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Master of Science (MSCN) - MSc

CRICOS code (International applicants): 078596M

 On-campus*†@External*^†@
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Ipswich, 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
Residential school:Ipswich (Mandatory) 
Standard duration:2 years full-time, 4 years part-time 
Footnotes
*Please refer to the Program Structure section for further information on mode of offer for each specialisation.
The Semester 2 intake for the Mathematics and Statistics and Applied Data Science specialisations will be subject to the approval of the Program Coordinator.
@Sport and Exercise specialisation: courses that include a practical skill competency component and residential school will be conducted at the Ipswich campus
^The Sport and Exercise specialisation is not available to international overseas students.

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Professional accreditation

The Applied Data Science specialisation is designed to meet the Australian Computer Society (ACS) accreditation at Professional level (accreditation pending).

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Program aims

The aim of the Master of Science program is to produce graduates who are equipped with essential scientific knowledge and an appreciation of the latest literature and technologies.

Agricultural Science specialisation

The Australian agricultural industry contributes substantially to national GDP, as well, is a significant employer across all states/regions. There is a current demand for graduates with knowledge of contemporary agricultural production approaches, particularly in light of declining national water availability and quality. This specialisation provides graduates with an understanding of both national and global issues associated with agricultural production and sets these in a context of agroecosystem sustainability and broader societal challenges. Graduates from the program will have the capacity to engage across a range of agriculture related disciplines.

Applied Climate Science specialisation

The global climate service industry is estimated to have a significant and growing economic value. In Australia, the need for ‘climate smart’ professionals working within their chosen industry is growing with hundreds of job opportunities in industry and the public sector organisation. This specialisation is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and decision-making skills to work as ‘climate smart’ professionals in many sectors of economic activity including agriculture, food, water, energy, health, and natural resource management industries.

Applied Data Science specialisation

With the popularity of social media and the wide spread use of the Internet, enormous amount of data of various type are generated at all times. The scattered data are waiting for us to collect and make use of them.

This specialisation is designed to provide an opportunity for graduates from all disciplines to gain advanced skills and knowledge in handling data which are commonly known as Big Data, as well as producing and interpreting data analytics. The aim of this program is to provide students with a career path in the Data Science or an opportunity for advancement in their career.

Astrophysics specialisation

This specialisation is designed to provide an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in astrophysics and develop scientific research skills. The program thus provides professional development in science for those in educational or science communication careers, and a specialist foundation of knowledge and skills for subsequent higher degree research.

Environment and Sustainability specialisation

Modern environment and natural resource management requires the integration of social, environmental and economic research within an interdisciplinary planning and policy framework. It also requires a capacity to handle complexity and uncertainty and the application of different methods of analysis and different approaches to governance and community engagement. This coursework Masters program addresses these needs by providing important core studies and flexibility in choice of elective studies that will enhance their skills and knowledge in the broad discipline of environment and sustainability. Adaptation to climate change and sustainability science are emphasised in global and regional contexts in this specialisation.

Mathematics and Statistics specialisation

This specialisation is designed to provide an opportunity for graduates from other than mathematics and statistics programs to gain advanced skills and knowledge in key areas of mathematics and/or statistics which relate to their career needs and the needs of their profession or industry. The aim of this program is therefore to provide students with a broad advanced education in mathematical and/or statistical techniques and essential problem solving skills which will meet their career needs and assist them in their professional development.

Sport and Exercise specialisation

The Master of Science (Sport and Exercise) specialisation aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge and skills relevant to health, fitness and sports performance across the lifespan to an advanced level. Students undertaking the program will usually have qualifications in various related disciplines (although any undergraduate degree is acceptable). The program may be used to meet work or professional requirements, allow for program exemptions, or form part of course requirements in other USQ postgraduate programs. The program is designed to meet personal achievement goals or provide for career opportunities within the health, sports and fitness industry such as sports coaches, personal trainers, sports development officers or a range of other roles. It also provides a pathway for students to enter into postgraduate programs such as a doctorate.

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Program objectives

On completion of the program graduates should be able to:

  • Integrate an advanced understanding of a complex body of expert knowledge in a discipline of science.

  • Apply established research theories and principles associated with scholarship and/or professional practice within a relevant science discipline.

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

  • Interpret and transmit expert knowledge, skills and ideas, both individually and collaboratively, to specialist and non-specialist 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.


Specialisation objective:

Program outcome for Applied Data Science specialisation:

  • Explain and critique the effect of historical developments on current ICT societal issues.


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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 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice 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.


As well as the following specialisation-specific requirements:

Master of Science (Applied Data Science)


Applicants are advised to also note the following:

  • Students are responsible for ensuring their introductory knowledge of Computing is at least consistent with that found in CSC1401 Foundation Programming.


Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)


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

Specialisation  Offering 
  ONC  ONL  EXT 
Agricultural Science ^  Toowoomba   Online  or external depending on chosen approved courses^ 
Applied Climate Science     Online only   
Applied Data Science #+  Toowoomba  Online   
Environment and Sustainability     Online only   
Mathematics and Statistics #+  Toowoomba  Online   or external depending on chosen approved courses^ 
Astrophysics    Online only   
Sport and Exercise*  Toowoomba or Ipswich    some courses have mandatory residential schools which will be held at the Ipswich campus. 

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.
This specialisation is not available to international on-campus students.
#The Semester 2 intake will be subject to the approval of the Program Coordinator.
+This specialisation is available to international on-campus students at the Toowoomba campus.
*This specialisation is available to international on-campus students at the Toowoomba and Ipswich campuses.

The Master of Science offers 7 specialisations. All specialisations consist of 16 units of courses, of which 8 units must be at Level 8. Some specialisations contain only core courses, where others allow approved courses.

The Master of Science consists of two tracks within each specialisation:


Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II).

Master of Science (Applied Data Science): Students who have completed STA2300 Data Analysis in their Bachelor’s degree may seek an exemption for STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers, however will still need to undertake eight level 8 courses. Students taking the Research Project Track may take MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II OR MSC8003 Industry Based Research Practice I and MSC8004 Industry Based Research Practice II with the approval of the Program Coordinator.

Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics): The Research Training Track courses for this specialisation are SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics, CSC8411 Independent Studies in Computing/Mathematics/Statistics B, and CSC8002 Big Data Management. Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101, SCI8103, CSC8411 and/or CSC8002) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II). Research project courses will normally be undertaken towards the end of the program. The maximum number of courses other than Mathematics/Statistics courses to be credited must not exceed the number of approved courses (3). At the beginning of their candidature students should submit a proposed enrolment pattern to the Program Coordinator for approval. Within this proposal students should have topics and names of any proposed supervisors for the appropriate Level 8 courses. A maximum of three approved courses at USQ Level 2 or above can be taken from other discipline areas if prior approval has been sought by the student and approved by the Program Coordinator.

Master of Science (Sport and Exercise): students who do not hold a Bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise (or similar) with existing ESSA Exercise Scientist accreditation may take an approved course instead of the SES8299 Advanced Professional Placement course. Students who have a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise (or similar) may seek up to 4 credits/exemptions and one alternate approved course for the undergraduate level courses.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this program.

Specific specialisations

In this section:

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Agricultural Science specialisation

This specialisation consists of 16 courses (16 units) which are all available externally or online.

Semester 1  Semester 2 
AGR8001 Food Security in the 21st Century  AGR8002 Emerging Technologies in Agriculture 
CLI8001 Climate Risk   AGR8003 Critical Issues in Agriculture  
AGR2303 Agronomy  BIO3318 Plant Microbe Interactions 
AGR3303 Agricultural Materials and Post-Harvest Technologies  ENV4106 Irrigation Science 
AGR4305 Agricultural Soil Mechanics  BIO8201 Biology Foundations 
SCI3302 Industry Placement  REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use 
and EITHER the following four courses, which comprise the Research Training Track:# 
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics  SCI8101 Science in Practice 
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers  SCI8102 Research Skills 
OR the following two courses (subject to prior approval), which comprise the Research Project Track: 
MSC8001 Research Project I*  MSC8002 Research Project II* 

Footnotes
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 Research Project I AND MSC8002 Research Project II.
*Two-unit course.

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Applied Climate Science specialisation

This specialisation consists of 12 courses (16 units) which are all available externally or online, including four approved courses.

Semester 1  Semester 2 
CLI8001 Climate Risk  CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change 
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems  CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability 
CLI8002 Climate, Human and Environmental Health and Disaster Management*  CLI8003 Climate, Food, Water and Energy Security* 
Two Approved Specialisation Courses  Two Approved Specialisation Courses 
and EITHER the following four courses, which comprise the Research Training Track:# 
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics  SCI8101 Science in Practice 
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers  SCI8102 Research Skills 
OR the following two courses (subject to prior approval), which comprise the Research Project Track: 
MSC8001 Research Project I*  MSC8002 Research Project II* 

Footnotes
*Two unit course
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 Research Project I AND MSC8002 Research Project II.

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Applied Data Science specialisation

This specialisation consists of 16 courses which are all available on-campus and online.

Semester 1  Semester 2  Either Semester 
CSC8500 Advanced Relational Database Design and Technology  CSC8001 Introduction to Data Science and Visualisation   
STA8005 Multivariate Analysis for High-Dimensional Data  CSC8002 Big Data Management   
CSC8004 Data Mining  CSC8003 Machine Learning  CIS8008 Business Intelligence 
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers  CIS8010 Information Systems Project Management   
  CSC8600 Advanced ICT Professional Project    
and EITHER the following six courses, which comprise the Research Training Track:# 
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics  SCI8101 Science in Practice   
Approved course x 3   SCI8102 Research Skills   
OR the following four courses (subject to prior approval), which comprise the Research Project Track:  
MSC8001 Research Project I+*  MSC8002 Research Project II+*   
Approved course x 2     
OR (instead of MSC8001 and MSC8002):+ 
MSC8003 Industry Based Research Practice I   MSC8004 Industry Based Research Practice II    

Footnotes
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students my seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II (or MSC8003 Industry Based Research Practice I and MSC8004 Industry Based Research Practice II) and two approved courses.
+ OR (instead of MSC8001 and MSC8002) MSC8003 Industry Based Research Practice I and MSC8004 Industry Based Research Practice II
*Two-unit course.

