agrees to allow them to do a research project in the
workplace would normally expect to be offered a place.

Students with at least 6 months work experience at graduate level in an accredited laboratory (e.g.
NATA accredited) may apply for an exemption from the work experience course.


Research Project
Before applying for a place in Research Project, examine the list of the projects offered by the
School on the website or obtain a hard copy from the office of Biotechnology and Environmental
Biology, choose two to three topics and speak to supervisors of those projects about availability of
places. There is also the possibility of doing a project in an overseas location, including India or
Singapore. If are interested in this option, please speak to A/Prof Margaret Deighton the Program
Leader. If you are already employed in a suitable local laboratory, it may be possible to undertake
a project at your place of employment. Once you have made a decision, fill in the application form
and submit it to the Biotechnology Office.


Work experience
Applications for work experience will be considered using the same criteria as those for research.




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STAFF RESEARCH INTERESTS
MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY/HUMAN & ANIMAL DISEASE
Prof. Peter Coloe      Molecular biology and microbiology; virulence factors and vaccines for
(PVC)                  enteric disease in animals, particularly pigs and poultry
Dr Taghrid Istivan     Molecular microbiology and bacterial pathogenesis including virulence genes
                       in Campylobacter spp. and molecular detection of pathogens.
A/Prof. Margaret       Our main focus is on detection and enumeration of human pathogens in
Deighton               sewage sludge, with the ultimate aim of determining the microbiological
                       safety at various stages during treatment so that the treated material can be
                       recycled beneficially. We also work on the molecular pathogenesis and
                       epidemiology of coagulase-negative staphylococcal infections in humans and
                       streptococcal mastitis in dairy cattle.
Dr Duncan Rouch        Pathogen die-off in biosolids (treated sewage)
Dr Danilla Grando      Diagnostic bacteriology and infection control, especially staphylococci
Dr Brian Meehan        Virology, especially porcine viruses; rapid diagnosis methods and vaccines
A/Prof. Gina Nicoletti Antimicrobial agents and mechanisms; bacterial toxin inhibitors

BIOINFORMATICS/NANOTECHNOLOGY
A/Prof. Peter        Vaccines (protein, DNA, attenuated) against infectious agents. Targeting the
Smooker              immune system. Structure and function of proteins. Bioinformatics.
Prof. Stefan Kasapis Structure and function studies of proteins, peptide synthesis, proteomics and
                     protein technology

FOOD SCIENCES/FOOD BIOTECHNOLOGY/FOOD MICROBIOLOGY
A/Prof Andreas   Adverse reactions to food with special focus on fish, crustacean and mollusks
Lopata           and the molecular characterisation of allergenic proteins for diagnosis and
                 therapy
Ms Prue Bramwell Food microbiology, especially the use of molecular and cultural methods to
                 diagnose pathogens in foods.
Dr Frank Sherkat Dairy Science (prebiotic yoghurt, kishk and kefir, fetta, cottage and cheddar
                 cheeses); Functional Foods (soybean-based functional foods including
                 soymilk extraction and ultrafiltration, tofu yield and texture, value-adding to
                 soy pulp (Okara) and soy-bovine milk-based Synbiotics); Non-thermal
                 preservation of foods (Pulsed Electric Field and Ultra High Pressure
                 treatment); Cereals Science and Technology (malting barley, bread
                 improvers and dough rheology)

PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY
Prof. David Stalker Molecular biology and biotechnology of plants, in expression and stability of
                    foreign proteins involved in cellulose biodegradation and blue genes in cotton
A/Prof. Trevor      Molecular biology and biotechnology of plants, in the high level expression
Stevenson           and stability of foreign proteins expressed in genetically engineered plant
                    chloroplasts
Dr Greg Nugent      Plant tissue culture and transformation of model species and brassicas, esp.
                    expression of genes that alter chloroplast number or confer abiotic stress
                    tolerance.
A/Prof. Eddie Pang  Use of molecular biology in plant breeding, in particular molecular markers for
                    crop improvement and disease resistance; regeneration systems from tissue
                    culture
Dr. Nitin Mantri    Functional Plant Biology: transcriptomics to study stress related genes in
                    plants. Pharmacogenomics: transcriptomics to study mode-of-action of
                    traditional herbal medicine.
Prof. Ann Lawrie    Plant-microorganism interactions: nitrogen fixation, mycorrhizae, plant
                    pathology, use of molecular biology for diagnosis/control of pathogens and
                    weeds, mycology
Dr Tien Huynh       Orchidology: Tissue culture, propagation, mycorrhizal associations, molecular
                    biology, immunoblotting, microscopy

ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY/ECOTOXICOLOGY
Prof. Dayanthi    Ecotoxicology of heavy metals, pesticides and organics esp. in fish and
Nugegoda          invertebrates. Aquaculture, nutrient pollution. Hormones in fish
                  development and as biomarkers
Dr Ben Kefford    Rapid ecotoxicology testing, comparing laboratory results to effects of
                  toxicants in nature, effect of salinity on freshwater invertebrates and ocean
                  acidification.
Dr Jeff Shimeta   Microbial ecology in impacted coastal sediments, emphasizing protozoa
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 Course coordinators

      Code                                Course                             Contact
BIOL 1070          Research Methods                                A/Prof Ann Lawrie
ONPS 2340          Veterinary Bacteriology                         A/Prof M Deighton
ONPS2341           Veterinary Virology                             Dr Brian Meehan
BIOL 1302          Work Experience Practicum 2                     A/Prof M Deighton
BIOL 2034          Bioinformatics                                  Dr Peter Smooker
BIOL 2231          Research Project 1                              A/Prof M Deighton
BIOL 2231          Research Project 2                              A/Prof M Deighton
BIOL 2119          Computational Biology                           Dr Peter Smooker
BIOL 2123          Molecular approaches to Plant Pathology         A/Prof Ann Lawrie
BIOL 2170A         Enzymology and Cellular Regulation              A/Prof Theo Macrides
BIOL 2170B         Analytical and Industrial Biochemistry          A/Prof Theo Macrides
BIOL 2178          Parasitology                                    TBA
BIOL 2179          Medical Parasitology                            TBA
BIOL 2118          Advanced Immunology                             A/Prof Andreas Lopata
BIOL2109           Biopharmaceuticals                              A/Prof G Nicoletti
BIOL2226           Protein Technologies                            TBA
ONPS2377           Food Safety Plans                               Prue Bramwell
ENVI 1004          Ecotoxicology                                   Dr Dayanthi Nugegoda
ONPS 1040          Molecular Biology & Immunology                  Dr B Fry/John Fecondo
ONPS 1042          Food Microbiology                               Prue Bramwell
ONPS1043           Microbial Evaluation of Food                    Prue Bramwell
ONPS 1044          Fermentation Technology                         Jim Holbeche
CHEM1226           Food Chemistry                                  Dr Daryl Small
ONPS 1045          Bacterial Infections                            A/Prof M Deighton
ONPS 1048          Medical Microbiology 2                          A/Prof M Deighton
ONPS 1050          Immunology                                      Dr Peter Smooker
ONPS 1052          Gene Technologies 1                             A/Prof Trevor Stevenson
ONPS 1052          Gene Technologies                               /Prof Trevor Stevenson
ONPS 1054          Medical Microbiology 1                          A/Prof M Deighton
ONPS 1059          Medical Mycology                                A/Prof Ann Lawrie
ONPS 1060          Industrial Microbiology                         TBA
ONPS 1066          Plant Biotechnology & Plant Breeding            Dr Eddie Pang
ONPS 2083          Molecular Plant Breeding                        Dr Eddie Pang
ONPS 2086          Plant Microbiology                              A/Prof Ann Lawrie
ONPS 2095          Plant Cell and tissue culture                   A/Prof Ann Lawrie
ONPS2324           Food Quality Assurance                          Elizabeth Gorczyca
ONPS2326           Food Processing Technologies                    Dr Frank Sherkat
ONPS2327           Advanced Dairy Science                          Dr Frank Sherkat
ONPS2328           Advanced Food Processing Technologies           Dr Frank Sherkat
ONPS2331           Sensory Evaluation of Food                      TBA
ONPS2130           Grain technology                                Peter Cooper
ONPS2127           Dairy science and technology                    Dr Frank Sherkat
ONPS2131           Lipids and Lipid Technology                     Dr Bee May
ONPS2183           Fruit, vegetables, beverages                    TBA
ONPS2386           Product Development                             Elizabeth Gorczyca

