Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated)

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Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated)

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Please note: program commences Semester 1, 2018.

Program summary

Fast-track your biomedical science studies with this accelerated degree.

This accelerated biomedical science program allows you to complete in just two years and is designed for outstanding school leavers.

You’ll complete a three-year Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree in two years through a combination of increased load in semesters and studies during the summer teaching periods. You will graduate with a program name that recognises your overall achievement in having completed a higher than normal course workload in two years. This accelerated program enables you the opportunity for early entry into either medical research through the BSc (Hons) program or postgraduate studies in medicine, dentistry and other health areas such as pharmacy, physiotherapy and medical imaging.

In this program, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how the human body works and what happens when diseases, infections and clinical disorders occur. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills for working in applied biomedical industries and medical research.

In your first year of study, you’ll develop generic analytic and communication skills, providing a strong foundation for more specialised studies in biomedical science. You’ll study foundations in medical science, cell biology, general and organic chemistry, human physiology and anatomy, and science research methods.

You’ll then develop skills and competencies in areas integral to the biomedical sciences including physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, immunology and pharmacology.

You can also pursue your interests and hone your career opportunities by studying elective courses in clinical areas such as medical genetics, biochemical pharmacology, biotechnology, medical microbiology, clinical embryology, and clinical trials coordination.

This program gives you the opportunity to link with industry and develop a specific interest in biomedical science by undertaking clinical work placements and special research projects. Placements may be in areas such as hospitals, clinical trial centres, IVF clinics, pharmaceutical companies and medical research institutes.

This program provides you with a strong base if you’d like to undertake postgraduate studies in professional areas such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or physiotherapy.

High-achieving graduates of this program may enrol in a research Honours degree, which can lead to postgraduate studies (eg. PhD) and to a career as a medical research scientist.

Career opportunities

Graduates are highly trained for employment in areas such as biomedical research; biotechnology; clinical measurements; clinical trials management; clinical embryology; communicable disease control; drug registration; pharmaceuticals; and medical microbiology.

Membership

Australian Society for Biotechnology; Australian Society for Immunology; Australian Society for Microbiology; and Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Program structure

Introductory courses (7)

COR109 Communication and Thought
LFS100 Cell Biology
LFS112 Human Physiology
LFS122 Human Anatomy
MLS101 Foundations in Medical Science
SCI105 Chemistry
SCI110 Science Research Methods

Advanced courses (11)

BIM263 Introduction to Pharmacology
BIM331 Immunology
LFS201 Systemic Physiology I
LFS202 Systemic Physiology II
LFS251 Biochemistry
LFS252 Molecular Biology
LFS261 Microbiology
LFS303 Pathophysiology

PLUS select 3 courses from the following list, of which 2 courses (24 units) must be 300 coded:

BIM202 Genes in Health and Disease
BIM203 Blood Banking and Transfusion Sciences
BIM303 Introduction to Clinical Trial Coordination
BIM341 Biochemical Pharmacology
BIM371 Clinical Embryology
CHM202 Organic Chemistry
CHM311 Medicinal Organic Chemistry
LFS262 Medical Microbiology
MBT301 Pharmaceutical and Food Microbiology
MBT352 Molecular Biotechnology
MBT353 Microbial Pathogenesis
MBT361 Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
MLS210 Advanced Haematology
MLS211 Medical Biochemistry
NUT232 Nutritional Biochemistry
SCI302 Analytical Sciences
SPX201 Functional Anatomy
SPX211 Exercise Physiology I
SPX301 Exercise in Cardiorespiratory and Metabolic Health
SRP301 Special Research Project
SRP321 Special Research Project
WPL310 Workplace Learning I
WPL320 Workplace Learning II

Elective courses (6)

Select 6 elective courses (3 courses must be at 200 or 300 level) from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering).

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory (100 coded) courses
Program notes
  • Students must commence the program in Semester 1
  • Students must progress in a full-time mode in accordance with the requirements set out by the BBiomedSc(Accel)  program and complete the program in 2-years
  • Students will be transferred to the standard Bachelor of Biomedical Science program if they (1) decide to move to part-time enrolment; (2) are unable to maintain the high course workload associated with the accelerated program; or (3) are unable to maintain a GPA of 5.5 or better each semester.
  • Students will normally enrol in five (5) courses in each semester (60 units), as well as completing additional courses over Session 8, to enable completion of the BBiomedSc(Accel) program in 2-years. However, students may enrol in up to 72 units on the recommendation of their mentor, and with the approval of the Program Coordinator
  • Where there are exceptional unforeseen circumstances such as in the case of illness, students must apply for special dispensation to the Program Coordinator
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the 'Planning your study' page to manage your progression
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?

Exceptions

The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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