Applied Data Science specialisation Approved Courses

More approved courses from other disciplines may be available after consultation with the Program Coordinator via usq.support@usq.edu.au

Semester 1  Semester 2  Semester 3 
Agriculture Discipline Approved Courses 
AGR8001 Food Security in the 21st Century##  AGR8002 Emerging Technologies in Agriculture##   
CLI8001 Climate Risk##  AGR8003 Critical Issues in Agriculture##   
Astrophysics Discipline Approved Courses (recommended to take PHY8001 and then choose) 
Compulsory course: 
PHY8001 Observational Astronomy*##     
Plus any one from the following:     
PHY8002 Planetary Science*##  PHY8003 Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology*##   
  PHY8004 Stellar Astronomy*##   
Business Discipline Approved Courses 
CIS8701 Big Data Visualisation  MKT8011 Digital Marketing  CIS8011 Digital Innovation 
CIS8702 Crypto-currencies  CIS8011 Digital Innovation   
Computing Discipline Approved Courses  
CSC2402 Object-Oriented Programming in C++**  CSC2401 Algorithms and Data Structures**   
CSC2408 Software Development Tools**  CSC2404 Operating Systems**   
CSC8507 Networking Technologies**@  CSC2406 Web Technology 1**   
CSC8512 Advanced System Administration**  CSC2407 Introduction to Software Engineering**   
CSC8407 Wireless and Internet Technology **  CSC2408 Software Development Tools **   
CSC8416 Advanced Programming in Java**  CSC8527 Scaling and Connecting Networks**@   
CSC8419 Cryptography and Security**  CSC8426 Advanced Web Technology**   
CSC8503 Principles of Programming Languages**  CSC8420 Mobile Systems**   
  CSC8421 Network Security**   
  CSC8415 Computer Network Programming**   
  CSC8513 Network Performance Analysis**   
Information Systems Discipline Approved Courses 
CIS5100 Professional Skills for Information Systems  CIS5100 Professional Skills for Information Systems  CIS5100 Professional Skills for Information Systems 
CIS5200 Professional Skills for Systems Analysis  CIS5101 Management of Business Online  CIS5101 Management of Business Online 
CIS5302 Professional Skills for Business Analysis  CIS5205 Management of Information Security  CIS5200 Professional Skills for Systems Analysis 
CIS5308 Management of Information Technology Services  CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy  CIS8011 Digital Innovation 
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy  CIS8010 Information Systems Project Management  CIS8100 Digital Enterprise 
CIS8004 Enterprise Planning and Implementation  CIS8011 Digital Innovation   
CIS8008 Business Intelligence  CIS8018 Strategic Information Security   
CIS8009 Management of Business Telecommunications  CIS8500 Applied Research for Information System Professionals   
CIS8500 Applied Research for Information System Professionals  CIS8501 Applied Information Systems Research Project   
CIS8100 Digital Enterprise  CIS8008 Business Intelligence   
CIS8501 Applied Information Systems Research Project     
Mathematics Discipline Approved Courses  
MAT2409 High Performance Numerical Computing**  MAT3104 Mathematical Modelling in Financial Economics**   
MAT3201 Operations Research 2**  MAT3103 Mathematical Modelling and Dynamical Systems**   
MAT8180 Mathematics/Statistics Complementary Studies A**  MAT8190 Mathematics/Statistics Complementary Studies B**   
Statistics Discipline Approved Courses  
STA2301 Distribution Theory**  STA2302 Statistical Inference**   
STA3300 Experimental Design**  STA3301 Statistical Models**   
STA8180 Advanced Statistics A**  STA8190 Advanced Statistics B**   

Footnotes
##Online offer only
*Two unit course
**Enrolment in this course is subject to having the correct prerequisites or equivalent.
@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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Astrophysics specialisation

This specialisation consists of the following courses:

Semester 1  Semester 2 
PHY1101 Astronomy 1  PHY1107 Astronomy 2 
PHY8001 Observational Astronomy*  PHY8004 Stellar Astronomy* 
PHY8002 Planetary Science*  PHY8003 Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology* 
Approved Courses x 2 ^   
and EITHER the following four courses, which comprise the Research Training Track:# 
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics  SCI8101 Science in Practice 
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers  SCI8102 Research Skills 
OR the following two courses (subject to prior approval), which comprise the Research Project Track:  
MSC8001 Research Project I*  MSC8002 Research Project II* 

Footnotes
*Two unit course
^Approved courses are for students to take complementary studies in physics, mathematics, statistics or computing. The selection of the approved courses is to be made in consultation with, (and be approved by) the Program Coordinator via usq.support@usq.edu.au .
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 Research Project I AND MSC8002 Research Project II.

