Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Biomedical Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
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
LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code085577M
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 76.40
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 73.00
English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code S323
VTAC Codes1400314111 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514111 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Biomedical Science at Deakin covers the science underpinning medical applications, from basic biology to specific disease processes to provide you with a thorough understanding of human biology and health, with an emphasis on causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease at the molecular, cellular and system levels.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is a flexible and topical program, and our multidisciplinary approach enables you to learn about your chosen field of study from both scientific and health perspectives.

Throughout the course you’ll gain relevant and wide-ranging practical experience in the laboratory to ensure you graduate with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required across a diverse range of careers.

You also have the opportunity to participate in a global science placement overseas and to apply for an Industry-Based Learning placement. Placement opportunities enable 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

As a graduate of Deakin's Bachelor of Biomedical Science you will be able to enter a vast range of health-related industries including medical research, genetic engineering, the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical/medical sales and laboratory technology. You can also advance to honours or postgraduate studies, either in more specialised areas of biomedical science (which will enhance your professional development as a scientist), or in other disciplines (which will complement your scientific training and broaden your career opportunities).

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.

  • Develop foundational knowledge of chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology to demonstrate broad and coherent understanding of molecular, cellular and physiological aspects of human biology and disease.
  • Use scientific process of experimentation from conception of an idea to testing of hypotheses and interpretation of scientific information, and apply procedures in order to explore, experiment and expand knowledge in familiar and unfamiliar situations.
  • Critically evaluate current and historical scientific literature, generate original ideas, and effectively apply theoretical knowledge to the conception of new ideas, interpretation of biomedical information and professional practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles, laws and theories of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics in order to explain the role of biomolecules in the context or cells, organs and systems.
  • Consistently follow experimental procedures to accurately and autonomously implement standard procedures and apply principles of safety and effectively use scientific equipment required for formulating scientific data.
  • Test and contest scientific information by conceptualising, experimenting and reflecting on own knowledge, current and historical scientific literature and use evidence to formulate scientific opinion.

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

  • Apply well-developed communication skills to illustrate ideas and conceptions clearly and coherently using a variety of tools and techniques that engage scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Articulate scientific information in a structured form to describe scientific problems, formulate hypotheses, analyse evidence in order to support or oppose the interpretations of findings and conclusions, in light of the evidence from scientific studies.
  • 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 audiences.
  • Use a range of tools and techniques to document details of procedures, key observations, results and conclusions, and to explain and argue the limits and limitations of scientific information, experimental data and various viewpoints by taking into consideration error, probability, conclusions, arguments and evidence.

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

  • Locate, analyse and interpret information to differentiate established facts from new evidence using scientific tools in a digital world to formulate an opinion.
  • Evaluate information using evidence from a range of reliable sources to establish scientific knowledge, recognise ambiguity and disseminate information.
  • Select and apply methods and technologies to locate, analyse and interpret merits and evidence of information to articulate scientific rationale and opinion.
  • Use technological resources, to systematically and methodically discriminate between assertion and personal opinion, and analyse, synthesise and disseminate data and information, with responsibility and accountability.

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

  • Use abstract, analytical and logical reasoning to critically evaluate scientific arguments and approaches.
  • Apply critical reasoning in a variety of situations to scope, interpret and structure investigations to develop an in-depth knowledge for professional biomedical practice.
  • Reveal insightful patterns, differences or similarities by interpreting and evaluating scientific information, arguments, and view points by asking rigorous questions to formulate hypotheses, and test them against known scientific facts, laws, principles and evidence.
  • Consistently demonstrate judgement and responsibility through the structure of scientific investigations to reason, interpret and evaluate practice.

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

  • Identify scientific problems and use structured approaches and experimental strategies to formulate and propose solutions by taking into account relevant discipline and contextual factors.
  • Use judgement to convince scientific and non-scientific audience, in the use of strategies to generate solutions to real world problems.
  • Use initiative and propose one or more creative solutions that indicate comprehension of the scientific problem, ability to prioritise tasks, reflect on possibilities, judge the pros and cons of various solutions within a given context in order to 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.

  • Evaluate own knowledge and skills using frameworks of reflection and take responsibility for learning and performance.
  • Work responsibly and safely in scientific and professional environments to enrich the ideas of others by sharing learning experiences.
  • Consistently use initiative and responsibility to evaluate own knowledge and skills using reflective learning and document on experiences made, effectiveness of current practice and possible improvements.
  • Consistently consider the scientific context, background information, ethical and professional conduct to demonstrate a framework of accountability, honesty and responsibility through collaboration, contribution and sharing of ideas, information and practice when working with others.

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

  • Work effectively as a team member, assuming various roles and utilising effective teamwork skills in order to achieve goals.

 

 

  • Work collaboratively as a team by contributing to the development and success of other members, proactively resolve issues, assume various team roles to demonstrate responsibility and accountability as a team member.
  • Apply professional judgement to provide constructive feedback and to communicate ideas, concepts, results and findings clearly by using evidence that substantiates claims.

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

  • Apply ethical practice in professional situations to demonstrate responsibility as practitioners when working with people from diverse cultures and communities.
  • Identify and prioritise local, national and global issues and concerns and contribute towards solving real world problems from the context of biomedical science.

 

  • Demonstrate ethical, professional, social and cultural awareness and apply a framework of accountability and responsibility that indicates professionalism, objectivity and an unbiased position when working with others, including members of the society.
  • Apply global perspectives to express professional position in order to manage technical, economic, social, and health related problems from a biomedical perspective.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Biomedical 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 15 core units (these are compulsory and includes a professional practice unit) and 6 units from a major study (you will be required to complete at least one major).

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

Students must complete one of the following major sequences:

Course structure

Core

You must complete all units below:

Level 1 - Trimester 1

SLE115Essential Skills in Bioscience

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World ^

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

plus one elective/major unit

Level 1 - Trimester 2

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SLE123Physics for the Life Sciences

plus one elective/major unit

^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

SLE212Biochemistry

SLE251Research Methods and Data Analysis

SLE234Microbiology

plus one elective/major unit

Level 2 - Trimester 2

STP010Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)

SLE254Genetics

SLE221Systems Physiology

SLE206Cell Biology +

plus one elective/major unit

+ SLE206 is offered in Trimester 2 at Burwood (Melbourne) and Trimester 3 at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


 

Level 3 - Trimester 1

SLE323Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science

plus three elective/major units

Level 3 - Trimester 2

SLE334Medical Microbiology and Immunology

SLE346Molecular Basis of Disease

SLE390Professional Practice in Bioscience #

plus one elective/major unit

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

Electives

Select from a range of electives 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

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

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.