Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Business Administration

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
088052E
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • North Sydney (58.50)

Description

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Business Administration is designed to develop in students an understanding of business management and how organisations work that will enhance their professional careers in a range of biomedical contexts across a range of organisations.

The biomedical science component will train students in the core areas of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology and microbiology. Students will be introduced to each of these disciplines via core units and expected to undertake detailed study in at least one discipline, through utilization of elective units. Students will learn how the human body functions, what causes disease and how disease is treated. Graduates will be competent in applying a broad and coherent body of knowledge to undertake professional work in a range of biomedical science contexts, for example in biomedical research, in commercialisation, or in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries.

Students will enhance their business administration knowledge in a range of areas including accounting, finance, marketing, business law and business data management. Industry placements in the final year of the degree will improve employability on graduation and provide students with a practical application of their studies.

Course duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 BIOL123
Cells and tissues – the fabric of Life
BIOL128
The Human body
BUSN104
Money Matters
(Inc: ACCT100)
BUSN112
Managing Markets
(Inc: MKTG100)
Year 1 - Semester 2 BUSN111
Working with Technology
(Inc: ISYS111)
BMSC103
Research Design and Ethics
BIOL124
Human Body in Health and Disease 1
(Pre: BIOL123)
BUSN113
Managing People and Organisations
(Inc: MGMT100)
Year 2 - Semester 1 BMSC102
Numerical reasoning
CHEM105
Foundations of Chemistry
HRMG204
Organisational behaviour
(Pre: ACCT100 or BUSN104; BUSN111, BUSN112, BUSN113)
UNCC100
Self and Community: Exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 2 BMSC100
Introductory Biostatistics
BUSN201
International Business
(Pre: ACCT100 or BUSN104; BUSN111, BUSN112, BUSN113)
MKTG202
Marketing Communications: Engaging Stakeholders
(Pre: ACCT100 or BUSN104; BUSN111 , BUSN112, BUSN113)
CHEM106
Physical and Organic Chemistry
Year 3 - Semester 1 PHIL201
Bioethics
Or
HLSC220
Healthcare Ethics
BIOL204
Human body in health and disease 2
(Pre: BIOL123)
ECON200
Economics: Policy frameworks and markets
(Pre: ACCT100 Or BUSN104 ,BUSN111, BUSN112,BUSN113)
(Inc: ECON105 , ECON104)
Biomedical Science Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 BIOL205
Pharmacology 1
(Pre: BIOL124)
BMSC201
Communicating ideas in science
BMSC206
Introduction to Neuroscience
(Pre: BIOL124)
BMSC207
Microbiology and Immunology
(Pre: BIOL123)
Year 4 - Semester 1 Biomedical Science Elective BMSC301
Industry Immersion
(Pre: UNCC100 and BMSC201)
MGMT310
Sustainable organisational change
(Pre: HRMG204 or MGMT213)
ENTR301
Managing entrepreneurship and innovation
(Pre: ACCT100 or BUSN104; BUSN111 , BUSN112, BUSN113)
(Inc: MGMT311)
Year 4 - Semester 2 HLSC301
Community engagement
UNCC300
Justice and Change in a Global World
(Pre: UNCC100)
MGMT304
Strategic management
(Pre: MGMT213 or HRMG204)
BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
(Pre: ACCT100 or BUSN104; BUSN111 , BUSN112, BUSN113)
Or
BIPX301
Professional experience
(Pre: BIPX202) (Inc: BIPX302)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $9573 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites: Any two units of English (Standard) (Band 3) or English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Band 4), and any 2 units of mathematics (Band 2)

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA) and Mathematics (any).

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, and a study score of at least 25 in Mathematics (any).

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 1 1
Median OP to receive an offer 12 10
Lowest OP to receive an offer 20 15
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 99 99
Median Rank to receive an offer 76 81
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 62 69
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Median ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 67.45 72.45
Median ATAR to receive an offer 61.50 66.75
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 50.95 60.95

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 7 70.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 10 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 8 88.89%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students <5 N/P
All students 9 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

If you are a Year 12 student you must apply through VTAC or UAC. Unfortunately, a Direct application cannot be considered.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.

Melbourne

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

Graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Business Administration can enter a wide range of business and biomedical science roles including roles in pharmaceutical and medical technology industries; roles in marketing, medical, legal, research and quality assurance. Graduates might work in research roles in Universities, hospitals or the public health sector.

Professional experience

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours).

More course information

Specialty Streams

Students have the option of specialising in one of the following streams from year two of the course. Further information, including campus availability of streams, will be made available to students during their first year of study.

Pharmaceutical Industry Stream

This stream would suit students who wish to work in regulation, sales, marketing, or education about drugs. It is not a pharmacy degree, nor a precursor for a pharmacy degree. The pharmaceutical industry develops, produces, markets and supplies medicines and vaccines.

