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. It also enables you to explore 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.

The course includes specialisations in the following disciplines:  Earth and Environmental Systems, Forest Systems, Marine Systems, Regenerative Agriculture or Engineering and a pathway to linked degrees in these areas should you wish to pursue further study.

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.

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. It also enables you to explore 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.

The course includes specialisations in the following disciplines:  Earth and Environmental Systems, Forest Systems, Marine Systems, Regenerative Agriculture or Engineering and a pathway to linked degrees in these areas should you wish to pursue further study.

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.

All students select a specialisation in one of the following areas:  

  • Earth and Environmental Systems
  • Forest Systems
  • Marine Systems
  • Regenerative Agriculture
  • Engineering.

Please note: Some units may require on-campus attendance. 

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 Science – with a specialisation in Earth and Environmental Systems, Forestry Systems, Marine Systems or Regenerative Agriculture – or to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a specialisation in Civil, Coastal Systems or Mechanical Engineering. 

Course Learning Outcome

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

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

Apply ethical and sustainable values and practices within defined scientific contexts

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

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

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

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 Term 1 N/A N/A
Online Term 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Term 1 $31,600 ($3,950 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 the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:

  • 8 core units (96 credit points) from one of the following specialisations: Marine Systems, Earth and Environmental Systems, Forestry Systems, Regenerative Agriculture, and Engineering.

 

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 Note
Students should select one (1) Specialisation from the following:

Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Note

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

Students must enrol in the core College units in their first session of study: EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and SCIN1001 - Nature of Science AND SCIN1001 - Nature of Science
EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline
SCIN1001 - Nature of Science Note 1
CHEM1001 - Chemistry
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
MRNE2010 - Oceanography
SCIN1005 - Organisms and Environments
ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges

Title Note

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

Students must enrol in the core College units in their first session of study: EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and SCIN1001 - Nature of Science.
EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline
SCIN1001 - Nature of Science Note 1
CHEM1001 - Chemistry
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
ENVR1005 - Ecosystem Management and Regeneration
ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges
SCIN1004 - Earth Systems

Title Note

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

Students must enrol in the core College units in their first session of study: EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and SCIN1001 - Nature of Science
EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline
SCIN1001 - Nature of Science Note 1
CHEM1001 - Chemistry
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
FORS1001 - Introduction to Forest Science and Management
SCIN1005 - Organisms and Environments
ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges

Title Note

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

Students must enrol in the core College units in their first session of study: EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and SCIN1001 - Nature of Science
EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline
SCIN1001 - Nature of Science Note 1
CHEM1001 - Chemistry
BIOL1005 - Cells and Molecules
STAT1002 - Scientific Data Management and Analysis
AGRC1003 - Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture
ENVR1005 - Ecosystem Management and Regeneration
ENVR1001 - Science and Global Challenges

Notes

Note 1: This unit is only available Online.