Diploma of Science

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 7:41 AM on Thu, 1 December

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
45
Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
1 year full-time
Location
Lismore, Online
Lismore
Start date
March
February
Course code
2127298
Course abbreviation
DipSc
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

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, 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, Forestry Systems or Marine Systems. Successful completion of the Diploma will guarantee you entry and up to eight units of credit towards linked specialisations in the Southern Cross Bachelor of Science.

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, 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, Forestry Systems or Marine Systems. Successful completion of the Diploma will guarantee you entry and up to eight units of credit towards linked specialisations in the Southern Cross Bachelor of Science.

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.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

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

CountryScore
Austria AMC4.1
Bangladesh HSC2.3
Brazil SSLC6.7
Canada High School OSSD44
Chile PSU5.3, overall 500-599
China Senior Middle 373%, overall graded
Colombia CB (NAT)64, overall 250-299
Denmark USSLE4.4
France FB<10
German Abitur4.2
Hong Kong HKDSE8
India CBSE (best 4)5.5 in external exam
India CISCE58
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)70 in academic
Indonesia SMA6.9
Japan USSLC3
Korea, Republic of, CSAT269
Malaysia ICSSUEC47
Malaysia STPM1, best 3 A levels
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate60
Nepal Proficiency Certificate73
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams54
Pakistan HSSC Pre-Eng and Pre-Med streams26
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)2.0, pass Eng & Math
Peru OCSE13.9
Phillipines NSAT78
Russia FCCSE3.6
Saudi Arabia MESSLC68
Singapore Cambridge GCE A Level 10
Spain SSSD6.7
Spain STBPU6.3
Sri Lanka GCE3
Sweden SSLC10.7
Taiwan GSAT37
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate73
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 1.6
Turkey HSD3
UK Board GCE A Levels7 (2 subjects)
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1160, ACT 13
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)6.6

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score or equivalent5.5
Reading5.0
Writing5.5
Listening5.0
Speaking5.0

About the course

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

  • Earth and Environmental Systems
  • Forestry Systems
  • Marine Systems

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 or Marine Systems. 

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
LismoreTerm  1
OnlineTerm  1

Online students attend compulsory residential workshops at the Lismore campus for some units.

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
LismoreTerm  1$31,600 ($3,950 per unit)086408J
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

International students studying in Australia

View domestic application details View international application details

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Diploma of Science, students must complete 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Specialisations

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
SCIN1001Nature of Science Note 1
ENVR1001Science and Global Challenges
SCIN1004Earth Systems
STAT1002Scientific Data Management and Analysis
BIOL1005Cells and Molecules
CHEM1001Chemistry
MRNE1001Marine Science and Management

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
SCIN1001Nature of Science Note 1
SCIN1004Earth Systems
ENVR1001Science and Global Challenges
ENVR1005Ecosystem Management and Regeneration
CHEM1001Chemistry
STAT1002Scientific Data Management and Analysis
BIOL1005Cells and Molecules

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
SCIN1001Nature of Science Note 1
SCIN1004Earth Systems
ENVR1001Science and Global Challenges
FORS1001Introduction to Forest Science and Management
BIOL1005Cells and Molecules
CHEM1001Chemistry
STAT1002Scientific Data Management and Analysis


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

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

Students must enrol in the SCU College units in their first term of study: EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and SCIN1001 - Nature of Science AND SCIN1001 -  Nature of Science
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Lismore
Term3
Term3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
SCIN1001Nature of Science
Term1,3
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in HLTH1001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions.
CHEM1001Chemistry
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Enrolment informationThere will be a 2-day compulsory residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore Campus. Registration for your residential location and time preference may be necessary upon unit enrolment. Please check the Blackboard site for CHEM1001 for any latest information and updates.
BIOL1005Cells and Molecules
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2
Term2
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Enrolment informationThere will be a 3-day compulsory residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore campus. Please refer to https://www.scu.edu.au/timetables for further information on timetables. This unit is offered at Lismore and NMSC for on-campus undergraduate students. Practical classes are run specifically for Head Start (High School) students at Gold Coast. This location is not available to undergraduate students.
STAT1002Scientific Data Management and Analysis
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
MRNE1001Marine Science and Management
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationThere will be a 2-day compulsory residential for ALL students that will be held at the National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour. Please refer to http://scu.edu.au/timetables for further information on timetables.
SCIN1004Earth Systems
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1,5
Term1,5
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,5
N/A
ENVR1001Science and Global Challenges
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1,5
Term1,5
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,5
N/A
Anti-requisitesSCIN1002 - Science in Society