Medical Technology Industry Stream

This stream would suit students who wish to work in the industry in an education, sales, marketing, advocacy, regulatory role or similar. Medical technology improves and even saves lives by detecting diseases early and so enabling the provision of effective treatment options for patients and the healthcare system. The medical technology industry includes medical devices, diagnostics and medical imaging equipment.

Communication Stream

This stream would suit students wanting to work in medical/science journalism, patient advocacy, consumer health forum work, or developing consumer programs with a health focus.

Contacts for future students

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Description

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Business Administration is designed to develop in students an understanding of business management and how organisations work that will enhance their professional careers in a range of biomedical contexts across a range of organisations.

The biomedical science component will train students in the core areas of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology and microbiology. Students will be introduced to each of these disciplines via core units and expected to undertake detailed study in at least one discipline, through utilization of elective units. Students will learn how the human body functions, what causes disease and how disease is treated. Graduates will be competent in applying a broad and coherent body of knowledge to undertake professional work in a range of biomedical science contexts, for example in biomedical research, in commercialisation, or in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries.

Students will enhance their business administration knowledge in a range of areas including accounting, finance, marketing, business law and business data management. Industry placements in the final year of the degree will improve employability on graduation and provide students with a practical application of their studies.

Course duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
North Sydney
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 BIOL123
Cells and tissues – the fabric of Life
BIOL128
The Human body
BUSN104
Money Matters
(Inc: ACCT100)
BUSN112
Managing Markets
(Inc: MKTG100)
Year 1 - Semester 2 BUSN111
Working with Technology
(Inc: ISYS111)
BMSC103
Research Design and Ethics
BIOL124
Human Body in Health and Disease 1
(Pre: BIOL123)
BUSN113
Managing People and Organisations
(Inc: MGMT100)
Year 2 - Semester 1 BMSC102
Numerical reasoning
CHEM105
Foundations of Chemistry
HRMG204
Organisational behaviour
(Pre: ACCT100 or BUSN104; BUSN111, BUSN112, BUSN113)
UNCC100
Self and Community: Exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 2 BMSC100
Introductory Biostatistics
BUSN201
International Business
(Pre: ACCT100 or BUSN104; BUSN111, BUSN112, BUSN113)
MKTG202
Marketing Communications: Engaging Stakeholders
(Pre: ACCT100 or BUSN104; BUSN111 , BUSN112, BUSN113)
CHEM106
Physical and Organic Chemistry
Year 3 - Semester 1 PHIL201
Bioethics
Or
HLSC220
Healthcare Ethics
BIOL204
Human body in health and disease 2
(Pre: BIOL123)
ECON200
Economics: Policy frameworks and markets
(Pre: ACCT100 Or BUSN104 ,BUSN111, BUSN112,BUSN113)
(Inc: ECON105 , ECON104)
Biomedical Science Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 BIOL205
Pharmacology 1
(Pre: BIOL124)
BMSC201
Communicating ideas in science
BMSC206
Introduction to Neuroscience
(Pre: BIOL124)
BMSC207
Microbiology and Immunology
(Pre: BIOL123)
Year 4 - Semester 1 Biomedical Science Elective BMSC301
Industry Immersion
(Pre: UNCC100 and BMSC201)
MGMT310
Sustainable organisational change
(Pre: HRMG204 or MGMT213)
ENTR301
Managing entrepreneurship and innovation
(Pre: ACCT100 or BUSN104; BUSN111 , BUSN112, BUSN113)
(Inc: MGMT311)
Year 4 - Semester 2 HLSC301
Community engagement
UNCC300
Justice and Change in a Global World
(Pre: UNCC100)
MGMT304
Strategic management
(Pre: MGMT213 or HRMG204)
BUSN304
Working with diversity and conflict
(Pre: ACCT100 or BUSN104; BUSN111 , BUSN112, BUSN113)
Or
BIPX301
Professional experience
(Pre: BIPX202) (Inc: BIPX302)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3251.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $26008.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $104032.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate, including studies in Mathematics. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Business Administration can enter a wide range of business and biomedical science roles including roles in pharmaceutical and medical technology industries; roles in marketing, medical, legal, research and quality assurance. Graduates might work in research roles in Universities, hospitals or the public health sector.

Professional experience

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours).

More course information

Specialty Streams

Students have the option of specialising in one of the following streams from year two of the course. Further information, including campus availability of streams, will be made available to students during their first year of study.

Pharmaceutical Industry Stream

This stream would suit students who wish to work in regulation, sales, marketing, or education about drugs. It is not a pharmacy degree, nor a precursor for a pharmacy degree. The pharmaceutical industry develops, produces, markets and supplies medicines and vaccines.

Medical Technology Industry Stream

This stream would suit students who wish to work in the industry in an education, sales, marketing, advocacy, regulatory role or similar. Medical technology improves and even saves lives by detecting diseases early and so enabling the provision of effective treatment options for patients and the healthcare system. The medical technology industry includes medical devices, diagnostics and medical imaging equipment.

Communication Stream

This stream would suit students wanting to work in medical/science journalism, patient advocacy, consumer health forum work, or developing consumer programs with a health focus.

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