 In addition to this list, there will be additional support for International students through mentoring provided
 by a panel of staff experienced in the issues faced by International students.




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TIMETABLE

The online Student Timetabling System (STS) allows students to access and construct their personal
timetable by viewing the available options and selecting the class or classes they prefer. It is available to all
onshore higher education students studying across the City, Brunswick and Bundoora campuses. Further
information can be found at the web link http://www.rmit.edu.au/students, click on Student Timetabling
System (STS) and follow the instructions outlined.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the courses you are enrolled in do not clash.


IMPORTANT DATES
The academic calendar sets out starting and finishing dates for terms, semesters and exam periods;
deadlines for enrolment variations and other student administration processes; public holidays that will be
observed by the university; and student holidays. Academic calendar can be found on the RMIT University
webpage located at http://www.rmit.edu.au/students, under New and Current > Important Dates.

Note: Students are reminded that they may be required for additional assessment during the Additional
Assessment period, and as such the booking of holidays over this period is discouraged. No consideration
will be made for students ignoring this advice and subsequently requiring additional assessment.

Midyear and end of year examination results will be available on the RMIT website.

Please remember that the last days that you may withdraw from courses corresponds to the HECS cut off
dates in each of the semesters and the last day you may add courses is the end of week 2 for each
semester. As visa requirements, international students may not add to or withdraw from courses after the
end of week 2. See your program leader if you require assistance.

The following courses require permission to enrol. Note that biochemistry requires a good undergraduate
background in biochemistry, to at least second year level:

Course                        Course Name                      Credit             Permission from
Codes                                                          Points
BIOL 2230         Research Project 1 (B)*                        12               Program Leader

BIOL 2231         Research Project 2 (B)                         24               Program Leader

BIOL 1070         Research Methods or (B)                        12               Program Leader

BIOL 1302         Work Experience Practicum 2 (B)                48               Program Leader

BIOL2317          Biomolecules & Cellular Regulation             12               A/Prof Theo
                  (B)                                                             Macrides
BIOL 2322         Applied Biochemical Methods (B)                12               A/Prof Theo
                                                                                  Macrides



Courses require a sufficient number of enrolled students in order to be offered. If you enrol in a course that
we subsequently find cannot be offered, you will be informed and advised on alternative courses




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   WHICH SEMESTER AND YEARS ARE COURSES OFFERED?

Sem 1        Sem 2       Course          Course Title                                    Credit   Pre/co
March       July         Code                                                            Points   requisites
Class #     Class #

Compulsory Courses: Complete all 24 credit points in the first semester of year one.

2693        2652         BIOL2310        Scientific Skills and Tools (B)                 12

2716                     ONPS1052        Gene Technologies 1 (B)                         12


AND Select 156 credit points from Course List: (Students may be given the opportunity to do 48 credit points from
Research Methods and Research Project or Work Experience Practicum in year 2 of program based on academic
performance)


            2638         BIOL2226        Protein Technologies (C)                        12

                                                                                                  ONPS1052
2626                     BIOL2034        Bioinformatics (C)                              12
                                                                                                  BIOL2102

            2868         PUBH1358        OHS Hazards and Control 1 (C)                   12

                                                                                                  COSC1381 or
            2575         BIOL2119        Computational Biology (C)                       12
                                                                                                  BIOL2034
                                                                                                  ONPS1054
2715                     ONPS1045        Bacterial Infections (C)                        24
                                                                                                  ONPS1048

            2677         ONPS1050        Immunology (B)                                  12

            2678         ONPS1059        Medical Mycology                                24

2627                     BIOL2109        Biopharmaceuticals                              12

2714                     ONPS1042        Food Microbiology                               24

            2692         CHEM1226        Food Chemistry (C)                              12

            2820         ONPS2377        Food Safety Plans                               12

3040                     ONPS2095        Plant Cell and Tissue Culture (C)               24

2589 (FF)
                         ENVI1173        Water Policy and Management                     12
2590 (IN)

2580 (IN)                ENVI1154        Environmental Legal Contexts                    12

            2961         ONPS2378        Food Quality Assurance (C)                      12

            2771         ONPS2326        Food Processing Technologies (C)                12

3051                     ONPS2328        Advanced Food Processing Technologies (C)       12

2943                     ONPS2331        Sensory Evaluation of Food (C)                  12

            2676         ONPS1048        Medical Microbiology 2 (B)                      12       ONPS1054

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TBA                   ONPS1043       Microbial Evaluation of Food                  24

2717                  ONPS1054       Medical Microbiology 1 (B)                    12

2718                  ONPS1060       Industrial Microbiology (B)                   12

          2718        ONPS2083       Molec Approaches to Plant Breeding (C)        24

          2719        ENVI1004       Ecotoxicology (B)                             12

          1681        BIOL2317       Biomolecules & Cellular Regulation (B)        12

1714                  BIOL2322       Applied Biochemical Methods (B)               12

3424      3365        GEOM1159       GIS Fundamentals (C)                          12

3425      3366        GEOM1163       GIS Principles (C)                            12

          2696        ONPS2130       Grain Technology (C)                          12

2733                  ONPS2127       Dairy Science and Technology (C)              12

          2698        ONPS2131       Confectionery and Lipid Technology (C)        12

2624      2574        BIO1070        Research Methods (B)                          12

2688      2641        BIOL2230       Research Project 1 (B)                        12

2689      2642        BIOL2231       Research project 2 (B)                        24

3024      2933        BIOL1302       Work Experience Practicum 2 (B)               48


  *Please note that all courses labeled “(B)” are held at Bundoora Campus, all others are held at the
  City Campus.




