BP231 - Bachelor of Biomedical Science

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Plan: BP231P10 - Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Campus: Bundoora Campus

Overview

Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Award abbreviation: BBiomedSc
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years (6 semester) full-time, or 6 years (12 semesters) part-time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/health-and-biomedical-sciences/
ASCED code: 019901
CRICOS code: 068159D

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Purpose of the Program

The objectives of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program are to provide you with a broad education in human biomedical sciences, with the ability to study in specialist areas including cell biology, neuroscience, anatomy, physiology and applied biochemistry, amongst others.  The program is delivered in face to face mode and requires on campus attendance.

In addition to a fundamental understanding of biomedical sciences, at the completion of the degree, you should have an understanding of the research process and have experience in modern technologies in biomedical research.

This program will equip you for further study in the health professions, for employment in biomedical research, or for further training to qualify for employment as a secondary school teacher. 

In your final year you will undertake BIOL2357 Practical Biomedical Science, which is a capstone course where you will be assessed on a research project undertaken independently in a workplace setting (which could be either a laboratory at RMIT or a setting outside the University) and receive feedback from those involved in your industry.

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science and with a major in Biomedical Sciences who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 are guaranteed entry with 120 credit points (= 10 courses of credit). Note that graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 may still apply and may be eligible for credit.

Course Mapping Details:

Source (VE) program courses to be completedMatched destination (HE) program courses and credit points awarded
Course Code(s) and/or Unit(s) of CompetencyCourse Title(s)Course CodeCourse TitleCP
CHEM1256ChemistryCHEM1240Chemistry for Life Sciences12
BIOL2365Biological PrinciplesBIOL2272Biology of the Cell12
ONPS2427Cell Biology and Tissue Culture
BIOL2366Scientific Research SkillsBIOL2320Introduction to Biomedical Science12
ONPS2430Introduction to Medical Science
MATH2210Data AnalysisMATH1238Statistics and Epidemiology12
BIOL2368Biochemical PrinciplesONPS2423Introduction to Medical Biochemistry12
BIOL2361Anatomy and PhysiologyBIOL2273Principles of Human Biology12
ONPS2429Introduction to Genetics and MicrobiologyBIOL2257Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics12
ONPS2431Molecular Biology and Genetics
BIOL2364BiochemistryBIOL1177Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 112
ONPS2431Molecular Biology and Genetics
 2 University Electives24

NB: While the total number of credits equals 120 credit points (=10 courses of study), the amount of time required to coomplete the remaining study may exceed 2 years.

Graduates of the RMIT C5362 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing) or C5363 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology) who acieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 are guaranteed entry with 1 year of credit (=96 credit points). Note that graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 may still apply and may be eligible for credit.

NB: While the total number of credits equals 96 credit points (=1 year of study), the amount of time required to complete the remaining study may exceed 2 years.

Course Mapping Details:

Source (VE) program courses to b completed:Matched destination (HE) program courses and credit points awarded
Course Code(s) and/or Unit(s) of CompetencyCourse TitlesCourse CodeCourse TitleCP
BIOL5229CPrepare, Standardise and Use SolutionsCHEM1240Chemistry for Life Sciences12
BIOL5230CPerform Chemical Tests and Procedures
MATH7074CProcess and interpret dataMATH1238Statistics and Epidemiology12
OFFC5320CUse Laboratory application software
MATH7075CAnalyse data and report results
BIOL5213CPerform biological proceduresBIOL2272Biology of the Cell12
BIOL5228CPerform microscopic examination
AND for C5362
BIOL5224Perform histological tests
OR for C5363
BIOL5234CPerform Tissue Culture techniques
BIOL5213CPerform biological proceduresBIOL2320Introduction to Biomedical Science12
BIOL5228CPerform microscopic examination
AND for C5362
BIOL5222CPerform haematological tests
BIOL5224CPerform Histological tests
OR for C5363
BIOL5235Perform Molecular Biology Tests and Procedures
For C5362ONPS2423Introduction to Medical Biochemistry12
BIOL5225Perform chemical pathology tests
For C5363
BIOL5232CApply Electrophoretic Techniques
BIOL5233CApply Chromatographic Techniques
HWSS6065CRecognise Healthy Body SystemsBIOL2273Principles of Human Biology12
BIOL5227CPerform aseptic techniquesBIOL2257Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics12
BIOL5222CPerform microbiological tests
AND for C5362
BIOL5226Perform Immunohaematological Tests
OR for C5363
BIOL5234CPerform Molecular Biology Tests and Procedures
  One Elective12

If you have gained a place in the program and are transferring from other Diplomas, Associate Degrees or Degrees at RMIT or other tertiary institutions you will have credit transfers determined once you have enrolled. 

If you consider you have skills and knowledge gained through formal and informal education and training, work experience, and/or life experience (including volunteer work, committee responsibilities, family duties, hobbies) that may entitle you to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or credit, you should apply for them at enrolment or before making course selection decisions.

Those who successfully complete the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, and attain a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 may be eligible to enter into BH058, Bachelor of Health and Biomedical Science (Honours) or related Honours programs. For entrance requirements, please refer to the program guide for BH058.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (unresolved).

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 —  a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematics (any) or Physics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

 

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in Biomedical Science.

Graduates may be eligible for membership of a number of Australian professional societies including the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT), and the Molecular and Experimental Pathology Society of Australasia (MEPSA).

  • Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR): www.asmr.org.au
  • The Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT): www.ascept.org
  • Molecular and Experimental Pathology Society of Australasia (MEPSA): www.mepsa.org

The program has extensive links with industry through their Program Advisory Committees (PACs), and through research projects and consulting. Employers and industry professionals are members of these Program Advisory Committees, and have contributed to both the initial development and ongoing improvement of this program. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and to the needs of graduate employers.

Many of the teaching staff within the program are (or have been) practicing industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks.  This experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: www.rmit.edu.au/library and http://rmit.libguides.com/biomedical

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit).

Other resources

Within the School of Health & Biomedical Sciences there are three laboratories which have individual workstations. These will be used in a variety of your classes to enhance your IT skills.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face-to-face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long-term medical condition or other form of disadvantage that may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation and fitness activities, as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students

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