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Graduate Certificate of Science (GCSC) - GradCertSci

CRICOS code (International applicants): 069701A

 On-campus*+External*^
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration: 1 semester full-time, 1 year part-time  
Program articulation:

To: ; Graduate Diploma of Science

Footnotes
*Please refer to the Program Structure for further information on mode of offer for each specialisation.
+The Computing specialisation is available to international on-campus students at USQ Toowoomba.
^The Psychology in Schools specialisation is only available via part-time study and is the only specialisation that has a Semester 3 intake.

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Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Program aims

The Graduate Certificate of Science provides students with the opportunity to further their knowledge in discipline areas critical to their professional responsibilities and interests.

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Program objectives

On completion of the program graduates should be able to:

  • Understand a body of specialised knowledge in a discipline of science

  • Apply established theories to a body of specialised knowledge or practice in a relevant science discipline

  • Critically analyse and reflect on complex information, problems, concepts and theories applicable to a relevant science discipline

  • Interpret and transmit specialised knowledge, skills and ideas, both individually and collaboratively, to a range of audiences

  • Display autonomy, responsibility, adaptability and ethical practise in decision-making and engage in lifelong learning through critical reflection in a range of professional and cultural contexts.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

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

  • Completion of an Australian university three year Bachelor degree in any area, or equivalent.

    Or

    equivalent professional work experience, as determined through the Credit and Exemption Procedure.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


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.

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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.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

All specialisations within the program consist of four units of study taken from the Recommended Enrolment Pattern section. The Program Coordinator, via usq.support@usq.edu.au may also grant substitution of one course from outside these disciplines. At least two courses must be Level 8 (all specialisations). The student must select courses according to the pre- and co-requisite requirements contained in individual course specifications. Some courses may include a mandatory or highly recommended residential school.

Specialisation  Offering 
  ONC  ONL  EXT 
Agricultural Science (part-time only)@  Toowoomba   Online  or external with highly recommended residential schools depending on chosen approved courses 
Applied Climate Science (part-time only)    Online only   
Applied Data Science (part-time only)^  Toowoomba  Online   
Astronomy (part-time only)    Online only   
Biology (part-time only)@  Toowoomba  Online   or external with highly recommended residential schools depending on chosen approved courses 
Chemistry (part-time only) @  Toowoomba    external (some courses have highly recommended residential schools) 
Computing (full-time or part-time)@  Toowoomba  Online  or external (some courses, depending on topics, have workshops) 
Environment and Sustainability (part-time only)  Toowoomba  Online   
Mathematics and Statistics (part-time only)  Toowoomba  Online   
Mathematics for High School Teaching (part-time only)#  Toowoomba  Online   
Mathematics for Primary/Middle School Teaching (part-time only) #    Online only   
Physics (part-time only)    Online only   
Psychology in Schools (part-time only)      External (two courses have mandatory residential schools) 
Science for Primary/Middle School Teaching (full-time or part-time) #@  Toowoomba  Online  or external with highly recommended residential schools depending on chosen approved courses 
Wine Science (S1 part-time only, S2 full-time or part-time) @  Toowoomba  Online  or external with mandatory or highly recommended residential schools depending on chosen approved courses). 
General  Toowoomba  Online  or external with highly recommended residential schools depending on chosen approved courses 

Footnotes
@Some approved courses for selection have mandatory or highly recommended residential schools and students enrolled externally must be able to attend the residential schools at the specified USQ campus.
^The Semester 2 intake for the Applied Data Science specialisation will be subject to the approval of the Program Coordinator and may only be available less than part-time (<2 courses in some semesters).
#The teaching specialisations alone do not meet eligibility for teacher registration and therefore should only be taken by students who already have completed an initial teacher education program.

Those teachers studying who are relying on government scholarships or are seeking accreditation in a particular state, are advised to check with their funding agency or Education Authority that they are enrolled in an appropriate approved combination of courses. For further advice on these and other possible course combinations please contact the Program Coordinator via usq.support@usq.edu.au.

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Required time limits

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

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

Students will need internet access to retrieve course materials, undertake assessment and participate in course online activities.

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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.

