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 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Tracy Denning

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7677

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.036

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 through 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 include a wide range of learning activities designed to stimulate an interest in both general science and discipline specific components relative to a Biomedical Scientist. The course includes lectures and interactive learning workshop sessions to provide students with a working knowledge of scientific communication and biomedical science practice. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking, problem solving skills and confidence in presentation and team working.

You will take 3 hours of lectures/workshops. It is expected that you spend a minimum of 6 hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course will use notes and online resources as its primary tools.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Written assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Workshop reports

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Oral presentations

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 4: Scientific research poster (team work)

Weighting 35%

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