CG93 - Bachelor of Medical Science

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Medical Science aims to develop your skills to apply knowledge of pathology, clinical measurement or nutrition to clinical practice in a health professional role, or biotechnology in support industries and medical research. The course is designed to build a high level of technical and evaluative skill so you can assess and implement recommendations for best practice in patient testing, monitoring, education or to develop therapeutics in the cutting-edge medical biotechnology or biopharmaceutical industry. The course also aims to develop high level communication skills so that you can interact positively with patients, other health professionals or industry leaders and are ready for the clinical or scientific work environment. Clinical decision making and problem solving ability will be promoted through opportunities to build skills in designing, conducting and interpreting medical research.

Please note that the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathology) will not be accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) after 31st December 2019. The Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathology) is in the process of being taught-out with closure of this major predicted for 2020. Students interested in a career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist should apply for the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) degree which has applied for AIMS accreditation.

Career Information

Graduates of the Bachelor of Medical Science course from CQUniversity have developed the expertise and skills to work as health professionals in pathology, clinical measurement, biotechnology or nutritional areas.

The pathology specialisation will prepare students for employment in diagnostic medical laboratories where haematological, biochemical, microbiological and histological analysis of human blood, urine and tissue samples is conducted.

The clinical measurement specialisation will prepare students for employment as clinical measurement scientists. The specialisation offers multidisciplinary training in diagnostic physiological measurement in cardiac sciences, respiratory sciences, neurophysiology and sleep science.

The nutrition specialisation is targeted at students who will pursue a career in nutrition related health promotion and food and nutrition industries and provide a pathway for postgraduate study in health education, research and public health.

The biotechnology specialisation will prepare students for the medical research or biotechnology industries. With an emphasis on cutting-edge technologies in the development and application of therapeutics, the student is ideally placed to pursue a career in the biopharmaceutical industry or medical research laboratories.

Work integrated learning units are included in each specialisation to facilitate work readiness of graduates.

Please note that the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathology) will not be accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) after 31st December 2019. The Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathology) is in the process of being taught-out with closure of this major predicted for 2020. Students interested in a career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist should apply for the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) degree which has applied for AIMS accreditation.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BMedSc
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Distance - 851705
  • QLD - Rockhampton - 851701
  • VIC - Distance - 1700110491 
  • NSW - Distance - 160491
International Students
CRICOS Codes
  • ROK - 072157E
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
Please Click Here for more information.
The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2019

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study. There are compulsory residential schools in Rockhampton and work integrated learning placement in Queensland in some units for all majors in this course.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

There are compulsory residential schools in Rockhampton and work integrated learning placement in Queensland in some units for all majors in this course.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Students commencing the program in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Students commencing the program in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study. There are compulsory residential schools in Rockhampton and work integrated learning placement in Queensland in some units for all majors in this course.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

There are compulsory residential schools in Rockhampton and work integrated learning placement in Queensland in some units for all majors in this course.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Students commencing the course in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Students commencing the program in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Students commencing the program in Term 2 will only be eligible for part-time study.
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

Domestic students

Nil

International students

International students should visit www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information including English language requirements.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge
Recommended study - English (4, SA), Maths B (4, SA), Chemistry, Biology, Science
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CB25 - Associate Degree of Medical Science
Exit Awards CL13 - Diploma of Health Science
Professional Accreditation

The Clinical Measurement specialisation course of study has been developed in conjunction with the relevant professional societies. The Nutrition specialisation plan has been developed in accordance with guidelines of the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA).

Please note that the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathology) will not be accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) after 31st December 2019. The Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathology) is in the process of being taught-out with closure of this major predicted for 2020. Students interested in a career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist should apply for the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) degree which has applied for AIMS accreditation.