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Environment and Sustainability specialisation

This specialisation consists of 16 units of courses which are all available in online mode.

Semester 1  Semester 2 
REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability  REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures 
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems  REN8203 Sustainability Science @ 
POL3013 Sustainability and Politics  CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability 
CLI3301 Climate and Environment Risk Assessment  ECO8012 Methods for Sustainable Development 
AGR8001 Food Security in the 21st Century  REN3301 Biodiversity and Conservation 
ECO8011 Global Issues in Sustainability  REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use 
and EITHER the following four courses, which comprise the Research Training Track: # 
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics  SCI8101 Science in Practice 
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers  SCI8102 Research Skills 
OR the following two courses (subject to prior approval), which comprise the Research Project Track:  
MSC8001 Research Project I*  MSC8002 Research Project II* 

Footnotes
@Or an approved course if REN8203 is not offered
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 Research Project I AND MSC8002 Research Project II.
*Two unit course

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Mathematics and Statistics specialisation

This specialisation consists of 16 courses which are all available in online or on-campus mode. Students may seek approval from the Program Coordinator to enrol in courses not listed in this table.

Semester 1  Semester 2 
Core Courses: choose at least 9 Core courses and at most 12 Core Courses. At least 4 of the selected courses from Core Courses and Approved Courses must be at level 8. 
ENM2600 Advanced Engineering Mathematics   MAT2100 Algebra and Calculus II ** 
MAT2409 High Performance Numerical Computing   MAT2200 Operations Research 1 ** 
STA2301 Distribution Theory   STA2302 Statistical Inference  
MAT3105 Harmony of Partial Differential Equations +**  MAT3103 Mathematical Modelling and Dynamical Systems +** 
MAT3201 Operations Research 2 @**  MAT3104 Mathematical Modelling in Financial Economics @** 
STA3300 Experimental Design   STA3301 Statistical Models  
MAT8180 Mathematics/Statistics Complementary Studies A^  MAT8190 Mathematics/Statistics Complementary Studies B ^ 
CSC8410 Independent Studies in Computing/Mathematics/Statistics A ^  CSC2410 Computational Thinking with Python 
STA8005 Multivariate Analysis for High-Dimensional Data **  STA8190 Advanced Statistics B ^ 
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers   
STA8180 Advanced Statistics A ^   
Approved Courses: choose at most 3 Approved Courses. At least 4 of the selected courses from Core Courses AND Approved Courses must be at level 8. 
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics**  MAC8901 Issues in Teaching Mathematics** 
  SCI3302 Industry Placement^^ 
and EITHER the following four courses, which comprise the Research Training Track: # 
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics   CSC8411 Independent Studies in Computing/Mathematics/Statistics B  
SCI8101 Science in Practice  CSC8002 Big Data Management 
OR the following two courses (subject to prior approval), which comprise the Research Project Track: 
MSC8001 Research Project I*  MSC8002 Research Project II* 
   

Footnotes
**Recommended courses for students wanting to teach mathematics.
+The on-campus offering of this course is offered in even years only.
@The on-campus offering of this course is offered in odd years only.
^These courses are topics based courses. Student should select a topic from the course specifications and email the examiner prior to enrolment to receive enrolment approval.
^^Available in S1, S2 and S3
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 Research Project I AND MSC8002 Research Project II.
*Two unit course

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Sport and Exercise specialisation

This specialisation consists of the following 12 core courses (12 units) and four units of research training or research project:

Semester 1  Semester 2 
SES8005 Advanced Exercise Physiology  SES8001 Advanced Biomechanics 
SES8003 Advanced Motor Control and Learning  SES8007 Advanced Exercise Assessment and Delivery 
SES8006 Advanced Exercise Programming and Rehabilitation (also available Semester 2)  SES2204 Strength Training and Conditioning 
SES8008 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology  PSY3250 Sport and Exercise Psychology 
SES8299 Advanced Professional Placement+  SES2203 Physical Activity and Health 
SES2101 Growth, Development and Lifespan  SES3103 Nutrition and Exercise 
and EITHER the following four courses, which comprise the Research Training Track:# 
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics  SCI8101 Science in Practice 
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers  SCI8102 Research Skills 
OR the following two courses (subject to prior approval), which comprise the Research Project Track: 
MSC8001 Research Project I*  MSC8002 Research Project II* 

Footnotes
+An approved course is available for those who do not wish to seek ESSA exercise science accreditation
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 Research Project I AND MSC8002 Research Project II.
*Two unit course

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Practical experience

Students completing the Sport and Exercise specialisation with an existing undergraduate degree from an Exercise Science accredited ESSA program are encouraged to meet ESSA Sports Scientist registration requirements by undertaking professional placement as part of SES8299 Advanced Professional Placement . For students who are completing the Sport and Exercise specialisation, and who are not seeking to meet ESSA Sports Scientist accreditation, an appropriate level approved course may be selected in place of SES8299 Advanced Professional Placement.

