Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

General

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Program Description

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Provides the knowledge, skills and attributes required to prepare graduates for the field of biomedical science.

The course covers the theory, practical experience and knowledge necessary for graduates to gain employment in the biomedical professions.

Included in the course are studies in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and biomedical ethics. Graduates can continue on to specialise in one of these laboratory disciplines: medical microbiology, clinical chemistry, transfusion science, haematology, histopathology, cytology, virology, immunology, medicine.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

One or more of the majors in this course has admission requirements. Refer to the major for more information.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

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Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete all 16 core units. In addition to this students should select either an 8-unit supporting major or a 6-unit minor plus 2 elective units. Major, minor and elective choices should be discussed with the course coordinator.

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH1101 Cultural Studies 15
MHS1101 Anatomy and Physiology 1 15
Select 1 unit from:
MAT1114 ^ Introductory Statistics 15
SCC1123 ^ Chemistry for the Life Sciences 15
Note: Students with no Chemistry or Chemistry ATAR less than 50 must take additional Chemistry and enrol in SCC1123. Students with Chemistry ATAR of 50 or greater are advised to take MAT1114.
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH1104 Introduction to Pathophysiology 15
SCC1226 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 15
MHS1102 Anatomy and Physiology 2 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH2235 Applied Microbiology 15
SCH1111 Fundamental Biomedical Techniques 15
Select 1 unit from:
HST2122 ^ Health Research Methodology 15
SCH2232 ^ Medical Biochemistry 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH2111 Applied Physiology 15
Select 2 units from:
SCH2141 ^ Advanced Biomedical Techniques 15
MMS2103 ^ Clinical Biochemistry 15
MMS2102 ^ Medical Microbiology 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Select 2 units from:
SCH3227 ^ The Biology of Human Disease 15
MMS3101 ^ Evolutionary Perspectives on Health and Disease 15
SCH3145 ^ Biomedical Ethics 15
HST3501 ^ Health Research Project 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective x 2 30

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Select 2 units from:
SCH3239 ^ Human Immunology 15
SCH3244 ^ Developmental Biology 15
SCH3434 ^ Human Reproduction, Development and Ageing 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective x 2 30

^ Core Option

Majors you can study in this course

  • Applied Chemistry
  • Data Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Human Biology
  • Human Genetics

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical biomedical situations.
  • Communicate disciplinary knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  • Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline-specific solutions/responses.
  • Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex biomedical problems.
  • Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  • Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values.

Career Opportunities

Biomedical science is a continually changing, dynamic profession with long-term career prospects, including management, research, education and specialised laboratory work.

Possible future job titles

Audiology, Biochemistry Technician, Haematology Technician, Histology Technician, Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Technician, Medical Researcher, Microbiology Technician, Biomedical Technician, Publishers Representative.

Last updated May 2020

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