Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours)

Course summary

Bionanotechnology is an emerging field that combines principles from biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics to understand and control biological processes at the molecular level.

Using bionanotechnological approaches, revolutionary advances are being made in the biomedical sciences, varying from the visualization and manipulation of individual molecules, the use of nanoparticles to deliver drugs to specific sites in the body and the development of nanofabricated architecture to read out the sequence of DNA.

A Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours) will place you in a unique position to undertake an exciting, interdisciplinary career in biotech industry, pharmaceutical industry, academic biomedical research, government policy, patent law, and many other fields.

This degree will give you the knowledge and concepts associated with bionanotechnology, knowledge of the principles from biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics associated with the understanding and control of biological processes at the molecular level. In the final year, you will undertake a substantial piece of supervised research, together with other required seminar and/or course work.

Course information

Study area

Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

457

ATAR-SR

85

IB Score

31

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

090881E

UAC Code

757604

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 85 or an IB of 31. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Assumed Knowledge: Biology and Mathematics or Chemistry and Mathematics
Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

70

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,056 (2021)

$128,448 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate extensive and coherent knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with bionanotechnology.
2 Demonstrate extensive and coherent knowledge of the principles from biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics associated with the understanding and control of biological processes at the molecular level.
3 Demonstrate technical and cognitive skills associated with bionanotechnology - and its relevant subjects from mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry - by locating, analysing and synthesising information to generate solutions to complex questions and problems.
4 Exercise critical analysis of observations and data from primary and secondary sources.
5 Integrate and apply knowledge and skills associated with bionanotechnology to plan and execute a substantial research project
6 Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to others through a variety of media.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours), candidates must satisfactorily complete 192 credit points in accordance with the table below. 

Please note:

  • Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit points of 300-level subjects.
  • Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in at least 24 credit points of 300-level core subjects.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
BNAN101 Introduction to Bionanotechnology 6 Autumn
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 andCHEM105.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
MATH141 Foundations of Engineering Mathematics 6 Autumn, Spring
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
Spring
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6 Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
MATH142 Essentials of Engineering Mathematics 6 Spring, Summer 2020/2020
MATH188 Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus 6 Spring
Summer
CHEM106 Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter 6 Summer 2020/2020
Note: Students completing CHEM104 and CHEM105 and wishing to enrol in a 200 level CHEM subject may also be required to complete CHEM106. Please check with the Head of Students for confirmation.
Year 2
Autumn
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
PHYS205 Advanced Modern Physics 6 Autumn
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
ENGG103 Materials in Design 6 Autumn
Spring
BNAN201 Biology at the Nanoscale 6 Spring
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change 6 Spring
STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring
Year 3
Autumn
BIOL343 Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research 6 Autumn
Select three of the following subjects:
BIOL340 Cell and Molecular Biology 6 Autumn
MEDI312 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 6 Autumn
CHEM358 Pharmacology 6 Autumn
CHEM374 Molecular Spectroscopy and Structure Elucidation 6 Autumn
CHEM324 Chemical Analysis and Inference 6 Autumn
PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
Spring
CHEM325 Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules 6 Spring
MATE201 Structure of Materials 6 Spring
Select TWO of the following subjects:
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
BIOL341 Immunity and Infection 6 Spring
CHEM333 Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry 6 Spring
MATE302 Polymeric Materials 6 Spring
CHEM360 Organic Synthesis III 6 Spring
Year 4
Select either the full-time (48cp) or 48cp of the equivalent part-time subject (2 x 24cp) option below.
BNAN401 Honours Project in Bionanotechnology (Full Time) 48  
BNAN402 Honours Project in Bionanotechnology (Part Time) 24  

*If you are required to complete CHEM106 as part of your course schedule you may be eligible to substitute an elective subject, please contact your course coordinator for approval.

Honours

The class of Honours awarded is based on a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) formula in accordance with Method 1 in the Coursework Rules

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 to 2023 reflecting ongoing strength in demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

Working in science requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. You will participate in practical classes in our purpose-built Sciences Teaching Facility in the Science Precinct of the campus or out in the field, ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow's employers.

UOW is expanding its science precinct with world-leading technologies for scientific research and our undergraduate learning is designed to be deeply integrated with cutting-edge research in chemistry, biology, life and earth sciences. Such advances bring disciplines together to tackle the world’s major 21st century challenges. The courses you take are taught by the scientists who are leading researchers. Thus the knowledge and skills that you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.