Diploma of Science

Diploma of Science [Pathway]

Handbook year

2020

Course code

115821

Course type

Diploma (AQF Level 5)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course Entry Requirements

Guaranteed entry where applicants have obtained a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or passes in at least 3 academic subjects from Year 12 or equivalent; or

Satisfactory completion of the JCU Foundation Program (Science/Engineering) with a minimum GPA of 4.00

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band P Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

27 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion
requirements

Minimum overall attendance level of 80% across all scheduled activities for the duration of the Diploma, including any support classes such as English language development. Students failing to maintain the required attendance will need to undertake additional requirements prior to graduating from the Diploma.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Diploma of Science at James Cook University, graduates will be able to:

  • describe and use specialised knowledge and skills for further learning
  • describe and use technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area of work and learning
  • select and apply methods and technologies from a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to:
    • analyse information to complete a range of activities
    • provide and communicate solutions to sometimes complex problems
    • transmit information and skills to others
  • apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad but established parameters

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

SC1101:03 Science, Technology and Truth

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems

BS1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity

BS1001:03 Introduction to Biological Processes

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

MA1580:03 Foundations of Data Science or CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming I

PLUS

Select either English for Academic Purposes Level 3 or 4

English for Academic Purposes Level 3

LS0331:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 3a

LS0332:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 3b

LS0333:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 3c

or

English for Academic Purposes Level 4

LS0441:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 4a

LS0442:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 4b

LS0443:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 4c

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

One year full-time

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Course includes mandatory Fieldwork

No

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points

Currency

Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course

Expiry

Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 7 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

DIPLOMA OF SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

DipSc

Inclusion of majors on
testamur
Not applicable

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who are awarded the JCU Diploma of Science are eligible for entry into the JCU Bachelor of Science majoring in: Aquaculture Science and Technology; Earth Science; Marine Biology; and Zoology and Ecology provided they also meet the relevant English Language entry requirement.  Applicants meeting the entry requirements for the JCU Bachelor of Science will receive credit for all subjects successfully completed in this Diploma.

Successful Diploma students may alternatively be granted credit for subjects successfully completed under this course towards any other Bachelor degree for which they satisfy the entry requirements.

Special Awards

Not applicable