Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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The Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) from RMIT University allows you to explore the molecular level of living systems from which you can devise strategies to solve important practical problems.

Bioscience and biotechnology are shaping the environment and food supply, ensuring that all living things can survive and live more safely. Drawing on core science areas such as genetics, biological chemistry and microbiology this degree is taught by researchers at the leading edge of industry practice.

The degree is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in biological sciences and provide a biology specialisation for intending teachers.

You will develop the necessary ecological knowledge to deal with complex systems using modern biotechnological techniques. The degree covers ecology, ecotoxicology, marine biology and aquaculture, environmental biotechnology diagnostics and molecular agriculture. Through your studies you will develop core knowledge and techniques in plant and animal identification along with molecular biology, genetics, biological chemistry and microbiology.

Please note: Some units in this degree require you to attend laboratory sessions in Melbourne.

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

Learn more about OUA Pathways.

*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

On completion of this course students will have:

  • An understanding of scientific knowledge and its application
  • An awareness of, and ability to select and use, appropriate laboratory and/or field materials and equipment
  • The ability to solve problems in a scientific laboratory
  • The ability to communicate scientific and technical issues to a wide range of audience types
  • An appreciated ethical behaviour in science
  • The ability to obtain valid evidence and frame judgments on issues within a professional framework

Graduates of this degree can work in every area of biotechnology and biosciences, from gene manipulation in mammals to toxin testing in waterways and crop protection. Graduates can be employed in research, production and testing positions in government and private laboratories and in the field. RMIT graduates are renowned for their ‘real world’ education and their ‘hands-on’ skills which make them highly desirable to employers.

Graduates satisfy the requirements of the Australian Institute of Biology for full membership. Depending on choice of units, they may also satisfy the requirements of the Australian Biotechnology Society, the Australian Society for Microbiology and others.

This course is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course. OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. Preparatory units are designed to introduce you to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success.

To enrol in the pathway, simply choose units from the OUA Pathways table below.

*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

Students who aren't taking part in OUA Pathways can instead follow the study pattern below:

Level 1: Complete five (5) core units and three (3) Level 1 science electives.

Level 2: Complete four (4) core units and two (2) science electives (from Level 2 or 3) plus two (2) general electives from any OUA units.

Level 3: Complete five (5) core units and two (2) science electives (from Level 2 or 3) plus one (1) general elective from any OUA units.

Please see Course Structure for further information.

To obtain the Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences), you must complete 24 units and meet these requirements:

  • You must complete at least eight RMIT units
  • You must complete the following Bachelor of Science units (from the core and elective science units):
    • eight (8) units at Level 1
    • four (4) core units at Level 2
    • five (5) core units at Level 3 and
    • at least four (4) science elective units from level 2 or 3
    • three (3) general electives which can be selected from any undergraduate unit offered through OUA
  • A maximum of twelve units can be taken at First Year Level over the entire degree
  • A maximum of one SSK will count towards the degree

Laboratory, clinical and practical classes

Due to the specialist nature of this degree, you will be required to attend RMIT University in Melbourne to complete practical and laboratory classes.

These classes will be offered in block mode, as a week of intensive practical work during most units on site at RMIT City or Bundoora West campuses. There will be one week of block practicals in each Study Period.

These classes are compulsory and some classes may be scheduled concurrently with others. Students planning to enrol into multiple units within a particular Study Period that require a laboratory, clinical and/or practical component or wanting further information about the classes' schedule are advised to contact the Coordinator, School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University, prior to finalising their enrolment.

The following units have laboratory, clinical and/or practical classes:

  • SCB110 Cell Structure and Function
  • SCB120 Plant Structure and Function
  • SCB130 Animal Structure and Function
  • SCB140 Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics
  • SCB200 Microbiology 1
  • SCB210 Biological Chemistry
  • SCB220 Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • SCB300 Plant Diversity
  • SCB301 Animal Diversity
  • SCB303 Ecotoxicology
  • SCB304 Molecular Agriculture
  • SCB305 Ecology
  • SCB310 Gene Technologies
  • SCB330 Advanced Immunology and Cell Technology
  • SCB340 Functional Genomics & Proteomics
  • SCC100 Chemistry of Materials 1
  • SCC200 Chemistry of Materials 2
  • SCI300 Instrumentation for Scientists and Engineers

To view the Practicum Schedule, please see below:

2016: Applied_Science_OUA_pracs_2016_Schedule.pdf

2017: TBA

Majors

Students may select their Level 3 core units from the 'major' areas of biosciences or biotechnology. Students may complete an additional 'minor' sequence using their general electives and should contact the course coordinator for further information.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Scientific Skills and Communication
SCB100 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Innovation Cultures: Perspectives on Science and Technology
MDA10006 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Fundamentals of Chemistry (Previously: Introduction to Chemistry)
SCI18 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Outbreak: The Detection and Control of Infectious Disease
SCB160 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7
Total number of units to complete: 5 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Applied Mathematics
MAS120 Murdoch - SP2 SP3 -
Scientific Skills and Communication
SCB100 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Cell Structure and Function
SCB1101 RMIT - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics
SCB1401 RMIT - - SP3 SP4
Fundamentals of Chemistry (Previously: Introduction to Chemistry)
SCI18 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 Units have an on-campus attendance requirement. See the unit description for more information

