Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
|Year and Campus:
|2010 - Parkville
|Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
|Duration & Credit Points:
|300 credit points taken over 36 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 Science degree is a three year program offering exciting and challenging opportunities in a wide range of areas at the cutting-edge of new technology and knowledge. All students are required to complete a major in a scientific discipline.
In 2010 a number of new third year level subjects have been introduced, replacing or adding to subjects previously available within the major. Some previously offered subjects have been cancelled. The University is committed to ensuring that students are not disadvantaged by these changes and students may complete a major as defined by the current structure or a structure detailed in a previous year's handbook applicable to any year the student was enrolled in the course. Students completing third year level subjects across multiple years (e.g. in 2009 and 2010) should refer to advice within each subject entry on non-allowed subject combinations. Students unsure about the structure of their intended major should seek advice from the Science Student Centre.
|The Bachelor of Science has the objective of preparing graduates who embody the University of Melbourne graduate attributes, as well as additional attributes more specific to the BSc.
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:
A minimum (and maximum) of 300 points is required, which must include at least 237.5 science points, comprising:
All subjects attracting science points are indicated as such within the individual subject description.
Science majors available in this course
All students in the BSc 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 single degree BSc students:
|For a list of all subjects avialable as science credit please see the Science Student Centre website
There is no first year 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 science at the University of Melbourne we expect to educate our students in the fundamental skill of transforming information into knowledge. This outcome is fully consistent with the University's general ambition for our graduates, and emphasises the transferability of the skills practised in science.
Having undertaken laboratory and tutorial classes, science graduates are adept at activity planning as well as the application of theory to practice. They understand the principles of project and experimental design. Some students will have found collaborative learning an efficient tool, while others will find their practical work enhanced by effective teamwork.
Science disciplines value clear reporting. Consequently, the science 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.
The need to manage the multiplicity of tasks (lectures, laboratory and assignment work) means that science 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, which allows students to undertake other disciplines such as humanities or commerce within the science degree, means that many science graduates will have been exposed, directly or indirectly, to thoughts and ideas from all parts of knowledge. These graduates are aware of the breadth and depth of knowledge in areas beyond their specific areas of specialisation.
In the longer term, these graduates have the knowledge, skill and attitude to enable adaptation to scientific, technological and social change. They have a sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire for lifelong learning and a capacity to be creative and innovative. These attributes enable them to continue to develop their own professional abilities as well as contributing to the development of the profession in which they are employed.
|Bachelor of Science graduates:
- are able to access relevant information,
- understand the principles of project and experimental design,
- have a capacity to apply practical skills and technology;
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