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   STUDENTS COMMENCING IN MARCH 2010

   YOU MUST ENROLL IN THE FOLLOWING COURSES

                                                               Stream

                   Main MC111          Clinical MC154      Food Micro          Envir & Agric       Food Sci &
                                                           MC156               MC155               Tech MC157

   Semester 1      Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills
   2010            and Tools           and Tools           and Tools           and Tools           and Tools
                   BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)

                   Gene                Gene                Gene                Gene                Gene
                   Technologies 1      Technologies 1      Technologies 1      Technologies 1      Technologies 1
                   ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)

   Plus another:   Another 24          Bacterial           Food                Plant Cell and      Food
                   credit points       Infections          Microbiology        Tissue Culture      Microbiology
                                       ONPS1045 (24)       ONPS1024 (24)       ONPS2095 (24)       ONPS1024 (24)



   Semester 2      Immunology          Immunology          Immunology          Immunology          Immunology
   2010            ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)

                   Another 36          Medical             Food Safety         Molecular           Food Chemistry
                   credit points       Microbiology 2      Plans               Approaches to       CHEM1226(12)
                                       ONPS1048 (12)       ONPS2377 (12)       Plant Breeding
                                                                               ONPS2083 (24)       Food Safety
                                       Medical                                                     Plans
                                       Mycology            Another 24          Another 24          ONPS2377 (12)
                                       ONPS1059 (24)       credit points       credit points
                                                                                                   Food
                                                                                                   Processing
                                                                                                   Technologies
                                                                                                   ONPS2326 (12)
   Semester 1      Choose 48           Pathogenesis        Microbial           Choose 48           Choose 48
   2011            credit points       of Enteric          Evaluation of       credit points       credit points
                                       Infections          Food
                                       ONPS1057 (24)       ONPS1043 (24)


                                       Medical             Another 24
                                       Microbiology 1      credit points
                                       ONPS 1054
                                       (12)

                                       Another 12
                                       credit points

   Semester 2      Choose 48           Choose 48           Choose 48           Choose 48           Food Quality
   2011            credit points       credit points       credit points       credit points       Assurance
                                                                                                   ONPS2324 (12)


                                                                                                   Another 36
                                                                                                   credit points



STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TAKE COURSES OUTSIDE THE PROGRAM
STRUCTURE IN THEIR FIRST SEMESTER


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STUDENTS COMMENCING IN JULY 2010

YOU MUST ENROLL IN THE FOLLOWING COURSES

                                                             Stream

                 Main MC111          Clinical MC154      Food Micro          Envir & Agric       Food Sci &
                                                         MC156               MC155               Tech MC157

Semester 2       Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills
2010             and Tools           and Tools           and Tools           and Tools           and Tools
                 BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)

                 Immunology          Immunology          Immunology          Immunology          Immunology
                 ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)

                 Another 24          Medical             Another 24          Molecular           Food Chemistry
                 credit points       Mycology            credit points       Approaches to       CHEM1226
                                     ONPS1059 (24)                           Plant Breeding      (12)
                                                                             ONPS2083 (24)

                                                                                                 Food
                                                                                                 Processing
                                                                                                 Technologies
                                                                                                 ONPS2326(12)

Must enroll in   Gene                Gene                Gene                Gene                Gene
Semester 1       Technologies 1      Technologies 1      Technologies 1      Technologies 1      Technologies 1
2011             ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)

                 Another 36          Medical             Microbial           Plant Cell and      Microbial
                 credit points       Microbiology 1      Evaluation of       Tissue Culture      Evaluation of
                                     ONPS1054 (12)       Food                ONPS2095 (24)       Food
                                                         ONPS1043 (24)                           ONPS1043 (24)

                                     Pathogenesis        Another 12          Another 12          Another 12
                                     of Enteric          credit points       credit points       credit points
                                     Infections
                                     ONPS1057 (24)

Must enroll in   Choose 48           Medical             Food Safety         Choose 48           Food
Semester 2       credit points       Microbiology 2      Plans               credit points       Processing
2011                                 ONPS1048 (12)       ONPS2377 (12)                           Technologies
                                                                                                 ONPS2326(12)

                                     Viral Infections    Another 36                              Food Quality
                                     ONPS1045 (24)       credit points                           Assurance
                                                                                                 ONPS2324 (12)

                                     Another 12                                                  Food Safety
                                     credit points                                               Plans
                                                                                                 ONPS2377 (12)

                                                                                                 Another 12
                                                                                                 credit points

Must enroll in   Choose 48           Bacterial           Food                Choose 48           Choose 48
Semester 1       credit points       Infections          Microbiology        credit points       credit points
2012                                 ONPS1045 (24)       ONPS1042 (24)


                                     Another 24          Another 24
                                     credit points       credit points



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STUDENTS COMMENCING IN FEBRUARY 2011:
YOU MUST ENROLL IN THE FOLLOWING COURSES
                                                        Program

             Main MC111          Clinical MC154      Food Micro          Envir & Agric       Food Sci &
                                                     MC156               MC155               Tech MC157

Semester 1   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills
2011         and Tools           and Tools           and Tools           and Tools           and Tools
             BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)

             Gene                Gene                Gene                Gene                Gene
             Technologies 1      Technologies 1      Technologies 1      Technologies 1      Technologies 1
             ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052            ONPS1052 (12)
                                                                         (12)
             Another 24          Pathogenesis        Microbial           Plant Cell and      Another 24
             credit points       Of Enteric          Evaluation of       Tissue Culture      Credit points
                                 Infections          Food                ONPS2095
                                 ONPS1057 (24)       ONPS1043 (24)       (24)

Semester 2   Immunology          Immunology          Immunology          Immunology          Immunology
2011         ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050(12)        ONPS1050 (12)

             Another 36          Medical             Food Safety         Molecular           Food Chemistry
             Credit points       Microbiology 2      Plans               Approaches to       CHEM1226(12)
                                 ONPS1048 (12)       ONPS2377 (12)       Plant Breeding
                                                                         ONPS2083(24)        Food Quality
                                                                                             Assurance
                                 Viral Infections    Another 24          Another 12          ONPS2324(12)
                                 ONPS1047 (24)       credit points       credit points
                                                                                             Or

                                                                                             Food
                                                                                             Processing
                                                                                             Technologies
                                                                                             ONPS2326(12)


Semester 1   Choose 48           Bacterial           Food                Choose 48           Food
2012         credit points       Infections          Microbiology        credit points       Microbiology
                                 ONPS1045 (24)       ONPS1042 (24)                           ONPS1042 (24)

                                 Medical             Another 24                              Another 24
                                 Microbiology 1      credit points                           credit points
                                 ONPS1054 (12)

                                 Another 12
                                 credit points
Semester 2   Choose 48           Medical             Choose 48           Choose 48           Food Safety
2012         credit points       Mycology            credit points       credit points       Plans
                                 ONPS1059 (24)                                               ONPS2377 (12)

                                 Another 24                                                  Another 36
                                 credit points                                               credit points


STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TAKE COURSES OUTSIDE THE PROGRAM
STRUCTURE IN THEIR FIRST SEMESTER




