Bachelor of Biomedical Science looking good and dual degrees are on the way
Demand for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science is up 60% across the three large campuses when compared to this time last year. This is a very pleasing outcome reflecting the great job the school staff has done this year in delivering the first year of the course and continuing to promote it at marketing events.
Double degrees associated with the BBiomedSc (Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Applied Public Health and Bachelor of Business Administration) commence next year in Brisbane, Melbourne and North Sydney. The combination with law is showing the strongest demand at the time of writing.
Staff from the School are working on the development of a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Science double degree, both to commence in 2017.
Bachelor of Environmental Science Honours graduates
Two of our honours graduates from 2014 are presenting at international conferences this month – Jacob Downs is presenting at the BioMicroWorld conference in Barcelona, on his work on bioremediation of hydrocarbons. Andrew Jansen is in Salt Lake City presenting at the Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry on his work on toxicity in marine macroalgae.
Work Integrated Learning
In mid October the Head of School attended the annual meeting of the Australian Council of Deans of Science, held at the Mount Stromlo Observatory in Canberra. The group was addressed by a number of guests including the outgoing Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb and the CEO of the Australian Research Council, Professor Aidan Byrne. The meeting had a focus on work integrated learning (WIL) as a mechanism to develop work ready skills in Science graduates and was timely following the release of the final report of a WIL audit and review project commissioned by the Chief Scientist. The report can be viewed here.
Both the Bachelor of Biomedical Science and the new Science program include WIL units in the final year. WIL can take the form of on campus simulations, on campus projects or industry based placements. Long term placements, in excess of twelve weeks, are considered the gold standard for WIL. Over the next twelve months the School will develop a WIL strategy, and seek funding to develop our work integrated learning options and offerings.