Bachelor of Biomedical Science
About this course
The Bachelor of Biomedical Science provides a scientific understanding of the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationships between health and disease. Students develop problem solving skills, and learn how to apply those skills to their chosen discipline. A number of electives are available to enable students to learn about their chosen fields of study from both scientific and health perspectives.
Graduates of this degree may qualify for entry into a range of graduate health professional programs including postgraduate medicine, pharmacy and physiotherapy.
Positions in biomedical, health, university and government research; hospital, veterinary and pathology laboratories and scientific sales; quality assurance, health departments and pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Graduates may also pursue postgraduate studies in the medical field.
The course structure includes 300 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.
Major areas of study
This course enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of human health and the connection between disease processes and scientific laboratory investigations. Units include biochemistry, human physiology, anatomy, immunology, neuroscience, microbiology, clinical bacteriology, health law and ethics, research methods, and other areas relevant to biomedical science.
A variety of assessment methods is used in this course including multiple choice examinations, short answer and essay examinations, case studies, tutorial and workshop presentations, debates, written assignments, simulations and clinical skills testing.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
The distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.
- Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.
An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.
MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
Equipment and facilities
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
Specialist facilities include access to fully equipped and up to date scientific laboratories including the chemistry lab for biomedical sciences sciences and biochemistry, and state-of-the-art facilities for human anatomy and physiology, visit scu.edu.au/healthlabs
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
To be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of twenty four (24) units (or 288 credit points) comprising the units listed in the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, has successfully completed not less than 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 in Clinical Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.
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.
Schedule of units
How to apply
Distance education (external)
Applications for this course to study by distance education are made directly to SCU via our online application service.
Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.
Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.
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