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C10347v2 Bachelor of Advanced Science

Award(s): Bachelor of Advanced Science in (name of Science major) (BAdvSc)
UAC code: 607058 (Advanced Materials)(Autumn session), 607059 (Environmental Biotechnology)(Autumn session), 607060 (Infection and Immunity)(Autumn session), 607063 (Pre-Medicine)(Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 084270E
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Notes

Existing students wanting to transfer to this course should be aware that some subjects in the course program will not be available until 2017 or 2018. See the specific subject descriptions for details.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Advanced Science is designed specifically to develop student learning using an inquiry-oriented and research-immersion model. Students engage in a number of research project subjects based on their chosen major, which include advanced materials and data science; environmental biotechnology; infection and immunity; and pre-medicine. Students are placed with world-leading research scientists and learn 'on the job', actively mentored in research teams learning theory through real-time application and solving real-world problems. More than just a work placement, this course is a holistic learning experience designed to train the next generation of scientists.

  • Advanced Materials and Data Science major: Modern civilisation depends upon natural and fabricated materials such as metals, textiles and materials for electronic components and devices. The next generation of advanced materials is key to solving many of society's needs, such as clean energy from solar cells, water purification, and materials that support health and security technologies. This major covers the three skills and knowledge areas essential for participating in this important technology space: the properties and development of materials; how to measure and test these properties using various experimental techniques; and how to design new materials using computer simulations. Data science is a new and exciting area of knowledge that is revolutionising materials science in how researchers conduct their work, and analyse the properties of materials and trends in their data to discover new materials and applications.
  • Environmental Biotechnology major: Humans are in a constant battle with microbes, both medically and environmentally. This major focuses on understanding how to manage microbes that impact upon the environments that we depend upon (including bioremediation, mine waste management), as well as using microbes to solve problems that can lead to commercial end products such as biofuels, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals or agricultural feedstocks. The diversity of microbes with novel traits is immense; a new style of scientist with a specialist background is needed to bioprospect these habitats and identify which microbes can be used to solve environmental challenges. This major focuses on industrial applications of environmental biotechnology. Students develop advanced skills in bioinfomatics, microbial ecology, as well as the fundamental sciences to prepare them for an exciting career in the ever expanding field of biotechnology, having a specific focus on environmental applications and solutions to the changing globe.
  • Infection and Immunity major: Now and in the future, one of the biggest global threats to human health and that of the environment is antibiotic resistance. That is, the resistance of micro-organisms to drugs that are used to treat serious infections, rendering these drugs ineffective. This major provides students with the skills and expertise to enable them to participate in the effort to address this urgent health problem. Students learn how micro-organisms cause infections, how the host prevents and responds to infection, and how to understand processes both in the microbe and the host that can be targeted in clinical applications for the diagnosis, treatment and protection against microbial infection. Students gain advanced experimental, analytical and computational skills in areas such as drug discovery, development of vaccines, drug synthesis, human immunology and antibiotic resistance. Students explore innovative ways to tackle the antibiotic resistance problem.
  • Pre-Medicine major: This major is distinguished by its strong focus on core topics where in the second and third years of study have a stronger coursework focus. Students are introduced to practices and theory that underlie both medical research and the health professions. The aim is to optimally prepare graduates for health professional careers.

Career options

Career options include positions in biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, patent law and public health for the infection and immunity major. The pre-medicine major prepares students for postgraduate medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, health policy writing, health and medical writing, sales and technical support of medical devices, and the pharmaceutical and therapeutic goods industry. Study of advanced materials can lead to more traditional science-based research and development in government, defence and commercial laboratories; and financial modelling, management and other non-technical fields. Examples of positions in environmental biotechnology include industrial biotechnology for the energy sector (biofuel), agricultural sector (feedstock) and environmental management (phyto-remediation).

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 An understanding of the nature, practice and application of the chosen science discipline.
2.0 Encompasses problem solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition.
3.0 The ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills, in appropriate and ethical ways within a professional context, autonomously and collaboratively and across a range of disciplinary and professional areas, e.g. time management skills, personal organisation skills, teamwork skills, computing skills, laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative and graphical literacy skills.
4.0 The capacity to engage in reflection and learning beyond formal educational contexts that is based on the ability to make effective judgements about one's own work. The capacity to learn in and from new disciplines to enhance the application of scientific knowledge and skills in professional contexts.
5.0 An awareness of the role of science within a global culture and willingness to contribute actively to the shaping of community views on complex issues where the methods and findings of science are relevant.
6.0 An understanding of the different forms of communication - writing, reading, speaking, listening, including visual and graphical, within science and beyond and the ability to apply these appropriately and effectively for different audiences.
7.0 An ability to think and work creatively, including the capacity for self-starting, and the ability to apply science skills to unfamiliar applications. It encompasses skills such as understanding risk management and risk taking, 'thinking outside the box', questioning the norm to suggest new solutions for old problems.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics; any two units of English; and any two science subjects.

