University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Science

Course code/s: SBSB

Course details
Location Bendigo
Course code SBSB
Course coordinator Dr Ian Potter
Course advisor Dr Sabine Wilkens
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 022039C
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 360 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes  

Course description

The Bachelor of Science is a general degree program that provides you with the flexibility to combine studies in your chosen areas of science (subject to satisfying the relevant prerequisites).

Areas of study available at the Bendigo Campus are:

  • molecular biology
  • physical sciences.

The Bachelor of Science in Bendigo is largely prescribed, however some internal core choices in areas related to the major as well as electives from outside the major are available, especially in the second and third year of the degree.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad.  La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure.  Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Produce clear, concise, grammatically correct written work (eg scientific reports, essays, summaries) that present coherent evidence-based explanations to communicate appropriately to the intended audience (eg peers, scientifc community, non-scientific community.)
Conduct oral presentations that use correct terminology to communicate logically the results of scientific experiments, current scientific/discipline issues, or theoretical concepts to the intended audience (eg peers, scientific community, non-scientific community).
Utilise quantitative literacy skills and basic mathematical techniques to analyse and summarise numerical experimental data into tables and/or graphs; and evaluate data from sources such as scientific reports and journal articles.
Develop independent learning and research skills by locating, interrogating and evaluating relevant scientific information to generate scientific reports.
Develop rational and rigorous arguments to interrogate assumptions, synthesise scientific information, formulate hypotheses, draw unbiased conclusions and defend scientific ideas.
Analyse using a systematic approach to reasoning and conceptualising scientific ideas to solve constructed and real world scientific and technical problems.
Demonstrate effective teamwork in a range of roles using teambuilding, self-assessment and communication skills to complete tasks.
Employ academic integrity and scientific rigour in conducting and evaluating scientific research, and managing self in professional practice.
Use scientific terminology to discuss the fundamental concepts and current issues of the discipline and be able to apply relevant concepts to analyse and evaluate the results of investigations into real world problems.

Course structure

To qualify for the Bachelor of Science, you must complete subjects to the value of 360 credit points, normally 120 credit points at each of first-, second- and third-year levels. Specific requirements for each year level are given below. You must complete one of the two available major areas of study in science by following the prescribed schedule.

Students must include one of the following Quantitative Skills subjects listed below in the first year of their degree.
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Number Systems and Linear Algebra MAT1NLA 15
TE-SEM-1 Mathematics for IT MAT1MIT 15
TE-SEM-1 Principles of Physics A PHY1SCA 15
TE-SEM-2 Discrete Mathematics MAT1DIS 15
TE-SEM-2 Principles of Physics B PHY1SCB 15
TE-SEM-2 Statistical Methods STA1STM 15
TE-SEM-2 Calculus and Differential Equations MAT1CDE 15

Please note:  LTU0AIM (Academic Integrity Module) (formerly SCI1AIM) is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete online at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Please note: ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Majors

Molecular biology

Molecular biology major
Year level Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
First year TE-SEM-1 Biology of Cell and Organism

BIO1CO

 15

TE-SEM-1 Chemistry 1A

CHE1C1A

15
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Agricultural and Animal Science AGR1AAS 15
TE-SEM-1 Choose a first year elective to the value of 15 credit points. The following are recommend: PSY1EFP, MAT1CDE or MAT1ICA.   15
TE-SEM-2 Climate, Sustainability and Society ENV1CSS 15
TE-SEM-2 Organs and Organ Systems BIO1OOS 15
TE-SEM-2 Statistical Methods STA1STM 15
  Choose one of the following subjects (CHE1C1B, HBS1HBB or PSY1CFP):    
TE-SEM-2 Chemistry 1B CHE1C1B 15
TE-SEM-2 Human Biosciences B HBS1HBB 15
TE-SEM-2 Clinical Foundations of Psychology PSY1CFP 15
Second year TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Microbiology BIO2IMB 15
TE-SEM-1 Pharmacology A PHA2PGA 15
TE-SEM-2 Chemical Analysis CHE2CAN 15
TE-SEM-2 Pharmacology B PHA2PGB 15
  Choose a second year elective to the value of 15 credit points. The following are recommend PSY2DEV, PSY2SOC or PSY2ACH.   15
  Choose one of the following subjects (CHE2MCA, MAT2GT or PSY2COG):    
TE-SEM-1 Medicinal Chemistry CHE2MCA 15
TE-SEM-1 Graph Theory MAT2GT 15
TE-SEM-1 Cognition PSY2COG 15
  Choose one of the following subjects (AGR2BAA or BIO2MBC):    
TE-SEM-2 Biochemistry for Agriculture and Animal Science AGR2BAA 15
TE-SEM-2 Metabolic Biochemistry BIO2MBC 15
  Choose one of the following subjects (HBS2ALU, AGR2AN, HBS3PAN):    
TE-SEM-1 Anatomy of lower and upper limbs HBS2ALU 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal Neuroscience AGR2AN 15
TE-SEM-2 Pathophysiology, Anatomy and Neurosciences HBS3PAN 15
Third year TE-SEM-1

