Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
|Year and Campus:||2011 - Parkville|
|Fees Information:||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.|
Associate Professor Paul Whitington (Course coordinator - Academic)
Dr Matt Perugini (Course coordinator - Students)
Eastern Precinct Student Centre
The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
|Course Overview:||There is no new intake into this course after 2007. |
The Bachelor of Biomedical Science aims to produce flexible and well-informed graduates with specific training in a wide range of biomedical applications of the basic sciences. The course has been designed with a particular emphasis on the development of integrated knowledge of genome structure and its role in whole animal systems biology. The design takes into account the rapidly emerging importance of computational molecular biology (bioinformatics) and opportunities for exploiting knowledge of complete genome structures in biomedical contexts.
|Objectives:||The specific course objectives are that graduates should: |
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||The Bachelor of Biomedical Science course is closely aligned with the Bachelor of Science course and makes provision for some common areas of study in a broad range of the biomedical sciences. However it is distinct in its provision for compulsory (core) subjects at each year level. These subjects have been designed to achieve the vertical integration of major themes of the new biologies, biomedical biotechnology and bioinformatics.|
|Subject Options:|| Completion of 300 points is required, comprising: |
First year level core subjects
100 points of core subjects at first year level:
N.B. The subjects listed above were offered for the final time in 2007. Students who have not yet completed these first year level subjects (or approved alternative subjects) prior to 2011 should seek advice from the Eastern Precinct Centre about appropriate alternative subjects offered in 2011.
Second year level core subjects
50 points of core subjects at second year level:
N.B. The subjects listed above were offered for the final time in 2008.
From 2009 onwards, the following four subjects are the approved alternative subjects:
Study Period Commencement:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Third year level core subjects
N.B. The subjects listed above were offered for the last time in 2009
From 2010 onwards, the approved alternative to 521-308 Genome Science is
Study Period Commencement:
From 2010 onwards, the approved alternative to 536-350 Genes to Phenotype: Control and Integration will be any one of:
Study Period Commencement:
Specialist streams in Biomedical Science at third year level.
In addition to the 25 points of third year level core subjects, students must complete a further 75 points of third year level biomedical science subjects for a course total of 100 points of subjects at third year level.
Structure of specialist streams
The majority of students who commenced this course in the 2007 (the final first year intake of the course) are expected to complete at the end of 2009 or 2010. For the smaller number of students continuing in this course in 2011 advice on appropriate selection will depend on individual circumstances including the individual student’s stage of progression in the course (e.g. the number of third year level subjects completed).
A number of third year level subjects available to BBiomedSc students across a number of departments were offered for the last time in 2009. Any new third year level subject replacing a subject previously available to BBiomedSc students will be available within the relevant specialist stream.
For advice on appropriate subjects contributing to each of the specialist streams, students may contact the Eastern Precinct Student Centre, the relevant stream coordinators, or the course coordinators. Any third year level subject that a student completed that was listed in any previous year’s handbook as contributing to a specialist stream will count towards their course.
Stream 1: Functional, computational and applied genomicsCoordinators: Assoc Prof P Gooley and Prof J Camakaris
Students completing this stream will achieve an understanding of the organisation and expression of the human genome, and other eukaryotic and prokaryotic genomes, obtain insight into the human proteome project (HPP), and acquire valuable skills in several areas of molecular biology, functional genomics, proteomic techniques, genetic analysis, computational genomics (bioinformatics), and analysis of protein structure, function and post-translational modifications. Basic knowledge will be integrated with applications such as gene mapping and discovery, gene therapy, biotechnology, and understanding the molecular basis of genetic diseases and cancer. This stream provides an excellent grounding for careers in basic science, medical research, proteomics, bioinformatics and biotechnology. Employment and post-graduate study opportunities will exist in university departments, research institutes (eg. Bio21 Institute) and hospitals, and in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and bioinformatics industries.
