Bachelor of Biomedical Science

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Year2014 course information
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 anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, biology, cell biology, medical microbiology and immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular and human genetics and pathophysiology.

Students will also complete a professional practice unit involving an experiential learning component and have the option to apply for an Industry Based Learning 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 Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment.

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.  Recommended major sequences for students in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science include:

Course structure

You must complete all units below:

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE010Unit description is currently unavailable *

SLE115Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE111Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE133Unit description is currently unavailable ^

plus one level 1 restricted elective unit#

* SLE010 is a compulsory 0-credit point unit.

Trimester 2

SLE155Unit description is currently unavailable

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

SLE211Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE212Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE234Unit description is currently unavailable

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SLE254Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE221Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE222Unit description is currently unavailable

plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

HMM301Unit description is currently unavailable

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

SLE323Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM302Unit description is currently unavailable ¥

plus one/two elective units+

Trimester 2

SLE334Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM304Unit description is currently unavailable

plus one/two elective units+

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

SLE346Unit description is currently unavailable +

SLE339Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM305Unit description is currently unavailable ¥

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

SLE390Unit description is currently unavailable ^

SLE314Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE344Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM306Unit description is currently unavailable ¥

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

¥ not available until 2015

^ 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):

HMM101Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM102Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM103Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM104Unit description is currently unavailable

SEP101Unit description is currently unavailable

SEP122Unit description is currently unavailable

HSE102Unit description is currently unavailable #

HBS107Unit description is currently unavailable

HBS108Unit description is currently unavailable

HBS109Unit description is currently unavailable

HBS110Unit description is currently unavailable

HSN101Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE103Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE132Unit description is currently unavailable

# 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.

SLE111Unit description is currently unavailable *

SLE155Unit description is currently unavailable *

SLE206Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE212Unit description is currently unavailable *

SLE222Unit description is currently unavailable *

SLE234Unit description is currently unavailable *

SLE321Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE339Unit description is currently unavailable

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.

SLE111Unit description is currently unavailable *

HBS107Unit description is currently unavailable

HSN101Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE234Unit description is currently unavailable *

HSH205Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE312Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE342Unit description is currently unavailable

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.

SLE111Unit description is currently unavailable *

HMM103Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM104Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM202Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE234Unit description is currently unavailable *

HMM303Unit description is currently unavailable ¥

SLE334Unit description is currently unavailable *

*core unit in the course

¥ not available until 2015

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.

HMM101Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM102Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM201Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM202Unit description is currently unavailable

HMM302Unit description is currently unavailable ¥

HMM305Unit description is currently unavailable ¥

¥ not available until 2015