GDN – Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
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Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor degree; or
Five (5) years or more relevant industry experience in IT or Data Science/Data Analytics; or
Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Science and Engineering as equivalent to the above.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Additional admission requirements
Mathematics B (or equivalent that includes algebra and elementary differential calculus) together with some background in computing, data analysis or programming is assumed.
Admission based on relevant industry experience must be supported by a detailed CV and proof of work experience (e.g. a letter from the employer detailing your position and job description).
Special admission requirements
Candidates will need to ensure that they have reliable access to internet services and computing resources.
24 credit points as per course structure
Computer and internet access is required.
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Data Science, graduates will be able to:
MA5800:03 Foundations for Data Science
MA5820:03 Statistical Methods for Data Science
MA5830:03 Data Visualisation
CP5804:03 Database Systems
CP5805:03 Programming and Data Analytics Using Python
MA5801:03 Essential Mathematics for Data Scientists
MA5810:03 Introduction to Data Mining
MA5821:03 Advanced Statistical Methods for Data Scientists
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
This course is 100% online through a carousel delivery model.
Expected time to complete
1.5 years in continuous carousel model (24CP) or equivalent part time
Explanation – Eight study periods yields 64 weeks, but spanning one mid-year recess and two end-of-year breaks will add 7 or 8 weeks for a total of 72 weeks, compared to 1.5 years at 78 weeks.
Maximum time to complete
Explanation – "part-time" modality for carousel offerings is expected to be at 2/3 of the full-time rate rather than 1/2 (study 16 weeks, 8 weeks off) as this results in 6CP per Teaching Period. Because of the currency of knowledge in Data Science it is important to know if a candidate is going to complete their studies over a longer time frame, especially if they intend to continue into the Master's program. 72 weeks x 1.5 + 1 year LoA = 210 weeks, marginally over two years, without allowing for recesses.
Maximum leave of absence
A minimum of three subjects is required to be taken in any 12 month period to ensure satisfactory progression.
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Maximum allowed Pass
Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures
Advanced standing may be granted for the following:
Note: Where relevant industry experience without qualifications, as provided for in the Admission Requirements, is used to meet entry requirements, that experience will not also be used to give advanced standing.
* Cognate disciplines include data science, computer science, IT, mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics, economics or finance.
12 credit points except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then advanced standing may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards.
Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course
Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13.5 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
Advanced standing will not be granted for undergraduate studies or for work experience used to gain admission to the course when assessed separately for admission requirements.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF DATA SCIENCE
Inclusion of majors on
Not applicable – this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Data Science, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course