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Bachelor of Science (Honours)

2018

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Location
Satac Codes
Alice Springs Campus
  1BH007
Casuarina Campus
  1BH004
External Studies
  1BH004
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

BSCIH

Award
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Faculty/College
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Sector
HE
Area of study
Science and The Environment

Explore your passion for science with the Bachelor of Science (Honours). This course includes a major research project, advanced level coursework and research skills training in many science disciplines such as:

  • environmental science
  • health science
  • information technology
  • clinical science.

Key areas you could base your research on include:

  • biology
  • ecology
  • spatial science
  • midwifery
  • nursing
  • networking
  • mobile
  • software development
  • information systems
  • medical science
  • clinical science
  • sport and exercise science
  • pharmacy.

Honours qualifications prepare you for professional positions requiring higher level project management, problem-solving and research skills. Honours qualifications are also a pathway to further study in master or PhD programs.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of a recognised Bachelor degree or equivalent in a science, engineering, information technology, environmental science, health or allied health, biomedical science, sports science or engineering-related disciplines with at least a Credit average (GPA of 5.00).

Additional admission requirements

Applicants must contact the School on environment@cdu.edu.au or (08) 8946 6781 to discuss a potential project and supervision prior to submitting an application.

In addition to a Credit average (GPA of 5.00), applicants are required to have a project topic and project supervisor who has agreed to supervise the student and project before admission is approved.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

International full fees

International course fees are provided on the International Office Fee Schedule: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

How to Apply

International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.

Career opportunities

A range of career options may be available in the industry, government, private and the community sector as a biologist, ecologist, spatial scientist, biomedical scientist, chemist, consultant, laboratory assistant, academic, project manager or advisor.

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campus notes

    External: this course is available internally through a combination of internal and online units of study (eg. not all units of the course are available on-campus).

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The course structure consists of a major research project, a research writing unit, an elective coursework unit relevant to the discipline and training activities (hurdle assessments) individually selected to meet the needs of each student.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.

Unit type Credit
Point
Specific requirements
Core Units
(1 unit)
10 Compulsory Core units totalling 10 credit points

SID401 Research Writing (new unit title from 2015) 
 
Specialist
Electives
(3 - 7 units)
70 Specialist Elective/Major units totalling 70 credit points selected from the units listed below. 

Note: Students take the Honours Thesis units required to make up the correct credit point load for the semester. The same unit may be taken more than once in the course but not in the same semester.

Clinical Science
Take 60 credit points comprising of the following units:
SCI711 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp) (replaces HON461 from 2016) 
SCI712 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) (replaces HON462 from 2016) 
SCI713 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) (replaces HON463 from 2016) 
Plus any one of:
PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM552 Epidemiology (new title 2018)
PHM553 Biostatistics (new title 2018)
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods
PSY447 Research Methods and Practice
Or another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator

This specialisation centres on the study of all living organisms and inanimate natural objects through experiment, observation and deduction relation to physical and natural sciences such as chemical and biological sciences including boichemistry, cell biology, human biology and genetics.

Environmental Science
Take 60 credit points comprising of the following units:
ENV751 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp) (replaces HON431 from 2016)
ENV752 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) (replaces HON432 from 2016)
ENV753 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) (replaces HON433 from 2016)
Plus any one of:
ENV511 Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis
SID400 Professional Skills
Or another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator

This specialisation centres on the study of environmental science including the relationships between living organisms and the natural, rural, industrial and urban environments. It includes the study of the impact humans have upon the natural environment. 

Health  (excluding Nursing and Midwifery)
Take 60 credit points comprising of the following units:
HEA761 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp) (replaces HON441)
HEA762 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) (replaces HON442)
HEA763 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) (replaces HON443)
Plus any one of:
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM552 Epidemiology (new title 2018)
PHM553 Biostatistics (new title 2018)
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods
PSY426 Ethics and Professional Issues
HEA409 Practice Evaluation Strategies
Or another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator

This specialisation centres on public health including the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, premature death and disease-induced discomfort and disability in the population. It also involves developing an understanding of environmental factors affecting health.  This may include occupational health and safety, environmental health, indigenous health, community health and epidemiology.

Information Technology
Take 60 credit points comprising of the following units:
HIT721 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp) (replaces HON491 from 2016)
HIT722 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) (replaces HON492 from 2016)
HIT723 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) (replaces HON493 from 2016)
Plus any one of:
PRT405 Professional Project
Or another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator

This specialisation centres on information systems, computer languages, computational theory as applied to information technology and computer networks.

Nursing and Midwifery
Take 60 credit points comprising of the following units:
NUR761 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp) (replaces HON471 from 2016)
NUR762 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) (replaces HON472 from 2016)
NUR763 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) (replaces HON473 from 2016)
Plus any one of:
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM552 Epidemiology (new title 2018)
PHM553 Biostatistics (new title 2018)
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods
PSY426 Ethics and Professional Issues
HEA409 Practice Evaluation Strategies
Or another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator

This specialisation centres on research in the principles and practices of providing general and specialised preventative, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care to individuals and groups. It includes the study of the structure and function of the human body and mind, the restoration and maintenance of health, pain control, human behaviour and nursing ethics.

General Science
Take 60 credit points comprising of the following units:
SCI711 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp) (replaces HON461 from 2016)
SCI712 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) (replaces HON462 from 2016)
SCI713 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) (replaces HON463 from 2016)
Plus any one of the units in the above majors
Or another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator
 
The SCI Honours Thesis units listed above may also be used to undertake studies in physics, mathematical and earth science.

