Inherent Requirements Graduate Diploma of Data Science

Graduate Diploma of Data Science

James Cook University is committed to enhancing student access, participation and success in higher education and embracing the diversity of the communities we serve. The inherent requirements listed for each course are designed to assist prospective students and all current students to make informed decisions for study.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession.

Reasonable adjustments

JCU assists students who are experiencing a disability to participate in this course, and achieve the inherent requirements of the course, on the same basis as someone who is not experiencing a disability. To do this, JCU works with our students and placement providers to develop agreed reasonable adjustments in accordance with the Student Disability Policy.

A reasonable adjustment is an arrangement, support, or modification, agreed in an Access Plan  to enable participation in learning and achievement of course requirements. Contact JCU’s AccessAbility Services to discuss possible adjustments. Please note that the process of negotiating and implementing reasonable adjustments may take several weeks.

In assessing whether an adjustment is reasonable, the University is entitled, in accordance with the Disability Education Standards, to maintain the inherent requirements of a course. If inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, the University provides guidance regarding other study options.

How to interpret the inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are presented below as domains and sub-domains and contain the following information:

  • The definition of the inherent requirement
  • A rationale as to why it is an inherent requirement
  • Examples of the knowledge, skills, and capabilities that are required to satisfy the inherent requirements of this course.

The inherent requirements for this course should be read in conjunction with the Course and Subject Handbook.

The inherent requirements of the Graduate Diploma of Data Science are:

Inherent requirement: Demonstrate knowledge of, and engage in, ethical and professional behaviour consistent with all relevant standards
Rationale: Compliance with standards, codes, guidelines, and policies that facilitate safe, competent interactions and relationships for all students/graduates and the people they engage with, supports the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of all.
  • Uphold standards, codes, guidelines, and policies that facilitate safe, competent interactions and relationships in professional and academic environments.
  • Pursue ethical decision-making, reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues, and take responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour.
  • Ability to apply ethical and professional standards in workplace, research, and academic settings.
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity in professional and academic settings.
  • Uphold privacy and legal standards in data collection, data management, and the use of technology.
Inherent requirement:Safe practice sufficient to meet professional and academic performance standards.
Rationale: Safe practices protect the rights, interests, and safety of all stakeholders in professional, community, and academic settings.
  • Contribute to safe professional and academic environments, including adhering to the requirements of informed consent, privacy, and confidentiality in professional and academic settings.
  • Initiate and uphold relevant workplace health and safety policies in professional, academic, laboratory, and fieldwork/placement settings.
  • Ability to assess risk, and practice safety assessment and risk reduction.
  • Identify and respond to alarm systems in a time-sensitive manner.
  • Promote awareness of culturally safe practice.

Knowledge and cognitive skills

Inherent requirement: Demonstration of the necessary knowledge and cognitive skills to acquire disciplinary understanding and provide professional, competent practice.
Rationale:The ability to acquire information, accurately convey messages, and read, decode, interpret and comprehend multiple sources of information is fundamental for effective professional and academic practice.
  • Capacity to research, locate, recall, and process appropriate and relevant information, and evaluate its significance to make informed academic and professional decisions.
  • Ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate, and synthesise information and evidence, and evaluate its significance for specific purposes.
  • Capacity to retain, reason and integrate and analyse knowledge to build a coherent argument.
  • Communicate ideas, arguments, designs, and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences.
  • Capacity to identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, by applying discipline-specific knowledge and skills using initiative and high-level judgement.


Inherent requirement: Apply English literacy skills to accurately acquire and interpret information and convey appropriate messages to meet professional and academic standards.
Rationale: The ability to read, decode, comprehend, interpret, and apply multiple sources of information are essential competencies required for effective professional and academic practice.
  • Engage in discussions, make verbal presentations, and participate in tutorials and group work, conveying spoken and written messages, including complex academic perspectives, accurately, and effectively.
  • Capacity to understand and implement academic conventions to construct written text in a scholarly and discipline-specific manner, and within a specific timeframe.
  • Produce accurate, concise, and clear documentation which meets professional, ethical, and legal standards.
  • Enact communication strategies and techniques to effectively convey data security threats, risks, policies, and strategies to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Inherent requirement:Competent reasoning and reliable accuracy with numerical concepts for effective professional and academic practice.
Rationale:Accurate numeracy skills are necessary for accurate data analysis and the development of IT solutions.
  • Apply numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a range of academic and discipline-specific contexts.
  • Ability to conduct appropriate investigations of data sets by selecting and applying quantitative research methods.

Information and communication technology (ICT)

Inherent requirement: Apply ICT processes and tools fundamental for effective professional and academic practice.
Rationale: Competent knowledge and application of ICTs is necessary for effective professional and academic business practice.
  • Use relevant computer programming languages and techniques, if and when, required.
  • Effectively use ICTs to develop and present discipline-specific and/or client-specific projects in professional, academic, and community environments.
  • Capacity to effectively use ICTs for data acquisition, queries, management, analysis, and visualisation.

