Bachelor of Biomedical Science

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:01 AM on Sat, 20 November

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International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
70
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast
Gold Coast
Start date
March, July
February
Course code
3007312
Course abbreviation
BBioMedSc
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Are you fascinated by how our bodies function, what keeps us healthy and what causes disease? Or maybe why are humans so different, yet also so much the same? The Bachelor of Biomedical Science embraces these questions as you explore the human body all the way to the cellular level.

You'll gain a scientific understanding of the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationships between health and disease. Together with foundational sciences, you will explore the intricacies of human health and examine the pathological basis of disease processes. You will develop skills in problem-solving, analysis and interpretation of medical and laboratory data, as well as practical skills in laboratory methods.

This course is taught in laboratories equipped with cutting edge analytical equipment and provides a solid base in biomedical science, from anatomy, immunology, neuroscience and microbiology to haematology and more. A substantial professional placement builds invaluable on-the-job experience.

Graduate opportunities include roles across scientific and health care environments. Graduates may also qualify for postgraduate degrees such as pharmacy and physiotherapy, or choose to pursue medicine or other careers.

Are you fascinated by how our bodies function, what keeps us healthy and what causes disease? Or maybe why are humans so different, yet also so much the same? The Bachelor of Biomedical Science embraces these questions as you explore the human body all the way to the cellular level.

You'll gain a scientific understanding of the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationships between health and disease. Together with foundational sciences, you will explore the intricacies of human health and examine the pathological basis of disease processes. You will develop skills in problem-solving, analysis and interpretation of medical and laboratory data, as well as practical skills in laboratory methods.

This course is taught in laboratories equipped with cutting edge analytical equipment and provides a solid base in biomedical science, from anatomy, immunology, neuroscience and microbiology to haematology and more. A substantial professional placement builds invaluable on-the-job experience.

Graduate opportunities include roles across scientific and health care environments. Graduates may also qualify for postgraduate degrees such as pharmacy and physiotherapy, or choose to pursue medicine or other careers.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

An applicant who has completed a Certificate III qualification will not be admitted solely on the basis of this qualification.

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.4
Bangladesh HSC3.6
Canada High School OSSD50
Chile PSU6.4 overall 600-649
China Gao Kao449
Colombia CB (NAT)81, overall 300-349
Denmark USSLE6.2
France FB11
German Abitur3
Hong Kong HKDSE14
India CBSE (best 4)8.5 in external exam
India CISCE71
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)78 in academic
Indonesia SMA8.2
International Baccalaureate24
Japan USSLC4
Korea, Republic of, CSAT298
Malaysia ICSSUEC71
Malaysia STPM5 (3 A levels
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate73
Nepal Proficiency Certificate82
Norway GPA1.5
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams77
Pakistan HSSC Pre-Eng and Pre-Med streams31
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)2.5 pass Eng & Math
Peru OCSE17
Phillipines NSAT89
Russia FCCSE4.3
Saudi Arabia MESSLC83
Singapore Cambridge GCE A Level 15.5
Spain SSSD8.2
Spain STBPU7.5
Sri Lanka GCE4.5
Sweden SSLC13
Taiwan GSAT54
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate87
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 1.9
Turkey HSD4
UK Board GCE A Levels13 (4 subjects)
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1410 ACT 20
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)7.5 academic

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

This course enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of human health and the connection between disease processes and scientific laboratory investigations. Core units cover biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, immunology, neuroscience, microbiology, haematology, genetics and research.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastSession  1$28,800 ($3,600 per unit)0102161
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

STAR Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. STAR Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply for your STAR Early Offer

International students studying in Australia

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

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Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in the biomedical sciences.

Exercise critical reasoning and problem solving skills in a biomedical context.

Demonstrate the ability to accurately and critically evaluate scientific work.

Demonstrate innovative responses and solutions to challenges in the biomedical sciences.

Demonstrate the highest standards of ethics in research and in interactions with colleagues and the public.

Demonstrate professional standard knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes in all disciplines of the biomedical sciences appropriate for safe and effective contemporary practice.

Acknowledge responsibility for independent and self-directed learning and reflective practice.

Demonstrate the ability, and acknowledge responsibility, for maintaining and advancing knowledge in the biomedical sciences.

Communicate concisely and appropriately in a biomedical science setting.

Demonstrate the ability to work with efficiency and precision as part of a team of biomedical scientists.

Apply and integrate an understanding of social, Indigenous and cultural diversity and respect for the identity of all people.


Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods is used in this course including multiple choice examinations, short answer and essay examinations, case studies, tutorial and workshop presentations, debates, written assignments, simulations and clinical skills testing.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Graduates find positions in biomedical, health, university and government research; hospital, veterinary and pathology laboratories and scientific sales; quality assurance, health departments and pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Graduates may also pursue postgraduate degrees such as pharmacy and physiotherapy, or choose to pursue medicine or other careers.