Biotechnology

PHA4BT

15

TE-SEM-1

Advanced Analytical Techniques

SCI3AAT

15

TE-SEM-2

Project

SCI3PRJ

15
  Choose one of the following subjects (BIO3ABT or BIO3BMB):    

TE-SEM-2

Applications of Biotechnology

BIO3ABT

15
TE-SEM-2 Brain, Mind and Behaviour BIO3BMB 15
TE-SEM-1/TE-SEM-2 Choose third year electives to the value of 60 credit points. The following are recommended CHE3BPH, PSY3PAS, PSY3PIN.   60

Physical sciences

Physical sciences major
Year level Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
First year TE-SEM-1 Chemistry 1A CHE1C1A 15
TE-SEM-1 Number Systems and Linear Algebra MAT1NLA 15
TE-SEM-1 Principles of Physics A PHY1SCA 15
  Choose one of the following subjects (CSE1PE or CSE1PES )    
TE-SEM-1 Programming for Engineers and Scientists CSE1PES 15
TE-SEM-1 Programming Environments CSE1PE 15
TE-SEM-2 Calculus and Differential Equations MAT1CDE 15
  Choose one of the following subjects (CHE1C1B, STA1STM , EMS1CAD , ELE1IEL ,EMS1MS )    
TE-SEM-2 Chemistry 1B CHE1C1B 15
TE-SEM-2 Statistical Methods STA1STM 15
TE-SEM-2 Computer Aided Design EMS1CAD 15
TE-SEM-2 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering ELE1IEL 15
TE-SEM-2 Mechanics of Solids EMS1MS 15
TE-SEM-2 Climate, Sustainability and Society ENV1CSS 15
TE-SEM-2 Principles of Physics B PHY1SCB 15
Second year TE-SEM-1 Vector Calculus MAT2VCA 15
TE-SEM-2 Chemical Analysis CHE2CAN 15
TE-SEM-2 Linear Algebra MAT2LAL 15
TE-SEM-2 Modern Physics PHY2MOD 15
TE-SEM-1/TE-SEM-2 Choose a second year elective to the value of 15 credit points.   15
TE-SEM-1/TE-SEM-2 Choose three of the following subjects (MAT3GT, PHY2CLP , EMS2EMCHE2MCA, CSE2CN):    
TE-SEM-1 Graph Theory MAT3GT 15
TE-SEM-1 Classical Physics PHY2CLP 15
TE-SEM-1 Engineering Materials EMS2EM 15
TE-SEM-1 Medicinal Chemistry A CHE2MCA 15
TE-SEM-2 Computer Networks CSE2CN 15
Third year TE-SEM-1 Advanced Analytical Techniques SCI3AAT 15
TE-SEM-2 Liner Programming and Probability STM3LPP 15
TE-SEM-2 Project SCI3PRJ 15
TE-SEM-1/TE-SEM-2 Choose third year electives to the value of 60 credit points.   60
  Choose one of the following subjects (CHE3BPH or CSE3IIS):    
TE-SEM-1 Biopharmaceutics CHE3BPH 15
TE-SEM-2 IT and Information Security CSE3IIS 15

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate subject code.

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