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Overview
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
This course is for re-enrolling students
International
This course is for re-enrolling students
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

DIPSCI

Award
Diploma of Science
Faculty/College
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Sector
HE
Area of study
Science and The Environment

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the ACIKE Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

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.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

    Campus notes

    AFB: This is an approved Away From Base (AFB) 'mixed-mode' course.
    For further information about AFB see www.cdu.edu.au/indigenousleadership/awayfrombase.html

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 information provided for this course was valid for the final year of enrolment. Students continuing in this course may find there have been some changes to the unit availability. Students should, in the first instance, refer to the recommended study plan in the newest version of this course to make their unit selection for the current year.

Every re-enrolling student will be able to complete their current course of study. As a continuing student you should always consider transferring to the newest course version to enable you to take advantage of new and exciting changes to university programs. Students electing not to transfer should refer to the transitional arrangements where provided.

If you have any queries, or concerns about your course progression you would like clarified, please contact Student Central on freecall 1800 061 963 or student.central@cdu.edu.au.

 

The course will include a combination of common core, specialist elective and elective units depending on the specialisation area selected.

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 Points Specific requirements
Common
(2 units)
20 Units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below:

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)
Plus either:
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title 2016) or
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology  

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Do not take CUC107 if taking the Nanotechnology or ANU feeder.
Do not take either common unit if taking the Marine Science feeder stream.

Specialist Electives
(5 - 7 units)
50 - 70 Units totalling 60 credits points depending on the stream selected.

At least five units with unit codes commencing with
ENVxxx, HITxxx, MLSxxx, PSYxxx, SBIxxx, SCHxxx, SMAxxx, SPHxxx
Refer to the recommended study plans for specific course requirements.
 
Electives
(0 - 1 unit)
0 - 10 No more than one elective unit (10 credit points) depending on the stream selected.
  80 Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Students who commenced prior to 2013
Of the total 80 credit points:
* not more than 10 credit points shall be included with a grade of "PC"

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016

Nursing has been removed from specialist electives from 2016 (see new course code YSCI01). However existing students who have completed Nursing units prior to 2016 may count these towards specialist electives. For specific advice, please contact the Course Coordinator.

For the restricted Group B units, these restrictions only apply to new students or students seeking to use the DIPSCI as an exit award after 2015.

There has been a reduction in electives from 20cp to 10cp. Students who enrolled under previous requirements can graduate with 40cp of specialist electives.

Unit Title Changes

Unit Code Previous Title New Title (2016)
CUC100 Academic Literacies Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.  Part time students should refer to the Study Plan for part time students.  Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level.  200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. ENV200.

Legend: CU = Common Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

  Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Science (General Science) stream

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
Select either:
SCH101
Chemical Concepts OR
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SE Select either:
SPH141
Concepts of Physics OR
SMA100 Introduction To Mathematics (last offered 2014)
(unless SMA100 or SMA101 taken in Semester 1)
SE
Select one unit from:
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology OR
ENV102 The Diversity of Life OR
SMA101 Mathematics 1A OR
SMA100 Introduction To Mathematics (last offered 2014)
SE Select one unit from:
PSY141 Introduction to Psychology B OR
SPH141 Concepts of Physics OR
SMA102 Mathematics 1B OR
SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2016) OR
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
SE
Elective E Elective E

Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) stream

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
Select either:
SCH101
Chemical Concepts OR
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SE Select either:
SPH141
Concepts of Physics OR
SMA100 Introduction To Mathematics (last offered 2014)
(unless SMA100 or SMA101 taken in Semester 1)
SE
HIT164 Computing Fundamentals SE HIT137 Software Now SE
Elective E ENV101 Earth Systems (previously SES101) SE

Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Science (Ecology) stream

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
Select either:
SCH101
Chemical Concepts OR
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SE Select either:
SPH141
Concepts of Physics OR
SMA100 Introduction To Mathematics (last offered 2014)
SE
ENV102 The Diversity of Life SE Select one unit from:
SBI173 Microbiology OR
SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2016) OR
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
SE
ENV202 Introduction to Remote Sensing SE ENV204 Ecosystems and Biodiversity SE

Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Environmental Science

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
ENV102 The Diversity of Life (previously SBI106) SE ENV205 Environmental Issues (recoded to ENV103 2018) SE
CIK240 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment SE LWA112 Environmental and Planning Law (offered in 2018 - available each alternate year) SE
Elective E ENV101 Earth Systems (previously SES101) SE

Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) stream


Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
Select either:
SCH101
Chemical Concepts OR
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SE Select either:
SPH141
Concepts of Physics OR
SMA100 Introduction To Mathematics (last offered 2014)
SE
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 SE SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 SE
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU SBI173 Microbiology SE

Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) at Flinders University (one year feeder course from Bachelor of Science (Feeder) course at CDU)

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
ENV102 The Diversity of Life (previously SBI106) SE SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2016) SE
SCH101 Chemical Concepts SE SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
Elective E SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry SE

Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture) at Flinders University (one year feeder course from Bachelor of Science (Feeder) course at CDU)

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
ENV102 The Diversity of Life (previously SBI106) SE SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2016) SE
Select either:
SCH101
Chemical Concepts OR
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SE SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
Elective E Elective E

Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Science (Bitechnology) at Flinders University (one year feeder course from Bachelor of Science (Feeder) course at CDU)

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2016) SE
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry SE
ENV102 The Diversity of Life (previously SBI106) SE SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
SCH101 Chemical Concepts SE Elective E

Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Science (Forensic and Analytical Chemistry) at Flinders University (one year feeder course from Bachelor of Science (Feeder) course at CDU)

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2016) SE
ENV102 The Diversity of Life (previously SBI106) SE SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry SE
SCH101 Chemical Concepts SE SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies SE
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU Elective E

Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) at Flinders University (one year feeder course from Bachelor of Science (Feeder) course at CDU)

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2016) SE
SCH101 Chemical Concepts SE SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry SE
SMA101 Mathematics 1A SE SMA102 Mathematics 1B SE
PHY1104 Physics Concepts 1 (USQ external) SE PHY1911 Physics Concepts 2 (USQ external) SE

Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Marine Science at James Cook University (one year feeder course from Bachelor of Science (Feeder) course at CDU)

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SCH101 Chemical Concepts SE SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2016) SE
ENV102 The Diversity of Life (previously SBI106) SE SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR
PHY1911 Physics Concepts 2 (USQ external)
SE
SMA101 Mathematics 1A SE ENV101 Earth Systems (previously SES101) SE
    ENV205 Environmental Issues (recoded to ENV103 2018) SE
    SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
(summer semester)
SE

Recommended for progression to the Bachelor of Marine Science at Australian National University (one year feeder course from Bachelor of Science (Feeder) course at CDU)

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SCH101 Chemical Concepts SE SBI105 The Life of Cells (last offered 2016) SE
ENV102 The Diversity of Life (previously SBI106) SE SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry SE
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU Two Units from:
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
SMA102 Mathematics 1B
SPH141 Concepts of Physics
SE
SMA101 Mathematics 1A SE    

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