CG93 Bachelor of Medical Science (Specialisation)

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
  3. Complete 2 minors

Core Structure

Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48


The Bachelor of Medical Science has eight compulsory units. Seven of the compulsory units are studied in the first year of the course; the eighth compulsory unit is studied in the final year of the course.


Course Structure

Students must complete:

  • 8 core units (48 credit points)
  • 96 credit points from units in one of the following majors and associated minors:
    • Biotechnology;
    • Clinical Measurement;
    • Nutrition; or
    • Pathology.

Student enrolled in the Biotechnology, Clinical Measurements or Nutrition majors will select two minors from a prescribed minors list. Students enrolled in the Pathology major will be required to complete 16 pathology units without inclusion of minors.

Students who undertake the Biotechnology major may also select a "Diagnostic Pathology co-major. Upon graduation, these students will receive the award of Bachelor of Medical Science (Biotechnology and Diagnostic Pathology). These students may also transfer into the 4-year AIMS-accredited CL10 Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) degree.

Please note that whilst individual units may be available across more than one campus, students enrolled on the Bachelor Medical Sciences can only select the Rockhampton or Distance Learning option.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
CHEM11043 Atoms, Molecules and Matter
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
BMSC11006 Food, Nutrition and Health
BMSC11005 Foundations of Biochemistry
BMSC13012 Advanced Work Integrated Learning
BUSN11016 Introduction to Study and Professional Practice

Biotechnology Major

Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Science (Biotechnology) can select the Diagnostic Pathology Major as an option of 8 units for their studies. The units involved in this Pathology Major include:

  • MBIO19012 Microbiology
  • BMSC12011 Medical Microbiology 1
  • BMSC12001 Histological and Cytological Techniques
  • BMSC12003 Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • BMSC13002 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry
  • BMSC13001 Advanced Haematology
  • BMSC13003 Medical Microbiology 2
  • BMSC13016 Advanced Histopathology and Cytopathology

Students may wish to articulate into the CL10 Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science upon completion of this Diagnostic Pathology major within the Biotechnology course.


The Biotechnology major is available to students studying the Bachelor of Medical Science course. It contains 8 units (48 credit points). Students must also chose one major or two minors from the below list:

Majors:

  • Diagnostic Pathology Major

Minors:

  • Research Minor
  • Chemistry Minor
  • Entrepreneurship Minor
  • Data Management Minor
  • Strategic Communication Minor
  • Working with the Media Minor


Students that complete the Diagnostic Pathology Major will receive the award of Bachelor of Medical Science (Biotechnology and Diagnostic Pathology) upon gradution. They are also eligible to transfer into the 4-year accredited Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) upon the completion of this degree.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BIOL12106 Molecular Biology
BMSC13009 Immunology
BMSC12012 Applied Molecular and Cellular Pathology
BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry
MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology
BMSC13010 Pharmacology
BMSC13020 Drug Discovery and Clinical Trials
BMSC13015 Molecular Targeted Therapies

Clinical Measurement Major

Number of units: 7 Total credit points: 48

The Bachelor of Medical Science has eight compulsory units. Seven of the compulsory units are studied in the first year of the course; the eighth compulsory unit is studied in the final year of the course.The eighth compulsory unit, BMSC13012 Advanced Work Integrated Learning provides the opportunity of students completing a work placement in a hospital or clinical setting.

The Biomedical Minor is highly recommended for students who choose to practice a Clinical Measurement scientist because the 4 units of study within this Minor are essential to the knowledge required for a Clinical Measurement scientist to practice safely in a work environment.

Students have a choice of studying three minors in a non-cognate discipline.

  • Research Minor - 4 units, 24 credits
  • Entrepreneurship Minor - 4 units, 24 credits
  • Indigenous Health Minor - 4 units, 24 credits

The Clinical Measurement major is available to students studying the Bachelor of Medical Science course. It contains 7 units (48 credit points). Students must undertake two minors, from the below list:

  • Biomedical Minor - 4 units, 24 credits (highly recommended if opting to pursue a career pathway to practice as a Clinical Measurement scientist
  • Research Minor - 4 units, 24 credits
  • Entrepreneurship Minor - 4 units, 24 credits
  • Indigenous Health Minor - 4 units, 24 credits

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC12006 Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Measurement
BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology & Measurement
BMSC12005 Work Integrated Learning
BMSC12009 Sleep Physiology and Measurement
BMSC13019 Advanced Cardiovascular and Respiratory Measurement
BMSC13006 Advanced Neurophysiological Measurement
MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology

Nutrition Major

Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48


The Nutrition major is available to students studying the Bachelor of Medical Science course. It contains 8 units (48 credit points). Students intending to select a pathway into the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics must select the pre-dietetics major to be eligible for entry into the Masters course.


Major: 

  • Pre-dietetics Major


Alternatively, students can select two minors from the list below.


