Bachelor of Advanced Science

Bachelor of Advanced Science

Course code

115510

Course type

BAC – Bachelor Pass (AQF level 7)

Professional accreditation status

The Physics major for the Bachelor of Advanced Science is seeking accreditation by the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). Once accredited, graduates will be automatically eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics.

The Chemistry major for this course is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).  Graduates will be eligible for non-corporate membership of RACI and, with an additional three years’ experience in chemistry, may be eligible to register as a Chartered Chemist with Corporate Membership of RACI.

Division

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course Pre-requisites

Required: English (4,SA); Maths B (4,SA)

Recommended Study: At least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths C

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional Course Requirements

Students who do not have Chemistry to Year 12 and wish to undertake the Chemistry major or the Molecular and Cell Biology major will be required to undertake the preparatory subject, CH1020: Preparatory Chemistry in their first year of study.

Students should undertake this subject in block mode where available and be aware that restrictions may apply to electives if they wish to complete in the normal three (3) year time frame. This subject typically starts earlier than the standard course commencement date. Contact JCU on 1800 246 446 for more information.

Special admission requirements

JCU students who have completed the first year of the BSc (including receiving a pass result in SC1109: Modelling Natural Systems-Advanced) and who have a GPA greater than 5.5 (excluding MA1020, CH1020 and PH1001) may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Advanced Science.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

A maximum of 30 credit points may be taken at level 1.

A minimum of 18 credit points of science subjects must be taken at level 3 or higher.

Students may seek permission to enrol in more than one level 5 subject.

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Advanced Science at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of   theoretical and technical knowledge, including underlying concepts,   principles, and models, in one or more science disciplines.
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of   science in society, particularly in creating sustainable futures in the   tropics, worldwide.
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of the methods   of science, including the creative processes involved in developing   scientific knowledge, and its contestable and testable nature.
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate   information from a range of sources, using advanced quantitative approaches.
  • Identify and articulate important, unresolved   questions, problems, or knowledge gaps in the graduate’s chosen field of   expertise.
  • Create and analyse models of natural   processes, in order to generate testable hypotheses about natural phenomena.
  • Design and conduct reliable, evidence-based   laboratory and/or field experiments by selecting and applying methods,   techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines.
  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific   data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills, applying an   advanced, conceptually integrated understanding of the available methods.
  • Draw appropriate inferences from the outcomes   of modelling, laboratory experiments, or field observations, taking account   of the strengths and weaknesses of the data or models, and the methods of   analysis employed.
  • Convey scientific ideas, arguments and   conclusions clearly and coherently through well-developed written and oral   communication skills and a variety of media.
  • Critically review regulatory requirements,   ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work   effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts.
  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and   attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance,   autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations or MA1009:03 Algebra and Calculus 2 (Students selecting MA1009: Algebra and Calculus 2 must also select MA1008: Algebra and Calculus 1 within the subsequent Enabling option)

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

SC1109:03 Modelling Natural Systems-Advanced

Level 2

SC2209:03 Quantitative Methods in Science-Advanced

Plus select 3 credit points of specified Level 2 subjects from List 1 (Skill Subjects)

Level 3

SC3003:03 Science Research Internship or SC3008:03 Professional Placement

Plus select 3 credit points of specified Level 5 subjects from List 2 (Advanced Skill Subjects)

List 1 (Skill Subjects)

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

MA2000:03 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers

MA2201:03 Numerical Mathematics

List 2 (Advanced Skill Subjects)

BC5203:03 Introduction to Bioinformatics

BS5260:03 Modelling Ecological Dynamics

CH5002:03 Research Skills and Communication in Chemistry (Advanced)

EA5409:03 Mineralogy and Geophysics

PH5014:03 Research Skills and Communication in Physics (Advanced)

SC5502:03 Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies

PLUS

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select one of the following Options

Option 1 (Second Major)

Select a second major from Table A

or

Option 2 (Minors)

Select a Science Minor from Table B that is different to your major

PLUS

Select a second Minor from Table B

or

Option 3 (Enabling)

Depending on the Major selected, applicants who have not completed high school Chemistry (or equivalent) must select CH1020 Preparatory Chemistry to successfully complete the Bachelor of Advanced Science.

CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry or any Level 1, 2 or 3 subject

PLUS

Applicants who are undertaking MA1009 Algebra and Calculus 2 must select MA1008 Algebra and Calculus 1 to successfully complete the Bachelor of Advanced Science:

MA1008:03 Algebra and Calculus 1 or any Level 1, 2 or 3 subject

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of any Level 1, 2 or 3 subjects

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of any Level 2, 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any Level 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

or

Option 4 (Electives)

Select 9 credit points of any Level 2, 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any Level 3 or 5 of AQ, BC, BM, BS, BZ, CH, CL, CP, CS, EA, EE, EV, MA, MB, ME, MI, PH or SC subjects

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of any Level 1, 2 or 3 subjects or an Inter-disciplinary Minor

TABLE A (SCIENCE MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Chemistry

Townsville

Students undertaking this Major will have successfully completed senior Chemistry or equivalent or will need to complete the preparatory subject within this course structure

Earth Science

Townsville

Cairns

 

Marine Biology

Townsville

The first year of study may be completed in Cairns

Mathematics

Townsville

 

Molecular and Cell Biology

Townsville

Students undertaking this Major will have successfully completed senior Chemistry or equivalent or will need to complete the preparatory subject within this course structure

Physics

Townsville

The Advanced Mathematics minor is compulsory for students studying the Physics major

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

 

TABLE B (SCIENCE MINORS)

Type of Minor

Single or Double

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Advanced Chemistry

Townsville

Advanced Mathematics

Townsville

This minor is compulsory for students studying a Physics major

Advanced Physics

Townsville

Aquaculture Science & Technology

Townsville

Due to prerequisites, this minor is only available to those students studying a biological sciences major (Marine Biology or Zoology & Ecology).

Chemistry

Townsville

 

Environmental Geochemistry

Townsville

Exploration

Townsville

Field Studies in Earth Sciences

Townsville

Fisheries

Townsville

Marine and Environmental Science and Sensors

Townsville

Marine Biology

Townsville

Due to prerequisites, this minor is only available to those students studying a biological sciences major (Aquaculture or Zoology & Ecology).

Mathematics

Townsville

Physical Geography

Cairns

Townsville

Physics

Townsville

Zoology and Ecology

Cairns

Townsville

Due to prerequisites, this minor is only available to those students studying a biological sciences major (Marine Biology or Aquaculture).

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors are available in Cairns

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Should successfully complete 18 credit points of level 2 science subjects before attempting any level 5 science subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 6 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

A maximum of 12 credit points of advanced standing may be granted for subjects outside the Science Schedule of Subjects.

Advanced Standing will not be granted for MA1020 or CH1020 or PH1001

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF ADVANCED SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BAdvSc

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Any major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the Masters of Science.

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]

Eligibility

By invitation of the College Dean

Normally an overall grade point average of 5.5 is required across the bachelor (pass) degree, with credits or better in the discipline specific areas.

Quota restrictions on the number of honours places available may apply from time to time as determined by the College Dean.