Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
|Year and Campus:
|2010 - Parkville
|Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
|Duration & Credit Points:
|400 credit points taken over 48 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.
There is no first year intake into this course after 2007.
The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences is a single degree course which allows students to study subjects from the Faculties of Arts and Science.
BASc students will be able to complete majors in both faculties, and have the option to complete an honours year in either arts or science.
|The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences course has as its objectives that graduates:
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:
Science majors available in this course
All students in the BASc are required to complete a science major.
The descriptions of science majors may vary from year to year. Students may complete a major as defined by the current structure or structure detailed in a previous year's handbook applicable to any year the student was enrolled in the course.
The following science majors are available to BASc students:
Arts majors available in this course
Students may complete an arts major in this course.Students may not complete a major with an alternative combination of subjects unless written approval is obtained from the academic convernor of that major. Contact the Arts & Music Student Centre for further information.
The descriptions of arts majors may vary from year to year. Students should refer to the structure of the major as defined in the year they commenced their degree.
The following arts majors are available to BASc students:
The BASc degree requires the completion of a minimum (and maximum) of 400 points of study comprising 200 points of subjects from approved departments of each faculty. The study must be completed according to the requirements stated below.
Subjects offered in the areas of Geography, History and Philosophy of Science and Philosophy cannot count toward the science requirement of the BASc course. The only exception is the subject Applied Ecology. Students completing Applied Ecology may receive credit for this subject towards either the arts or science component of the BASc course. Students should advise the Faculty of Science Office if they would like the subject to count toward the science component of the BASc course. BASc students cannot complete a science major in geography or history and philosophy of science.
A minimum (and maximum) of 200 science points is required, which must include:
All students in the BASc are required to complete 200 points of Arts subjects of which;
In addition it is expected that BASc students should complete a major in the Arts component of their degree.
All arts subjects undertaken in the BASc must be from the following arts-approved study areas (see the individual area of study entry for full details):
There is no new student intake into this course after 2007.For enquiries about admission requirements for later year entry into this program, please contact the Science Student Centre.
|Core Participation Requirements:
|It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Honours and Masters level studies are available as indicated at
|In the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Melbourne, we expect to educate our students with the fundamental skills of transforming information into knowledge and communicating this knowledge clearly. These outcomes are fully consistent with the University's general ambition for our graduates, and emphasise the transferability of the skills practised in the arts and in science.
Throughout their course, students will find that many of the abilities that they develop are shared by, and so are valued by and are applicable to, activities in all walks of life. In particular, these are the skills that are essential to providing leadership to the science-technology base of the Australian economy and culture.
The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences aims to educate and train students in both science and humanities areas of study. The course enables students to access a major (specialisation) stream in both the arts and science components of the degree, which may be chosen as complementary or independent to each other.
Through their scientific training, these graduates have a broad knowledge of science across a range of disciplines, with a higher level of understanding in one or more of these disciplines. They also have an appreciation of the historical background and evolution of scientific concepts. They have the knowledge, skills and attitude to enable them to adapt to scientific, technological and social change and have a sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire for lifelong learning.
From their exposure to a range of quantitative and qualitative disciplines, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences graduates have strong cognitive, social and communication skills. In particular they are able to:
Studies in the humanities and social sciences strengthen students' understanding of the need to question and clarify issues surrounding a particular situation before developing a response. By suspending judgement and listening to other points of view, they are able to build on the ideas of others and develop strong critical analysis skills. These studies also provide graduates with excellent written and oral communication skills.
The science disciplines also value clear reporting. Consequently, the arts and sciences graduate has developed skills of efficient and effective communication of ideas and results, whether in the accepted modes of scientific report writing or through more informal oral presentations. Graduates recognise the need to present information and ideas in an effective written form that is appropriate to the purpose and the reader.
Having undertaken laboratory and tutorial classes, arts and sciences graduates are adept at activity planning as well as the application of theory to practice. Some students will have found collaborative learning an efficient tool, while others will find their practical work enhanced by effective teamwork.
The need to manage the multiplicity of tasks (lectures, laboratory and assignment work), means that arts and sciences graduates are aware of the need to structure and manage time effectively and efficiently, to retain balance and to prioritise their activities. They are able to juggle several tasks simultaneously, take responsibility for their own work, independently or within a group, and to plan their schedule appropriately.
The breadth of the Science @ Melbourne program means that arts and sciences graduates will have been exposed, directly or indirectly, to thoughts and ideas from a number of bodies of knowledge. These graduates are aware of the breadth and depth of knowledge in areas beyond their specific areas of specialisation.
|A detailed description of the generic skills expected of a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences is included under 'Graduate Attributes'.
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