Agricultural Science (approved course)
BIO3318 Plant Microbe Interactions

Biology (approved course)
BIO2202 Plant Physiology

Chemistry (core courses)
CHE1110 Chemistry 1
CHE2120 Chemistry 2

Psychology in Schools
PSY8145 Research Skills in Psychology for Teachers
PSY8146 Psychology Capstone Studies

Science for Primary/Middle School Teaching (approved courses)
CHE1110 Chemistry 1
CHE2120 Chemistry 2

Wine Science (approved courses)
CHE1110 Chemistry 1
WIN2200 Viticultural and Winemaking Practice
BIO2202 Plant Physiology

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Articulation

A student successfully completing all courses in the Graduate Certificate of Science program will receive full credit towards the Graduate Diploma of Science in the same specialisation. Students intending to continue with the Graduate Diploma must apply for separate admission and may EITHER Graduate with a Graduate Certificate and receive full credit as exemptions into the Graduate Diploma, OR choose not to graduate with the Graduate Certificate, in order to transfer their grades, maintain their GPA and articulate into the Graduate Diploma and ultimately qualify from this higher award only. Students who wish to transfer their grades and maintain their GPA into the Graduate Diploma, must advise the Faculty in writing (usq.support@usq.edu.au) of their intention to articulate and this must occur prior to completion of the Graduate Certificate of Science.

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Credit

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

Students who have successfully completed STA2300 Data Analysis should apply for an exemption for STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers .

Applied Data Science specialisation: Where a student’s enrolment pattern does not allow them to complete STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers in S1, they may replace it with STA2300 Data Analysis in S2 or S3, as long as the student completes the required number of Level 8 courses for their program.

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Enrolment

Enrolment patterns will need to be determined for individual students. On acceptance into the program, students must submit an enrolment pattern for approval to the Program Coordinator via usq.support@usq.edu.au. Pre-requisite courses should be taken as a guide to the assumed knowledge required for a course. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have the assumed knowledge before enrolling in a particular course.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Agricultural Science specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - 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
AGR8001 Food Security in the 21st Century11
Approved course (Select from the approved course list below)
AGR8003 Critical Issues in Agriculture22
Approved course (Select from the approved course list below)

Approved courses: Choose two from the following:

AGR2303 Agronomy11
AGR3303 Agricultural Materials and Post-Harvest Technologies11
AGR4305 Agricultural Soil Mechanics1
CLI8001 Climate Risk1
SCI3302 Industry Placement#31,2,3Pre-requisite: Completion of 2nd year (or 2 years full time study in a relevant area)
AGR8002 Emerging Technologies in Agriculture22
BIO3318 Plant Microbe Interactions^22HRPre-requisite: BIO1101 or BIO1100 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCSC or GDSI or MSCN.
BIO8201 Biology Foundations2
ENV4106 Irrigation Science22Pre-requisite: AGR3304 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or GCSC or GDSI or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS or MSCN.
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use22

Footnotes
#Industry Placement may be available subject to approval of the Program Coordinator and availability of relevant placement.
^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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Applied Climate Science specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - part-time Semester 1 entry

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
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems1
CLI8001 Climate Risk1
CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability2
CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change2

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Applied Data Science specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - part-time S1 entry

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
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers11Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 has been previously completed.
CSC1401 Foundation Programming1,21,2,3
CSC8001 Introduction to Data Science and Visualisation22
CSC8002 Big Data Management22,3Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: CSC1401 and (STA2300 or STA8170)

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Astronomy specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - 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
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics1,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN or GCSC or GDSI or DPHD or its equivalent. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.
PHY1101 Astronomy 1*1
SCI8102 Research Skills1,2
PHY1107 Astronomy 2*2

Footnotes
*Astronomical observations for each course are made remotely via internet access to USQ'S Mt Kent Observatory. Voluntary field nights will also be made available.

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Biology specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - 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.

