University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Science

Course code/s: STBSW

Course details
Location Albury-Wodonga
Course code STBSW
Course coordinator Dr Ian Potter
Course advisor Dr Ewen Silvester
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
Notes

This structure is being phased out. No new enrolments will be permitted from 2017. Prospective students should refer to the Bachelor of Science (SBSCW).

Only the first year of this degree is offered on the Albury-Wodonga Campus. Students transfer to the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus to complete the remainder of the degree.

Course description

The Bachelor of Science is a general degree program that provides students with flexibility to combine studies in their chosen areas of science (subject to satisfying the relevant prerequisites) or to follow one of the specialist streams offered.

First year available at Albury Wodonga and then second and third year available at Melbourne are:

Agricultural science Microbiology
Biochemistry Psychology1
Botany Statistics
Chemistry Zoology
Genetics  

1 For a major in psychology please seek additional advice from the School of Psychological Science about professional qualifications in psychology.

After a broad first year of study, students may take major studies in any of these areas through to third year. Students who qualify for entry are eligible to proceed to an Honours year in their relevant area of science.

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, students must complete subjects to the value of 360 credit points, normally 120 credit points at each of first, second and third year levels. Up to a total of 120 credit points may be taken from anywhere in the University.  Specific requirements for each year level are given below.

First year

Students choose subjects to the value of 90 credit points from science subjects with the remaining 30 credit points selected from any first year subjects offered by the University. Students must choose subjects at first-year level that will lead to the completion of a major area of study in science (60 credit points) at third-year level.

Students must include the following Quantitative Skills subjects listed below in the first year of their degree as part of the 90 credit points from science.

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-2 Critical Thinking with Statistics STA1CTS 15

Please note: LTU0AIM (Academic Integrity Module) 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

Agricultural science

Agricultural science major – First-year level requirements
Year level Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
First year TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Animal and Agricultural Science AGR1AAS 15
TE-SEM-1 Molecules, Genes and Cells BIO1MGC 15
TE-SEM-1 Chemistry Fundamentals CHE1CHF 15
TE-SEM-2 Critical Thinking with Statistics STA1CTS 15

Biochemistry

Biochemistry major – First-year level requirements
Year level Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
First year TE-SEM-1 Molecules, Genes and Cells BIO1MGC 15
TE-SEM-1 Chemistry Fundamentals CHE1CHF 15
TE-SEM-2 Applications of Chemistry CHE1APL 15

Botany

Botany major – First-year level requirements
Year level Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
First year TE-SEM-1 Molecules, Genes and Cells BIO1MGC 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal, Plant and Microbial Life BIO1APM 15
TE-SEM-2 Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity BIO1EEB 15

Chemistry

Chemistry major – First-year level requirements
Year level Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
First year TE-SEM-1 Chemistry Fundamentals CHE1CHF 15
TE-SEM-2 Applications of Chemistry CHE1APL 15
  One Mathematics or Physics subject   15

Genetics

Genetics major – First-year level requirements
Year level Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
First year TE-SEM-1 Molecules, Genes and Cells BIO1MGC 15
TE-SEM-2 Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity BIO1EEB 15

Microbiology

Microbiology major – First-year level requirements
Year level Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
First year TE-SEM-1 Molecules, Genes and Cells BIO1MGC 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal, Plant and Microbial Life BIO1APM 15

Psychology

Psychology major – First-year level requirements
Year level Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
First year TE-SEM-1 Experimental Foundations of Psychological Science PSY1EFP 15
TE-SEM-2 Clinical Foundations of Psychological Science PSY1CFP 15

For a major in psychology please seek additional advice from the School of Psychological Science about professional qualifications in psychology.

Statistics

Statistics major – First-year level requirements
Year level Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
First year TE-SEM-1 Experimental Foundations of Psychological Science PSY1EFP 15
TE-SEM-2 Critical Thinking with Statistics STA1CTS 15

Zoology

Zoology major – First-year level requirements
Year level Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
First year TE-SEM-1 Molecules, Genes and Cells BIO1MGC 15
TE-SEM-2 Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity BIO1EEB 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal, Plant and Microbial Life BIO1APM 15
  And one of the following:    
  Any year 12 mathematics    
TE-SEM-2 Critical Thinking with Statistics STA1CTS 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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