Complete 3 units from the following 7 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Plant Structure and Function
SCB1201 RMIT - SP2 - SP4
Animal Structure and Function
SCB1301 RMIT - - SP3 SP4
Outbreak: The Detection and Control of Infectious Disease
SCB160 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Chemistry of Materials 1
SCC1001 RMIT - SP2 SP3 -
Analytical Science
SCC110 RMIT - SP2 SP3 -
Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety
SCI110 RMIT - - SP3 SP4
General Physics (Previously Introduction to Physics)
SCI16 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 Units have an on-campus attendance requirement. See the unit description for more information

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Microbiology 1
SCB2001 RMIT - - SP3 -
Biological Chemistry
SCB2101 RMIT - - SP3 SP4
Genetics and molecular biology
SCB2201 RMIT Coming in 2018
Advanced Bioinformatics
SCB240 RMIT Coming in 2018

1 Units have an on-campus attendance requirement. See the unit description for more information

Complete 5 units from the following 5 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
The Professional Scientist
SCI301 RMIT - SP2 SP3 -
Plant Diversity
SCB3001 RMIT - - SP3 SP4
Animal Diversity
SCB3011 RMIT - - SP3 SP4
Ecotoxicology
SCB3031 RMIT Coming in 2018
Ecology
SCB3051 RMIT Coming in 2018

1 Units have an on-campus attendance requirement. See the unit description for more information

Complete 5 units from the following 5 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
The Professional Scientist
SCI301 RMIT - SP2 SP3 -
Gene Technologies (Previously Advanced Molecular Biology)
SCB3101 RMIT - SP2 SP3 -
Advanced Immunology and Cell Technology
SCB3301 RMIT - SP2 SP3 -
Functional Genomics and Proteomics
SCB3401 RMIT Coming in 2018
Molecular Agriculture
SCB3041 RMIT Coming in 2018

1 Units have an on-campus attendance requirement. See the unit description for more information

Complete 4 units from the following 9 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Chemistry of Materials 2
SCC2001 RMIT - SP2 SP3 -
Energy and the Earth's Environment
SCE200 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
The Changing Environment
SCE210 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Nutrition Principles
SCN200 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Nutrition, Health And Disease
SCN250 RMIT - SP2 - SP4
Environmental Studies
SCE300 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Instrumentation for Scientists and Engineers
SCI3001 RMIT SP1 - - -
Science Fiction, Science Fact
SCI302 RMIT - SP2 SP3 -
Astronomy and Black Holes
SCI200 RMIT SP1 SP2 - -

1 Units have an on-campus attendance requirement. See the unit description for more information

Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies completed at other institutions in the last 10 years. To have your credit formally assessed you must first register for the RMIT degree. You are eligible to register as soon as you have completed a minimum of two core RMIT OUA units. An administrative fee of $165 is applicable to register for an award.

Documentation will be required to support your application, such as:

  • a certified copy of an Academic Transcript with final grades for Higher Education studies
  • a certified copy of a Statement of Attainment for any completed TAFE studies
  • course outlines showing content, learning outcomes and assessment requirements
  • an explanation of the grading structure used.

Recognition of prior learning based on industry experience is not available for this course.

Before lodging a credit transfer students are encouraged to contact their OUA Administrator, School of Applied Sciences via email: ouaappsci@rmit.edu.au

You don't need to apply to study this degree - you can work towards the qualification by enrolling in units.

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Can I access a government loan for my fees?

Students intending to complete the Bachelor of Applied Sciences must register for the RMIT degree. You are eligible to register as soon as you have completed a minimum of two core RMIT OUA units. A fee of $165 is applicable to register for an award.

If you wish to Graduate at the Melbourne graduation ceremony in December, you must complete your final unit no later than Study Period 2 in the year you intend to graduate.

A payment will be required to attend the graduation ceremony in Melbourne; for information about payments or application dates see www.rmit.edu.au/graduation. Alternatively students can apply to graduate in absentia at any time.

To register for the degree or to apply to graduate please visit http://rmit.edu.au/oua/administration

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

The Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) has undergone a major change from 2016. If you are entering year two or three of the course, you are expected to follow the new course structure. If you are expecting to complete your course before SCI301 Professional Scientist(new unit) is offered, you may complete the course using the old structure. If you need further advice for your unit selection, please contact the School of Applied Sciences OUA Course Administrator via email on ouaappsci@rmit.edu.au

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