Course summary

Develop the skills to apply scientific knowledge to complex problems and improve the world we live in while you explore all the possibilities of a career in science

The Associate Degree of Science opens the doors to understanding the biological, chemical, physical, and technological processes that shape our world. This two-year degree, offered through SCU College, also provides guaranteed entry and credit towards a linked Bachelor degree in science, environmental science and management, forest science and management or marine science and management. 

SCU College understands that learners have diverse experiences and ways of learning. The College supports your study success and connects you to your peers through additional workshops to assist you develop academic and study skills.

The course includes core studies in science that prepare students for more advanced study through a range of science discipline units. The Associate degree will assist students’ progression to their preferred area of study, should they decide to articulate into one of the linked Bachelor degrees in science, environmental science, marine science or forest science.

Study areas are offered as follows:

  • Human Science (Lismore campus)
  • Environmental Sciences (Lismore campus, or online)
  • Physical Sciences and mathematics (Lismore campus, or some units online).

Please note: Not all pathways are available to study online and some units require attendance at residential workshops.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical judgement and creative thinking to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in a range of scientific settings

Creativity

Exercise critical judgement and creative thinking to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in a range of scientific settings

Ethical practice

Apply ethical and sustainable values and practices to scientific contexts

Knowledge of a discipline

Apply broad theoretical and technical knowledge and skills within the field of science

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work broad scientific contexts

Communication and social skills

Communicate information, concepts and solutions, individually and in a team, with an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within a defined scientific contexts

Cultural competence

Communicate information, concepts and solutions, individually and in a team, with an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within a defined scientific contexts


Course overview

Course code

2207280

Course abbreviation

AssocDegSc

Credit points

192

Equivalent units

16

Domestic duration

2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

International duration

2 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 334312 054311
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be awarded the Associate Degree of Science a student is required to successfully complete the equivalent of sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. All eight (8) units listed in Part A; and
    2. Any eight (8) elective units chosen from Part B
  2. A student who has completed the equivalent of eight (8) units (96 credit points) from Part A and/or Part B may elect to be awarded a Diploma of Science following withdrawal from the Associate Degree.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory

Part B


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Students must study core College units in their first session of study - EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline; SCI10001 - Nature of Science; MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics
Students are encouraged to select units from the same stream to enable completion of a major if they wish to progress to a Bachelor Degree.
Year 1, Session 1
EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory
1 unit from: Environmental Science
Year 2, Session 2
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
1 unit from: Environmental Science
2 units from: Environmental Science, Human Science, Physical Science and Mathematics

Title Level of learning Note
Students must study core College units in their first session of study - EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline; SCI10001 - Nature of Science; MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics
Students are encouraged to select units from the same stream to enable completion of a major if they wish to progress to a Bachelor Degree.
Year 1, Session 1
EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
2 units from: Human Science
Year 2, Session 1
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
2 units from: Human Science
Year 2, Session 2
2 units from: Human Science
2 units from: Environmental Science, Human Science, Physical Science and Mathematics

Title Level of learning Note
Students must study core College units in their first session of study - EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline; SCI10001 - Nature of Science; MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics
Students are encouraged to select units from the same stream to enable completion of a major if they wish to progress to a Bachelor Degree.
Year 1, Session 1
EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials OR MAT10718 - Mathematical Ideas Introductory Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering OR MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Introductory Intermediate
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Intermediate
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
2 units from: Environmental Science, Human Science, Physical Science and Mathematics

Unit groups