• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Medical Science, Bioinformatics, Immunology and Microbiology, Genetics
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sara Rapson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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  • STEM Course

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students undertaking the Bachelor of Medical Science to learn about applications of the medical sciences in the work place. Various guest speakers, who will be professionals in different areas of medical science and/or research, will discuss their work, career, ethics and legal liability. Visits to work places such as different departments of the Canberra Hospital, research schools and pathology laboratories will be organised. Students will also work in small groups to design and run an interview with a medical professional or researcher and will participate in a careers workshop designed to promote confidence when transitioning to the workforce.


 This course is assessed on a Course Requirement Satisfied (CRS) or Fail basis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Critically analyse and summarise the content of presentations by medical/research.
  2. Understand ethical standards of the workplace.
  3. Communicate concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.
  4. Prepare and conduct an interview with a professional.
  5. Reflect on the impacts of what was learnt from each component of the course.
  6. Engage with potential employers on topics relevant to medical science.

Work Integrated Learning


Indicative Assessment

  1. Summary of selected seminars (25) [LO 1,3,5]
  2. Interview Discussion (20) [LO 2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Workplace Quizzes (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Learning Outcomes Report (30) [LO 3,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 hour of seminar per week, visits to workplace for up to 12 hours and workshops up to 6 hours throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 100 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for seminars, group work activities, presentation and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

In order to pass this course and complete the Bachelor of Medical Science, students must demonstrate engagement with medical science in the workplace, which typically involves participating in visits to workplaces including research organisations and pathology laboratories. To participate in the workplace visits, students must:

  • Be able to spend afternoons in the workplace environments without risking their own or others health.
  • Act professionally, respectfully and responsibly at all times during the workplace visits.

Students who can provide evidence they are unable to meet these requirements can negotiate alternative assessment and participation requirements with the course convenor. Please refer to the trip information page for further information.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 96 units, 48 of which must contribute to the Bachelor of Medical Science.

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Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6840
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6893 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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