Minors:

  • Research Minor
  • Entrepreneurship Minor
  • Professional Communication Minor

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC12013 Nutritional Physiology
NUTR12001 Human Nutrition
ENVH12001 Food Safety
NUTR13001 Public Health Nutrition
MPAT12001 Medical Pathophysiology
HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology
BMSC13009 Immunology
CHEM12077 Food Science & Analysis

Pathology Major

Number of units: 16 Total credit points: 96


The CG93 Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology) major exists as a 3-year exit award for the CL10 Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) course.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ESSC11002 Measurement and Evaluation in Health Science
BIOL12106 Molecular Biology
MBIO19012 Microbiology
BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry
BMSC13009 Immunology
BMSC12005 Work Integrated Learning
BMSC12003 Haematology and Transfusion Science
BMSC12001 Histological and Cytological Techniques
BMSC12012 Applied Molecular and Cellular Pathology
BMSC12011 Medical Microbiology 1
BMSC13016 Advanced Histopathology and Cytopathology
BMSC13002 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry
BMSC13010 Pharmacology
BMSC13011 Advanced Transfusion Science
BMSC13003 Medical Microbiology 2
BMSC13001 Advanced Haematology

Biomedical Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

The Biomedical Minor is highly recommended for students who opt to study the Clinical Measurement major because the 4 units of study within this Minor support the delivery of knowledge required for a Clinical Measurement scientist to practice safely in a work environment.

All pre-requisites for the Biomedical Minor can be met within the four units of the Minor.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MBIO19012 Microbiology
BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry
BMSC13009 Immunology
BMSC13010 Pharmacology

Chemistry Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

The Chemistry Minor enables students to compile a Minor consistent within an area of interest and/or career/professional pathways not already covered in the existing Major. All pre-requisites for the Chemistry Minor can be met within the four units of the Minor.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BIOL12107 Genomes, Genetics & Evolution
BMED19007 Forensic Science
CHEM13080 Analytical Science
CHEM13081 Biomaterials: Environmental and Medical Applications

Diagnostic Pathology Minor

Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

The major is only available to the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Biotechnology) students. Biotechnology students that complete this Diagnostic Pathology major will be awarded the Bachelor of Medical Science (Biotechnology and Diagnostic Pathology).

The Diagnostic Pathology Major will ehance the students knowledge in diagnostic pathology and provide them a unique opportunity to explore the synergies between the biotechnology and pathology sectors. Biotechnology students that complete this Diagnostic Pathology major will be awarded the Bachelor of Medical Science (Biotechnology and Diagnostic Pathology). They will also be eligible to transfer into CL10 Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours).

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MBIO19012 Microbiology
BMSC12011 Medical Microbiology 1
BMSC12001 Histological and Cytological Techniques
BMSC12003 Haematology and Transfusion Science
BMSC13002 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry
BMSC13003 Medical Microbiology 2
BMSC13001 Advanced Haematology
BMSC13016 Advanced Histopathology and Cytopathology

Entrepreneurship Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

The Entrepreneurship Minor enables students to compile a Minor consistent within an area of interest and/or career/professional pathways not already covered in the existing Major. All pre-requisites for the Entrepreneurship Minor can be met within the four units of the Minor.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MGMT11109 Introduction to Business
MRKT11029 Marketing Fundamentals
MRKT13014 New Product Development and Branding
MGMT13151 Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Start-ups

Indigenous Health Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

The Indigenous Health Minor enables students to compile a Minor consistent within an area of interest and/or career/professional pathways not already covered in the existing Major. All pre-requisites for the Indigenous Health Minor can be met within the four units of the Minor.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
INDG11006 Education and Learning: Colonisation and Decolonisation in the Cultural Interface
INDG19015 Aboriginal Cultures and Country
INDG19016 Contemporary Indigenous Issues
HLTH13035 Health in all Policies

Pre-dietetics Minor

Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

The Pre-dietetics Major enables students to meet the entry requirements for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students that complete the Pre-dietetics Major will receive credit for the first four units into the Masters course.

Please note that Bachelor of Medical Science (Nutrition) students must complete this as a co-major to be eligible for entry into the Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ESSC11002 Measurement and Evaluation in Health Science
HLTH12028 Health Promotion Strategies
BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry
BMSC13002 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry
MEDS21003 Medical Science Research Project 1
NUTR28001 Food and Nutrition Services in Dietetics
NUTR28003 Nutrition Assessment in Practice
NUTR28002 Communication in Distance Health Care and Practice

Research Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

The Research Minor enables students to compile a Minor consistent within an area of interest and/or career/professional pathways not already covered in the existing Major. All pre-requisites for the Research Minor can be met within the four units of the Minor.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ESSC11002 Measurement and Evaluation in Health Science
BIOL12105 Scientific Analysis and Statistics
ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
BMSC13013 Research Project

Strategic Communication Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Strategic communication is about using communication techniques with purpose. This minor shows you how to craft a message for a specific audience to ensure the message is received as intended and can be acted upon. Techniques in this minor are drawn from the public relations discipline and combined with fundamental writing skills.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
COMM11110 Introduction to Public Relations
COMM11112 The Internet Never Lies?: Social Media and Society
COMM12022 Communication and Global Technologies
COMM20110 Crisis Communication

Working with the Media Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

This minor will introduce you to the world of media, from traditional journalists who may write a story in a newspaper, to the role of the citizen journalist posting footage from their mobile device to social media. You will learn about how the media operate, what they want and what makes the news. This minor will prepare you to be at the receiving end of a media inquiry, as well as how to create your own news articles for publication.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
JOUR11005 Introduction to Journalism
COMM11007 Media Writing
JOUR12040 Narrative Journalism
JOUR12010 Feature Writing