Professional placement

The course structure includes 420 hours of professional placement for students to gain workplace experience in health and research facilities, such as pathology labs or research labs.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Prior to applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising any 16 core units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising any 8 core units.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement.   All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Core Units
HBIO1007Human Physiology I
CHEM1002Chemistry for Health Sciences
HBIO1008Human Physiology II
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
CHEM2002Organic Chemistry
PHYS1002Introductory Physics and Maths for Health Sciences
BIOL2007Biochemistry
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
HBIO2005Human Pathophysiology
MICR2001Microbiology
PBHL2001Epidemiology
BIOL3001Professional Experience in the Biomedical Setting Note 1
BIOL2003Neuroscience
HBIO2006Histology and Embryology
BIOL2002Molecular Genetics
MEDC2001Immunology
BIOL2005Bioinformatics
MICR2002Clinical Microbiology
BIOL2004Haematology
BIOL2006Clinical Biochemistry
STAT2001Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
Plus one of
HBIO1003Systemic Anatomy
or
HBIO1001Human Anatomy
Elective
Students wishing to pursue a career in medical laboratory science are advised to take the below unit, Transfusion Science. Otherwise, choose one elective unit from undergraduate university wide electives
MEDC2002Transfusion Science


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Year 1, Session 1
CHEM1002Chemistry for Health Sciences
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
N/A
HBIO1007Human Physiology I
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Anti-requisites BIO00307 - Human Physiology
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
HBIO1003 -  Systemic Anatomy OR HBIO1001 -  Human Anatomy
Year 1, Session 2
HBIO1008Human Physiology II
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2,3
Session2,3
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
Lismore
Session2,3
Session2,3
HBIO2006Histology and Embryology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
CHEM2002Organic Chemistry
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
N/A
PHYS1002Introductory Physics and Maths for Health Sciences
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
N/A
Year 2, Session 1
BIOL2007Biochemistry
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
BIOL2003Neuroscience
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisites(HBIO1001 - Human Anatomy OR HBIO1003 - Systemic Anatomy) AND BIO00307 - Human Physiology OR HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I
HBIO2005Human Pathophysiology
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1,3
Session3
Pre-requisitesFor students in Bachelor of Nursing - Enrolled Nurse Pathway (3007303): Must have completed or be currently enrolled in HBIO1005 - Intermediate Anatomy and Physiology For all other students: BIO00307 - Human Physiology OR HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I
Year 2, Session 2
MICR2001Microbiology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
BIOL2002Molecular Genetics
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesBIOL2007 - Biochemistry AND HBIO2005 - Human Pathophysiology
MEDC2001Immunology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
General Elective / Transfusion Science
Year 2, Session 3
STAT2001Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
Session1,2,3
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session1,3
Session1
Pre-requisites36 credit points
Year 3, Session 1
BIOL2005Bioinformatics
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MICR2002Clinical Microbiology
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesMEDC2001 - Immunology AND MICR2001 - Microbiology AND HBIO2006 - Histology and Embryology
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/clinicalplacements
BIOL2004Haematology
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
BIOL2006Clinical Biochemistry
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Year 3, Session 2
PBHL2001Epidemiology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
Session2
BIOL3001Professional Experience in the Biomedical Setting
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Year 1, Session 1
HLTH1001Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
HBIO1001 -  Human Anatomy OR HBIO1003 -  Systemic Anatomy
Year 1, Session 2
HBIO1007Human Physiology I
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Anti-requisites BIO00307 - Human Physiology
PHYS1002Introductory Physics and Maths for Health Sciences
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
N/A
Year 1, Session 3
HBIO1008Human Physiology II
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2,3
Session2,3
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
Lismore
Session2,3
Session2,3
Year 2, Session 1
CHEM1002Chemistry for Health Sciences
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
N/A
Year 2, Session 2
HBIO2006Histology and Embryology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
CHEM2002Organic Chemistry
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
N/A
Year 3, Session 1
BIOL2007Biochemistry
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
BIOL2003Neuroscience
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisites(HBIO1001 - Human Anatomy OR HBIO1003 - Systemic Anatomy) AND BIO00307 - Human Physiology OR HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I
Year 3, Session 2
MICR2001Microbiology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
BIOL2002Molecular Genetics
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesBIOL2007 - Biochemistry AND HBIO2005 - Human Pathophysiology
Year 4, Session 1
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1,3
Session3
Pre-requisitesFor students in Bachelor of Nursing - Enrolled Nurse Pathway (3007303): Must have completed or be currently enrolled in HBIO1005 - Intermediate Anatomy and Physiology For all other students: BIO00307 - Human Physiology OR HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I
HBIO2005Human Pathophysiology
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
Year 4, Session 2
MEDC2001Immunology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
STAT2001Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2
Session2
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Online
Session1,3
Session1
Pre-requisites36 credit points
Year 5, Session 1
BIOL2005Bioinformatics
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
BIOL2006Clinical Biochemistry
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Year 5, Session 2
PBHL2001Epidemiology
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
Session2
General Elective / Transfusion Science
Year 6, Session 1
MICR2002Clinical Microbiology
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesMEDC2001 - Immunology AND MICR2001 - Microbiology AND HBIO2006 - Histology and Embryology
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/clinicalplacements
BIOL2004Haematology
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Year 6, Session 2
BIOL3001Professional Experience in the Biomedical Setting
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Year 1, Session 2
HBIO1007Human Physiology I
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1,2
Session1,2
Gold Coast
Session1,2
Session1,2
Lismore
Session1,2
Session1,2
Anti-requisites BIO00307 - Human Physiology
Year 1, Session 3
HBIO1003 -  Systemic Anatomy OR HBIO1001 -  Human Anatomy
HBIO1008Human Physiology II
Session2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session2,3
Session2,3
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
Lismore
Session2,3
Session2,3
Year 2, Session 1
Follow the full-time or part-time progression from Year 1 excluding the completed units

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Complete the unit under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed unit.
Session 3
HBIO1003 -  Systemic Anatomy OR HBIO1001 -  Human Anatomy


Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: Can also be studied in Year 2, Session 2

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