Verbal communication

Inherent requirement: Effective, respectful, and professional verbal communication in English for effective professional and academic practice.
Rationale: Effective interaction with spoken English is required for effective learning and to interact appropriately in different situations.
  • Ability to process complex verbal information, convey instructions, and respond clearly, accurately, and appropriately, in time-constrained academic and professional environments.
  • Convey spoken messages clearly, accurately, and effectively, and communicate in a sensitive manner that responds to cultural and individual differences.
  • Participate in meetings and professional consultations, and present to groups in professional and academic contexts.
  • Ability to communicate in a timely manner when speed and interactivity of communication are critical for individual safety and/or assessment.

Non-verbal communication

Inherent requirement: Recognise, interpret, and respond to non-verbal communication skills that enable respectful communication with others.
Rationale: The ability to recognise, interpret, and respond to non-verbal cues, communicate with congruent and respectful non-verbal behaviour, and be sensitive to individual and/or cultural variations in non-verbal communication is required to provide safe and effective professional and academic interactions.
  • Convey non-verbal behaviour that is respectful of others and consistent with the nature of discussions and presentations in professional and academic environments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognise non-verbal cues.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and individual differences when using non-verbal communication.

Written communication

Inherent requirement: Ability to produce English text to a standard that provides clear and professional communication, with language usage and style which can be tailored to a specific audience.
Rationale: Effective written communication, in English, is an essential professional and academic capability.
  • Construct and communicate complex academic and professional perspectives in writing, in a time-constrained environment, using appropriate formatting and referencing when required.
  • Produce accurate, concise, and clear written documentation which meets professional, academic, and, if appropriate, legal, and ethical requirements.
  • Apply precise and appropriate language to communicate technical and academic information in a time-constrained environment.
  • Ability to understand and communicate complex written information using discipline-specific characters, symbols, vocabulary, and language.


Inherent requirement:Sufficient visual acuity to meet professional and academic performance requirements.
Rationale:Aspects of the teaching, learning, and working environment are delivered by visual means, and the ability to learn from, or respond to, these inputs is required to provide safe and effective professional and academic performance.
  • Ability to process, and respond to, the visual information required to provide safe professional and academic environments.
  • Ability to follow instructions and respond to visual signals when using ICTs.


Inherent requirement:Ability to interact with auditory inputs sufficiently to meet professional and academic performance requirements.
Rationale:Aspects of the learning and working environments are delivered by auditory means, and the ability to learn from, or respond to, these inputs is required to provide safe and effective professional and academic performance.
  • Actively listen, and contribute to, to professional and academic discussions.
  • Respond to verbalised instructions in a timely manner.
  • Capacity to acquire auditory information accurately and effectively in professional and academic settings.

Gross motor ability

Inherent requirement:Sufficient gross motor skills necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others, and to function effectively in professional and academic settings.
Rationale:A range of gross motor skills is required for safe performance and intervention.
  • Apply gross motor skills to perform tasks effectively and safely in professional and academic settings.
  • Complete tasks within constrained timeframes.
  • Set up safe environments with resources and equipment.

Fine motor ability

Inherent requirement:Manual dexterity and fine motor skills sufficient to meet professional and academic performance needs.
Rationale:A wide range of fine-motor skills is required to complete various discipline-based tasks and is necessary for safe and effective performance.
  • Apply fine motor skills to perform tasks effectively and safely in professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to operate discipline-specific software and complete tasks within constrained timeframes.
  • Ability to apply technological solutions in unfamiliar settings and contexts.
Inherent requirement:Sustained physical, cognitive, and psychosocial performance sufficient for safe and complete performance in a time-constrained environment.
Rationale:Sufficient physical and mental endurance is an essential requirement needed to perform multiple tasks in varying periods of time to provide safe and effective practice.
  • Ability to sustain study performance to sufficiently engage with the learning workload for a 13-week and/or intensive study period, and for the degree, within a timeframe.
  • Capacity to maintain consistency and quality of professional and academic performance and complete all required tasks throughout a designated period.
Inherent requirement:Demonstrate behaviour that adapts to diverse and changing situations in professional and academic environments.
Rationale:Behavioural adaptability is required to work individually and in teams in changing and unpredictable environments. Students may be exposed to highly complex situations and are required to have behavioural adaptability to manage these events objectively and professionally.
  • Adjust ways of working within teams of varied personal and professional backgrounds and opinions to facilitate effective decision-making.
  • Ability to manage your own emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with multiple and/or changing demands in a range of settings.
  • Maintain respectful communication practices in times of increased stressors or workloads and be receptive and respond appropriately to constructive feedback.
  • Adjust to changing circumstances in a way that allows self-care while maintaining a high level of professionalism.
  • Ability to function and adapt effectively and sensitively in complex and time-sensitive situations.