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  • Objectives
    The course has been designed to produce graduates who as medical scientists are specialists in a major area of science and possess well-developed skills to liaise with other groups of scientists, such as medical practitioners and biotechnologists. It aims to: * prepare students for a range of careers within the medical sciences; * enable students to specialise in particular areas of medical science as preparation for entry into, and progression through, an honours degree program and beyond; * prepare students for entry into a variety of undergraduate courses leading to specific health professions; * prepare students for graduate diploma courses and other postgraduate speciality programs in medical science such as radiology, pharmacology and pathology; * provide students with preparation for entry to the graduate medical program (although admission to the medical program cannot be guaranteed as performance in an undergraduate degree is not the only criterion for selection). Learning outcomes On completion of their degree, students will have developed a comprehensive and well-founded knowledge in their science discipline and a range of transferable professional skills. Subject knowledge Graduates of the course are expected to be able to: * demonstrate a thorough understanding of the fundamental science underpinning the fields of medical science as an appropriate basis for developing a career and for undertaking further studies in the field; * undertake basic medical research utilising specialist skills and knowledge in at least one major area of science; * contribute to developing and/or evaluating new treatments and strategies for health problems by employing specialist skills in a major area of science; and * appreciate the cross-disciplinary nature of the medical sciences and work, as appropriate, with other health professionals. Transferable professional skills Graduates of the course are expected to be able to: * employ scientific methodologies such as experimental design, and the critical analysis of data; * communicate and present information clearly and fluently in both written and spoken forms; * interact effectively as part of a team in order to work towards a common outcome; * work and learn independently; * reason critically and logically and make independent judgements; * engage effectively with information and communication technologies; * demonstrate research skills appropriate for further study and employment; and * appreciate the need for continuing professional development.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic students Prerequisites: None You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. International Students English language requirements
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Medical Science
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Medical Science is an innovative and flexible course providing exciting options for students interested in a wide range of careers in the medical and health sciences.

    The course emphasises the fundamental sciences that underpin virtually all fields of medical science.

    The topics specific to Medical Science combine different approaches to learning and progressively cover key elements such as teamwork, verbal communication, critical thinking, problem solving, hypothesis development and testing, and preparation of a grant proposal and business plan for research.

    It differs from traditional courses in biomedical science by offering a broader range of specialisations and new topics that focus on the professional skills required to gain employment in any field of medical science.
    What will I study?

    Refer to the program of study.
    What is Medical Science?

    Medical Science is a broad term that covers such areas as biochemistry, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, neuroscience, physiology, nutrition, pharmacology and toxicology.

    All are vital to our ongoing efforts to develop and evaluate new treatments and strategies for health problems.
    Why study Medical Science at Flinders?

        * We have a strong profile in Medical Science, combining the expertise of scientists working across 3 areas of the University who provide input to the degree program.

        * Our staff undertake fundamental, innovative and cross-disciplinary research that unites medical researchers, chemists, physicists, biologists and biotechnologists in the task of improving people's quality of life.

        * Our School of Medicine is one of the most progressive in Australia, having launched the concept of a graduate-entry medical degree and set new standards for student placements and addressing the needs of rural and remote communities. Its interests range from the international fight against avian flu to child obesity.

        * Our School of Biological Science's expertise includes molecular biology and biotechnology, leading to cutting-edge research into DNA, forensics and the development of new pharmaceuticals.

    Combined degree options
    Combine with
        
    Duration (full-time equivalent)
    Bachelor of Innovation and Enterprise
        4 years

    Refer to Medical Science combined degrees for further information.
    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of Science in Medical Science degree?
    Study a language

    Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of one extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.

    The Bachelor of Medical Science requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).

    The course is offered jointly by the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY [February, 2009]

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Medical Science, a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    First Year

    36 units comprising:

    BIOL1102
        

    Molecular Basis of Life
        

    4.5

    BIOL1101
        

    Evolution of Biological Diversity
        

    4.5

    ENGL1012
        

    Professional English for Medical Scientists **
        

    4.5

    MDSC1102
        

    Skills for Medical Scientists 1
        

    4.5
        

    and either

    CHEM1101
        

    Chemistry 1A, and
        

    4.5

    CHEM1102
        

    Chemistry 1B
        

    4.5
        

    or

    CHEM1201
        

    Introduction to Chemistry A, and
        

    4.5

    CHEM1202
        

    Introduction to Chemistry B
        

    4.5
        

    at least 4.5 units selected from the following:

    BIOL1112
        

    Biology and Society
        

    4.5

    CHEM1102
        

    Chemistry 1B*
        

    4.5

    COMP1101
        

    Information and Communications Technology 1A
        

    4.5

    COMP1102
        

    Computing Programming 1
        

    4.5

    CPES1201
        

    Physics for the Life Sciences A
        

    4.5

    CPES1202
        

    Physics for the Life Sciences B
        

    4.5

    LEGL1001
        

    Australian Legal System
        

    4.5

    MMED1005
        

    How Your Body Works - Human Physiology and Structure
        

    4.5

    PHYS1101
        

    Physics A
        

    4.5

    PHYS1102
        

    Physics B
        

    4.5

        

    plus 4.5 units of electives
        

    4.5

    **Alternatively, with the permission of the course coordinator students from non-English speaking backgrounds may be permitted to enrol in ESOL1703 English as a Second Language 1.

    *Only available to students undertaking CHEM1201 and CHEM1202.

