Course and Subject Handbook 2016 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences [Indigenous Health Careers Access Program]

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences [Indigenous Health Careers Access Program]

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences [Indigenous Health Careers Access Program]

Course code


Course type

Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Special admission requirements

Nominate with QTAC as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

Post admission requirements

Current Provide First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Students must hold a current Provide First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

84 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

The new Biomedical Science graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate integrated theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles across the range of biomedical science disciplines

  • Critically review, analyse, synthesise and apply scientific evidence and process to a range of social and economic contexts

  • Apply recognised methods and tools of biomedical science to the process of enquiry and discovery

  • Communicate scientific information and philosophies clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, to a range of audiences for a range of purposes using a variety of modes

  • Demonstrate personal and social responsibility and accountability through an awareness of ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsibly in individual and team environments

  • Critically reflect upon the socio-ecological impact of health issues in tropical, rural and remote and indigenous communities

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, in order to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development needs.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


Level 1

Teaching Period 1

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

BM1001:03 Introduction to Biomedicine

Teaching Period 2

CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry

IA1007:03 Linking Indigenousness 1

HS1401: 03 Health and Health Care in Australia

Level 1

Teaching Period 1

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BM1002:03 Anatomy: Principles and Systems

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

Teaching Period 2

BM1003:03 Biomedicine in the Tropics

BM1004:03 Anatomy: Structure and Movement

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

Level 2

Teaching Period 1

BM2001: 03 Epidemiology

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

PP2101:03 Medical Physiology I

Teaching Period 2

BC2023:03 Molecular Genetics

BC2024:03 Cell Regulation

MI2021:03 Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology

PP2201:03 Medical Physiology 2

Level 3

Teaching Period 1

BC3101:03 Genes, Genomes and Development

MI3021:03 Clinical Microbiology

PP3101:03 Advanced and Integrated Physiology


Select 3 credit points of specified PP level 3 subjects:

Teaching Period 1: PP3150:03 Chemical Pharmacology

Teaching Period 1: PP3151:03 General Pathobiology

Teaching Period 2: PP3251:03 Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics

Teaching Period 2: PP3252:03 Neuropharmacology

Teaching Period 2

Select 12 credit points of specified BC, PP or MI level 3 subjects:

Teaching Period 1: MI3061:03 Advanced Immunobiology

Teaching Period 1: BC3102:03 Advanced Cell Biology

Teaching Period 2: BC3201:03 Biotechnology

Teaching Period 2: BC3202:03 Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Teaching Period 2: MI3051:03 Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases

Teaching Period 2: MI3071: 03 Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes

Teaching Period 2: PP3201:03 Contemporary Research in Physiology







Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Students must hold a current Provide First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements.

Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Available as a separate graduate entry course


Students must satisfy the College requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.