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Diploma of Science (DPSC) - DipSci

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Toowoomba campus: 906271; External: 906275

 On-campus*^Online+
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
Standard duration:1 year full-time, 2 years part-time 
Footnotes
*The Biology and Computing/IT majors cannot be completed full-time with a semester 2 entry.
^Please refer to the Program Structure for further information on mode of offer for each major.
+The Biology major is available on-campus and online with highly recommended on-campus residential schools.

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Program aims

This is a generalist program providing students with the necessary skills that are essential for successful study in a Bachelor's degree and the knowledge of fundamental concepts in a chosen science major. The program aims to provide an articulation pathway for students into the BSCI Bachelor of Science.

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Program objectives

On completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Display broad technical and theoretical knowledge with some depth of understanding associated with the underlying principles and concepts within a scientific context

  • Identify, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information gathered from a range of scientific sources to enable the development of problem solving skills

  • Display and apply a limited range of specialist cognitive, technical and practical skills relevant for paraprofessional work and further study in a field of science

  • Proficiently communicate knowledge within a scientific context to a diverse range of audiences, including professionals, paraprofessionals, clients and the wider community

  • Work autonomously displaying accountability, responsibility, cultural competency and ethical capacity for their own performance and actions within defined parameters.


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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 15, tertiary entrance rank 68 or equivalent qualification.^
  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 2.


Applicants are advised to also note the following:


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

^

These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2019 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

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Program structure

The Diploma of Science consists of 8 units comprising 2 core units of Foundation Studies with 4 units chosen from either a specified major or from level 1 or 2 courses included in the Diploma of Science or the Bachelor of Science, with two additional elective units chosen from any level 1 or 2 course offered by the University of Southern Queensland, subject to Faculty approval.

Major  Offering  
  ONC  ONL  EXT 
Biology  Toowoomba    Highly recommended residential schools 
Computing/IT  Toowoomba  Online   
Environment and Sustainability  Toowoomba  Online   
Mathematics  Toowoomba  Online   
Physical Sciences    Online   
General Science  Depends on the 6 Approved courses 

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 3 years to complete this program.

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Core courses

Foundation Studies

The Foundation knowledge courses for every major in the program are listed in the table below. Students wishing to vary foundation studies courses must obtain Faculty approval.

Course  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences  1,2  ONC, ONL 
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science  ONC, ONL 

Specific majors

In this section:

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Biology major

Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
BIO1101 Biology 1  ONC, EXT* 
BIO2107 Cell and Molecular Biology 1  ONC, ONL 
BIO2103 Biology 2  ONC, EXT* 
BIO2219 Genetics  ONC, ONL 

Footnotes
*This offering has a highly recommended residential school (linked to an assessment item and non-attendance will mean a student misses an element for assessment preparation or an element of assessment).

Biology major - recommended electives (Complete either the recommended electives or two (2) elective units chosen from any level 1 or 2 course offered by the University of Southern Queensland, subject to Program Coordinator approval.)

Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
CHE1110 Chemistry 1  ONC, EXT* 
CHE2120 Chemistry 2  ONC, EXT* 

Footnotes
*This offering has a highly recommended residential school (linked to an assessment item and non-attendance will mean a student misses an element for assessment preparation or an element of assessment).

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Computing/IT major

Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
MAT1101 Discrete Mathematics for Computing  ONC, ONL 
CSC1401 Foundation Programming  1,2,3  ONC, ONL 
CSC2406 Web Technology 1  ONC, ONL 
CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts  1,2,3  ONC, ONL 

Computing/IT major - recommended electives (Complete either the recommended electives or two (2) elective units chosen from any level 1 or 2 course offered by the University of Southern Queensland, subject to Program Coordinator approval.)

Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
ELE1301 Computer Engineering  ONC, ONL 
STA2100 Evaluating Information  ONC, ONL 

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Environment and Sustainability major

Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
REN1201 Environmental Studies  ONC, ONL 
CLI1110 Weather and Climate  ONC, ONL 
REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability  ONC, ONL 
CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability  ONL 

Environment and Sustainability major - recommended electives (Complete either the recommended electives or two (2) elective units chosen from any level 1 or 2 course offered by the University of Southern Queensland, subject to Program Coordinator approval.)

Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
STA2100 Evaluating Information  ONC, ONL 
BIO1100 Biology Concepts OR  ONL 
BIO1101 Biology 1  ONC, EXT 

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Mathematics major

Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
CSC1401 Foundation Programming  1,2,3  ONC, ONL 
MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals* OR MAT1102 Algebra and Calculus I*  ONC, ONL 
STA2100 Evaluating Information  ONC, ONL 
MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics  ONC, ONL 

Footnotes
*Students who have completed Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent should include MAT1102 in their program. All other students should include MAT1000.

Mathematics major - recommended electives (Complete either the recommended electives or two (2) elective units chosen from any level 1 or 2 course offered by the University of Southern Queensland, subject to Program Coordinator approval.)

Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
MAT1101 Discrete Mathematics for Computing  ONC, ONL 
CSC2410 Computational Thinking with Python   ONC, ONL 

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Physical Sciences major

Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
PHY1101 Astronomy 1  ONL 
PHY1104 Physics 1^  ONL 
PHY1107 Astronomy 2  ONL 
PHY1911 Physics 2^  ONL 

Footnotes
^PHY1104 and PHY1911 can only be completed by students who have completed Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent. Students who have not completed Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent must complete MAT1100 as one of the electives prior to enrolling in PHY1104 and PHY1911.

Physical Sciences major - recommended electives (Complete either the recommended electives or two (2) elective units chosen from any level 1 or 2 course offered by the University of Southern Queensland, subject to Program Coordinator approval.)

Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
STA2100 Evaluating Information  ONC, ONL 
MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics ^OR  ONC, ONL 
MAT1102 Algebra and Calculus I  ONC, ONL 

Footnotes
^PHY1104 and PHY1911 can only be completed by students who have completed Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent. Students who have not completed Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent must complete MAT1100 as one of the electives prior to enrolling in PHY1104 and PHY1911.

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General Science major courses

Any four (4) level 1 or 2 approved courses included in the Bachelor of Science or Diploma of Science, plus any two (2) approved elective courses chosen from any level 1 or 2 course offered by the University of Southern Queensland, subject to pre-requisite requirements and Program Coordinator approval.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: V = Voluntary; O = Optional; C = Compulsory; R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. To find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

Highly recommended residential school (linked to an assessment item and non-attendance will mean a student misses an element for assessment preparation or an element of assessment).

Biology major:

  • BIO1101 Biology 1

  • BIO2103 Biology 2


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Articulation

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Science students have the opportunity to articulate directly into the BSCI Bachelor of Science).

Students articulating into the USQ BSCI Bachelor of Science may be given exemptions for eight courses completed in the Diploma of Science.

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Credit

Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Biology - Full-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1

BIO1101 Biology 11111HR
BIO2107 Cell and Molecular Biology 11111Pre-requisite: CHE2120
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science1111
Elective 11111
BIO2103 Biology 21212HRPre-requisite: BIO1101
BIO2219 Genetics1212Pre-requisite: (BIO1100 or BIO1101 or BIO1204)
CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences12
Elective 21212

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Biology - Part-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
BIO1101 Biology 11111HR
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science1111
BIO2103 Biology 21212HRPre-requisite: BIO1101
CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences12
BIO2107 Cell and Molecular Biology 12121Pre-requisite: CHE2120
Elective 12121
BIO2219 Genetics2222Pre-requisite: (BIO1100 or BIO1101 or BIO1204)
Elective 22222

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Computing/IT - Full-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
CSC1401 Foundation Programming1111
MAT1101 Discrete Mathematics for Computing1111
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science1111
Elective 11111
CSC2406 Web Technology 11212Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MCTN or BSED
CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences12
CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts1212
Elective 21212

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Computing/IT - Part-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
CSC1401 Foundation Programming1111
MAT1101 Discrete Mathematics for Computing1111
CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts1212
CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences12
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science2121
Elective 12121
CSC2406 Web Technology 12222Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MCTN or BSED
Elective 22222

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Environment and Sustainability - Full-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1

REN1201 Environmental Studies1111
CLI1110 Weather and Climate1111
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science1111
REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability1111
CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability12
CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences12
Elective 11212
Elective 21212

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Environment and Sustainability - Part-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
REN1201 Environmental Studies1111
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science1111
CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability12
CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences12
CLI1110 Weather and Climate2121
REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability2121
Elective 12222
Elective 22222

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Mathematics - Full-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Choose one of the following two courses:

     MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals*1111
     MAT1102 Algebra and Calculus I*1111
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science1111
CSC1401 Foundation Programming1111
Elective 11111
MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics1212
CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences12
STA2100 Evaluating Information1212Enrolment is not permitted in STA2100 if STA3100 has been previously completed.
Elective 21212

Footnotes
*Students who have completed Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent should include MAT1102 in their program. All other students should include MAT1000.

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Mathematics - Part-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals1111
CSC1401 Foundation Programming1111
MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics1212
CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences12
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science2121
Elective 12121
STA2100 Evaluating Information2222Enrolment is not permitted in STA2100 if STA3100 has been previously completed.
Elective 22222

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Physical Sciences - Full-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1

PHY1101 Astronomy 111
PHY1104 Physics 1^11
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science1111
CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences1111
PHY1107 Astronomy 212
PHY1911 Physics 2^12
Elective 11212
Elective 21212

Footnotes
^PHY1104 and PHY1911 can only be completed by students who have completed Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent. Students who have not completed Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent must complete MAT1000as one of the electives prior to enrolling in PHY1104 and PHY1911.

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Physical Sciences - Part-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
PHY1101 Astronomy 111
Elective 11111
PHY1107 Astronomy 212
CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences12
PHY1104 Physics 1^2121
SCI1001 Succeeding in Science2121
Elective 22222
PHY1911 Physics 2^22

Footnotes
^PHY1104 and PHY1911 can only be completed by students who have completed Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent. Students who have not completed Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent must complete MAT1000as one of the electives prior to enrolling in PHY1104 and PHY1911.