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Biomedical Science (BSc)

  • B1380BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (MEDICAL, MOLECULAR AND FORENSIC SCIENCES)

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Title Biomedical Science (BSc)
Course Code B1380
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biomedical Science
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description Biomedical Science provides students with an opportunity to focus their training and experience in human and medical biology, applying the principles of cellular and molecular biology to the understanding of normal function and disease. The major integrates biomedical science themes at the molecular, cellular and whole-body level and addresses the remarkable advances being made by modern biomedical research. Knowledge from the fundamental disciplines of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology and cell biology is integrated with, and applied to, knowledge in the paraclinical disciplines of pathology, microbiology/parasitology, immunology, pharmacology and molecular genetics, with the option of electives such as haematology. Teaching of these fundamental subjects is carried out in a systematic way with theoretical instruction backed up with extensive practical laboratory training. The major is excellent preparation for a career in medical research and
related areas, or entry into a graduate medical degree.
The Bachelor of Science (Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences) is a flexible degree with single/double major and major/minor combinations that builds deep understanding and practical experience in specific areas of expertise, and which provides opportunities for industry and community engagement. Studies can be undertaken in different specialisations or across other disciplines to broaden understanding of the way in which science operates in relation to the social, business, health and policy environments. This degree provides sound preparation for students aspiring to entry into higher level postgraduate courses such as medicine, or for research at Honours/PhD level.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes Knowledge
MLO1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of biomedical science.

MLO2. Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of bi medical science, including the processes involved in developing scientific knowledge.

Skills
MLO3. Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate biomedical information from a range of sources.

MLO4. Demonstrate well-developed experimental and technical skills by performing and analysing the outcomes of biomedical laboratory investigations.

MLO5. Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills.

Application
MLO6. Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex biomedical problems by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement.

MLO7. Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct as a member of the biomedical
science community.
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge
CLO1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of at least one scientific discipline.
CLO2. Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods of science, including the processes involved in developing scientific knowledge.
Skills
CLO3. Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate scientific information from a range of sources.
CLO4. Demonstrate well-developed experimental and technical skills by performing and analysing the outcomes of scientific laboratory investigations.
CLO5. Convey scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral communication skills.
Application
CLO6. Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and well-developed judgement.
CLO7. Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct as a member of the scientific community.
Employment Prospects Medical Research, Medical Diagnosis, Medical Biotechnology, Government and Policy, Pharmaceutical Industry, Universities, Hospitals, Scientific Sales and Marketing, Education
Recommended Double Majors Mathematics and Statistics
Recommended Minors Applied Statistics; Bioinformatics; Forensic Biology; Human Anatomy; Molecular Biology; Pharmacology
Excluded Minors Biomedical Science
Main research areas Clinical Sciences, Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Parasitology, Haematology, Biotechnology, Human Genetics, Public Health, Neuroscience, Molecular Medicine, Systems Medicine
Further Study A fourth year of study is available in the form of an Honours year.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 9 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Select from the following:

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

VLS302 Professional Placement in Veterinary and Life Sciences - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-placement, SUM-placement

Core Units - 15 credit points

BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BMS101 Introduction to the Human Body - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO152 Cell Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 180 places), S2-internal

Major Units - 24 credit points

Required Units - 21 credit points

BMS107 Foundations of Vertebrate Form and Function - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BMS206 Biomedical Physiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO247 Biochemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BMS211 Medical Immunology and Molecular Genetics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BMS314 Pathological Basis of Disease - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BMS317 Human Pharmacology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BMS315 Advances in Medical Science - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

BMS212 Medical Microbiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BMS316 Parasitology: People, Pets and Wildlife - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Options - 24 credit points

Major 2 /Co-Major /Minor /General Elective

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