Courses & Units

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (M3G)

This three and a half-year full-time course is offered in Launceston by the School of Human Life Sciences.

Duration

3.5 Years full time

Up to 8 Years part time

Location

Launceston

ATAR

See entry requirements below


Course intake

Launceston
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone: 1300 363 864
Email: Course.Info@utas.edu.au
Online: Enquiries


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Duration

3.5 Years full time

Location

Launceston

Academic Requirements

See entry requirements below

CRICOS

Code: 002705F


Course intake

Launceston
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone:+61 3 8676 7017
Online: International enquiries


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Course objectives

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is designed to prepare students to work in specialised medical and pathology laboratories that provide diagnostic services that are an essential part of the health care system. The tests performed provide valuable information that is used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Many graduates continue into postgraduate study and conduct research in the areas of molecular biology, clinical chemistry, medical microbiology and haematology.

Students will gain knowledge and a variety of skills in professional areas such as: clinical chemistry, endocrinology, haematology, blood transfusion science, histopathology, microbiology, human molecular biology, and immunology.

A number of students have used this degree program to enter undergraduate and postgraduate medicine courses around Australia.

Course structure

A fixed three and a half-year (7 semester) course described in the following Schedule.

Schedule

Together with Chemistry 1B, this is a core unit for the Chemistry major, and for Environmental Science, Science and Biomedical Science students, providing them with the fundamental knowledge and concepts in inorganic and physical chemistry. Inorganic Chemistry (Chemical Bonding and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Together with Chemistry 1A, this is a core unit for the Chemistry major, and for Environmental Science, Science, and Biomedical Science students, providing them with the fundamental knowledge and concepts in organic and physical chemistry. Organic Chemistry covers the preparation,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces students to the fundamental unit of life, the cell. Concepts in basic biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics are covered in this unit, and form a fundamental core of knowledge to which students will refer throughout their…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit equips you with clinical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge that links to other first year units and that underpins learning in future units within the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Health Science and Exercise Science programs. At the end…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces the management and interpretation of quantitative information. A 'hands-on' course, developed using data which is drawn from disciplines of relevance to the students. Topics include: collecting, processing and presenting quantitative information; descriptive statistics for summarising data; data exploration techniques;…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces a systematic study of the structure and functioning of the human body, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic and defence systems.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit acquaints students with fundamental theoretical and practical concepts and principles of histology and provides the foundation for Histopathology (CXA222). The practical component develops microscopy skills and techniques learned in first semester (in CXA101 and CXA171) to allow critical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives students a basic understanding of microbiology in relation to disease processes, transmission and treatment. It covers the structure and function of microbes, their role in the infectious disease process within the human body, how microbes can be…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. They also learn theoretical and practical aspects of the histological methods used to identify…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Gives students an understanding of the immune system and its functions. Topics include: defence mechanisms against infectious agents; antigens, antibodies and related immunological substances; diseases of the immune system; the application of immunological reactions for the diagnosis and monitoring of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit provides an in-depth study of the biochemistry of metabolic fuels with an emphasis on carbohydrates & lipids, associated metabolic reactions, pathways, enzymes and metabolic regulation.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Continues the study of the structure and functioning of the various systems of the human body begun in CXA172, including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, urinary system and fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance, reproductive and digestive systems.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Expands on the understanding of biochemistry obtained in CXA261 Metabolic Biochemistry, concentrated at a molecular level. The unit is a comprehensive study of regulation of cellular metabolism and signalling along with a detailed study of the molecular mechanisms of genetic…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Covers: normal haemopoiesis, routine haematological screening procedures, quality control, quality assurance, recognition of cells of the peripheral blood, recognition of normal and abnormal features in peripheral blood smears, haemostasis, pathophysiology & laboratory investigation of bleeding and thrombotic disorders.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Imparts knowledge of quality assurance assurance requirements in the modern laboratory, including laboratory method manual preparation, sources of error in analytical testing and the use and establishment of reference ranges. The clinical significance of, current state of diagnostic testing and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives students detailed descriptions of microbial physiology, taxonomy and genetics. The unit is strongly focused on micro-organisms which are pathogenic to human beings and students are taught techniques for isolating and identifying those organisms. Interactions between microbes and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit there will be a systematic investigation of the anaemias, acute leukaemias, myeloproliferative disorders, lymphoproliferative disorders and other blood dyscrasias, including laboratory identification and investigations of these conditions.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Teaches the clinical significance of the current state of analytical testing and analytical methods employed to assess the following; liver function; carbohydrate metabolism, diabetes, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, iron status and protein abnormalities.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces students to diagnostic medical bacteriology. Skills taught include: processing of clinical specimens, recognition of normal microbiota, identification of pathogens and the undertaking of appropriate antimicrobial susceptibility tests. Students learn: aspects of laboratory safety, epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of infectious…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit extends the student's understanding of the concepts of genetics and molecular biology obtained in CXA171 Cell Biology and Function and CXA262Cell and Molecular Biochemistry. The unit focuses on medical molecular genetics providing detailed study of genetic mutations and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit covers the major blood group systems of relevance to transfusion, as well as the theoretical basis of common transfusion testing practices. The practical sessions concentrate on the skills of blood grouping, antibody screening and crossmatching. Additionally, the donation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit gives an understanding of the metabolism and function of hormones; and includes: the laboratory investigation of disorders of hormonal function including thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, hypothalamic, ovarian, testicular and renal hormones; the use of tumour markers in oncology, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Builds on CXA342, introducing students to other aspects of diagnostic microbiology, with an emphasis being placed on virology, parasitology and mycology. Aspects of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, control and treatment of infectious diseases are addressed; a knowledge of diagnostic laboratory procedures…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces students to the types of research which informs our understanding of normal and abnormal functions of the human body and of treatment and preventative health care. The unit also covers basic pharmacological and toxicological principles, the use and monitoring…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is a professional experience placement (PEP) unit, undertaken off campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Students develop an holistic view of the role of the diagnostic pathology laboratory in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is a professional experience placement (PEP) unit, undertaken off campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Students experience core and specialised areas within a modern diagnostic pathology laboratory and develop…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is a professional experience placement (PEP) unit, undertaken off campus in diagnostic pathology laboratories accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), or equivalent. Students experience core and specialised areas within a modern diagnostic pathology laboratory and develop…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

There are various career options open to medical scientists, especially in hospital clinical and pathology laboratories, private pathology services, blood transfusion services and public health laboratories. Other areas of employment are found in universities, veterinary laboratories, diagnostic companies and in medical research.

Minimum University requirements, plus minimumATAR score of 75 together with pre-tertiary Chemistry TQA3(CHM315109) or equivalent and any one of the approved Mathematics subjects (Mathematics Applied TQA3 (MTA315109), (Mathematics Methods TQA3 (MTM315109), Mathematics Specialised TQA3 (MTS315109) or equivalent. Students lacking the Chemistry or Mathematics pre-tertiary prerequisites, but who meet the ATAR and have other pre-tertiary science units can complete the Chemistry foundation unit (KRA001 Chemistry Foundation Unit) or Mathematics foundation unit (KMA003 Mathematics Foundation Unit) offered in summer semester. Alternatively, students who meet the pre-tertiary prerequisites but who do not meet the ATAR should consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Health Science, as a potential pathway to the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

SAFETY IN PRACTICE COMPLIANCE

All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health  Mandatory Functional Requirements; and
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The only exception is the Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Credit for appropriate studies completed in TAFE and other university courses may be granted.

Students interested in pursuing an honours course should contact Cecilia Shing (Honours Coordinator) - Cecilia.Shing@utas.edu.au

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.