                                                                                                  Page 25 of 42
STUDENTS COMMENCING IN JULY 2011:
YOU MUST ENROLL IN THE FOLLOWING COURSES
                                                        Program

             Main MC111          Clinical MC154      Food Micro          Envir & Agric       Food Sci &
                                                     MC156               MC155               Tech MC157

Semester 2   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills   Scientific Skills
2011         and Tools           and Tools           and Tools           and Tools           and Tools
             BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)       BIOL2310 (12)

             Immunology          Immunology          Immunology          Immunology          Immunology
             ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)       ONPS1050 (12)


             Another 24          Viral Infections    Food Safety         Molecular           Food
             credit points       ONPS1047 (24)       Plans               Approaches to       Processing
                                                     ONPS2377 (12)       plant breeding      Technologies
                                                     Microbiology        ONPS2083 (24)       ONPS2326
                                                     background                              (12)
                                                     required

                                                                                             Food Chemistry
                                                     Another 12                              CHEM1226
                                                     credit points                           (12)

Semester 1   Gene                Gene                Gene                Gene                Gene
2012         Technologies 1      Technologies        Technologies 1      Technologies 1      Technologies 1
             ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)       ONPS1052 (12)

                                 Medical             Food                Plant Cell and      Food
                                 Microbiology 1      Microbiology        Tissue Culture      Microbiology
                                 ONPS1054 (12)       ONPS1042 (24)       ONPS2095 (24)       ONPS1042 (24)

                                 Bacterial
             Another 36          Infection           Another 12          Another 12          Another 12
             credit points       ONPS1045 (24)       credit points       credit points       credit points

Semester 2   Choose 48           Medical             Food Safety         Choose 48           Food Quality
2012         credit points       Mycology            Plans               credit points       Assurance
                                 ONPS1059 (24)       ONPS2377 (12)                           ONPS2324 (12)

                                 Medical                                                     Food Safety
                                 Microbiology 2                                              Plans
                                 ONPS1048 (12)                                               ONPS2377 (12)



                                 Another 12          Another 36                              Another 24
                                 credit points       credit points                           credit points

Semester 1   Choose 48           Pathogenesis        Microbial           Choose 48           Choose 48
2013         credit points       Of Enteric          Evaluation of       credit points       credit points
                                 Infections          Food
                                 ONPS1057 (24)       ONPS1043 (24)

                                 Another 24          Another 24
                                 credit points       credit points



STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TAKE COURSES OUTSIDE THE PROGRAM
STRUCTURE IN THEIR FIRST SEMESTER

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CAPABILITIES FOR THE PROGRAM
Graduates of this program have the following capabilities:

General capabilities

Ability to apply advanced scientific principles to solve complex problems in the field of biotechnology,
demonstrating creativity, flexibility and independence.


Stream-specific Knowledge & Technical Capabilities

    A    Master of Biotechnology (MC111)

    A1 Ability to apply principles of molecular biology/biotechnology to solve problems in diverse areas of
       biology
    A2 Ability to develop and perform molecular procedures for a variety of biological applications.

    B    Clinical Microbiology (MC154 CLIN)

    B1 Ability to apply principles of microbial pathogenesis and molecular biology to determine transmission
       patterns and novel virulence mechanisms of microbial pathogens.
    B2 Ability to develop and evaluate molecular methods for the diagnosis and prevention of microbial
       disease in humans and animals.
    B3 Ability to work safely and effectively in a microbiology diagnostic or research laboratory; including the
       ability to design experiments and critically evaluate laboratory data.

    C    Food Microbiology (MC156 FOOD)

    C1 Ability to evaluate the microbial ecology of food to assess the likely occurrence of food-borne
       disease and spoilage and develop methods to control microbial growth and design food safety plans
       to ensure microbiologically safe food in a hygienic environment.
    C2 Ability to develop and apply traditional and molecular methods for the detection and quantification of
       microorganisms and their toxins in food.
    C3 Ability to apply genetic engineering of microorganisms for use in biotechnology and develop methods
       of monitoring and control of fermentation processes.


D Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology (MC155)

     D1 Ability to evaluate Ecological Risk from pollutants and develop new principles and practices in
        managing environmental pollution.
     D2 Ability to develop and apply methods in biotechnology to monitor and remediate contaminated sites
        and to protect threatened species.
     D3 Ability to develop appropriate methods in plant breeding and aquaculture to improve food production.


E    Food Science and Technology (MC157)

     E1 Ability to develop new principles and practices that underpin the efficient and effective production of
        safe, nutritious and appealing food products.
     E2 Ability design program to monitor and control food manufacture in accordance with HACCP and
        Quality Assurance principles.
     E3 Ability to develop appropriate technology for the manufacture of food.


F. Critical Analysis & Problem Solving

     F1 Ability to analyze, and critically evaluate scientific literature and present oral and written reviews.
     F2 Ability to apply scientific principles and methods at an advanced level to diagnose and solve complex
        problems.




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G Scientific and Professional Practice

    G1 Awareness of relevant regulatory bodies and the ability to interpret and implement relevant
       regulations and legislation.
    G2 Ability to ensure all aspects of professional practice are maintained.


H Socially and Environmentally Responsible Practice

    H1 Ability to develop a safe working environment within an appropriate ethical and legal framework.


I   Teamwork and Leadership

    I1 Ability to actively communicate with and lead a range of people within an organization for mutual
    benefit.


J Communication and Presentation

    J1 Ability to communicate in a range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) appropriate to the
    audience.
    J2 Ability to constructively give and receive feedback.


K Responsive and Integrated Practice

    K1 Ability to contribute as scientists to the wider community.
    K2 Ability to recognize and appreciate the influence of current commercial, environmental, social and
       cultural factors on a specific discipline.




STUDENT INFORMATION
Assessment

The range of marks and grades are as follows:

                 Mark               Grade            Description
                 0-49               NN               Fail
                 50-59              PA               Pass
                 60-69              CR               Credit
                 70-79              DI               Distinction
                 80-100             HD               High Distinction
                 EX                                  Exemption Granted
                 RWT                RWT              Result Withheld


Assignment Return Times

It is the aim of the Program Team to have all assessment of submissions marked within the period
of two weeks of the due date. Like the students, lecturers also experience unforeseen time
management issues, and as such we may not always meet this deadline, especially when dealing
with major assignments of over 3000 words. We appreciate your patience on this issue during
these times, and would like to advise that we are constantly working to support your learning in the
most positive ways possible.



                                                                                                    Page 28 of 42
Supplementary/Deferred Examinations

Supplementary examinations for first semester courses will be offered as early as possible in the
second semester. Supplementary/Deferred examinations will be held: Semester 1 - 2-4 weeks
after the results are published and Semester 2 - end of January. It is the responsibility of
students to ensure they are available at those times. Failure to attend a supplementary
examination will result in conversion of RWT to NN (fail).

Booklists for the main courses in the program

Course guides can be viewed at the following website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/courses

Bookshops

RMIT University has two major bookshops.
RMIT Union Bundoora Bookshop
URL: http://www.rmitbookshop.com.au
Email: pat.shields@rmit.edu.au
Location: Bundoora West Campus Building 202 Level 2
Phone: +61 3 9925 7237

RMIT Bookshop (City Campus)
URL: http://www.rmitbookshop.com.au
Email: enquiry@rmitbookshop.com.au
Location: 17/25 Little La Trobe St Melbourne 3000
Phone: +61 3 9663 5855


Change of Address

It is essential that RMIT University have your up to date address and telephone number. RMIT sends all
correspondence to your mailing address. If you change your mailing address or telephone number you must
update your information online or complete a Change of Personal Information form available from your
School Student Administration Office, the Hub or at:

http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/forms

If you fail to keep your mailing address up-to-date you will not receive important information relating to your
enrolment, results, fees, HECS/PELS, graduation, library messages etc.


Changing Courses

If you wish to change your courses you can do so online, provided you choose courses within the standard
program structure. It is extremely important that your enrolment is finalized by the census dates: Semester
       th                                    st                                                        th
1 – 10 March (last day to add classes), 31 March (last day to withdraw classes), Semester 2 – 4 August
                              st
(last day to add classes), 31 August (last day to withdraw from classes). After the census dates have
passed, the university does not permit changes to courses, i.e. Withdrawals/Additions. This means that
failure to withdraw from a course, even if you are not attending classes, will incur fees as well as academic
penalty (DNS did not sit) or (NN fail) on your academic transcript.


Computer Laboratory Access for Postgraduates

Further information can be obtained at the following website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=rroqxcz4r8br

Courses Guides

All course guides are available at the commencement of the semester via the RMIT website.
http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/courses


                                                                                                     Page 29 of 42
DLS Help Desk

Phone and email contacts are available from the website. Contact the DLS for information regarding the
Learning Hub, including difficulties logging on to the Learning Hub, and access to appropriate courses and
programs once logged in. Please refer to the help pages located at the URL below for information regarding
the DLS and Blackboard based products.

URL: http://www.rmit.edu.au/learninghub
Email: helpdesk@rmit.edu.au
Phone: (+61 3) 9925 8888
Fax: (+61 3) 9925 3137


E-mail Account

All RMIT students are entitled to a free e-mail account. All RMIT students are expected to regularly check
their email for updates on the management of their program, key student administration matters (e.g. census
dates, results, re-enrolment, fees, etc) and individual emails from lecturers. Please visit
http://www.student.rmit.edu.au/ to obtain your free e-mail account.


Enrolment Online (EOL)

Students will be able to enrol and re-enrol online, with the benefit of the convenience and flexibility this provides.
Students will be advised directly in the mail that they will be enrolling online, and will be provided with a package of
information to support the process. Further information can be found at:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment

Note: If you are an international student, you may not enrol in a fully on-line course. International students must
be enrolled in a fulltime load (48 credit points per semester). Students should also ensure that they enrol as
though they have passed everything.

Please also note: In accordance with current policy, you will not be able to undertake re-enrolment processes or
access the Enrolment Online facility if you have an outstanding debt to the University.

Students expected to complete: If you are in your last semester and expect to graduate, you do not need to
enrol online for the following year or semester; however if you are granted a supplementary or deferred
examination, you MUST enrol assuming you DO NOT PASS the additional assessment. Once the results are out,
if you pass, you should go online and withdraw from those courses you have passed.

You are advised to have this booklet available to refer to the detailed program structure and list of courses offered
by year and semester when enrolling online.



Graduation
Students who believe they are or will be eligible to graduate are responsible for advising the University when
they have completed their program or are in their final year of study. Students who do not wish to attend a
graduation ceremony must still submit an application so that they can receive their award in absentia (i.e.,
not attending a ceremony). Students can do this at the following web site to download the appropriate form:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/graduation




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Higher Degree by Research

Entry to a Ph.D. requires at least the equivalent of a four-year Honours degree or a Master degree including
at least one full semester of research. Entry to a Master by research does not need more than a three-year
degree, but an applicant would be expected to have several years' work experience in a relevant field,
preferably a research laboratory. Students enrolled in the Master of Biotechnology wishing to be considered
for a research degree will be considered only after completion of at least one semester if they have achieved
the following grades:


   Exit Point                                          Requirement

   Completion of Graduate Certificate in               Distinction in all courses attempted
   Biotechnology

   Completion of Graduate Diploma in                   Distinction in all courses attempted in your second
   Biotechnology                                       semester

   Completion of Master of Biotechnology with          Distinction in all courses attempted in your last
   minor thesis                                        three semesters



The other requirement for acceptance into a research degree is to obtain agreement from a supervisor to
accept you as a research student. A list of potential supervisors is provided in this handbook under “Staff
Research Interests”. Further details can be found on the Department/Division of Biotechnology and
Environmental Biology website or may be obtained from the Department/Division office (Building 223, level
1) on the Bundoora campus. It is the responsibility of the student to contact potential supervisors.

Students should be aware that transfer to a PhD from a Masters by Coursework involves a change of visa
subclass, i.e. a new visa application is required and an additional cost will be incurred.


Incident Reports and Insurance

Students are reminded it is in their best interest to advise Biotechnology/Environmental Biology in writing of
any deleterious incident that occurs whilst they are participating in any RMIT based activities including work
placement. Incident reports must be completed on the day of the incident, and if incidents occur at a
placement, BOTH RMIT and the external centre must receive a completed incident report form.

RMIT has an insurance policy covering all RMIT students and staff 24 hours a day, every day of the year in
the case of accident or injury relating to RMIT sanctioned activities. This does not cover students or staff for
illnesses not related to RMIT business, and the insurance policy does not apply where other compensation
(i.e. Medicare, workers compensation etc.) applies.

RMIT also holds a “public liability and professional indemnity liability” insurance policy that covers students
and employees when acting on behalf of RMIT (e.g. in a clinical centre, at a conference) worldwide. Students
on a work placement or undertaking an external research project are covered under RMIT’s General and
Products Legal Liability policy and Professional Indemnity policy, and the Professional Indemnity Medial
Malpractice Legal Liability policy.




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International Students

International students should be aware that you must maintain at least 48 credit points per semester
otherwise you will be under the required credit point load to be a full time student which in turn affects your
visa. Only in exceptional circumstances can international students enrol in less than 48 credit points. This
should be discussed with your Academic Program Coordinator or Adviser. All applications for less than a full
time load must be approved by the Head of Department/School or the Head of Department's nominee.
If you have any visa enquiries please contact RMIT International Services Pty Ltd. Level 4, 239 Bourke
Street, Melbourne 3000. Tel. 61 3 9925 5156; Fax. 61 3 9663 6929; Email: ivisa@rmit.edu.au or visit the
web site http://www.rmit.edu.au/international.

If you arrive after first week of semester, it is your responsibility to contact lecturers in charge of each of the
your courses, obtain a course guide, copies of any missed lecture, find out what practical manuals you need
to buy and ensure you name is on the list for practical classes.


IT Help Desk

RMIT has university wide help to assist the RMIT community in its information technology queries. It is available to
all students. Each area has a dedicated helpdesk that is the first point of call for IT related matters. For
those who do not have a dedicated helpdesk, the ITS Helpdesk can help.

                                Phone         9925 8888
                                Fax           9925 3177
                                Email         helpdesk@rmit.edu.au

                                Hours of      8am – 6pm
                                Operation     Monday to Friday


                                ITS Frequently Asked Questions
                                Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)




Late Attendance and Missed Class:

Laboratory classes are held at specific times and cannot be repeated due to the time involved in preparation.
If you have missed a laboratory, you will be asked to seek advice from the course co-coordinator on how
best to make up for the missed work.

If you are late for a lecture, we would ask that you respect the time of your fellow students and the lecturer
by moving quickly and quietly to the nearest available seat.


Lecture/Tutorial/Laboratory Timetables
Notices regarding changes of venue and cancellations will be posted via email or the course DLS site.
Please ensure that you look at the DLS, and check your email on a regular basis in case last minute
changes occur.




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Study & Learning Centre
The Study & Learning Centre offers customized study skills workshops and one-to-one appointments free of
charge for RMIT students. The centre provides assistance with reading and note-taking skills, assignments,
writing, referencing and oral presentation to local students and students from non-English speaking
backgrounds.

The Study & Learning Centre website is now located at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/studyandlearningcentre

Contact details
   • Mail: GPO Box 2476V
       Melbourne, 3001
   • Email: studyandlearningcentre@rmit.edu.au

City campus
    • Phone: (03) 9925 4488
    • Fax: (03) 9925 4892
    • Visit: Building 94, Level 3, 23-27 Cardigan St, Carlton.

Learning Resource Centre @ the Hub
   • Phone: (03) 9925 4488
   • Fax: (03) 9925 4892
   • Visit: The Hub, Building 12, Level 4

Bundoora
   • Phone: (03) 9925 7525
   • Visit: Building 220, Level 2, Room 3
      Bundoora East and West students can make appointments by visiting The Hub, Building
      202, Level 2, or call 9925 4488


Libraries
RMIT University libraries are consistently updating their books and arranging licensing agreements for online
journals. Please check the catalogue to verify if the materials that you require are available in online format,
or are only available in book format.
URL: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library


Mobile Phones:
Many of us have and indeed rely on mobile phones as a valuable form of communication. They may
however be a distraction during a lecture and a safety risk during a laboratory. The use of mobile phones
during any class is therefore disallowed. If you are expecting a call that you cannot miss (such as an ill
relative) and you still wish to participate in the lecture or laboratory, please inform the staff member in charge
so that arrangements may be made for you. Your consideration of others in this matter is appreciated.


Non-standard program structure

Students interested in a course from another program at RMIT, first discuss with the program leader. Any
courses not listed in the program structure of the Master of Biotechnology or related programs require
approval from the Program Leader through a non-standard program form.




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Occupational Health and Safety
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, the University "...must ensure, so far as is reasonably
practicable, that persons other than employees are not exposed to risks to their health or safety arising from
the conduct of the undertakings of (RMIT)". That is, all students and visitors to RMIT University are to be
afforded an environment which is safe and without undue risk to them.

Furthermore RMIT Safety Policy No. 4.9.1.1.2 states: "Adequate instruction is given to students in safe
working procedures and that students are informed of any hazard to their well-being and health which may
be known to be associated with the work in which they are involved".

Students also have a responsibility and legal obligation to never intentionally put themselves or others at risk
of injury. Under the OH&S Act 2004, "A person who, without lawful excuse, recklessly engages in conduct
that places or may place another person who is at the workplace in danger of serious injury is guilty of an
indictable offence."

Hence all students must be aware of the operation of any and all equipment they use, and must ensure that
safety devices are not bypassed or removed. The student must also be aware of the emergency shutdown
procedure for the equipment, and must wear safety/protection equipment if necessary. Students must at all
times follow the instructions of their supervisors. A copy of the OH&S Act and RMIT OH&S Policy and
Procedures is kept in the Biotechnology and Environmental Biology Office, and may be viewed at any time.

You will be given instruction in safety procedures during the compulsory course, Scientific Skills and Tools.


Passwords
It is extremely important that you do not give your student password to another person and that you change
the password regularly.


Laboratory Requirements:

All laboratories conducted within the School of Applied Sciences have strict rules to ensure your safety and
the safety of others during the session. You will be given extensive instruction prior to any laboratory with
regard to your roles and responsibilities, but you might like to follow this checklist prior to every laboratory to
ensure that you are ready to start.

    1.   Am I wearing closed toe shoes?
    2.   Am I wearing appropriate clothing, (i.e. a lab coat if required)?
    3.   Do I have the correct laboratory manual or worksheet?
    4.   Do I have an appropriate laboratory notebook for recording results and observations?
    5.   Do I know where emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers are kept?




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Plagiarism and Referencing

Plagiarism is the submission of work done by someone else, claiming that the work is your own. The work
may be written, graphical or electronic. According to RMIT policy, if an academic detects plagiarism he or
she is obliged to report the matter to the Head of School, for appropriate action to be taken. Plagiarism is a
serious form of academic misconduct.

Some examples of plagiarism are:
•     Copying sentences or paragraphs from any source
•     Summarizing sentences or paragraphs without referencing the source of the material
•     Submitting the work of another student
•     Submitting work that another person did for you
•     Giving your own work to another student. This is called enabling plagiarism
•     Submitting the same work as another student. This could be an entire assignment or part of an
      assignment.


It is vital that all students submitting work for assessment in ANY format, be presenting work that is
appropriately referenced. It is recommended that all students consult the RMIT library website or the
individual course guides for advice in this important area. Any material that is submitted for assessment, and
is not referenced appropriately will be considered plagiarized, and will therefore be awarded a fail. Ignorance
of this guideline will not be accepted as an excuse under any circumstance. Academic misconduct charges
may also be laid as circumstances warrant.


Student Forms

A list of forms for students use is located at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students > Student Forms.


Students at Risk
A student who has failed >50% of their courses in one semester, is considered to be “at risk”. These
students will be asked to attend an interview with the Program Leader to discuss what may be available in
terms of support, to assist the student in completing the program. Students will receive after the interview, a
letter outlining the procedures in the event that no improvement is seen in the subsequent semester.
Students are reminded that they may be excluded from the program in accordance with RMIT’s policy on
students who show no improvement in their grades after the “at risk” procedure has been enacted.


Student Staff Consultative Committee (SSCC)

Representatives of each year level will be called towards the beginning of the semester for the student staff
consultative committee. These representatives meet once per semester (for no longer than one hour) with
staff for feedback on issues relating to the content and conduct of the program. The Program Leader will
chair this meeting, and each of the elected students will have an opportunity to raise issues on behalf of their
colleagues for feedback and/or activity. The terms of reference for the SSCC are available from the
Administrative Officer. Nomination forms will be emailed to students.


Student expenses and charges
Students are expected to provide their own safety glasses. In line with OH&S regulations, RMIT provides
laboratory gowns. Students are required to pay a fee to cover hire of gown and laundry. Students are
strongly advised to purchase laboratory manuals, but manuals are also available through RMIT library.
Students undertaking the program without the pre-requisite Microbiology will be required to enrol and pay the
appropriate fees to undertake the Microbiology as outlined in the Entrance Requirements.




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Responsibilities of Students
As an enrolled student in the Graduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters in Biotechnology please be reminded
of the following issues.

It is your responsibility to check that you are enrolled into the correct courses. You will need to check each
‘Confirmation of Enrolment Form’ you receive. If you are enrolled in an incorrect course, you must go online
and change your enrolment. If you wish to cancel from the program you must complete a ‘Cancellation of
Enrolment’ form. Failure to withdraw from a course or cancel your enrolment by the census date will mean
that you will have to pay fees for the course/program and a grade of (‘Fail’ or ‘Did Not Sit’) will be entered on
to your record. This is in line with RMIT regulations. The census dates to return any changes to your
enrolment are normally the end of March for first semester courses and the end of August for second
semester. For the exact dates please refer to 2010 Student Diary.

You need to ensure that you have completed the compulsory courses in this program. Refer to the Program
Structure in this booklet.

Each student will need to have a student identification card for the end of semester exams. Without a
student card you are not entitled to sit for any exam. If you do not have one you will need to go to the
Student Hub (City 12.4 or Bundoora 202.2.36) to obtain one.


Student Timetabling System (STS)

The online Student Timetabling System (STS) allows students to access and construct their personal
timetable by viewing the available options and selecting the class or classes they prefer. Students are
encouraged to register as soon as possible. Students must be enrolled in the course before STS timetable
access is available. STS class selection is normally available three days after enrolling. Refer to the
following webpage to view timetable http://www.rmit.edu.au/students > Timetables.


Submission of assignments and Special Consideration

Unless otherwise indicated by your lecturer, all submissions of work other than those through the “Digital
DropBox”, submitted to the Biotechnology & Environmental Biology Administration Office on level 1, Building
223 or to the School of Applied Sciences Office in Building 3 in the city. A signed cover sheet must be
included, with the name of the lecturer responsible clearly stated. All care is taken to ensure that your work is
sent directly to the appropriate lecturer, but this can only be assured if your cover sheet is complete and
accurate. Please complete and have the cover sheet receipt stamped and keep it as proof of your
submission. The cover sheet must be signed, confirming ownership of the assignment. Assignments may be
collected from the same office once your lecturer has informed you that they are marked and ready for
collection. Assignment cover sheets are located online at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/appliedsciences/students

All Course Guides provide information on assessment, including due dates for submission of assignments.
Unless otherwise stated in the Course Guide, assignments submitted after the due date will lose marks at
the rate of 5% for each working day after the due date. If you have a legitimate reason for late submission
of an assignment, a ‘Special Consideration’ form should be submitted together with appropriate
documentation.

Special consideration in assessment may be granted when factors beyond your control have affected
your academic performance in an exam or assignment, or during the semester. Reasons for applying for
special consideration might be illness, bereavement or family commitments. Students with ongoing
disabilities need to apply for special consideration through the Disability Liaison Unit.

Forms to support your special consideration application together with supporting evidence, (e.g. medical
certificate) must be submitted prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination. If you wish to
seek advice about obtaining special consideration, speak first to your program coordinator or a lecturer. If
you are unhappy about the outcome of your discussion, please contact Counseling Services or a student
rights officer. Misreading the official examination timetable will not entitle you to special consideration in
assessment so be careful when checking your exam dates, times and locations.

Assignments received after other students in the class have received feedback/return of marked
assignments will not be marked.




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Teacher-guided and learner-guided hours

All Course Guides specify Teacher-Guided hours and Learner Directed hours. Teacher-guided hours
include face-to-face teaching through lectures and practical classes in the laboratory, set assignments such
as literature reviews, reports on laboratory work and group work that requires students to arrange group
meetings to research and orally present a topic. Student directed hours include the time spent on revising
and rearranging lecture material, reading textbooks and journal articles. The mix of face-to-face teaching
and other activities will vary between different courses in the program.

The number of hours of individual study needed to pass a course will depend on a student’s background in
that area, English language skills and other factors. Most students will find that the number of hours of
individual study needed to pass a course is at least equal to the stated number of teacher-guided hours
PLUS the student-directed hours. If enrolled full time (48 credit points per semester), you should expect to
study at least 40 hours per week in total. This includes approximately 20 teacher-guided hours and 20
student-directed hours. Therefore of a 12-credit point course, you should expect to spend at least 5 teacher-
guided hours and 5 student-guided hours in order to obtain a pass level. Students wishing to achieve higher
grades usually need to put in extra hours of study.

Work: outside work commitments. International students are required to be enrolled full-time; this
is equivalent to at least 40 hours study per week. While your visa allows you to work up to 20 hours per
week, statistics show that students who work more than 10 hours per week risk failure. Remember you
are here primarily to study, so it is very important not to commit yourself to more than 10 hours work per
week and that your work does not prevent you from attending class.



STUDY TIME MANAGEMENT
Why start study at the beginning of the semester?

All students selected for this program have good academic records and are capable of successful
completion in the minimum time. If you wish to succeed and obtain good grades, however, you will need to
work consistently throughout the semester. Students, who leave serious study until the last few weeks of
semester, do not reach their full potential and are at risk of failure.


Why attend lectures?

Most lecturers post a summary of the material presented in lectures on the Distributed Learning System
(DLS). It should be noted that this is a summary only. During lectures there is explanation and discussion
of the material and the opportunity to ask questions of the lecturer. If you miss a lecture, you miss out on
this opportunity and it will be more difficult to acquire a good understanding of the topic. International
students - please refer to your visa conditions regarding attendance requirements


Why set up a study time management plan?

In the course of your studies you will have many study tasks to perform and only limited time in which to
perform them. It is therefore essential that you manage your time efficiently to complete all tasks on time with
minimum personal stress. Planning your time management will help you allocate appropriate amounts of
time to each task and avoid conflict of assignment commitments and a last minute rush (nobody consistently
produces their best work at 3 am the night before the assignment is due). Expertise in time management is
highly valued by employers, so as well as helping you succeed with your postgraduate study, practicing time
management planning will give you a highly marketable skill.




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How do I set up a time management plan?

Here are some steps to follow:
• Identify the tasks that have to be done;
• Rank these tasks, according to what needs to be done first, what is most important, what is most time-
   consuming;
• Be aware of the natural human tendency to give time to tasks we find easy or agreeable and not enough
   to those we find difficult or disagreeable;
• Sequence the work, giving a realistic allocation of time to each activity. Discipline yourself to stick to this
   allocation;
• Remember to allow time for social and personal commitments;
• Become aware of time-wasting activities (talking on the phone, watching TV) and avoid them or keep
   them under control; and
• Be realistic about how much you can achieve in each study session and remember to schedule short
   breaks every hour or so. If you work for too long without a break your concentration may begin to flag.
   However make sure that you keep breaks to about 10 minutes.


When is the best time to study?

