Bachelor of Scientific Studies

Why study the Bachelor of Scientific Studies at UNE?

This course is suitable for students who do not have an educational background in Sciences. The first year of study provides academic foundation knowledge and skills and achievement at introductory level. Students are able to exit with a Diploma in Science on completion of the first year and may articulate into other Science-based Bachelor degrees.

This course is designed to provide students with basic skills and knowledge in a range of disciplines in science. The course allows students to design their own program of study, in consultation with academic staff, to suit their background knowledge and specific areas of interest. The program is highly flexible, allowing students to gain underpinning theoretical knowledge as well as practical laboratory experience in a range of discipline areas. The course encourages the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as skills in communication and lifelong learning, allowing graduates to apply these skills to their specific field of interest.

This course is suitable for students who do not have an educational background in Sciences. Students who do not have an ATAR, have not successfully completed Year 12 or senior high school, or are mature age and considering tertiary study may apply for admission.

Graduates will have a broad scientific background to assist with future employment or to pursue further study. Successful completion of the first year of study will allow students to transfer into a more specialised degree program, based on their desired field of study.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates will have a broad scientific background and skills appropriate for further study, or to assist with future employment in a range of areas requiring a broad knowledge of the basic sciences.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

3 Years Full-time
6 Years Part-time

FEES

Commonwealth Supported Place

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation BScSt
Course Type Undergraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • 6 Years Part-time
Fees Commonwealth Supported Place
Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Additional Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Advanced standing shall not be granted for SCI395 and WORK300.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Straw (BCC 51)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Scientific Studies in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Advanced standing shall not be granted for SCI395 and WORK300.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level; at least 36 credit points at 300-level and not more than 12 credit points at 400-level from units listed for this course.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 24 cps
Group 1 Listed Units 24 cps
Group 2 Listed Units 36 cps
Group 3 Listed Units 36 cps
Elective Units 24 cps
Total 144 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Scientific Studies.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who discontinue their studies in the Bachelor of Scientific Studies may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Science on completion of 48 credit points or the Advanced Diploma in Science on completion of 72 credit points.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Bachelor of Scientific Studies. This may mean that students may not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

To have an understanding that

Science is the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the natural world following a systematic methodology based on evidence.

Scientists are curious about the natural world and are creative in formulating hypotheses and in designing approaches to problem solving. Scientists employ scientific methods to test hypotheses and use empirical evidence to support or refute their hypotheses.

Science includes a broad spectrum of disciplinary areas. Mathematics is used in science to model real-world systems and scientific data are often analysed using statistical methods.

Scientists have a responsibility to communicate the outcomes of their work accurately and without bias to their peers and to society.

Scientists generate and build knowledge, develop technologies, investigate and solve problems. Science is embedded within a context that reflects both the history of scientific endeavour and the culture of present society.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of science, including evidence-based systematic methodology involved in acquiring knowledge, and the relevance this has for society;
  2. demonstrate the ability to apply recognised methods of science, appropriate practical techniques and tools for processes of discovery and inquiry;
  3. critically analyse and solve scientific problems by gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from different sources, and selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques in order to conduct an investigation;
  4. be effective communicators of science by communicating scientific information or arguments, to a range of audiences, including peers and the general community; and
  5. be accountable for their own learning and scientific work by being independent and self-directed learners, working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context, and personally practising ethical conduct.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will understand ways of scientific thinking and the nature of science as a broad discipline.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate scientific information or arguments to a range of audiences.

Problem Solving

Graduates will be able to investigate and solve problems by using evidence-based systematic methods of science.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to communicate scientific information or arguments to a range of audiences. In doing so they will be able to synthesise and critically evaluate information from a range of sources, using a range of technologies.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be able to take social responsibility by recognising the relevant ethical frameworks within which science is practised and demonstrate a capacity for working responsibly and safely in both individual and team environments.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will be able to take personal responsibility for lifelong learning by demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning.

Independence and Collaboration

Elements of each unit of study require students to work independently or to work collaboratively as part of a team.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on campus by Early Entry or through UAC or QTAC

For more information, click here

New domestic students to UNE apply to study off campus direct to UNE

Former and current domestic UNE students apply to study on campus or off campus direct to UNE

For more information, click here

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