Biomedical Science

BMS1021
Cells, tissues and organisms

VCE Units 3 and 4 prerequisite study
Must have previously completed Units 3 and 4 of Biology. In addition, previous or concurrent Chemistry (Units 3 and 4) enrolment is recommended.

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Describe the properties and function of cells and explain how the primary tissue types combine to form a complete organism;
  • Describe the effects of cellular mechanisms and environmental impacts on human development, and identify how they are applied in health and biotechnology;
  • Describe the ways in which organisms regulate their internal systems and environment;
  • Explain the principles behind the development of an immune response and the role of microorganisms in health and disease;
  • Critically evaluate the relevant literature in the synthesis of a written assessment on an area contemporary biomedical research.
  • Perform laboratory techniques integral to the study of biomedical sciences and analyse and interpret results in consultation with research literature.

BMS1052
Human neurobiology

VCE Units 3 and 4 prerequisite study
Must have previously completed Units 3 and 4 of Biology. In addition, previous or concurrent Chemistry (Units 3 and 4) enrolment is recommended.

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental concepts of nervous system organisation and communication;
  • Have gained some insight into how the brain enables us to sense our environment and to move, feel, think and communicate with others;
  • Describe how the human brain and behaviour evolved;
  • Explain how behaviour can be influenced by genetic makeup, environmental and social factors and drugs; and
  • Acquire some basic skills in obtaining, interpreting and presenting scientific data.

2019 Study location

Monash University, Clayton campus

2019 Class times

Please note that students undertaking Extension Studies need to have flexible extracurricular activities as there is no guarantee a uni class will have the same timetable for both semesters. (Eg Your class may run Tuesday afternoon in Semester 1 and Thursday afternoon in Semester 2.)

Students need to be able to fit their other commitments (such as part-time work and sport) around Extension Studies, making Extension a priority.

We will do our best to ensure classes run after school hours, but this may not always be possible. Students are advised of their timetable as soon as it is confirmed so they can organise their personal commitments around their Extension study.

Semester 1 Timetable*: Students can expect 3 hours of lectures each week and 6 x 3 hour compulsory practicals over the semester.

  • 3 x 1 hour weekly lectures (It is strongly advised that students attend lectures. If a student is unable to attend, all lectures are recorded and streamed online.)
    • Lecture 1: Wednesday 1pm-2pm
    • Lecture 2: Thursday 11am-12pm
    • Lecture 3: Friday 4pm-5pm
  • 6 x 3 hour Practicals each fortnight - These are COMPULSORY
    • Students choose one from:
      • Monday 10am - 1pm OR
      • Wednesday 10am - 1pm OR
      • Wednesday 2pm-5pm

Semester 2 Timetable*: Available in early June, 2019 (Students can expect three unique lectures each week and up to 6 compulsory 3-hour practicals during the semester. It is strongly advised that students attend lectures. If a student is unable to attend, all lectures are recorded and streamed online.)

* Please note timetables are subject to change

Recognition for prior learning

When you enrol in a Bachelor’s degree at Monash, your Extension units can be used for course credit if they are compatible with the degree in which you enrol.

Students who have successfully completed Biomedical Science Extension may be eligible to apply to have the credit points of one (6 points) or both (12 points) of their Extension units to count towards the course requirements for:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science, including the Scholars Program
  • Associated double degrees with Biomedical Science
  • As electives in any single degree

Any units credited will show on your academic transcript as either 6 or 12 points against the course code of the degree in which you are enrolled. Students can apply for credit once they have enrolled in their undergraduate degree.

Students may also be able to credit their Extension study towards Bachelor degrees at other tertiary institutions.