Here are some suggestions:
• After lectures. This allows you to review and reflect on what you have just learned.
• Before tutorials. This allows you to do required reading and to prepare you to learn from and contribute
   to the session.
• Before exams. Avoid last-minute 'cramming'. If you have been following a well-designed study time
   management plan you should need only a general revision to remind you of what you have learned over
   the semester.
• Observe your own personal preferences. For instance, are you a 'night person' or a 'day person'? Plan
   your heaviest study for the time when you are most productive.


Semestter pllanniing
Semes er p ann ng
Look at the significant RMIT dates (this gives details of important university dates, exam times and holidays).
• Check the RMIT Calendar in your student diary or at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students to make sure that
   there are no further changes.
• Draw up a semester timetable – see semester timetable in your student diary.
• In the first week of semester each of your course coordinators will give you the study guide for their
   course. Referring to this, mark on your timetable dates when lectures and tutorials/practicals are held,
   tests are set, assignments are due, and any other significant events. Devise a colour-coding system to
   avoid confusion. This should give you at a glance an overview of your commitments for the semester.
• Consider the study preparation time required for lectures, tutorials, tests, assignments and so on and
   indicate these on your timetable.
• If you do have a serious clash of course commitments, this will show up on your timetable. You can then
   prepare for a study overload during part of the semester.




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COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS
All course co-coordinators will require that you submit all work in a printed form, which requires the use of a
computer. Computer laboratories (including printing facilities) are positioned for your use on the Bundoora
and City campuses, and you will receive more information regarding these at the start of your program. If you
do wish to purchase a computer for your use at home, here are our recommendations:

An Internet Service Provider (ISP)
A web-browser. Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 or greater is recommended.
Virus Protection (highly recommended), once installed, keeping the software updated is vitally important in
keeping your system virus free.
Additional Plug-ins such as QuickTime, Windows Media Player and the Macromedia Flash and Shockwave
players may also be required, depending on the learning materials provided.
Additional image manipulation and video recording software may be required for image and video
submission. Please refer to your co-coordinator if you think you may need these types of software.
You will also require a word or office based program/s to work up your submissions.

        Minimum hardware requirements are as follows:

        IBM or Compatible Computer
        Minimum Computer: 350Mhz Intel Pentium processor or equivalent
        128MB of RAM
        28.8Kpbs modem
        Video display card.
        Windows 98 or above operating system
        Hard Drive disk space. (This requirement will vary depending on which course/s you undertake. The
        disk space is for downloading articles and installing the required software and plug-ins.)
        CD-ROM Drive (Some courses may provide supplemental materials available form the library using
        CD's)
        Sound card and speakers
        Printer - Students wanting to print notes from online resources at home will require a printer

Students are advised the Microsoft Office Products are recommended for software requirements.


COPYRIGHT AND OUR LEARNING PRODUCTS
The learning materials provided to you throughout your studies at RMIT University must comply with the laws
of copyright. These laws may mean that materials cannot always be presented to you in a way that you
expect, such as many of the images and multimedia learning tools we use in our lectures, but do not provide
to you in downloadable form.

We cannot always provide materials to you as directly as we would like to, but we do our best to restrict any
additional cost to you, while maintaining your access to essential learning materials. We will always adhere
to copyright laws and regulations to protect the intellectual product of others, and we expect you to do the
same. (Refer to Citation and Reference guide earlier in this information booklet.)

If you have any questions about the practices involving copyright law, please contact the people at the
following URL: http://www.rmit.edu.au/copyright or your program co-coordinator.




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EXAM TIPS

SOME TIPS FOR THE EXAMS

Here are some points that should helpful to students preparing for exams. These notes are especially for
new students who are about to do their first RMIT exams.

Consult the Part B Course Guide for the course you are enrolled in. You can access Course Guides through
the DLS or by searching the RMIT website. For example, if you want the Course Guide for Veterinary
Microbiology, search for Part B Course guide BIOL1300. You need to be logged in as an RMIT student to do
this. All Course Guides have a detailed section on assessment.

Most Course Coordinators put sample questions or old examination papers on the DLS. Make use of this
resource by attempting to answer the questions. If requested, your coordinator will mark one or two sample
questions and give feedback on how your answer would be marked and suggest improvements that could be
made.

Exams may take several different forms, depending on the course and the material to be covered. Details of
which type/s of questions are used for your course/s are given in Part B of the Course Guide.

Multiple choice questions are designed to assess knowledge or understanding of specific topics. They
have one correct answer. It is very important to read the question and each of the possible answers very
carefully, as there may be subtle differences between the correct and incorrect answers.

Short answer questions are also designed to test your knowledge or understanding of specific topics.
Again, it is very important to read the question carefully and make sure you understand what is being asked.
Remember that your answer to a short answer question should be short; either one word, one sentence or
several dot points. The question and the amount of space provided (for exams where answers are written
on the examination paper) will give you an indication of the length expected. Do not be tempted to write a
long answer covering the general area without answering the specific question – this will get you no marks.

Long essay questions are usually used for most courses at postgraduate level. They aim to test
understanding, ability the organise information and present a logical response. You are expected to write an
essay in clear English. Part of the answer may be a series of points and labeled diagrams but the main body
of the answer should be in essay format. The best way to approach such a question is to begin by writing
down and organising all the points and sub-points you intend to cover as a list, flow chart or diagram. Once
you are satisfied that everything relevant to the question has been covered and anything irrelevant is
excluded and that points are listed in logical order, write a few sentences or paragraphs expanding on each
of your points. If you are rushed for time, you will obtain some marks for writing a list of points only, but
marks will be higher for a properly thought through essay answer. Simply regurgitating points from a Power
Point presentation is unacceptable as the examiner cannot assess understanding of the area.

Image-based exams. These exams are used in Medical Microbiology and related courses. They are
designed to test recognition and interpretation skills of material covered in practical classes. They consist of
a case history or short problem accompanied by an image (Gram stain, culture plate, test result) that is
displayed on a computer screen and reproduced (in black and white) on the question paper. You will be
asked to answer a small number of short questions to test you interpretation and recognition skills.




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APPLICATION FOR BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH PROJECT

Student Name:
Student Number:

Project Start Semester:


List courses completed and marks obtained

                         Name of course                             Number of course, e.g.   Credit      Mark
                                                                        ONPS 1048            points




    Average mark to date (must be at least 70%, 75% is preferred)


Describe any previous research or work experience




Please circle preference: Part-time or Full-time

If applying for Research Project, please list research topics and supervisors (please select three
different supervisors

          Rank                     Supervisor                                    Topic

1
2
3


Student signature:

Date:




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APPLICATION FOR WORK EXPERIENCE PRACTICUM 2

Student Name:
Student Number:

Work Experience Start Semester:


List courses completed and marks obtained


                        Name of course                        Number of course, e.g.   Credit       Mark
                                                                  ONPS 1048            points




           Average mark to date (must be at least 75%)


Describe any previous work experience:




Preferred place of work. Please select three placements. Shivalee Lees has a list of workplaces where past
students have done work experience.

              Type of work, e.g. food microbiology, food technology,
  Rank                                                                                 Place
                          plants, medical microbiology
    1.

    2.

    3.


Please circle preference: Part-time or Full-time

Student signature:

Date:


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