Mathematics Extension 1; Biology (infection and immunity, pre-medicine, environmental biotechnology); and Physics (advanced materials) are recommended.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a three-year, full-time basis.

Students may also be able to complete the course in part-time mode, usually at the rate of two subjects a session (a 50 per cent load), taking six years to complete. Part-time students are required to attend some classes in daytime hours.

Course structure

Students must complete 144 credit points, made up of a 102-credit-point major selection, 24 credit points of electives and 18 credit points of core subjects. Majors are available in: infection and immunity; pre-medicine; advanced materials and data science; and environmental biotechnology.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students studying this course have an opportunity to undertake an internship subject and receive academic credit for their placement off campus (an external business or research institute) or on campus (UTS research institutes or departments), in a capacity relevant to their academic studies.

Course completion requirements

STM91201 Core subjects (Advanced Science) 18cp
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG) 24cp
CBK91246 Major choice 102cp
Total 144cp

Course program

The following examples show typical full-time programs for each of the majors.

Infection and Immunity major
Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
60208 Quantitative Skills for Science   6cp
Spring session
65213 Chemistry 2 (Advanced)   6cp
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
60207 Research Methods   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
60201 Advanced Research Project 1   6cp
Spring session
91815 Drug Discovery   6cp
91401 Immunology 1   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
60202 Advanced Research Project 2   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
91359 Immunology 2 6cp  
91338 Clinical Bacteriology 6cp  
91819 Virology 6cp  
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
60203 Advanced Research Project 3   6cp
Spring session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91559 Bacterial Pathogenesis 6cp  
91352 Parasitology 6cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
91536 Proteomics 6cp  
91709 Pharmacology 2 6cp  
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
60204 Advanced Research Project 4   6cp
Advanced Materials and Data Science major
Year 1
Autumn session
68101 Foundations of Physics   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
60101 Chemistry and Materials Science   6cp
Spring session
68201 Physics in Action   6cp
33290 Statistics and Mathematics for Science   6cp
65213 Chemistry 2 (Advanced)   6cp
60207 Research Methods   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
37233 Linear Algebra   6cp
33360 Mathematics for Physical Science   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
60201 Advanced Research Project 1   6cp
Spring session
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
68413 Quantum Physics   6cp
68206 Optics   6cp
60202 Advanced Research Project 2   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
37373 Programming for Data Analysis   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
68606 Solid-state Science and Nanodevices   6cp
60203 Advanced Research Project 3   6cp
Spring session
68513 Nanophotonics   6cp
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
60204 Advanced Research Project 4   6cp
Environmental Biotechnology major
Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
Spring session
65213 Chemistry 2 (Advanced)   6cp
91123 Biocomplexity   6cp
26100 Integrating Business Perspectives   6cp
60207 Research Methods   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
60201 Advanced Research Project 1   6cp
Spring session
91816 Bioinformatics   6cp
91132 Molecular Biology 1   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
60202 Advanced Research Project 2   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91142 Biotechnology   6cp
91817 Medical Biotechnology   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
60203 Advanced Research Project 3   6cp
Spring session
91818 Environmental Biotechnology   6cp
91368 Bioreactors and Bioprocessing   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
60204 Advanced Research Project 4   6cp
Pre-Medicine major, Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
60208 Quantitative Skills for Science   6cp
Spring session
65213 Chemistry 2 (Advanced)   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
60207 Research Methods   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
91703 Physiological Systems   6cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
91500 Histology   6cp
Spring session
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
91812 Human Anatomy 2   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
91401 Immunology 1   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
91706 Neuroscience   6cp
99584 Clinical Features of Disease   6cp
91813 Human Anatomy 3   6cp
Spring session
91709 Pharmacology 2   6cp
91708 Medical and Applied Physiology   6cp
Select 12 credit points of electives   12cp
Pre-Medicine major, Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
68041 Physical Aspects of Nature   6cp
Summer session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
60208 Quantitative Skills for Science   6cp
91703 Physiological Systems   6cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
Spring session
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
91812 Human Anatomy 2   6cp
91401 Immunology 1   6cp
60207 Research Methods   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
91706 Neuroscience   6cp
91813 Human Anatomy 3   6cp
91500 Histology   6cp
Spring session
91709 Pharmacology 2   6cp
91708 Medical and Applied Physiology   6cp
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
Year 4
Autumn session
99584 Clinical Features of Disease   6cp
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp

Other information

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