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Bachelor of Science

Course summary for local students

Award granted Bachelor of Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2014$8,250* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
Tel 03 9244 6699
Email: sebe@deakin.edu.au

www.deakin.edu.au/sebe/les

LevelUndergraduate
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 64.10
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 55.05
CRICOS course code076198G
VTAC Codes1400314401 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514401 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S320

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Science allows you to start with a broad program then specialise as you progress through the course, developing your interests and career aspirations.

 

Science at Deakin is not just about laboratory work, but prepares you for a range of real-life settings in which today's science graduates work. You will gain experience through practical programs undertaken in modern teaching laboratories.

 

The course is available as a single degree course or as a combined degree course with Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Law and Teaching (Science).  Approved major sequences within the Bachelor of Science include Biology, Biological Chemistry, Chemistry,  Environmental Science, Mathematical Modelling and Zoology.  See below for information on the campus of offer for major sequences.

 

As part of the course you will complete a Laboratory Safety and Fieldwork Induction Program, as well as Professional Practice/Science Skills units.  The Professional Practice stream, plus an optional Industry-Based Learning placement, will allow you to gain valuable work experience, giving you the opportunity to apply and consolidate what you are learning in your course, as well as experience workplace culture and workplace 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

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.


Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.


Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course may find career opportunities in government institutions, in roles such as quality assurance, occupational health and safety, research, planning, management or marketing; science related industries, working in pharmaceutical production or pharmaceutical sales; biomedical science areas such as research or hospital and laboratory science; quality assurance in analytical and diagnostic laboratories; the food industry in quality control; environment and natural resources, teaching, information technology, mathematics or science journalism to name a few.

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Course rules

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

  • at least 16 credit points from science course grouped units (which includes all core and optional core units, all units within the approved science majors)
  • 7 core science units
  • At least one 8 credit point approved Science major sequence
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Level 1 – up to 10 credit points
  • Level 3 - at least 6 credit points (at least 4 must be Science course grouped)
  • Up to 8 cp of electives may be selected from units offered by any area of the University

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Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

 

 

Biology

Biological Chemistry

Chemistry

Environmental Science

Mathematical Modelling

Zoology

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Course structure

Core Science Units:

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

EES101 Communicating Science  

 

Chemistry - choose one from:

SLE133 Chemistry in Our World  ^

SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences  ^

 

^Note: Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to do SLE133 Chemistry in Our World in Trimester 1.  Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to do SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences in Trimester 2.

 

Physics - choose one from:

SEP122 Physics for the Life Sciences  

SEP101 Engineering Physics  

 

Quantitative Skills - choose one from:

SIT191 Introduction to Statistics  

SIT194 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling  

HPS201 Research Methods in Psychology A  

SLE251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  

 

Professional Practice unit: At least one credit point from:

SLE390 Professional Practice in Bioscience  #

SLE314 Research Project  

SLE352 Community Science Project  

STP321 Industry Based Learning - Science  

 

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

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Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.


In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.


For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

 

Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.

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Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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Credit for prior learning - specific

The Faculty may give credit towards a BSc for previous tertiary study and other approved forms of post-secondary study or experience. This previous study need not have led to a complete qualification; for example, a student may be given credit after completing the first year of a course at another institution. All applications for advanced standing must be made initially to the Selection/Enrolment Officer who will advise students of the necessary procedures.

All applications are considered on merit and usually no credit will be given for subjects/courses/units completed more than seven years prior to the request. For the BSc the maximum credit for prior learning that can be granted is 16 credit points. This may include up to 8 credits for non-science studies.

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How to apply

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) mode study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

 

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

 

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