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

Students must enrol in the SCU College units in their first term of study: EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and SCIN1001 - Nature of Science.
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Lismore
Term3
Term3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
SCIN1001Nature of Science
Term1,3
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in HLTH1001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions.
BIOL1005Cells and Molecules
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2
Term2
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Enrolment informationThere will be a 3-day compulsory residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore campus. Please refer to https://www.scu.edu.au/timetables for further information on timetables. This unit is offered at Lismore and NMSC for on-campus undergraduate students. Practical classes are run specifically for Head Start (High School) students at Gold Coast. This location is not available to undergraduate students.
STAT1002Scientific Data Management and Analysis
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
ENVR1005Ecosystem Management and Regeneration
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationALL students must attend a compulsory 2-day residential at either the Lismore campus or the National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour. Students will attend one residential. Please refer to http://scu.edu.au/timetables for further information on timetables.
CHEM1001Chemistry
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Enrolment informationThere will be a 2-day compulsory residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore Campus. Registration for your residential location and time preference may be necessary upon unit enrolment. Please check the Blackboard site for CHEM1001 for any latest information and updates.
SCIN1004Earth Systems
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1,5
Term1,5
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,5
N/A
ENVR1001Science and Global Challenges
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1,5
Term1,5
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,5
N/A
Anti-requisitesSCIN1002 - Science in Society

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

Students must enrol in the SCU College units in their first term of study: EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline and SCIN1001 - Nature of Science
EDUC1001Language and Learning in your Discipline
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Brisbane - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Hayman Island - Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Lismore
Term3
Term3
MelbourneN/A
Term1,3,5
Melbourne - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/A
Term1
PerthN/A
Term1,3,5
SydneyN/A
Term1,3,5
Sydney - The Hotel School
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
SCIN1001Nature of Science
Term1,3
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
Anti-requisitesCannot be taken if already completed or enrolling in HLTH1001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions.
CHEM1001Chemistry
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Enrolment informationThere will be a 2-day compulsory residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore Campus. Registration for your residential location and time preference may be necessary upon unit enrolment. Please check the Blackboard site for CHEM1001 for any latest information and updates.
BIOL1005Cells and Molecules
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2
Term2
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Enrolment informationThere will be a 3-day compulsory residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore campus. Please refer to https://www.scu.edu.au/timetables for further information on timetables. This unit is offered at Lismore and NMSC for on-campus undergraduate students. Practical classes are run specifically for Head Start (High School) students at Gold Coast. This location is not available to undergraduate students.
STAT1002Scientific Data Management and Analysis
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
FORS1001Introduction to Forest Science and Management
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationThere will be an optional one day residential for ALL students (Online and On Campus) that will be held on the Lismore campus. Please refer to http://scu.edu.au/timetables for further information on timetables.
SCIN1004Earth Systems
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1,5
Term1,5
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,5
N/A
ENVR1001Science and Global Challenges
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1,5
Term1,5
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,5
N/A
Anti-requisitesSCIN1002 - Science in Society


Notes

Note 1: This unit is only available Online.

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Learning outcomes

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.

Course Learning Outcome

Exercise judgement to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in defined scientific settings.

Apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills within defined scientific contexts.

Apply ethical and sustainable values and practices within defined scientific contexts.

Exercise judgement to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in defined scientific settings.

Apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills within defined scientific contexts.

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work within defined scientific settings.

Apply academic knowledge and skills to communicate information, concepts, and solutions, individually and/or in a team within defined scientific settings.

Demonstrate an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within defined scientific contexts.


Assessment methods

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.

Teaching methods

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.

Career opportunities

The Diploma of Science is a pathway to Southern Cross University’s Bachelor of Science, with specialisations in Earth and Environmental Systems, Forestry Systems or Marine Systems. 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.

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