BH101 - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)

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Plan: BH101BI - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Biology) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

You will experience a wide range of learning environments – lectures, tutorials, online delivery, individual and group work. Lectures, tutorials and seminars are used extensively in the program to communicate knowledge and ideas about the role of Biology in society. 

Of particular importance is the high proportion of time you will spend in the laboratory and undertaking project and field work which will provide emphasis to developing practical skills and capabilities, develop teamwork and time-management skills and provide context for your learning process.

You are expected to participate in face-to-face activities including lectures, demonstrations, labs and tutorials. Information given in these activities may not be available otherwise and will most likely impact on your success in the course.

A number of courses are adapted to online delivery. Many courses are also making use of Canvas for electronic provision of course material, tutorial problems, past exams and other relevant documents. Several courses in the program are delivered online, rather than on-campus, and you are likely to find that other courses transition to online delivery as you progress through the program.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, as appropriate to the material being taught, the skills being acquired and the capabilities developed. Formative and summative assessment tasks are undertaken throughout courses in the program.  

Formative assessment is often carried out during a course and provides you opportunity for immediate evidence of your learning. Its purpose is to improve the quality of your learning, and classroom and laboratory assessment are the most common formative assessment techniques. In-class discussions, revision problems, and past exam papers, are available for you to gauge your understanding of the lecture material. 

Course goals and objectives reflect the cumulative nature of the learning process and summative assessment, usually at the end of the course, is used to ensure you have met these course aims. Exams, assignments, oral and written presentations, laboratory and studio reports and project reports will be used as part of, and as a measure of, your learning.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Service if you would like to find out more.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - refer to: www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he

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Work integrated learning

RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience.  As a student enrolled in this RMIT program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and  demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities; and
  • complete these activities in real or simulated work contexts or situations.

In this program, you will be doing specific course(s) that focus on work integrated learning (WIL). You will be assessed on professional or vocational work in a work place setting (real or simulated) and receive feedback from practicing professionals in your field. 

In second year, you will carry out a research-oriented activity mentored by a research active scientist in ONPS1664 Science Mentored Research Placement 1.

In third year, you will undertake a second research-oriented activity mentored by a research active scientist in ONPS1665 Science Mentored Research Placement 2. You will also complete ONPS2186 Science Project 1 and ONPS2335/ENVI1225 The Professional Scientist. In both of these courses you will have the opportunity to learn, apply and demonstrate professional science practice.

In the fourth year of study, you will carry out a major research project in the four Science Honours Project courses (ONPS2663 Science Honours Project 1, ONPS2452 Science Honours Project 2, ONPS2454 Science Honours Project 3 and ONPS2456 Science Honours Project 4). In these courses you will work individually under the guidance of a research active scientist.

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Program Structure

Please note that some courses listed in this structure will have their course marks count toward your program's weighted average mark. Your weighted average mark will determine the honours level of your award once you have completed the program. If a course counts toward your weighted average mark, that fact will be stated in its course guide. In Enrolment Online, after you completed your course enrolment, you will be notified which of the enrolled courses will count toward the weighted average mark.
 

For more information about the weighted average mark, please click here

To graduate you must complete the following:

All courses listed may not be available each semester

 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Cell Structure and Function 12 BIOL1159 Bundoora Campus
BIOL2146 City Campus
Animal Structure and Function 12 BIOL2258 City Campus
Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics 12 BIOL2256 City Campus
BIOL2257 Bundoora Campus
Scientific Skills and Communication 12 ONPS2334 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) of the following Chemistry Options:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Chemistry of Materials 1 12 CHEM1030 City Campus
Chemistry Principles 12 CHEM1242 City Campus
CHEM1243 Bundoora Campus
AND
Select and complete One (1) of the following Mathematics Options:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Calculus and Analysis 1 12 MATH1141 Bundoora Campus
MATH1142 City Campus
Mathematics and Statistics 12 MATH2123 City Campus
AND
Select and complete One (1) of the following Physics Options

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Physics for Leaders 12 PHYS2124 City Campus
Mechanics 12 PHYS2122 City Campus
AND
Select and complete One (1) Course from any:
University Elective
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Biological Chemistry 12 BIOL2260 City Campus
Genetics and Molecular Biology 12 BIOL2262 City Campus
BIOL2263 Bundoora Campus
Animal Diversity 12 BIOL2151 City Campus
BIOL2153 Bundoora Campus
Microbiology 12 BIOL2158 City Campus
BIOL2159 Bundoora Campus
Plant Structure and Function 12 BIOL2156 City Campus
BIOL2157 Bundoora Campus
Plant Diversity 12 BIOL2270 City Campus
Ecology 12 ENVI1009 City Campus
Science Mentored Research Placement 1 12 ONPS1664 City Campus
 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Six (6) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Cell and Tissue Culture 12 BIOL2264 City Campus
Environmental Biotechnology 12 BIOL2324 City Campus
Ecotoxicology 12 BIOL2162 City Campus
Marine Biology 12 BIOL2128 Bundoora Campus
BIOL2255 City Campus
Science Project 1 12 ONPS2186 City Campus
Science Mentored Research Placement 2 12 ONPS1665 City Campus
AND
{
Select and Complete the following Professional Scientist Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

The Professional Scientist 12 ENVI1225 City Campus
OR
Select and Complete the following Professional Scientist Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

The Professional Scientist 12 ONPS2335 City Campus
}
AND
Select and complete One (1) Course from any:
University Elective
 
AND

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Year Four of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Science Honours Research Methods 12 ONPS2412 City Campus
Honours Science 1 12 ONPS2313 City Campus
ONPS2407 Bundoora Campus
Science Honours Project 1 24 ONPS2663 City Campus
Honours Science 2 12 ONPS2314 City Campus
ONPS2408 Bundoora Campus
Science Honours Project 2 12 ONPS2452 City Campus
ONPS2453 Bundoora Campus
Science Honours Project 3 12 ONPS2454 City Campus
ONPS2455 Bundoora Campus
Science Honours Project 4 12 ONPS2456 City Campus
ONPS2457 Bundoora Campus
 

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Program transition plan

2021 Program Amendment:

ONPS2335 The Professional Scientist has been moved from a core course to an option course, and ENVI1225 The Professional Scientist has been added to the program structure. This has been done to facilitate your ability to take a Professional Scientist course in either Semester 1, or Semester 2. You are still required to complete one Professional Scientist course.

Prior to 2020

Depending on the major you are currently enrolled in, you will be assisted to transfer to a new plan of BH101 Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar) (Honours):

If by sem 2, 2018 you have commenced the following BH101 Major, you will be eligible to transfer to a new BH101 offering with the following testamur title:
Biology Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar) (Honours) Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Biology) (Honours)
Biotechnology Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar) (Honours) Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Biotechnology) (Honours)
Chemistry Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar) (Honours) Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Chemistry) (Honours)
Physics Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar) (Honours) Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Physics) (Honours)

Students with unique requirements due to mid-year or part time enrolment or other individual circumstances are advised to discuss their enrolment with the program coordinator.

All credits gained to date will count towards the new program plan.  

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