Bachelor of Biological Science

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Biological Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Tel 03 9244 6699
Email sebe@deakin.edu.au

www.deakin.edu.au/life-environmental-sciences

LevelUndergraduate
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 65.25
CRICOS course code001841F
VTAC Codes1400516061 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S321

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Study life in all its forms, from microbes to plants and animals while learning about animal and plant biology, microbiology, genetics, molecular cell biology, biogeography and evolution. This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to tackle the biological challenges of the 21st century with a focus on experimental design and the Australian biota, and is perfect for people who are passionate about flora and fauna both big and small.

This course qualifies you to become a well-rounded, modern biologist with a knowledge of microbes, plants and animals, and the interactions these have with one another and their environments.

This course provides you with opportunities to gain real-life experience in your chosen profession and to study overseas. The Industry-Based Learning placement will allow you to apply knowledge gained in your course, experience workplace culture and practices, explore career options, and develop a professional network before you graduate.

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.

Career opportunities

You will have the opportunity to be employed in a wide range of areas including primary industries, wildlife biology, the general health and medical industry (hospital scientists, analytical and diagnostic laboratory scientists and research scientists), animal health, quarantine services, environmental consulting, museums, herbaria and the emerging biotechnology industries.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

 

Minimum Standards

 

1.  Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Apply a broad and coherent knowledge of the scientific disciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and the environment within Biological Sciences to demonstrate a deep understanding of the nature of biology and it’s place and importance in the society.
  • Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills in biological science to test scientific theories and apply them to a range of activities in a professional and/or academic setting.
  • Use hypotheses, laws, facts and theories to investigate, test, analyse, and evaluate scientific data and demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility to argue about characteristics and aspects of scientific theory in the advancement of biological science.
  • Articulate biological science concepts, methods and the nature of biology that is, what biology is and how biology works, and its role in society through an in-depth understanding of life and living organisms.
  • Consistently and autonomously select and apply technical knowledge and skills to determine acceptable scientific methods of inquiry for observation, experimentation and inference of scientific data.
  • Integrate and apply knowledge safely, within diverse science contexts, to collect and analyse scientific data, to evaluate and investigate of scientific problems, and to interpret and present logical arguments and results, taking into account multiple perspectives including ethical, social and political factors underlying scientific breakthroughs.

2.  Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Demonstrate listening skills and the ability to use a range of communication skills to accommodate, encourage and answer audience questions.
  • Articulate the boundaries or limits of scientific information, experimental or field data, discuss error, probability, uncertainty, conclusions and arguments.
  • Judge how well to present essential details of scientific procedures, key observations, results and conclusions in a professional manner using appropriate style, language and references including local, national, and international contributions or contexts.
  • Use written, oral, visual and interpersonal communication skills and styles to elaborate and explain on the meaning and implication of scientific results, information, or arguments to specialist and non-specialist audience
  • Use different genres of communication including formal and informal modes to engage and inform peers, experts and lay person about the nature of science, its implications and impacts and the controversies surrounding scientific inquiry.
  • Use a range of tools and techniques to document details of procedures, key observations, results and conclusions and present a clear and coherent argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

3.  Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Apply well-developed technical skills, judgement and responsibility to independently locate, analyse, evaluate the merits of, synthesise, create and disseminate biological science literature, information, data and results in a digital world.
  • Use web-based resources, digital tools and technology to find, use, evaluate, analyse, synthesise and disseminate scientific information, scientific data and results.

4.  Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Locate and evaluate scientific information from multiple sources and use scientific methods and frameworks to structure and plan observations, experimentation or fieldwork investigations.
  • Use critical and analytical thinking and judgement to analyse, synthesise and generate an integrated knowledge, formulate hypotheses and test them against evidence-based biological concepts and principles.
  • Collect, record and evaluate scientific information or data from a variety of sources including self-selected sources and criteria related to the aims of the inquiry using appropriate methodologies.
  • Systematically and methodically discriminate between assertion or personal opinion and information substantiated by robust evidence.
  • Reveal insightful patterns, differences or similarities by interpreting and evaluating complex view points by asking rigorous questions to formulate hypotheses and test them against scientific facts, laws, principles and evidence.

5.  Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • Use initiative and creativity in planning, identifying and using multiple approaches to recognise, clarify, construct and solve problems taking into account relevant contextual factors.
  • Advocate scientific methodologies, hypotheses, laws, facts and principles to create solutions to authentic real world problems in biological science.

 

  • Propose one or more creative solutions that indicates a deep comprehension of the problem, ability to prioritise tasks, reflect on possibilities, judge the pros and cons of various solutions within a given context and formulate a logical solution.
  • Provide detailed and insightful scientific explanation and guidance to implement solutions in a manner that addresses multiple contextual factors and facets of the problem.

6.  Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Take personal, professional and social responsibility within changing professional biological science contexts to develop autonomy as learners and evaluate own performance.
  • Work autonomously, responsibly and safely to solve unstructured problems and actively apply knowledge of regulatory frameworks and scientific methodologies to make informed choices.
  • Consistently consider the scientific context, background information, ethical consideration and intellectual property issues to demonstrate a framework of accountability, honesty and responsibility for own learning.
  • Practice safety policies, compliance procedures and follow regulations when investigating, experimenting or conducting fieldwork and present data and evidence collected with accuracy and rigour, while acknowledging the contributions made by others.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Work independently and collaboratively as a team to contribute towards achieving team goals and thereby demonstrate interpersonal skills including the ability to brainstorm, negotiate, resolve conflicts, managing difficult and awkward conversations, provide constructive feedback and work in diverse professional, social and cultural contexts.
  • Consistently complete all assigned tasks by deadline, proactively assist others, lead, contribute to ideas and teamwork by engaging in research, constructive discussions, debates, arguments and dissemination of information in a manner that resolves conflicts and germinates ideas for further exploration.

8.  Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context

  • Apply scientific knowledge and skills with a high level of autonomy, judgement, responsibility and accountability in collaboration with others to articulate the place and importance of biology in the local and global community.
  • Demonstrate ethical, professional, social and cultural awareness and apply a framework of accountability, honesty and responsibility that indicates professionalism, objectivity and an unbiased position when working with others, including members of the society.

 Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Biological 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 19 core units (these are compulsory) and 5 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

Course structure

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World ^

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE115Essential Skills in Bioscience

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

Level 1 - Trimester 2

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE136Life On An Evolving Planet

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

plus one elective units

^Note: Students who have completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent may choose to replace SLE133 Chemistry in Our World in Trimester 1 with an elective unit.


Level 2 - Trimester 1

SLE203Plant Biology

SLE204Animal Diversity

SLE234Microbiology

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

Level 2 - Trimester 2

SLE254Genetics

SLE206Cell Biology

STP010Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)

plus one elective unit

Level 2 - Trimester 3

SLE237Biogeography


 

Level 3 - Trimester 1

SLE370Evolution

SLE324Australian Vertebrates

SLE321Molecular Biology Techniques

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 2

SLE390Professional Practice in Bioscience #

SLE360Australian Invertebrates

plus two elective units

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

Electives

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 the Bachelor of Biological Science 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 at enrolment day.

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 Bachelor of Biological Science 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

Check our Trimester 3 site to see if this course is having a Trimester 3 intake.

Applications for Trimester 3 are 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.

Workload

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.

Work experience

You’ll gain practical experience by completing a two week placement at a course-related host organisation to provide you with opportunities for workplace visits, field trips, industry learning and to establish valuable networks – giving you better insight into your possible career outcomes.

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific industry placement as part of your course. deakin.edu.au/sebe/students/wil.