Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
|Year and Campus:
|2010 - Parkville
|Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
|Duration & Credit Points:
|500 credit points taken over 60 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/Bachelor of Science combined course provides students with an opportunity to obtain a general education in the humanities, social sciences and the languages and cultures of other people, and also to complete a major in one or more science disciplines, and one or more arts disciplines.
In arts/science at the University of Melbourne, we expect to educate our students in 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.
The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees aim to educate and train students in both science and humanities areas of study. The combined course enables students to access a major (specialisation) stream in both the arts and science components of the course, which may be chosen as complementary or independent to each other. In addition, the length of the course allows students to pursue minor studies in other discipline areas beyond their majors. Graduates are therefore aware of and educated in a broad variety of knowledge areas.
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:
The BA/BSc degree requires the completion of a minimum (and maximum) of 500 points of study. Within the 500 points students must satisfy the minimum requirements for both the BSc component and the BA component. These requirements are detailed below.
Subjects offered in the areas of Geography, History and Philosophy of Science and Philosophy cannot count toward the science requirement of the BA/BSc course. The only exception is the subject Applied Ecology. Students completing Applied Ecology may receive credit for this subject towards either the BA or BSc component of the BA/BSc course. Students should advise the Faculty of Science Office if they would like the subject to count toward the BSc component of the BA/BSc course. BA/BSc students cannot complete a science major in geography or history and philosophy of science.
All subjects attracting science points are indicated as such within the individual subject description.
Balance of points
For the arts component of this degree students must undertake 225 points of study from arts-approved study areas comprising:
Additional study at any year level can count toward the remaining 37.5 points, in addition to the minimum 225 points required to complete the arts degree.
No more than 162.5 points may be taken in any one area of study: a maximum of 25 points at first year level and 125 points at second/ third year level.
Science majors available in this course
All students in the BA/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 BA/BSc 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 BA/BSc students:
| For a list of subjects avialable as science credit please see the Science Student Centre website
All arts subjects undertaken in this BA/BSc must be from the following arts-approved study areas (see the individual area of study entry for full details):
There is no further 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
|Graduates in arts/science are independent and creative thinkers, and are able to approach scientific or social issues creatively. They are used to formulating hypotheses which can be tested for validity. They can extrapolate from the known to the unknown and are comfortable working with analogues rather than needing to deal with literal situations.
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 enabling their 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/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.
Having undertaken laboratory and tutorial classes, arts/science 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/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 means that arts/science 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.
|From their exposure to a range of quantitative and qualitative disciplines, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science graduates have strong cognitive, social and communication skills. In particular they are able to:
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