Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

302395 v.2 Bachelor of Science (Life Sciences)


This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas


This is a generic science degree in the area of human biology and genetics that is studied completely by distance education. It is designed for people who want to understand more about the human body, including its structure and function, physiology and biochemistry, and evolutionary development. The program may be of a particular interest to people who want to enhance their work and professional prospects in a relevant field and underpin experiential knowledge with a solid theoretical base. The degree is not a laboratory practice professional award. It offers units in: physiology, biochemistry, genetics and human and molecular biology complemented by electives chose in consultation with the Course Coordinator. With most units having a practical/experimental component, extensive use is made of innovative strategies for distance education, such as: home experiment kits, electronic stimulation, video and online activities.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

None. TEE Chemistry, Applicable Mathematics, Human Biology, Biology desirable.

Specific Requirements

The STAT is not accepted for entry to this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

Duration and Availability

The course is three years full-time or equivalent part-time study. It is only available by distance education.

Course Organisation

Electives are chosen in consultation with the course coodinator.

Career Opportunities

It is expected that the program will appeal to people already in employment. For other graduates, this generic science degree offers opportunities in many different fields including: genetic counselling, science information (for example, as a journalist,librarian or archivist) or research. Graduates interested in pursuing a teaching career could teach human biology following completion of a Graduate Diploma in Education. With additional study of areas such as physics - the program offers a basis for postgraduate study in: medicine and dentistry; physiotherapy; occupational therapy; speech pathology; clinical audiology or chiropractic.

Additional Course Expenses

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

Course Structure



Year 1

1643 v.7   Human Biology 133 4.0 25.0
1644 v.7   Human Biology 134 4.0 25.0
302409 v.2   Chemistry For Life Sciences 101 10.0 25.0
302410 v.2   How Cells Work 102 10.0 25.0
302411 v.2   Introductory Microbiology 103 10.0 25.0
302412 v.3   Laboratory Science 104 10.0 25.0
302413 v.2   Measurement in Laboratory Science 105 10.0 25.0
303168 v.3   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 180 2.0 12.5
7713 v.9   Health Science Communication 180 2.0 12.5

Year 2

302416 v.2   Basic and Applied Immunology 201 10.0 25.0
302417 v.2   Biochemistry 202 10.0 25.0
302419 v.2   Microbiology and You 204 10.0 25.0
302420 v.2   Physiological Concepts 205 10.0 25.0
302503 v.2   Integrative Physiology 206 10.0 25.0
302506 v.2   Introduction to Molecular Genetics 207 10.0 25.0
307081 v.1   Histology Theory and Applications 201 10.0 25.0

Year 3

302418 v.3   Bioinformatics 304 12.0 25.0
302421 v.2   Human Movement and Health 301 10.0 25.0
302423 v.3   Biomolecular Processes 302 12.0 25.0
302425 v.2   Our Internal Internet - Its Structure and Function 304 12.0 25.0
303107 v.3   Human Evolution 305 10.0 25.0
308060 v.2   Disease Principles and Processes 303 12.0 25.0
308061 v.1   Life Sciences Research Project 304 12.0 25.0
309317 v.1   Human Evolution 306 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1       Y  
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2       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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