Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code058793E
Deakin course codeS323

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

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.

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

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 Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

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:

Course structure

You must complete all units below:

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *

SLE115Essential Skills in Bioscience

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World ^

plus one level 1 restricted elective unit#

* SLE010 is a compulsory 0-credit point unit.

Trimester 2

SLE155Chemistry 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

SLE211Principles of Physiology

SLE212Biochemistry

SLE234Microbiology

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SLE254Genetics

SLE221Systems Physiology

SLE222Biochemical Metabolism

plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

HMM301Principles of Pharmacology

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

SLE323Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science

HMM302Innovations in Medical Biotechnology

plus one/two elective units+

Trimester 2

SLE334Medical Microbiology and Immunology

HMM304Therapeutic Development

plus one/two elective units+

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

SLE346Molecular Basis of Disease (+offered in Tri-2, 2015)

SLE339Human Genetics

HMM305Cell and Tissue Engineering

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

SLE390Professional Practice in Bioscience ^

SLE314Research Project

SLE344Chemistry Research Project *

HMM306Professional Practice in Medical Biotechnology

+ As of 2015, SLE346 will be offered T2 at Burwood (Melbourne) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

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

* not available as of 2015

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

HMM101Introduction to Medical Biotechnology

HMM102Principles of Gene and Genomic Technology

HMM103Cell Technology

HMM104Immunology and Haematology

SEP101Engineering Physics

SEP122Physics for the Life Sciences

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy #

HBS107Understanding Health

HBS108Health Information and Data

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

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

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.

SLE111Cells and Genes *

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences *

SLE206Cell Biology

SLE212Biochemistry *

SLE222Biochemical Metabolism *

SLE234Microbiology *

SLE321Molecular Biology Techniques

SLE339Human 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.

SLE111Cells and Genes *

HBS107Understanding Health

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

SLE234Microbiology *

HSH205Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1

SLE312Toxicology

SLE342Risks 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.

SLE111Cells and Genes *

HMM103Cell Technology

HMM104Immunology and Haematology

HMM202Molecular Diagnostics

SLE234Microbiology *

HMM303Emerging Infectious Diseases and Their Control

SLE334Medical 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.

HMM101Introduction to Medical Biotechnology

HMM102Principles of Gene and Genomic Technology

HMM201Medical Nanotechnology

HMM202Molecular Diagnostics

HMM302Innovations in Medical Biotechnology

HMM305Cell and Tissue Engineering

 

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