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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.

DurationLocationSession

1F/2P

Lismore1, 2
Online1
DurationLocationSession

1F/2P

Lismore1, 2

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.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

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

Assessment tasks vary from unit to unit and can include essays, reports, audio or video presentations, class participation, individual and group work, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations. Assessment items are in accordance with learning outcomes and designed to ensure that all the graduate attributes are assessed throughout the course. The performance criteria, grading standards and due dates for assessment tasks are included in each Unit Information Guide. Students receive timely feedback on their assessment submissions.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches which can including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, field trips, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. Students receive a regular schedule of face-to-face and/or online contact with academic staff.

Online students experience a highly interactive study mode that strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Please note: Some units contain compulsory residential workshops at the Lismore campus that may include lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and field trips.

The Diploma of Science is a pathway to 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. As a graduate of the Diploma, you are guaranteed entry and receive up to eight units of credit towards one of these Bachelor degrees.

Graduates of the Diploma of Science may find work in para-professional work in a range of settings, including positions as field assistants, laboratory assistants, revegetation officers and environmental monitoring officers. 

Graduates who proceed to one of the pathway Bachelor degrees will have a range of career opportunities available in their chosen fields in government agencies and in the private sector.

Notice

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'

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