The Bachelor of Medical Bioscience is an interdisciplinary program providing training in the biomedical sciences with a focus on medical/molecular diagnostics and medical biotechnology. You will study a wide range of topics including anatomy, biochemistry, cellular metabolism, immunology, medical microbiology, human physiology, pharmacology, pathology, molecular biology and biotechnology. You will also develop a regional perspective relevant to Malaysian healthcare primarily through case studies and work-based training in hospitals and medical research centres.
Undergraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Admission and fees
Course progression map
3 years FT
You have a maximum of 8 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Bachelor of Medical Bioscience
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:
- apply critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative techniques that would be applicable in a medical laboratory and hospital setting in biomedical science
- demonstrate ethical, social and international understanding in the context of biomedical science
- communicate effectively, liaise and cooperate with others in a multidisciplinary setting, and write professionally in the field of biomedical science
- assess and effectively manage occupational health and safety issues related to biomedical science activities in a medical laboratory and hospital setting.
The course develops through two themes, firstly, foundation biomedical sciences and scientific practice and, secondly, human health that culminate in biomedical science practice through an internship.
Part A. Foundation biomedical sciences and scientific practice
These studies provide the scientific foundations for a career in biomedical science with a focus on medical/molecular diagnostics and medical biotechnology. You will gain knowledge in areas of biology, recombinant DNA technology, molecular biology, microbiology, chemistry and skills in diagnostic techniques, clinical work practices and scientific communication. You will gain an understanding of the core elements of modern science by looking back at scientific discovery through history and the skills to assess the validity of scientific information. The focus of these studies is skills development and professional application and practice in the laboratory and workplaces.
Part B. Human health
The focus of these studies is scientific principles, concepts and skills in areas of science relevant to the field of biomedical science. These include anatomy, human physiology, immunology, cellular metabolism/biochemistry, medical microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology of human health systems and the functional immune system of multicellular organisms and the disease states that result from pathogen infection and from autoimmunity. You will learn about how the human body systems act together to perform complex body function.
Part C. Internship
The internship provides a minimum of eight weeks work-based training in hospitals and medical research centres in which you will have the opportunity to integrate the various strands of your learning in a real work place.
Part D. Free elective study
This will enable you to further your knowledge in your choice of units from any faculty, including units offered for other science courses.
The course comprises 144 points of which 132 points comprise biomedical science study and 12 points are free electives.
The course develops through theme studies in Part A. Biomedical sciences and scientific practice and Part B. Human health that come together in Part C. Internship. There will also be some elective study.
Elective units may be at any level, however, no more than 10 units (60 points) may be completed at level 1.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-s2008.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Foundation biomedical sciences and scientific practice (72 points)
You must complete:
- Blueprints for life
- Life on Earth
- Fundamentals of biotechnology
- Recombinant DNA technology
- Fundamentals of microbiology
- Molecular biology and biotechnology
- Chemistry 1 advanced
- Chemistry 2 advanced
- Fundamentals of toxicology
- Introduction to statistical reasoning
- Scientific practice and communication
Part B. Human health (54 points)
You must complete:
- Introduction to anatomy
- Cellular metabolism
- Medical microbiology
- Principles of pathology 1
- Principles of pathology 2
- Essentials of applied immunology
- Physiology of human body systems
- Physiology of human health
- Principles of pharmacology
Part C. Internship (6 points)
You must complete:
- Medical bioscience internship
Part D. Free elective study (12 points)
Electives will enable you to further develop your knowledge of medical bioscience or to select units from across the University in which you are eligible to enrol.
Free electives can be identified using the browse unitsbrowse units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/search) tool and indexes of unitsindexes of units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/) in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3. You may need permission to enrol in some units.
Progression to further studies
Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to the one year honours program S3701 Bachelor of Science (Honours). To be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Science (Honours) you must obtain a distinction grade average (70%) or above in 24 points of level 3 medical bioscience units.
Successful completion of this course may also provide a pathway to S5003 Postgraduate Diploma in Science.