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Key details

Duration

3 year/s full-time
6 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

Casuarina campus
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

240

Course code

WBMSC1
SATAC/UAC codes
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Overview

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is an exciting undergraduate degree designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to confidently work in a range of biomedical fields, majoring in an area of study that aligns with your interests; medical science, microbiology, health or nutrition.

Our three-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) course develops your knowledge and hands-on laboratory experience in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, pathophysiology and molecular biology, with a focus on Indigenous and rural health. It provides an understanding of the structure and function of both the healthy and diseased body at the system, cellular and molecular level and advance knowledge in your area of specialisation. You will also complete studies in complementary areas to expand your social and employability skills; this coupled with workplace experience will ensure you are ready for employment.

The degree includes 50 hours of voluntary work placement with community organisations engaged in not-for-profit activities (e.g. sporting clubs, events, tourism centres).

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

Engineering student Johanna Luck

Why study health at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance

What will I study?

This course provides an integrated approach to examining contemporary issues in health and disease. Students gain underpinning theoretical knowledge as well as practical laboratory experience in a range of discipline areas including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology and molecular and cellular biology.

Course structure



A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements

Core Units
(14 units)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

140cp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compulsory Core units totalling 140 credit points as per the list of units detailed below.

SBI150 Cellular Biology
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SCH101 Chemical Concepts OR SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (title change 2021)
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry
MLS283 Clinical Immunology
PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare
HSC318 Rural and Remote Health
MLS310 Professional Practice (available from 2023)
SPE383 Research Methods

Specialist Electives A
(8 units)

 

80cp

 

Specialist Elective A units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below.
Students must select units from one (1) specialisation.

Medical Science
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology

Plus
Complete 70 credit points selected from the following units.
At least 30cp at 300 level must be completed.
HSC112 Basic Epidemiology
MLS101 Haematology 1
MLS202 Haematology 2
PSY228 Neuroscience and Biological Bases of Behaviour
SBI241 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice
SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1 
SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry
SPE261 Functional Anatomy
MLS300 Cell Pathology
MLS301 Transfusion Medicine
PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry
PHA312 Infectious Diseases
SBI302 Clinical Microbiology 2

Microbiology
HSC112 Basic Epidemiology
HSC122 Foundations of Public Health
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology
SBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice
SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1 
PHA312 Infectious Diseases
PHM301 Exploring Public Health
SBI302 Clinical Microbiology 2

Health
SBI190 Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals

Plus
Complete 70 credit points from the following units.
At least 30cp at 300 level must be completed.
HSC111 Ethics in Healthcare
HSC112 Basic Epidemiology
HSC122 Foundations of Public Health
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
AOD202 Alcohol and Other Drugs
HSC202 Social Media in Health Promotion
HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management
HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing
HSC213 Health Informatics
AOD311 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs Field
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health
PSY390 Counselling
SPE330 Physical Activity in Special Population

Nutrition
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
SBI190 Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals
HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction
SBI242 Pharmacology for Clinical Practice
NUT303 Food Science
PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry
PHM301 Exploring Public Health
SPE320 Nutrition and Health

Specialist Electives B
(2 units)

 

20cp

 

Specialist Elective B units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.
Students must select 10 credit points from Social Skills and Employability Skills.

Social Skills (10cp)
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A
PSY151 Introduction to Psychology B
PSY116 Psychology Skills
SWK102 Communication Skills
HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction
PSY203 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
PSY219 Social Psychology
SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work

Employability Skills (10cp)
COM105 Business and Communication Skills
ENG175 Internet of Things
ENT101 Entrepreneurship Part A (5cp) AND ENT102 Entrepreneurship Part B (5cp)
HIT140 Foundations of Data Science
HIT164 Computing Fundamentals
MKT103 Fundamentals of Marketing
MAN105 Introduction to Management
ENT202 Innovation: Strategies and Systems
PMO201 Project Management

  240cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

Course Changes - 2022
Dietetics specialisation has been renamed to 'Nutrition'.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (intensive) OR SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics CO
SCH101 Chemical Concepts (intensive) OR SCH104 Introductory Chemistry CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health CO SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology OR SBI190 Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals SE
SBI150 Cellular Biology CO Specialist Elective (Social Skills) SE
Year 2
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry CO MLS283 Clinical Immunology CO
SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare CO PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics CO
Specialist Elective 1 SE SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
Specialist Elective 2 SE HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
Year 3
SPE383 Research Methodology CO MLS310 Professional Practice (available from 2023) CO
Specialist Elective (Employability Skills) SE Specialist Elective 5 SE
Specialist Elective 3 SE Specialist Elective 6 SE
Specialist Elective 4 SE Specialist Elective 7 SE

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (intensive) OR SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics CO
    SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
    SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology OR SBI190 Microbiology for Healthcare Professionals SE
    Specialist Elective (Social Skills) SE
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO MLS283 Clinical Immunology CO
SCH101 Chemical Concepts (intensive) OR SCH104 Introductory Chemistry CO PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics CO
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health CO SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
Year 3
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 4 SE
Specialist Elective 2 SE Specialist Elective 5 SE
Specialist Elective 3 SE MLS310 Professional Practice (available from 2023) CO
Year 4
SPE383 Research Methodology CO    
Specialist Elective (Employability Skills) SE    
Specialist Elective 6 SE    
Specialist Elective 7 SE    

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Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

As this course requires you to undertake a community project, you must demonstrate compliance with the following checks and requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation is obtained prior to commencing the community project. A national and/or international police check and a current Working with Children check is required regarding suitability to undertake clinical/fieldwork placements.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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I've had the unique opportunity to explore tropical and rural health, which I may not have had the exposure to had I studied elsewhere.

Katie

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health, Science, Environmental Science and Management

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104911
590580
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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