Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Biomedical 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)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$8,796 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
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/sebe/les

LevelUndergraduate
VTAC Codes1400314111 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514111 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
CRICOS course code085577M
Deakin course code S323

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 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 physiology, biochemistry, biology, cell biology, medical microbiology and immunology, molecular and cell biology and molecular and human genetics.

Students will also complete a professional practice unit involving an experiential learning component and have the option to apply for an Industry Based Learning (IBL) 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

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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 compliment your scientific training and broaden your career opportunities).

Course rules

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

  • 15 credit points of core units (which includes a compulsory professional practice unit at level 3);
  • At least one 6 credit point approved major sequence from the list below;
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points);
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (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).

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Students must complete one of the following major sequences:

Course structure

You must complete all units below:

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program *

SLE115Essential Skills in Bioscience

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World ^

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

SLE132Biology: Form and Function

SEP122Physics for the Life Sciences

plus one elective 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 unit

Trimester 2

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

SLE254Genetics

SLE221Systems Physiology

SLE206Cell Biology +

plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE323Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science

plus three elective units

Trimester 2

SLE334Medical Microbiology and Immunology

SLE346Molecular Basis of Disease

SLE390Professional Practice in Bioscience #

plus one elective unit

* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units.

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

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

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 Biomedical 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 Biomedical 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

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.