All professional placements are subject to approval. Students will be provided with a list of possible sites or may seek placement at an Australian site with approval. Students will not contact sites seeking professional placement. The student is responsible to meet all costs associated with the conduct of practical experience.

The professional experience must be gained in areas of sport and exercise performance, workplace health, hospital or clinical services, sports coaching and in sport and exercise research. A combination of experiences in a variety of settings and with different populations is expected during the program of study.

The professional practice is expected to be comprised of a minimum of 80 hours of face-to-face experience in exercise assessment, prescription and delivery while being supervised by either an Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Sport Scientist or an individual with an AQF level 7 Bachelor degree in Exercise and Sports Science or equivalent.

The supervisors for the professional practice will be required to meet professional ESSA qualification standards as set by USQ or will be assessed for relevant qualification and experience prior to appointment. Supervisors will complete a student evaluation for the professional practice.

Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in an approved site as required to complete the requirements of this course.

Students will need to keep a logbook record of professional practice experiences along with supervisor details.

All professional placements are subject to the approval of the Program Coordinator. State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required to possess a current Working with Children and Young People suitability card (Blue Card). Additionally, it is a USQ requirement that students have completed a First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course prior to professional placement. Students will also be required to wear USQ Sport and Exercise shirts and display a student ID card at all times during professional placement. Students must comply with the code of conduct as outlined in the Sport and Exercise professional placement handbook.

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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.

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Other program requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Science (Environment and Sustainability) students must pass 16 units of courses, at least eight of which are to be Level 8 courses listed in the Recommended Enrolment Pattern section. Students who have completed the same courses or similar courses at USQ or elsewhere may replace these with additional approved courses with the approval of the Program Coordinator via usq.support@usq.edu.au.

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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. 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.

Students completing the Sport and Exercise specialisation: for all modes there will be on-campus and practical attendance requirements for some courses. In order to successfully complete the program students must be able to fulfil any designated practical attendance requirements.

Agricultural Science Specialisation


Sport and Exercise Specialisation


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Articulation

Students completing the Master of Science research project track would be eligible to apply for articulation to the Master of Science (Research) or Doctor of Philosophy programs if they meet other requirements for entry into those programs.

Students completing the Master of Science research training track with the appropriate GPA would be eligible to apply for enrolment in the Master of Science (Research) (Advanced) and then could progress (articulate) to a PhD via that route once they have demonstrated satisfactory progress in a significant research component.

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Exit points

Students may exit with Graduate Diploma of Science specialisation on successful complete of a least 8 courses within the Master of Science if they have satisfied the requirements of a Graduate Diploma of Science specialisation. Students may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Science (General) if they have completed at least 8 courses from one or more of the specialisations of MSCN, and at least 4 of them are at level 8.

Students may exit with Graduate Certificate of Science specialisation on successful completion of at least 4 courses within the Master of Science if they have satisfied the requirements of a GCSC Graduate Certificate of Science specialisation. Students may exit with the Graduate Certificate of Science (General) if they have completed at least 4 courses from one or more of the specialisations of Master of Science , and at least 2 of them are at level 8.

Students in the Sport and Exercise specialisation may exit with the Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise on successful completion of four approved units of study or the Graduate Diploma of Science (Sport and Exercise) after eight approved units of study.

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Credit

Exemptions/credit for all specialisations will be assessed according to USQ procedure.

  • Up to four units of coursework exemptions or credit will be granted if the student has completed courses equivalent to courses offered in the particular MSCN specialisation in either:

    • USQ's Graduate Certificate of Science; or

    • A Bachelor’s degree in a discipline equivalent to the specialisation; or

    • A Graduate Diploma or Bachelor’s Honours Degree qualification in a discipline different from the current area of study.


  • Up to eight units of coursework credit or exemptions will be granted if the student has completed courses equivalent to courses offered in the particular MSCN specialisation in either:



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

Notes:

  1. All requests for credits or exemptions need to be sought by the student and approved by the Program Coordinator.

  2. The Program Coordinator will deem to what extent prior studies are equivalent to the relevant specialisation.


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Enrolment

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Agricultural Science specialisation Full-time (4 Semesters, S1 or S2 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.

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II).


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

Year 1 Semester 1

AGR8001 Food Security in the 21st Century11
CLI8001 Climate Risk11
AGR2303 Agronomy1111
AGR3303 Agricultural Materials and Post-Harvest Technologies1111

Year 1 Semester 2

BIO8201 Biology Foundations12
AGR8003 Critical Issues in Agriculture12
BIO3318 Plant Microbe Interactions1212HRPre-requisite: BIO1101 or BIO1100
ENV4106 Irrigation Science1212Pre-requisite: AGR3304 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS

Year 2 Semester 1

AGR4305 Agricultural Soil Mechanics2121
SCI3302 Industry Placement21,221,2Pre-requisite: Completion of 2nd year (or 2 years full time study in a relevant area)

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers#2121Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8001 Research Project I*21,221,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator

Year 2 Semester 2

AGR8002 Emerging Technologies in Agriculture22
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use2222

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8101 Science in Practice#22
SCI8102 Research Skills#22

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II*21,221,2Pre-requisite: MSC8001

Footnotes
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units).
*Two unit course

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Agricultural Science specialisation Part-time (8 Semesters, S1 or S2 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.