Learned Society Accreditiation NA

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School There are several compulsory residential schools/workshops attached to the following course when taken in the Distance mode. See More Details for more information.
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Practicum/Work Placement

BMSC13012 - All students enrolled in Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Specialisation) are required to undertake this unit. Students are required to undertake up to 480 hours of compulsory work experience throughout the course. Refer to the More Details section within the Handbook for further information.
BMSC12002 - This unit is specific to students enrolled the Pathology major. Students are required to undertake up to 480 hours of compulsory work experience throughout the course. Refer to the More Details section within the Handbook for further information.
BMSC12005 - This unit is specific to students enrolled in the Pathology and Clinical Measurement majors. Students are required to undertake up to 480 hours of compulsory work experience throughout the course. Refer to the More Details section within the Handbook for further information.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 309
2017 364
2016 346
2015 318
2014 286
Core Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Biotechnology Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply knowledge of cellular or molecular biology to perform as an industry or research biotechnology scientist.
  • 2. Ethically and professionally interact with biotechnologists and other health professionals.
  • 3. Evaluate recommendations and standards for best practice in biotechnology.
  • 4. Develop new testing procedures to increase efficacy of patient diagnostic testing.
  • 5. Improve the efficacy of biotherapeutics for disease treatment and prevention.
  • 6. Communicate independent research findings to a professional audience using written and oral form.
  • 7. Adapt standard protocols effectively to meet novel requirements.
  • 8. Conduct research and interpret and report findings
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Clinical Measurement Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply knowledge of clinical measurement to practice in the context of your professional role.
  • 2. Ethically and professionally interact with clients, clinical measurement scientists and other health professionals.
  • 3. Evaluate recommendations and standards for best practice in clinical measurement science.
  • 4. Develop new testing procedures to increase efficacy of patient diagnostic testing.
  • 5. Develop new strategies to effect therapeutic behavioural change in patients.
  • 6. Participate actively in discussion of topics relevant to professional practice.
  • 7. Adapt standard protocols effectively to meet novel requirements.
  • 8. Conduct research and interpret and report findings
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Nutrition Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply knowledge of nutrition to practice in the context of your professional role.
  • 2. Demonstrate ethical and professional standards during interactions with clients and other health professionals.
  • 3. Evaluate recommendations and standards for best practice in assessment, monitoring, education and communication within the context of the nutrition discipline.
  • 4. Apply professional knowledge to provide advice and interpretation of nutrition specific standards of practice.
  • 5. Participate actively in discussion of topics relevant to their professional practice.
  • 6. Demonstrate skills in research design, application and interpretation.
  • 7. Evaluate new strategies and proposals for application in nutrition related professional practice.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Pathology Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply knowledge of pathology to practice in the context of your professional role.
  • 2. Ethically and professionally interact with clients, medical scientists and other health professionals.
  • 3. Evaluate recommendations and standards for best practice in pathology.
  • 4. Develop new testing procedures to increase efficacy of patient diagnostic testing.
  • 5. Provide advice and interpretation of laboratory testing to other health professionals.
  • 6. Participate actively in discussion of topics relevant to your professional practice.
  • 7. Adapt standard protocols effectively to meet novel requirements.
  • 8. Conduct research and interpret and report findings
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

Course Structure

Students must complete:

  • 8 core units (48 credit points)
  • 96 credit points from specialisation units in one of the following specialisations:
    • Pathology;
    • Clinical Measurement;
    • Nutrition; or
    • Biotechnology

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.

Please note that the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathology) will not be accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) after 31st December 2019. The Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Pathology) is in the process of being taught-out with closure of this major predicted for 2020. Students interested in a career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist should apply for the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) degree which has applied for AIMS accreditation.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1
BMSC11003 Introduction to Medical Sciences
CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences
ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health Science
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2
ESSC11002 Measurement and Evaluation in Health Science
BMSC11006 Food, Nutrition and Health
BMSC11005 Foundations of Biochemistry
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
Number of units: 16 Total credit points: 96


Students completing the CG93 Medical Sciences course nutrition major will select an elective unit in each term of second and third year of the course. Selection of elective units should consider pre-requisite units. The recommended elective units MAY be chosen from the nutrition specialisation streams which have been selected in areas such as exercise science, psychology and health promotion. Please see the "More Details" tab for further information.