Stream 2: Physiological genomicsCoordinator: Professor D Williams
This stream is for students wishing to enter the rapidly expanding world of physiological genomics. This new post-genomic discipline defines the function of genes in living tissues. Physiological genomics is important in tracing the effects of newly discovered genes and mutations and provides insights into new means of preventing or treating genetic diseases. It combines molecular and physiological skills in the context of complex living systems. Students will develop an understanding of the interactions that characterise the integrated and coordinated way in which genetic codes are translated into the function of cells, tissues, organs and the organism. With the emerging application of genomic discoveries, graduates could consider careers in basic science as well as clinical research. Employment opportunities exist in university academic departments, research institutes, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology companies.
Stream 3: Biotechnology and therapeutics
Coordinator (Biotechnology): Dr D Tribe
Stream 4: Molecular biology of the cell in health and disease
Coordinators: Dr R de Iongh and Prof P Gleeson
Stream 5: Reproductive and developmental biology
Coordinator: Dr Mary Familari
Stream 6: Neuroscience
Coordinator: Dr P Kitchener
Stream 7: Microorganisms, infection and immunityCoordinators: Prof R Robins-Browne and Ms S Uren
Infectious diseases are the major world wide cause of morbidity and mortality. The Stream 7 core subjects provide a deep understanding of the diverse agents of infection (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites), and the many diseases they cause. The molecular basis of the ability of various microorganisms to cause disease (pathogenesis) will be discussed, together with strategies to interrupt this process, including the development of new antibiotics and other agents. The immunology component of the course allows students to become familiar with the way the immune system responds to defend the body against infections. Techniques to boost the immune response by the development of novel vaccines and other interventions are explored. As well, the immunology subjects provide an understanding of the mechanisms operating in response to tumours, transplants, and in allergies and autoimmune diseases. Stream 7 electives have been chosen to allow students to further focus on areas of particular interest to them. This stream opens up employment opportunities in the areas of medical microbiological and immunological diagnostics, food science, biotechnology (including medical and veterinary vaccine and therapeutics development and production), and basic research into a range of microorganisms (including those bacteria and viruses which cause diarrhoea, HIV, influenza and tuberculosis), microbial genetics and pathogenesis. The depth of the immunological content of the course allows students to continue to explore the immune system by research into such diverse areas as allergies, autoimmune diseases including diabetes and arthritis, transplantation and cancer immunology.
Stream 8: Biomedical physics and chemistryCoordinator (Physics): Assoc Prof Ann Roberts
Coordinator (Chemistry): Dr U Wille
|Entry Requirements:|| |
There is no new student intake into this course after 2007.
|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 biomedical 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.
Throughout their course, students will find that many of the abilities that they develop are shared, valued, and applicable to activities in all walks of life. In particular, these are the skills that are essential to providing leadership to the biomedical science industries of the Australian economy and culture.
Bachelor of Biomedical Science graduates have concentrated knowledge across the range of biomedical discipline areas, as well as particular areas of specialisation. The integrated nature of the course means that they are able to apply this knowledge readily to different issues, problems or workplaces. They are also able to see beyond specific discipline boundaries and can evaluate and integrate new information and ideas readily into their existing knowledge base.
Having undertaken laboratory and tutorial classes, biomedical science graduates are adept at activity planning as well as the application of theory to practice. They are well versed in a variety of state-of-the-art laboratory techniques of biomedical relevance as well as skills in bioinformatics. Many graduates will have been exposed to laboratory research in research institutes associated with the University. They are not only able to work independently on basic research projects, but are also familiar with professional work cultures and readily adapt to new organisations. In additional they are aware of the bioethical issues surrounding areas such as new genetics and animal cloning investigations.
The scientific training of these graduates gives them strong cognitive skills and they are able to:
Graduates take these skills further in the creative realm, formulating hypotheses that can be tested for validity. They are used to extrapolating from the known to the unknown and are comfortable working with analogues rather than needing to deal with literal situations. They understand the need to question and clarify before developing a response to a particular issue or problem, enabling them to analyse critically.
Science disciplines value clear reporting. Consequently, the biomedical 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 biomedical 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.
Upon completion of this course students should have developed the following generic skills:
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