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II).


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

Year 1

AGR8001 Food Security in the 21st Century11
CLI8001 Climate Risk11
BIO8201 Biology Foundations12
AGR8003 Critical Issues in Agriculture12

Year 2

AGR2303 Agronomy2121
AGR3303 Agricultural Materials and Post-Harvest Technologies2121
BIO3318 Plant Microbe Interactions2222HRPre-requisite: BIO1101 or BIO1100
ENV4106 Irrigation Science2222Pre-requisite: AGR3304 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS

Year 3

AGR4305 Agricultural Soil Mechanics3131
SCI3302 Industry Placement3131Pre-requisite: Completion of 2nd year (or 2 years full time study in a relevant area)
AGR8002 Emerging Technologies in Agriculture32
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use3232

Year 4 Semester 1 - either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#4141Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers#4141Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8001 Research Project I*4141Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator

Year 4 Semester 2- either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8101 Science in Practice#42
SCI8102 Research Skills#42

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II*4242Pre-requisite: MSC8001

Footnotes
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units).
*Two unit course

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Applied Climate Science specialisation Full-time (4 Semesters, 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.

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II).


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

Year 1 Semester 1

CLI8001 Climate Risk11
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems11

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers#1111Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8001 Research Project I*1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator

Year 1 Semester 2

CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change12
CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability12
Approved Specialisation Course+12
Approved Specialisation Course+12

Year 2 Semester 1

CLI8002 Climate, Human and Environmental Health and Disaster Management*21
Approved Specialisation Course+21
Approved Specialisation Course+21

Year 2 Semester 2

CLI8003 Climate, Food, Water and Energy Security*22

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8101 Science in Practice#21,2
SCI8102 Research Skills#21,2

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II*2222Pre-requisite: MSC8001

Footnotes
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units).
*Two unit course
+Approved Specialisation Courses — courses complementary to the specialisation approved by the Program Coordinator

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Applied Climate Science specialisation Part-time (8 Semesters, S1 or S2 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.

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II).


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

Year 1

CLI8001 Climate Risk11
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems11
CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability12
Approved Specialisation Course+12

Year 2

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers#2121Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8001 Research Project I*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator
CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change22
Approved Specialisation Course+22

Year 3

CLI8002 Climate, Human and Environmental Health and Disaster Management*31
CLI8003 Climate, Food, Water and Energy Security*32

Year 4

Approved Specialisation Course+41
Approved Specialisation Course+41

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8101 Science in Practice#42
SCI8102 Research Skills#42

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II*4242Pre-requisite: MSC8001

Footnotes
+Approved Specialisation Courses — courses complementary to the specialisation approved by the Program Coordinator
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units).
*Two unit course

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Applied Data Science specialisation Full-time (4 Semesters, 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.

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II) or MSC8003 Industry Based Research Practice I and MSC8004 Industry Based Research Practice II.


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

Year 1 Semester 1

CIS8008 Business Intelligence1111,2
CSC8500 Advanced Relational Database Design and Technology1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN or GCSC or GDSI or MSCN.
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers1111Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.
Approved Course^1111

Year 1 Semester 2

CSC8001 Introduction to Data Science and Visualisation1212
CSC8002 Big Data Management1212Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: CSC1401 and STA2300
CSC8003 Machine Learning1212Pre-requisite: STA2300 and CSC1401
CIS8010 Information Systems Project Management1212

Year 2 Semester 1

STA8005 Multivariate Analysis for High-Dimensional Data2121Pre-requisite: STA2300
CSC8004 Data Mining2121Pre-requisite: STA2300 and CSC1401

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

     SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.
     Approved Course#^2121

or one of the following courses for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8001 Research Project I*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator

or

MSC8003 Industry Based Research Practice I*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in MSCN Program

Year 2 Semester 2

CSC8600 Advanced ICT Professional Project*2222Pre-requisite: CIS8010 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN or MCOP or MSCN (Applied Data Science)
Approved Course^2222

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8101 Science in Practice#22
SCI8102 Research Skills#22

or one of the following courses for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II*2222Pre-requisite: MSC8001

or

MSC8004 Industry Based Research Practice II*2222Pre-requisite: MSC8003

Footnotes
^For a comprehensive list of Approved Courses, refer to Program Structure Section.
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units) or MSC8003 (2 units) and MSC8004 (2 units) and two approved courses.
*Two unit course

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Applied Data Science specialisation part-time (8 Semesters, 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.

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II) or MSC8003 Industry Based Research Practice I and MSC8004 Industry Based Research Practice II.