Note: Students may choose to complete one of the nutrition specialisation streams (psychology, exercise & sport, health promotion) OR elect to complete any four units from the specialisation streams OR upon consultation with course advice staff choose from other units offered in medical science and other health disciplines. These elective groupings are suggestions ONLY, to help streamline your study and unit selection.

Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NUTR12001 Human Nutrition
MBIO19012 Microbiology
ESSC12001 Exercise and Sport Physiology
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NUTR12002 Nutrition in Practice
BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry
CHEM12077 Food Science & Analysis
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NUTR13001 Public Health Nutrition
BMSC13010 Pharmacology
BMSC13009 Immunology
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENVH12001 Food Safety
BMSC13012 Advanced Work Integrated Learning
BMSC13013 Research Project
More Details
Bachelor of Medical Sciences - Nutrition Specialisation - Minor offerings
Minor Stream Psychology Exercise & sport Health promotion
Year 2
Term 1 elective PSYC11008 Biological Foundations of Psychology ESSC11001 Physical Activity, Fitness and Health HLTH12032 Community Needs Assessment
Term 2 elective PSYC12012 Physiological Psychology ESSC12005 Applied Exercise & Sport Physiology PBHL11001 Public Health Data & Management OR HLTH12031 Community Engaged Learning
Year 3
Term 1 elective PSYC12010 Introduction to Human Development ESSC12004 Exercise & Sport Biomechanics HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology
Term 2 Elective/other PSYC13016 Cognitive Psychology OR PSYC13017 Abnormal Psychology (Term 1 OR Term 3) ESSC12008 Applied Exercise & Sports Biomechanics PBHL13002 Public Health Disaster Management OR HLTH13035 Health in All Policies (T3) - available in 2016

Work Placement

With the exception of Biotechnology, students are required to undertake work placement in health industry professional discipline areas relevant to their specialisation (pathology, clinical investigation, nutrition). Experience in authentic work environments is very valuable as it develops the professional skills and ‘work readiness' of graduates. Work placements are currently required for the following units:

Pathology

BMSC12002 – 3 weeks

BMSC12005 – 6 weeks

BMSC13012 – 6 weeks

Clinical Investigations

BMSC12005 - 6 weeks

BMSC13012 – 6 weeks

Nutrition

BMSC13012 – 6 weeks

Biotechnology

BMSC13012 – 6 weeks

Failure to complete work placement and submit the compulsory activities (verified log book and supervisor evaluation) will result in students being deemed ineligible to graduate until this component is satisfactorily completed, regardless of whether all other required elements of the course have been successfully completed.

Before commencing work placement or Work Integrated Learning units, students must have gathered the following to provide to the Head of Course and their workplace supervisor:

  1. Current National Police Check (not older than 3 years), or current Blue card for Queensland residents;
  2. Completed Queensland Health student health professionals' clinical placement or field work orientation checklist (http://www.health.qld.gov.au/SOP/) if attending a clinical placement within a Queensland Health facility;
  3. Current first aid certificate;
  4. Blue Card
  5. Evidence of Immunisations as per the CQUniversity Policy for Vaccination of students in health courses.

Residential Schools

Online students will be required to attend residential schools on Rockhampton campus to promote development of course learning outcomes.

Computing Requirements

It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.

It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.

Recognition of prior learning and application for credit transfer

Course credit may be granted to students who are able to demonstrate appropriate prior learning or experience. Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies, equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course, have been successfully completed. Students should examine the unit synopses in this handbook to determine the units for which they may be eligible to claim exemption.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.

You can apply for direct credit against CQUniversity units, if equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. You must supply relevant documentation (study guides, unit profiles, etc) to do this. If your study was undertaken more than 10 years ago, you may not be eligible for credit.