At least two of the four courses completed must be at Level 8.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
Approved course (Select from the approved course list below):111
Approved course (Select from the approved course list below):111
BIO8201 Biology Foundations2
Approved course (Select from the approved course list below):222

Approved courses: Choose three from the following (at least one must be Level 8):

AGR8001 Food Security in the 21st Century1
BIO2107 Cell and Molecular Biology 111Pre-requisite: CHE2120
BIO3207 Cell and Molecular Biology 222Pre-requisite: BIO2107
BIO3318 Plant Microbe Interactions22HRPre-requisite: BIO1101 or BIO1100 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCSC or GDSI or MSCN.
REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability1
REN3301 Biodiversity and Conservation22
BIO2219 Genetics22Pre-requisite: (BIO1100 or BIO1101 or BIO1204)
BIO2202 Plant Physiology2HRPre-requisite: BIO1101
REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures2

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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Chemistry specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - 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
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN or GCSC or GDSI or DPHD or its equivalent. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.
CHE1110 Chemistry 111HR
SCI8102 Research Skills1,2
CHE2120 Chemistry 222HRPre-requisite: CHE1110

Footnotes
External 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 specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - full-time or 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.

Take four approved courses, with at least two being at Level 8.


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

Approved courses (at least two must be at Level 8):

CSC8500 Advanced Relational Database Design and Technology11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN or GCSC or GDSI or MSCN.
CSC8503 Principles of Programming Languages11Pre-requisite: CSC2402 or enrolled in CSC2402 at the same time as CSC8503 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN
CSC8507 Networking Technologies@11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN
CSC8512 Advanced System Administration11Pre-requisite: Some experience with a Unix Operating System and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN
CSC2402 Object-Oriented Programming in C++11Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MCTN
CSC2408 Software Development Tools1,21,2
CSC8513 Network Performance Analysis22Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN
CSC8527 Scaling and Connecting Networks@22Pre-requisite: CSC3407 or CSC8507 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN
CSC1401 Foundation Programming1,21,2,3
CSC2401 Algorithms and Data Structures22Pre-requisite: CSC2402 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT
CSC2404 Operating Systems22Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or CSC2408 or have experience using Linux systems or students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT
CSC2406 Web Technology 122Pre-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
CSC2407 Introduction to Software Engineering22Pre-requisite: CSC1401 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT or MCTN

Footnotes
@The CISCO certificate training is only available in ONC mode. Students who seek the certificate should enrol in ONC mode and be able to attend compulsory weekly workshops at Toowoomba campus.

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Environment and Sustainability specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - 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
REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability1
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN or GCSC or GDSI or DPHD or its equivalent. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.

Approved courses: Take any two of the following::

REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures2
REN3301 Biodiversity and Conservation22
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use22
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems1
CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability2

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Mathematics and Statistics specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - 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.

Students may seek approval from the Discipline Coordinator to enrol in courses not listed in this table.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers11Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 has been previously completed.
MAT1102 Algebra and Calculus I11
MAT8190 Mathematics/Statistics Complementary Studies B**22
CSC2410 Computational Thinking with Python22

Footnotes
**MAT8190 is a topics based course. Students should select their topic from the course specifications and email the examiner prior to enrolment to receive enrolment approval.

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Mathematics for High School Teaching specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - 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.

This specialisation alone does not meet eligibility for teacher registration and therefore should only be taken by students who already have completed an initial teacher education program.

Students may seek approval from the Discipline Coordinator to enrol in courses not listed in this table.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
MAT1102 Algebra and Calculus I#11
MAC8901 Issues in Teaching Mathematics2
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers11Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 has been previously completed.

Approved courses: Choose one of the following (other courses are available from the Mathematics and Statistics specialisation):

MAT2100 Algebra and Calculus II#22Pre-requisite: MAT1102 or MAT1502 or ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in the following program: MSCN or MEPR
MAT2200 Operations Research 122Pre-requisite: MAT1102 or ENM1600 or equivalent or approval from the examiner. Enrolment is not permitted in MAT2200 if MAT1200 has been previously completed.
MAT1101 Discrete Mathematics for Computing11

Footnotes
#MAT1102 and MAT2100 give a higher level of Algebra & Calculus that are essential for teaching Mathematics B & C (or equivalent) in schools. Students without an appropriate background for MAT1102 should contact the Program Coordinator via usq.support@usq.edu.au to discuss options. Students can take ENM1600 and ENM2600 as alternatives to these two courses with the approval of the Program Coordinator.

