Graduate Diploma in Science
Why study the Graduate Diploma in Science at UNE?
The Graduate Diploma in Science provides an opportunity for graduates to upgrade or extend their qualifications in a field of study not covered in depth in their undergraduate studies. Study programs are designed to meet the candidate's interests and academic background and involve a combination of course work selected from a chosen field of study. Available fields of study are: applied statistics, biochemistry, biodiversity science, biomedical science, chemistry, computational data science, genetics, health, mathematics, medicinal chemistry, physical sciences, quantitative ecology, regulatory science and zoology.
Articulation to the Master of Scientific Studies:
On completion of the Graduate Diploma, students who have obtained an overall GPA of 5 or better are eligible to articulate to the Master of Scientific Studies with 24 credit points of advanced standing for units completed towards the Graduate Diploma.
Career opportunities are possible in small and large businesses, industry, government, teaching and research. Examples include positions in the departments of primary industries, resource management, water and land resources, CSIRO, environmental protection authorities, forestry commissions, national parks and wildlife services and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Industry opportunities include positions in computing, consulting, botanical gardens and museums, manufacturing, electronics, mining and oil.
1 Year Full-time
Up to 4 years Part-time
CSP (quotas apply)
2019 STUDY OPTIONS
Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
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Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.
A candidate shall;
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours in a relevant discipline; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 9 Master in a relevant discipline; or
(d) hold an AQF Level 10 Doctorate in a relevant discipline.
Relevant disciplines include, but are not restricted to: Biochemistry; Biology; Botany; Chemistry; Computational Science; Genetics; Geology; Mathematics; Medicinal Chemistry; Microbiology; Neuroscience (may include: Science, Medicine, Psychology, Nursing, Social Work, Education, Health, Counselling); Physics; Physiology; Statistics; and Zoology. A degree will be considered relevant to a nominated major if it includes study that covers the minimum assumed knowledge. Where it is not clear from their academic background, applicants may include a cover letter with their application describing how they have achieved the minimum assumed knowledge.
Minimum Assumed Knowledge for Each Major
Applied Statistics: one unit of statistics and one unit of (calculus-based) mathematics
Biochemistry: two units of biology and two units of chemistry
Biodiversity Science: two units of biology
Biomedical Science: two units of biology and two units of chemistry
Chemistry: two units of chemistry
Computational Data Science: one unit of statistics and one unit of (calculus-based) mathematics and two programming intensive units
Genetics: two units of biology and two units of chemistry
Health: two units of biology and two units of chemistry
Mathematics: two units of (calculus-based) mathematics
Medicinal Chemistry: two units of chemistry and one additional unit of chemistry, biochemistry, or pharmaceutical science
Neuroscience: four units at second year level or above from neuroscience (see relevant disciplines)
Physical Sciences: two units of physics, two units of chemistry and two units of (calculus-based) mathematics
Quantitative Ecology: two units of statistics or mathematics, two units in any natural, physical, or social science, or equivalent
Regulatory Science: four science-based units with at least two units at second year level or above or equivalent
Zoology: two units of biology
Note: Students wishing to complete the course on a full-time basis are strongly encouraged to have greater than the minimum assumed knowledge and to begin their study in first trimester.
Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Advanced Standing based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based and which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course. This may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable relevant professional experience.
Candidates admitted under Rule (b), (c) and (d) may be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.
Advanced standing shall not be granted for SCI499 or SCI501 or SCI502.
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To have an understanding that:
· Science encompasses both a body of knowledge and a reliable process of discovery. It is founded upon the recognition of fundamental laws that make nature systematic and reproducible.
· Scientists observe, measure, classify and perform experiments upon the natural world. They employ scientific methods to test hypotheses and use empirical evidence to support or refute their hypotheses. The natural variability, or uncertainty, inherent in the natural world means that scientific conclusions are reliable but contestable: they may be revised or modified as new evidence emerges. Scientists are curious about the natural world and are creative in formulating hypotheses and in designing approaches to problem solving.
· Mathematics is used in science to model real-world systems and scientific data are often analysed using statistical methods.
· Science operates within a paradigm of peer review and replication that provides a collective responsibility for the reliability of scientific knowledge. Scientists have a responsibility to communicate the outcomes of their work accurately and without bias to their peers and to society.
· Science is embedded within a context that reflects both the history of scientific endeavor and the culture of present society. Scientists generate and build knowledge, develop technologies, investigate and solve problems.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Knowledge of a Discipline
Graduates will understand scientific practice and have advanced knowledge in a discipline of science. They will be able to articulate aspects of the place and importance of science in the local and global community.
Students demonstrate communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts; and transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences, including, where applicable, the possession of these skills in languages other than English.
Graduates will be able to investigate and solve problems by using recognised methods of science and appropriate practical techniques and tools.
Students demonstrate the capacity to critically evaluate the sources, values and validity of information; and think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas. Specialised technical skills to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts.
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 show a capacity for working responsibly and safely in both individual and team environments.
Graduates will be able to take personal responsibility for lifelong learning by demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning.
Independence and Collaboration
Graduates will have the ability to function effectively as members of teams or individually.