Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

173299 v.4 Bachelor of Science (Medical Science)


Course CRICOS Code: 010551G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 3 Years


Medical science is divided into six major areas of study: clinical biochemistry; haematology and blood transfusion serology; histopathology; diagnostic cytology; medical microbiology; medical biotechnology and immunology. All disciplines involve the study, examination and analysis of body fluids and tissues by physical, chemical, biochemical and biological methods to provide information essential for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

None. TEE Chemistry, Applicable Mathematics and Human Biology or Biology are desirable.

Specific Requirements

Applicants with TAFE qualifications should contact the School to arrange an interview. The STAT is not accepted for entry to this course. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.


Applicants without some of these TEE subjects will be considered but may be required to do extra work in first semester.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This course is three years full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Intermediate Awards I

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of the Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate awards approved for this course appear below.

Intermediate Awards II

Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Techniques

Course Organisation

The first year of the course provides a foundation in life and general sciences together with attention to communication skills. The first year medical laboratory science units form a basis for the study of the individual disciplines in the second year. In the third year of the course, there is specialisation in three major disciplines, plus a requirement to complete four weeks (or 160 hours) of work experience. Students will have completed all prescribed units in the year before proceeding to subsequent years. Students are advised that maximum and minimum student enrolment quotas will apply in third year units.

Professional Recognition

The Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and other appropriate professional societies recognise the bachelor degree as fulfilling academic requirements for membership. However, for admission to full membership of the Australian Institute of MedicalScientists, graduates must complete a professional component of postgraduate employment in an approved laboratory.

Career Opportunities

A degree in medical science offers a diversity of career opportunities in hospital laboratories, academic and research centres, private pathology, veterinary pathology, the biomedical and biotechnology industries, as well as employment opportunities overseas.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

1643 v.7   Human Biology 133 4.0 25.0
302364 v.2   Measurement in Laboratory Science 131 1.0 12.5
4715 v.5   Medical Laboratory Science 131 5.0 25.0
7076 v.5   Chemistry 123 5.5 25.0
7713 v.9   Health Science Communication 180 2.0 12.5

Year 1 Semester 2

1644 v.7   Human Biology 134 4.0 25.0
302467 v.2   Introduction to Microbiology 132 3.0 12.5
307590 v.1   Data Evaluation and Experimental Design 101 3.0 12.5
7077 v.5   Chemistry 124 8.5 25.0
7842 v.5   Medical Laboratory Science 132 4.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

10076 v.2   Molecular Biology 231 2.0 12.5
302422 v.2   Histopathology 231 4.0 12.5
302430 v.1   Haematology 231 5.0 25.0
302466 v.1   Medical Microbiology 231 5.0 25.0
8804 v.9   Biochemistry 231 5.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 2

302426 v.2   Histopathology 232 5.0 25.0
302431 v.1   Haematology 232 3.0 12.5
302436 v.2   Immunobiology 232 3.0 12.5
302477 v.2   Clinical Microbiology 232 5.0 25.0
8054 v.9   Clinical Biochemistry 232 5.0 25.0

Year 3 Full Year

302495 v.2   Professional Practice 331 11.0 50.0
  SELECT 3 OPTIONS   150.0
Optional Units to Select From in Year 3 Full Year Hrs/Wk Credits
9076 v.8   Clinical Biochemistry 331 5.0 50.0
9078 v.6   Haematology 331 7.0 50.0
9080 v.7   Histopathology 331 7.0 50.0
9082 v.6   Medical Microbiology 331 7.0 50.0
11923 v.2   Diagnostic Cytology 331 7.0 50.0
Optional Units to Select From in Year 3 Semester 1 Hrs/Wk Credits
4713 v.4   Medical Biotechnology 331 8.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select From in Year 3 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credits
8856 v.5   Immunology 332 7.0 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        
2006 BPI Intern'l Group S'pore Trimester 1A Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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