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

Year 1

CIS8008 Business Intelligence1111,2
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers1111Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.
CSC8001 Introduction to Data Science and Visualisation1212
CSC8002 Big Data Management1212Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: CSC1401 and STA2300

Year 2

CSC8500 Advanced Relational Database Design and Technology2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN or GCSC or GDSI or MSCN.
Approved Course^2121
CSC8003 Machine Learning2222Pre-requisite: STA2300 and CSC1401
CIS8010 Information Systems Project Management2222

Year 3

STA8005 Multivariate Analysis for High-Dimensional Data3131Pre-requisite: STA2300
CSC8004 Data Mining3131Pre-requisite: STA2300 and CSC1401
CSC8600 Advanced ICT Professional Project3232Pre-requisite: CIS8010 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN or MCOP or MSCN (Applied Data Science)
Approved Course^3232

Year 4

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

     SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#4141Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.
     SCI8101 Science in Practice#41

or one of the following courses for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

     MSC8001 Research Project I*4141Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator

or

     MSC8003 Industry Based Research Practice I*4141Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in MSCN Program

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

     SCI8102 Research Skills#42
     Approved Course#^4242

or one of the following courses for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II*4242Pre-requisite: MSC8001

or

MSC8004 Industry Based Research Practice II*4242Pre-requisite: MSC8003

Footnotes
^For a comprehensive list of Approved Courses, refer to Program Structure Section.
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units) (or MSC8003 (2 units) and MSC8004 (2 units) and two approved courses.
*Two unit course

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Astrophysics specialisation Full-time (4 Semesters, S1 or S2 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.

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II).


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

Year 1 Semester 1

PHY1101 Astronomy 111
Approved Course^1111
PHY8001 Observational Astronomy*11

Year 1 Semester 2

PHY1107 Astronomy 212
Approved Course^1212
PHY8004 Stellar Astronomy*12

Year 2 Semester 1

PHY8002 Planetary Science*21

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers#2121Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8001 Research Project I*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator

Year 2 Semester 2

PHY8003 Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology*22

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8101 Science in Practice#22
SCI8102 Research Skills#22

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II*2222Pre-requisite: MSC8001

Footnotes
^This approved course is for students to take complementary studies in physics, mathematics, statistics or computing. Choice of the approved courses should be made in consultation with, and be approved by the Program Coordinator via usq.support@usq.edu.au.
*Two unit course
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units).

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Astrophysics specialisation Part-time (8 Semesters, S1 or S2 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.

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II).


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

Year 1, Semester 1

PHY1101 Astronomy 111
Approved Course^1111

Year 1, Semester 2

PHY1107 Astronomy 212
Approved Course^1212

Year 2, Semester 1

PHY8001 Observational Astronomy*21

Year 2, Semester 2

PHY8004 Stellar Astronomy*22

Year 3, Semester 1

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers#3131Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#3131Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8001 Research Project I*3131Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator

Year 3, Semester 2

PHY8003 Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology*32

Year 4, Semester 1

PHY8002 Planetary Science*41

Year 4, Semester 2

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8101 Science in Practice#42
SCI8102 Research Skills#42

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II*4242Pre-requisite: MSC8001

Footnotes
^This approved course is for students to take complementary studies in physics, mathematics, statistics or computing. Choice of the approved courses should be made in consultation with, and be approved by the Program Coordinator via usq.support@usq.edu.au .
*Two unit course
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units).

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Environment and Sustainability specialisation Full-time (4 Semesters, S1 or S2 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.

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II).


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

Year 1 Semester 1

REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability11
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems11

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers#1111Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8001 Research Project I*1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator

Year 1 Semester 2

REN3301 Biodiversity and Conservation1212
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use1212
REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures12
ECO8012 Methods for Sustainable Development12

Year 2 Semester 1

CLI3301 Climate and Environment Risk Assessment21
POL3013 Sustainability and Politics21
AGR8001 Food Security in the 21st Century21
ECO8011 Global Issues in Sustainability21

Year 2 Semester 2

CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability22
REN8203 Sustainability Science **22

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8102 Research Skills#22
SCI8101 Science in Practice#22

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II*2222Pre-requisite: MSC8001

Footnotes
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units).
*Two unit course
**REN8203 is currently unavailable and has been replaced with an approved course, which may be taken from anywhere across the University; however, students are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator for assistance.

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Environment and Sustainability specialisation Part-time (8 Semesters, S1 or S2 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.

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II).


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

Year 1, Semester 1

REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability11
CLI8204 Global Environmental Systems11

Year 1, Semester 2

REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures12
ECO8012 Methods for Sustainable Development12

Year 2, Semester 1

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers#2121Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8001 Research Project I*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator

Year 2, Semester 2

CLI8205 Climate and Sustainability22
REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use2222

Year 3, Semester 1

CLI3301 Climate and Environment Risk Assessment31
POL3013 Sustainability and Politics31

Year 3, Semester 2

REN3301 Biodiversity and Conservation3232
REN8203 Sustainability Science **32

Year 4, Semester 1

AGR8001 Food Security in the 21st Century41
ECO8011 Global Issues in Sustainability41

Year 4, Semester 2

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8102 Research Skills#42
SCI8101 Science in Practice#42

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II*4242Pre-requisite: MSC8001

Footnotes
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units).
*Two unit course
**REN8203 is currently unavailable and has been replaced with an approved course, which may be taken from anywhere across the University; however, students are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator for assistance.

