Course summary

The Diploma of Science is a one-year (full-time or part-time equivalent) course that equips students with foundational knowledge and skills in areas including environmental, health and physical sciences such as engineering.

The Diploma is a pathway to Southern Cross University’s Associate Degree of Science or it can offer up to one year of credit into linked Bachelor degrees in environmental science, marine science and management, forestry science and management, civil engineering (Honours) and mechanical engineering (Honours).

This course is offered through SCU CollegeAll SCU College students are offered extra support through College Connect while undertaking this Diploma.

The Diploma of Science is a one-year (full-time or part-time equivalent) course that equips students with foundational knowledge and skills in areas including environmental, health and physical sciences such as engineering.

The Diploma is a pathway to Southern Cross University’s Associate Degree of Science or it can offer up to one year of credit into linked Bachelor degrees in environmental science, marine science and management, forestry science and management, civil engineering (Honours) and mechanical engineering (Honours).

This course is offered through SCU CollegeAll SCU College students are offered extra support through College Connect while undertaking this Diploma.

The course includes core studies in science that prepare students for further study through a range of science discipline units. The Diploma will assist students’ progression to their preferred area of study, should they decide to articulate into Southern Cross University’s Associate Degree of ScienceBachelor of Science, Bachelor of Environmental Science, Bachelor of Marine Science and Management, Bachelor of Forest Science and Management, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering, and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering.

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)
  • Engineering (Lismore campus)

Please note: Not all study areas are available to study online.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical judgement and creative thinking to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in defined scientific settings

Creativity

Exercise critical judgement and creative thinking to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in defined scientific settings

Ethical practice

Apply ethical and sustainable values and practices within defined scientific contexts

Knowledge of a discipline

Apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills within defined contexts in the field of science

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work in defined scientific contexts

Communication and social skills

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

Cultural competence

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


Course overview

Course code

2127298

Course abbreviation

DipSc

Credit points

96

Equivalent units

8

Duration

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Duration

1 year full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 334014 054701
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $26,000 ($3,250 per unit) 086408J

Course requirements

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

  1. To be eligible for a Diploma of Science, a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. at least two (2) units from Part A; and
    2. at least four (4)  units from Part B; and
    3. two (2) units from either Part A or Part B

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
EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate

Part B

Title Level of learning Note
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory

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 enrol in the core units from the College in their first session of study: EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline andSCI10001 - Nature of Science and MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics
Students are advised to select units from the same specialisation group 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
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory
Two (2) Electives unit from Part B Environmental Science stream

Title Level of learning Note
This stream is only available at the Lismore campus.
Students must enrol in the core units from the College in their first session of study: EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics
Year 1. Session 1
EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Students must enrol in the core units from the College in their first session of study: EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and SCI10001 - Nature of Science and MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics
Students are advised to select units from the same specialisation group 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
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
2 units from: Human Science

Title Level of learning Note
This stream is only available at the Lismore campus.
Students must enrol in the core units from the College in their first session of study: EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and SCI10001 - Nature of Science and MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics
Year 1, Session 1
EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Intermediate

Title Level of learning Note
Students must enrol in the core units from the College in their first session of study: EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and SCI10001 - Nature of Science and MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics
Students are advised to select units from the same specialisation group 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
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
EDU10011 - Learning for Future Careers Intermediate
2 units from Physical Sciences and Mathematics or Environmental Science or Human Science

Unit groups