Bachelor of Science
Course summary for local students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Science|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Tuition fee rate||Available fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees|
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
|CRICOS course code||083996G|
|VTAC Codes||1400314401 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514401 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714401 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||S320|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Major sequences
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- Credit for prior learning - specific
- How to apply
- Work experience
Science at Deakin is a flexible degree that allows you to explore a diverse range of science-related study areas before you choose to specialise in at least one area of interest as you progress through the course. The degree is about more than just laboratory work, and prepares you for a diverse range of real-life settings in which today's science graduates work. Majors are available in Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry and Materials Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Human Biology, Mathematical Modelling, Natural History and Plant Biology.
Throughout the course you’ll gain experience through practical programs undertaken in modern teaching laboratories, complete a Community Science Project and have an opportunity to undertake an Industry-Based Learning placement, which will provide you with valuable work experience before you graduate.
This course is available as a single degree or as a combined degree course with Arts, Commerce, Law and Teaching.
Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.
Fees and charges
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
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, fisheries resource management, aquaculture management, teaching, information technology, mathematics or science journalism to name a few.
Course Learning Outcomes
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
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2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
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3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
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4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
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5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.
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6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.
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7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.
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8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context
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Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016
To complete the Bachelor of Science, students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 24 credit points, you’ll need to study 24 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
The 24 credit points include 8 core units (these are compulsory), 10 elective units (you can choose which ones to study) and 6 units from a major study (you will be required to complete at least one major).
- Animal Biology
- Cell Biology
- Chemistry and Materials Science
- Environmental Science
- Freshwater Biology
- Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Human Biology
- Mathematical Modelling
- Natural History
- Plant Biology
|SLE111||Cells and Genes|
|SLE103||Ecology and the Environment|
|SIT191||Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis|
|SLE123||Physics for the Life Sciences|
|SLE209||History and Philosophy of Science|
|SLE352||Community Science Project #|
|SLE010||Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)|
|STP010||Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)|
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.
# Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).
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 Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
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.
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.
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.
How to apply
For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
You will have an opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific Industry-Based Learning placement as part of your course. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply and consolidate what you are learning in your course, experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options and develop a professional network before you graduate. deakin.edu.au/sebe/students/wil.