Elective Units 0 There are no Elective Units for this course
  80 Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Bachelor of Honours AQF Level 8 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Unit Code Changes from 2016

Following is a summary of unit code changes. ALL students should enrol in the latest unit code from 2016.

Pre-2016 Unit Code 2016 Unit Code
Clinical and General Science
HON761 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp) SCI711 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp)
HON762 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) SCI712 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp)
HON763 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) SCI713 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp)
Environmental Science
HON431 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp) ENV751 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp)
HON432 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) ENV752 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp)
HON433 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) ENV753 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp)
Health (excluding Nursing and Midwifery)
HON441 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp) HEA761 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp)
HON442 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) HEA762 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp)
HON443 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) HEA763 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp)
Information Technology
HON491 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp) HIT721 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp)
HON492 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) HIT722 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp)
HON493 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) HIT723 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp)
Nursing and Midwifery
HON471 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp) NUR761 Honours Thesis #10 (10cp)
HON472 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp) NUR762 Honours Thesis #20 (20cp)
HON473 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) NUR763 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp)

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The recommended study plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. These study plans are generic for all students and any unit with an "X" in the code should be substituted for the relevant discipline specific unit provided in the additional tables below.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective R = Research Specialist Elective

Full Time Students commencing in Semester 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SID401 Research Writing CO Specialist Elective (discipline specific research preparation unit)  SE
HON7X3 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) R HON7X3 Honours Thesis #30 (30cp) R

Part Time Students commencing in Semester 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SID401 Research Writing CO Specialist Elective (discipline specific research preparation unit) SE
HON7X1 Honours Thesis #10 (repeatable) 10cp) R HON7X1 Honours Thesis #10 (repeatable) (10cp) R
Year 2
HON7X2 Honours Thesis #20 (repeatable) (20cp) R HON7X2 Honours Thesis #20 (repeatable) (20cp) R

SPECIALIST ELECTIVE AND RESEARCH UNITS BY DISCIPLINE (Specialisation/Major)

 CLINICAL SCIENCE 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Discipline Specific Specialist Elective - 10cp (1 unit) selected from the following OR another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator.
PHM526 Research Design
PHM552 Epidemiology (new title 2018)
PSY447 Research Methods and Practice
SE PHM524 Clinical Trials
PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM553 Biostatistics (new title 2018)
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods
SE
Discipline Specific Research units - units totalling 60cp selected from the following: 

SCI711 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON461)
SCI712 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON462)
SCI713 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON463)

R SCI711 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON461)
SCI712 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON462)
SCI713 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON463)
R

   ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE  

Semester 1 Semester 2
Discipline Specific Specialist Elective - 10cp (1 unit) selected from the following OR another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator.
ENV511 Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis SE SID400 Professional Skills SE
Discipline Specific Research units - units totalling 60cp selected from the following: 
ENV751 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON431)
ENV752 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON432)
ENV753 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON433)
R ENV751 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON431)
ENV752 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON432)
ENV753 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON433)
R

   HEALTH (excluding Nursing and Midwifery)

Semester 1 Semester 2
Discipline Specific Specialist Elective - 10cp (1 unit) selected from the following OR another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator.
PHM526 Research Design
PHM552 Epidemiology (new title 2018)
PSY426 Ethics and Professional issues
HEA409 Practice Evaluation Strategies
SE PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM553 Biostatistics (new title 2018)
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods
SE
Discipline Specific Research units - units totalling 60cp selected from the following: 
HEA761 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON471)
HEA762 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON472)
HEA763 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON473)
R HEA761 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON471)
HEA762 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON472)
HEA763 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON473)
R

  INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Semester 1 Semester 2
Discipline Specific Specialist Elective - 10cp (1 unit) selected from the following OR another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator.
PRT405 Professional Project SE PRT405 Professional Project SE
Discipline Specific Research units - units totalling 60cp selected from the following: 
HIT721 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON491)
HIT722 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON492)
HIT723 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON493)
R HIT721 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON491)
HIT722 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON492)
HIT723 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON493)
R

  NURSING AND MIDWIFERY

Semester 1 Semester 2
Discipline Specific Specialist Elective - 10cp (1 unit) selected from the following OR another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator.
PHM526 Research Design
PHM552 Epidemiology (new title 2018)
PSY426 Ethics and Professional issues
HEA409 Practice Evaluation Strategies
SE PHM527 Health Research Skills
PHM553 Biostatistics (new title 2018)
PHM588 Qualitative Research Methods
SE
Discipline Specific Research units - units totalling 60cp selected from the following: 
NUR761 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON471)
NUR762 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON472)
NUR763 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON473)
R NUR761 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON471)
NUR762 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON472)
NUR763 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON473)
R

  GENERAL SCIENCE

Semester 1 Semester 2
General Science Specialist Elective - 10cp (1 unit) selected from any of the above majors OR another unit approved by the project supervisor and honours coordinator.
ENV511 Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis SE SID400 Professional Skills SE
Discipline Specific Research units - units totalling 60cp selected from the following: 
SCI711 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON461)
SCI712 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON462)
SCI713 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON463)

 

R

SCI711 Honours Thesis #10 (previously HON461)
SCI712 Honours Thesis #20 (previously HON462)
SCI713 Honours Thesis #30 (previously HON463)

R

 

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