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K05 Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

The Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) is specifically designed to provide the knowledge, skills and attributes required to prepare graduates for professions in Biomedical Science. This course provides the theory and practical experience and knowledge necessary for graduates to gain employment, and where appropriate, be registered in the Biomedical professions. Biomedical science is a continually changing, dynamic profession with long term career prospects including management, research, education and specialized laboratory work. Biomedical Scientists are employed in a variety of roles. Biomedical Scientists perform a key role within medical healthcare that offers career satisfaction for many in the profession Biomedical Scientists learn skills and gain qualifications that can be transferred and recognized worldwide. Students must also have good knowledge and the confidence to operate complicated computerized equipment. The curriculum will include units in the following areas: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Immunology, Pharmacology and Biomedical Ethics. After graduation biomedical scientists can go on to specialize in one of the following laboratory disciplines: Medical Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry, Transfusion Science, Haematology, Histopathology, Cytology, Virology, Immunology, Medicine.


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Standard university admission requirements.

This course is available on Joondalup Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

Some units are available online.

This is a 360 credit point course (24 units), consisting of 240 credit points of Biomedical Science core units (16 units) and 120 credit points consisting of a Supporting Major or a Minor, plus two Electives (8 units).

Students should be considering choosing either an eight unit supporting major, or a six unit minor with two elective units.
Semester 1
HST1124 Health Communication 15
SCH1101 Cultural Studies 15
SCH1134 Human Structure and Function 15
Plus 1 major, minor or elective unit
Semester 2
SCH1104 Introduction to Pathophysiology 15
SCH1105 Introduction to Pharmacology 15
SCH1143 Systems Physiology 15
Plus 1 major, minor or elective unit
Students can select HST1109 or SCH1111 in Semester 1 (Note that SCH1111 is a prerequisite for SCH2141)
Semester 1
HST1109 Epidemiology 15
SCH1111 Fundamental Biomedical Techniques 15
SCH2235 Applied Microbiology 15
HST2122 Health Research Methodology 15
Plus 1 major, minor or elective unit
Semester 2
Students are to select three of the following units:
SCH2204 Pre Hospital Policy, Ethics and Legal Issues 15
SCH2141 Advanced Biomedical Techniques 15
SCH2111 Applied Physiology 15
SCH2131 Drugs in Society 15
Plus 1 major, minor or elective unit
Students select two out of the 4 available units each semester. SCH3236 is available in either semester.
Semester 1
Select two of
SCH3227 The Biology of Human Disease 15
SCH3236 Pharmacology 15
SCH3145 Biomedical Ethics 15
HST3501 Health Research Project 15
Plus 2 major, minor or elective units.
Semester 2
Select two of
SCH3236 Pharmacology 15
SCH3239 Human Immunology 15
SCH3244 Developmental Biology 15
SCH3434 Human Reproduction, Development and Ageing 15
Plus 2 major, minor or elective units.
Students should be aware that some units are part of the Human Biology unitsets and that SCH3244 has the additional prerequisite of SCH2226, which may be taken as an elective. Note that a unit may not be part of both the Biomedical core and a major/minor.

Majors and Minors


Students may study a 6 unit minor and 2 electives OR an 8 unit supporting major with the approval of the course coordinator.

Human Biology or Human Genetics are appropriate (but not mandatory) choices.

If students are considering postgraduate training in the future, they are encouraged to find out the entry requirements for this early in their degree so they can make an appropriate selection of major/minor/electives for their K05 award..

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2014 VET: 14/05/2014