Course summary

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science provides students with the scientific understanding of the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationships between health and disease. The discipline of biomedical science is based on the foundations of maths, physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, which are presented in the first year.

Students then further explore the intricacies of human health and examine the pathological basis of disease processes by studying human pathophysiology, molecular genetics, immunology, microbiology and neuroscience. Students develop skills in problem-solving, analysis and interpretation of medical and laboratory data, as well as practical skills in laboratory methods.

Graduates of this degree may qualify for entry into a range of postgraduate degrees such as medicine, pharmacy and physiotherapy.

This course enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of human health and the connection between disease processes and scientific laboratory investigations. Student can select units in biochemistry, human physiology, anatomy, immunology, neuroscience, microbiology, clinical bacteriology, health law and ethics, research methods, and other areas relevant to biomedical science.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in the biomedical sciences.

Exercise critical reasoning and problem solving skills in a biomedical context.

Demonstrate the ability to accurately and critically evaluate scientific work.

Creativity

Demonstrate innovative responses and solutions to challenges in the biomedical sciences.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate the highest standards of ethics in research and in interactions with colleagues and the public.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate professional standard knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes in all disciplines of the biomedical sciences appropriate for safe and effective contemporary practice.

Lifelong learning

Acknowledge responsibility for independent and self-directed learning and reflective practice.

Demonstrate the ability, and acknowledge responsibility, for maintaining and advancing knowledge in the biomedical sciences.

Communication and social skills

Communicate concisely and appropriately in a biomedical science setting.

Demonstrate the ability to work with efficiency and precision as part of a team of biomedical scientists.

Cultural competence

Apply and integrate an understanding of social, Indigenous and cultural diversity and respect for the identity of all people.

The course structure includes 420 hours of professional placement for students to gain workplace experience in health and research facilities, such as pathology labs or medical research labs.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Prior to applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.


Course overview

Course code

3007312

Course abbreviation

BBioMedSc

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast 1 $25,200 ($3,150 per unit) 086341A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Biomedical Science a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of twenty four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising all units listed in the Schedule of Units.

Exit Awards

A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, has successfully completed sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising any 16 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, has successfully completed eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising any 8 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement.   All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy OR BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
Follow the full-time or part-time progression from Year 1 excluding the completed units

Title Level of learning Note
Complete one or both of the units under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed unit/s.
Session 3
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy OR BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory Introductory

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: 2018 is the last time this unit will be offered. See information on the School of Health and Human Science website (https://www.scu.edu.au/school-of-health-and-human-sciences/pages/human-physiology-2019/#d.en.205492) for more information regarding changes from 2019