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Course and Subject Handbook 2022 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours) [Embedded]

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours) [Embedded]

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor with Honours (AQF level 8)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (Units 3/4,C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C); Chemistry (Units 3/4,C)

 Recommended: one of Biology, Health, Physical Education or Physics (Units 3/4,C)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course.  Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.

Post admission

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

A candidate admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Honours) at this university will be permitted to continue to the fourth year of study if that candidate has achieved an overall minimum grade point average of 5.0 (ie. credit average) across level 3. In addition, admission to fourth year is dependent on successful application and interview with Clinical Placement Supervisors, placement availability and at the discretion of the Course Co-ordinator.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, graduates will be able to:

- Demonstrate advanced integrated theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles in chosen disciplines of medical science

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

- Apply recognized methods and tools of medical science to the process of enquiry and discovery, particularly in a clinical/medical investigative context

- 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 role of medical scientific investigation and medical research in tropical, rural and remote and indigenous communities.

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

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BM1001:03 Introduction to Biomedicine

BM1002:03 Anatomy: Principles and Systems

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

Teaching Period 2

BM1003:03 Biomedicine in the Tropics

BM1004:03 Anatomy and Physiology 2

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

Level 2

Teaching Period 1

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

PP2101:03 Medical Physiology 1

Teaching Period 2

BC2023:03 Molecular Genetics

PP2150:03 Introduction to Medical Pharmacology or BC2024:03 Principles of Molecular Cell Biology

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

PP3151:03 General Pathobiology

Teaching Period 2

BM3000:03 Advanced Projects in Biomedicine

PP3251:03 Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics



Select 6 credit points of specified elective subjects from List 1

List 1

AT3001:03 Advanced Anatomy by Dissection

BC3201:03 Bioengineering

MI3031:03 Diagnosis of Viral Disease in Aquaculture

MI3051:03 Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases

MI3071: 03 Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes

PP3252:03 Neuropharmacology

Level 4

Teaching Period 1

BM5001:06 Professional Placement 1

BM5003:06 Clinical Measurements 1

Teaching Period 2

BM5002:06 Professional Placement 2

BM5004:06 Clinical Measurements 2




JCU Townsville



Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Coursework Enrolment Procedure.

Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3 or 4

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 72 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Physiology and Pharmacology)

Course articulation

Not applicable