    Second Year
        

    36 units comprising:

    BIOL2141
        

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
        

    6

    MDSC2101
        

    Skills for Medical Scientists 2
        

    3

    MMED2927
        

    Human Physiology 2A
        

    3

    MMED2928
        

    Human Physiology 2B
        

    3

    STAT2305
        

    Statistics for Medical Science
        

    3
        

    plus 18 units selected from the following: *#

    BIOL2121
        

    Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity
        

    6

    BIOL2142
        

    Disease and Immunology, or
        

    6

    BIOL2341
        

    Animal Disease and Defence
        

    3

    BIOL2330
        

    Basic Microbiology, or
        

    3

    BIOL2232
        

    Foundations in Microbiology
        

    6

    CHMD2001
        

    Drug Discovery and Natural Products
        

    3

    CPES2101
        

    Fundamentals of Advanced Chemistry A
        

    3

    CPES2111
        

    Synthetic Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
        

    6

    COMP2006
        

    Software Engineering 1
        

    6

    COMP2211
        

    Application Development
        

    6

    COMP2212
        

    Web-based Systems Development
        

    6

    COMP2221
        

    Computer Programming 2
        

    6

    COMP2231
        

    Data Modelling
        

    6

    COMP2232
        

    Network and Operating Systems
        

    6

    COMP2241
        

    Computer Mathematics
        

    3

    MMED2012
        

    Public Health Microbiology
        

    3

    MMED2013
        

    Food Safety and Health
        

    3

    MMED2929
        

    Neural Circuits
        

    3

    MMED2930
        

    Plasticity of the Nervous System
        

    3

    NUTD2001
        

    Food Nutrition and Health
        

    3

    * Students should select topics so as to meet any prerequisite requirements for the Third Year specialisation they intend to pursue.

    # Students may select up to 6 units of other Second Year topics from any area of the University with the prior approval of the course coordinator.

    Third Year

    36 units comprising:

    MDSC3101
        

    Skills for Medical Scientists 3A
        

    3

    plus the remaining units selected from the following*, ensuring that at least 12 units are selected from one designated area of specialisation:
        

    BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

    BIOL3131
        

    DNA to Genomics
        

    6

    BIOL3132
        

    Protein to Proteome
        

    6

    MDSC3103
        

    Point of Care Testing - Application, Management and Effectiveness
        

    3

    MMED3912
        

    Biochemistry of Human Disease
        

    3

    MMED3915
        

    Human Molecular Genetics
        

    3
        

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
        

    Level 3 Computer Science (COMP) topics ##
        

    MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

    CHMD3001
        

    Medicinal Chemistry 3 and Practice Project
        

    6

    CPES3006
        

    Organic Chemistry 3
        

    6

    CPES3162
        

    Inorganic and Polymer Chemistry
        

    6
        

    MICROBIOLOGY

    BIOL3003
        

    Research Project in Biology A
        

    3

    BIOL3141
        

    Advanced Microbiology: Microbial Ecology and Infectious Disease
        

    6

    BIOL3162
        

    Virology
        

    3

    MMED3921A
        

    Industrial and Pharmaceutical Microbiology
        

    3
        

    NEUROSCIENCE AND PHYSIOLOGY

    BIOL2122
        

    Comparative Physiology, or
        

    6

    BIOL2424
        

    Physiological Systems
        

    3

    MDSC3103
        

    Point of Care Testing - Application, Management and Effectiveness
        

    3

    MMED3918
        

    Body Systems A, or
        

    6

    MMED3919
        

    Body Systems B
        

    3

    MMED3923
        

    Sensory and Motor Systems
        

    3

    MMED3924
        

    Integrative and Higher Brain Function
        

    3
        

    NUTRITION

    MMED3912
        

    Biochemistry of Human Disease
        

    3

    NUTD3014
        

    Nutrients Role and Function
        

    6

    NUTD3200
        

    Fundamentals of Nutritional Epidemiology
        

    3

    NUTD3201
        

    Ecological Issues in Food and Health
        

    3

    NUTD3202
        

    Population Nutrition and Health
        

    6
        

    PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY

    MMED3914
        

    Human and Molecular Pharmacology
        

    6

    MMED3926
        

    Advanced Topics in Pharmacology
        

    3

    MMED3927
        

    Human and Molecular Toxicology
        

    3

    MMED3929
        

    Regulatory, Ethical and Scientific Aspects of Clinical Trials
        

    3

    ## Level 3 Computer Science topics refers to any COMP3xxx topic, subject to prerequisites.

    * Students may also select the following work experience topic which must be done in the area of their Third Year specialisation and in addition to the 12 units required for the specialisation.

    MDSC3102
        

    Professional Placement in Medical Science
        

    9

    Honours Program


    A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Medical Science may be accepted for admission to an honours program provided a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements of the bachelors degree (normally a GPA of 5 or above). Other students may be admitted at the discretion of the Faculty Board, subject to specific conditions. As well as the student's undergraduate record, the availability of an academic supervisor for the research project will be taken into account.

    Students who withdraw during the honours year will not be permitted to re-enrol as an honours student except with the permission of the relevant school or faculty.

    To qualify for the honours degree, a student must complete satisfactorily 36 units of study in an approved program. Students may elect to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biological Sciences, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences, according to their proposed area of study.

    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
    Course Rule and Program of Study
    A mid-year intake into this program is available. Please visit the Honours website for detailed information about the Biological Sciences Honours program

    BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) MEDICINE
    Course Rule and Program of Study
    A mid-year intake into this program is available, contact Karen Siegmann, Faculty of Health Sciences,

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