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Bachelor of Biomedical Science

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Award granted Bachelor of Biomedical Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code058793E
Deakin course codeS323

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Biomedical Science covers the science underpinning medical applications, from basic biology to specific disease processes. Students gain the theoretical foundation and scientific skills to expand and apply their knowledge of human biology and health, with an emphasis on causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease at the molecular, cellular and system levels. The course gives students relevant and wide-ranging practical experience in the laboratory, ensuring students have both theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for a diverse range of careers or further study. The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is a vibrant, relevant and topical program that provides a flexible, innovative and comprehensive course. Our multidisciplinary approach, and a number of electives at all levels, enable students to learn about their chosen fields of study from both scientific and health perspectives.

 

The course comprises core areas of study in a broad range of topics including physiology, biochemistry, biology, cell biology, medical microbiology and immunology, molecular and cell biology and molecular and human genetics.

 

Students will also complete a professional practice unit involving an experiential learning component and have the option to apply for an Industry Based Learning (IBL) placement, which will allow them to apply and consolidate knowledge gained in their course, experience workplace culture and workplaces practices, explore career options and develop a professional network.

 

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 12 credit points of core units (you must complete all units);
  • 2 credit points of optional core units at level 3 (you must choose the relevant number of units from a prescribed list);
  • 3 credit points of restricted electives at level 1 (you must choose the relevant number of elective units from a prescribed list);
  • 1 credit point of professional practice at level 3;
  • 6 credit points of free electives (you may choose any unit offered in the University, subject to meeting the unit prerequisites, which can be used to undertake a major study in a specialised area (refer to the list of relevant majors below);
  • SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points);
  • No more than 10 credit points at level 1;
  • At least 6 level 3 units, of which 4 must be course grouped to the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment.

 

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Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

 

Students have the option of using their elective units to complete a major, to develop specialist knowledge in a given area.  Recommended major sequences for students in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science include:

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Course structure

You must complete all units below:

 

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  *

SLE115 Essential Skills in Bioscience  

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE133 Chemistry in Our World  ^

plus one level 1 restricted elective unit#

* SLE010 is a compulsory 0-credit point unit.

 

Trimester 2

SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences  

plus two level 1 restricted elective units#

plus one elective

 

^Note: Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to replace SLE133 Chemistry in Our World with an elective unit.


Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE211 Principles of Physiology  

SLE212 Biochemistry  

SLE234 Microbiology  

plus one elective unit

 

Trimester 2

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE221 Systems Physiology  

SLE222 Biochemical Metabolism  

plus one elective unit

 

Level 3

Trimester 1

HMM301 Principles of Pharmacology  

 

Choose one level 3 unit from below (optional core):

SLE323 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science  

HMM302 Innovations in Medical Biotechnology  

plus one/two elective units+

 

Trimester 2

SLE334 Medical Microbiology and Immunology  

HMM304 Therapeutic Development  

plus one/two elective units+

 

Choose one level 3 unit from below (optional core):

SLE346 Molecular Basis of Disease  +

SLE339 Human Genetics  

HMM305 Cell and Tissue Engineering  

 

Professional Practice (please choose one Professional Practice unit from below):

SLE390 Professional Practice in Bioscience  ^

SLE314 Research Project  

HMM306 Professional Practice in Medical Biotechnology  

 

+ SLE346 is offered T1 at Burwood (Melbourne) and T2 at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), hence the number of electives per period varies for each campus

^ Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

 

# Level 1 restricted electives (please choose 3 level 1 restricted elective units from the list below):

 

HMM101 Introduction to Medical Biotechnology  

HMM102 Principles of Gene and Genomic Technology  

HMM103 Cell Technology  

HMM104 Immunology and Haematology  

SEP101 Engineering Physics  

SEP122 Physics for the Life Sciences  

HSE102 Functional Human Anatomy  #

HBS107 Understanding Health  

HBS108 Health Information and Data  

HBS109 Human Structure and Function  

HBS110 Health Behaviour  

HSN101 Food: Nutrition, Culture and Innovation  

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

SLE132 Biology: Form and Function  

 

# Must be enrolled in or have previously successfully completed HSE010 - Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (0 credit point unit)

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Details of major sequences

Cell and Molecular Biology - unit set code MJ-S000031

Burwood (Melbourne)

 

The cell and molecular biology sequence is designed to provide a focused understanding of advanced molecular cell biology, microbiology and human molecular genetics. This sequence will also prepare you to focus and acquire theoretical and practical skills in molecular biology.

 

SLE111 Cells and Genes  *

SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences  *

SLE206 Cell Biology  

SLE212 Biochemistry  *

SLE222 Biochemical Metabolism  *

SLE234 Microbiology  *

SLE321 Molecular Biology Techniques  

SLE339 Human Genetics  

Environmental Health - unit set code MJ-S000059

Burwood (Melbourne)

 

With a focus on healthy environments and healthy people, this major is recommended for students interested in working in public health policy, environmental health and related areas.

 

SLE111 Cells and Genes  *

HBS107 Understanding Health  

HSN101 Food: Nutrition, Culture and Innovation  

SLE234 Microbiology  *

HSH205 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1  

SLE312 Toxicology  

SLE342 Risks to Healthy Environments  

Infection and Immunity - unit set code MJ-S000058

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

 

The Infection and Immunity Major will explore development and disease at a cellular level, investigate key concepts of immunity and blood cells, and introduce the world of genomics and proteomics.  Students will also gain a sound understanding of the key concepts and techniques underpinning clinically-relevant microorganisms and their control.

 

SLE111 Cells and Genes  *

HMM103 Cell Technology  

HMM104 Immunology and Haematology  

HMM202 Molecular Diagnostics  

SLE234 Microbiology  *

HMM303 Emerging Infectious Diseases and Their Control  

SLE334 Medical Microbiology and Immunology  *

 

*core unit in the course

Medical Biotechnology - unit set code MJ-H000032

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

 

Medical Biotechnology uses cells and cell materials to produce pharmaceutical and diagnostic products that help treat and prevent human diseases. This major provides students with a sound understanding of the core sciences underpinning biotechnology for medical advancement.

 

HMM101 Introduction to Medical Biotechnology  

HMM102 Principles of Gene and Genomic Technology  

HMM201 Medical Nanotechnology  

HMM202 Molecular Diagnostics  

HMM302 Innovations in Medical Biotechnology  

HMM305 Cell and Tissue Engineering  

 

 

 

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