University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Biological Sciences

Course code/s: SBBISW

Course details
Location Albury-Wodonga
Course code SBBISW
Mid year intake available Yes (students planning to study biochemistry may require 3.5 years to complete their degree due to the sequencing of the first year chemistry subjects.)
Course coordinator Dr Richard Peters
Course advisor Dr Ewen Silvester
Available to international students No
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
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes 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

Students enrolled at the Albury-Wodonga Campus can complete the first year of their course on that campus and then apply to transfer to the Melbourne Campus for years 2 and 3 to complete their degree.

This three-year degree is designed for students who want to pursue a career in biology. The Bachelor of Biological Sciences offers the flexibility of choice from a range of specialisations within the discipline of biology and prepares graduates to address some of today’s big issues such as protecting native forests and grasslands, discovering new medicinal cures or sustainable agricultural practises or mapping the genome of endangered species.

The degree includes foundation studies in the first year to prepare you for study in biological science. It also introduces you to a wide range of discipline areas in biology. In years two and three you will specialise in your area of interest.

What skills will I develop? As a biological sciences student you will have the opportunity to attend a full range of practical classes to support lectures, and participate in a range of field trips. Students can study biological communities in the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary on-site at the University's Melbourne Campus as well as field trips to locations across Victoria. Students can acquire field survey techniques including sampling in different habitats and identification of animal and plant species as well as practical and laboratory skills that prepare you to work in a laboratory science such as microbiology, cell and molecular biology, biotechnology or medical 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.

College of Science, Health and Engineering students with a third-year elective option in their course have a unique opportunity to enrol in SHE3ISP, with permission from their course coordinator and the subject coordinator.  Please note: enrolment into SHE3ISP requires students to be accepted into an LTU approved short term international program.

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, scientific community, non‐scientific community).
Conduct clearly spoken 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).
Summarize numerical data produced in experiments using basic mathematical techniques, present summary data in tables and/or graphs, be able to analyze experimental data 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 hypothesis, 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 team‐building, 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 biological concepts and current issues of at least two of the discipline areas (biochemistry, botany, genetics, microbiology or zoology) and be able to apply relevant biological concepts to analyse and evaluate the results of investigations into real world problems.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 360 credit points over three years full-time or equivalent part-time duration.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Academic Integrity Module (online)* LTU0AIM 0
TE-SEM-1 Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education (online) ** ABS0WOM 0
TE-SEM-1 Molecules, Genes and Cells BIO1MGC 15
TE-SEM-1 Chemistry Foundations CHE1CHF 15
TE-SEM-2 Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity BIO1EEB 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal, Plant and Microbial Life BIO1APM 15
TE-SEM-1 / TE-SEM-2 Students to select first-year level subjects to the value of 30 credit points.   30
TE-SEM-1 / TE-SEM-2 Students to select first-year level science subjects to the value of 30 credit points. Following are a list of highly recommended electives. Students wishing to undertake second year biochemistry subjects must select CHE1APL as one of these electives.   30
TE-SEM-1 Processes That Shape the Earth GEO1PRO 15
TE-SEM-2 Climate, Sustainability and Society ENV1CSS 15
TE-SEM-2 Critical Thinking with Statistics STA1CTS 15
TE-SEM-2 Applications of Chemistry CHE1APL 15

Key: * LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
** 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.

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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