Course summary

Interested in science but not sure which discipline is for you? This course will prepare you with a solid grounding in scientific knowledge and skills, and a taste of the many opportunities that science provides, from the marvels of mathematics, the innovation of engineering, the wonders of the natural environment and more.

You'll learn the language and nature of science and mathematics, and will be able to follow your interests in specific areas of science. This course is a pathway to linked Bachelor degrees in science, environmental, marine or forest science, civil engineering, coastal systems engineering or mechanical engineering. As a graduate of this course, you gain entry to a Bachelor degree in one of these disciplines and also receive credit for your Diploma studies.

Graduates may also find work in para-professional roles, including positions as field assistants, laboratory assistants and environmental monitoring officers.

This course is offered through SCU College, where we recognise our students may have different approaches to learning. We connect you to peers and nurture your success with additional workshops to develop your academic and study skills.

The course includes core units in science and electives in the following study areas:  

  • Environmental science (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.

The Diploma of Science will assist your progression to a preferred area of study, should you decide to articulate into Southern Cross University’s Bachelor of ScienceBachelor of Environmental ScienceBachelor of Marine Science and ManagementBachelor of Forest Science and ManagementBachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil EngineeringBachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Coastal Systems Engineering, and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering.

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

Domestic duration

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

International duration

1 year full-time

Availability details

Domestic

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

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $30,400 ($3,800 per unit) 086408J

Course requirements

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

To be eligible to receive the Diploma of Science students must complete 96 credit points, comprising:

  • 2 core units, and
  • 72 credit points in electives.

Exclusion
The Chair of the College Board may exclude a student for a maximum of one (1) study period where a student has received Absent Fail Grades for all units attempted in a session of study.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core units

EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory

Streams

Title Level of learning Note
This stream is only available at the Lismore campus.
Select 6 of the following:
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
MAT10718 - Mathematical Ideas Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere 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 and 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
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
2 units from Engineering Note 1 Note 1
Year 1, Session 2
4 units from Engineering Note 1 Note 1

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 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
1 unit from Environmental Science
Year 1, Session 2
4 units from Environmental Science

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 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
MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
1 unit from Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Year 1, Session 2
4 units from Physical Sciences and Mathematics

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
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
3 units from: Engineering OR Environmental Science OR Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Notes

Note 1: MAT71003 & ENG10757 must be studied concurrently.

Unit groups

Environmental Science

Title Level of learning Note

Core

SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
Select 5 of the following:
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Challenges Introductory
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
SCI10002 - Science in Society Introductory

Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Title Level of learning Note

Core

SCI10001 - Nature of Science Introductory
Select 5 of the following:
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT10718 - Mathematical Ideas Introductory
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory

Engineering

Title Level of learning Note
This stream is only available at the Lismore campus.
Select 6 of the following:
PHY10760 - Physics and Materials Introductory
MAT71003 - Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists Introductory
ENG10757 - Applied Mechanics Introductory
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory
MAT10718 - Mathematical Ideas Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory