Course Title: Introduction to Biomedical Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Biomedical Science

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Jeremy Keens

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7308

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.037

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to scientific methods and practice, effective learning, ethics, controversies, communication and presentation skills, information retrieval and application, and applies them through enquiry-based learning of topics and issues within the area of Biomedical Science.

In addition, the course will facilitate the transition from previous study to the RMIT learning environment.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. The experience is provided through a project which is taken through the stages of design, data collection, data analysis and written and verbal communication

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for Biomedical Science (BP231)

  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of biomedical science (PLO 1)
  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO 3)
  • Demonstrate effective communication of biomedical science (PLO 4)
  • Demonstrate accountability for your own learning and scientific work (PLO 5)

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:  

  1. Identify the skills and opportunities available though the study of biomedical science.
  2. Apply established models and theories of scientific enquiry and methodology.
  3. Demonstrate professional practice, including OH&S, problem solving and understanding of the importance of the field.
  4. Demonstrate skills in Information literacy and numeracy, including learning and personal management skills, statistics and research design.
  5. Communicate effectively in both written and verbal presentations.
  6. Work effectively in teams

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be delivered through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • workshops and laboratory sessions

The learning activities of this course takes place in lectures and tutorial classes.  There will be guest seminars, library tours, group problem solving exercises as well as group presentations.  The problem solving exercises and presentations are designed to develop your analytical skills drawing on knowledge and examples offered in lectures and tutorial classes.  The structured tutorial classes are provided to give you the opportunity to make a successful transition from secondary school to the University environment, as well as to debate controversies in modern Biomedical science through active participation in group presentations.

There will be 25 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial and practicals. At least 15 hours  will be identified on the timetable to work on data collection, analysis and reporting.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture and on-line material

The lectures and reading material are intended to support and accompany recommended texts. They do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.

The course site through myRMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Data analysis assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Poster assignment (all group)

o   presentation of experimental  - 15%

o   literature review - 10%

o   poster presentation – 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Personal interpretation

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Quizzes based on the 2 lab visits

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 1