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Mathematics for Primary/Middle School Teaching specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - 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.

This specialisation alone does not meet eligibility for teacher registration and therefore should only be taken by students who already have completed an initial teacher education program.

Students may seek approval from the Discipline Coordinator to enrol in courses not listed in this table.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
Approved Course (choose from the list below):1,2
Approved Course (choose from the list below):1
MAC8901 Issues in Teaching Mathematics2
STA8190 Advanced Statistics B**2

Approved courses: Choose two of the following:

MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics22
MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals11
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics1

Footnotes
**STA8190 is a topics based course. Students should select their topic from the course specifications and email the examiner prior to enrolment to receive enrolment approval.

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Physics specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - 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
PHY1104 Physics 1 1
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN or GCSC or GDSI or DPHD or its equivalent. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.
PHY1911 Physics 2 2
SCI8102 Research Skills2

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Psychology in Schools specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - part-time S1 entry

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
PSY1010 Foundation Psychology A 1 1
PSY1020 Foundation Psychology B22
PSY8145 Research Skills in Psychology for Teachers* 3 MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCSC
PSY8146 Psychology Capstone Studies*1MPre-requisite: PSY8145

Footnotes
*This offering requires attendance at a mandatory residential school (a mandatory residential school is compulsory and has an associated pass/fail assessment linked to the residential school attendance).

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Psychology in Schools specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - part-time S3 entry

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
PSY1010 Foundation Psychology A 3
PSY1020 Foundation Psychology B11
PSY8145 Research Skills in Psychology for Teachers* 2 MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCSC
PSY8146 Psychology Capstone Studies*3MPre-requisite: PSY8145

Footnotes
*This offering requires attendance at a mandatory residential school (a mandatory residential school is compulsory and has an associated pass/fail assessment linked to the residential school attendance).

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Science for Primary/Middle School Teaching specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

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.

This specialisation alone does not meet eligibility for teacher registration and therefore should only be taken by students who already have completed an initial teacher education program.

Choose four approved courses, at least two of which must be at Level 8.


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

Approved courses: Choose four courses, at least two of which must be at Level 8:

CHE1110 Chemistry 1 1 1 HR
CLI1110 Weather and Climate 1 1
PHY1101 Astronomy 1 *1
PHY1104 Physics 1 + 1
REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability1
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN or GCSC or GDSI or DPHD or its equivalent. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.
REN3301 Biodiversity and Conservation22
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use22
CHE2120 Chemistry 222HRPre-requisite: CHE1110
PHY1911 Physics 22
PHY1107 Astronomy 2 * 2
REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures2
BIO8201 Biology Foundations2

Footnotes
External 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).
* Astronomical observations for each course are made remotely via Internet access to USQ’s Mt Kent Observatory. Voluntary field nights will also be made available.
+ This course uses in-home practical kits. There is no residential school requirement.

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Wine Science specialisation recommended enrolment pattern - 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
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN or GCSC or GDSI or DPHD or its equivalent. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.
Approved course: (choose from the list below):
BIO8201 Biology Foundations2
Approved course: (choose from the list below):

Approved courses: Choose two from the following:

SCI8102 Research Skills1,2
WIN1101 Grape and Wine Production 1
WIN2220 Wine Production2Pre-requisite: WIN1101
CHE1110 Chemistry 1 1 1 HR
WIN2200 Viticultural and Winemaking Practice*1MCo-requisite: WIN1101
WIN2215 Wine Biochemistry and Microbiology2Pre-requisite: WIN1101
SCI3302 Industry Placement31,2,3Pre-requisite: Completion of 2nd year (or 2 years full time study in a relevant area)
BIO2202 Plant Physiology 2 HRPre-requisite: BIO1101

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).
*This offering requires attendance at a mandatory residential school (a mandatory residential school is compulsory and has an associated pass/fail assessment linked to the residential school attendance).

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General Specialisation

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.

This specialisation enables students to choose four courses from within any of the Graduate Certificate of Science specialisations, with at least 2 courses being at level 8. This specialisation is designed primarily to enable a general exit point from the GDSI Graduate Diploma of Science or the MSCN Master of Science.