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Mathematics and Statistics specialisation Full-time (4 Semesters, 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.

Students are required to submit a proposed enrolment pattern to the Program Coordinator for approval if it differs from the one below. The enrolment pattern below assumes students have not completed STA2300 Data Analysis (and will complete STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers in preference) but have completed MAT1102 Algebra and Calculus I .

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics, CSC8411 Independent Studies in Computing/Mathematics/Statistics B or CSC8002 Big Data Management) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II).


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

Year 1 Semester 1

STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers1111Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.
ENM2600 Advanced Engineering Mathematics1111Pre-requisite: ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MENS or GDNS or MEPR
MAT3201 Operations Research 2+*1111Pre-requisite: MAT1200 or MAT2200
STA8005 Multivariate Analysis for High-Dimensional Data+1111Pre-requisite: STA2300

Year 1 Semester 2

STA8190 Advanced Statistics B^12
CSC2410 Computational Thinking with Python1212
MAT2200 Operations Research 1+1212Pre-requisite: MAT1102 or ENM1600 or equivalent or approval from the examiner. Enrolment is not permitted in MAT2200 if MAT1200 has been previously completed.
MAT3103 Mathematical Modelling and Dynamical Systems+@1212Pre-requisite: MAT2100 or MAT2500 or ENM2600

Year 2 Semester 1

Approved Course2121
Approved Course2121

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8101 Science in Practice#21
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8001 Research Project I++2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator

Year 2 Semester 2

Approved Course2222
Approved Course2222

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

CSC8411 Independent Studies in Computing/Mathematics/Statistics B#2222Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCOP or MPIT or MCOT or MCTE
CSC8002 Big Data Management#2222Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: CSC1401 and STA2300

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II++2222Pre-requisite: MSC8001

Approved Courses: choose four of the following (at least one has to be at level 8)

STA2301 Distribution Theory2121Pre-requisite: STA2300 and (MAT1102 or ENM1600)
STA8180 Advanced Statistics A^21
MAT2409 High Performance Numerical Computing2121Pre-requisite: (CSC2410 or CSC1401) and (MAT1102 or ENM1600) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPIT or MCOT or MCTE
MAT3105 Harmony of Partial Differential Equations+@2121Pre-requisite: ENM2600 or MAT2100 or MAT2500
MAT8180 Mathematics/Statistics Complementary Studies A^2121
STA2302 Statistical Inference2222Pre-requisite: STA2301
STA3301 Statistical Models2222Pre-requisite: STA3300 or approval of examiner
MAT8190 Mathematics/Statistics Complementary Studies B^2222
MAT3104 Mathematical Modelling in Financial Economics+*2222Pre-requisite: (MAT2100 and STA2300) or (MAT2500 and STA2300) or (ENM2600 and STA2300)

Footnotes
+Recommended courses for students wanting to teach mathematics.
*The on-campus offering of this course is offered in odd years only.
^This is a topics based course. Students should select a topic from the course specification and email the examiner prior to enrolment to receive enrolment approval.
@The on-campus offering of this course is offered in even years only.
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units).
++Two unit course

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Sport and Exercise specialisation Full-time (4 Semesters) S1 or S2 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.

Students may, with approval of the Program Coordinator and acceptance by an appropriate supervisor, elect to replace two or four units of research training courses (SCI8101 Science in Practice, SCI8102 Research Skills, SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics and/or STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers) with one or two 2-unit research project courses (MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II).


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

Year 1, Semester 1

SES8005 Advanced Exercise Physiology^1111M
SES8003 Advanced Motor Control and Learning^1111M
SES8006 Advanced Exercise Programming and Rehabilitation^11, 211,2M
SES8008 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology^1111M

Year 1, Semester 2

SES8007 Advanced Exercise Assessment and Delivery^1212M
PSY3250 Sport and Exercise Psychology12Pre-requisite: PSY1010 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: GDSI or MSCN
SES8001 Advanced Biomechanics^1212M
SES2204 Strength Training and Conditioning^1212MPre-requisite: SES2103 and SES2104 and SES3101

Year 2, Semester 1

SES8299 Advanced Professional Placement+2121Pre-requisite: SES8006 and SES8007
SES2101 Growth, Development and Lifespan2121

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers#2121Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 Data Analysis or STA3100 Evaluating Information has been previously completed.
SCI8103 Research Fundamentals and Ethics#2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: MSCN or MSCR or MCTN. Enrolment is not permitted in SCI8103 if SCI4405 has been previously completed.

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8001 Research Project I*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or BSCH or MSCN or have the approval of their program coordinator

Year 2, Semester 2

SES2203 Physical Activity and Health2222
SES3103 Nutrition and Exercise2222, 3

Either the following two courses for the Research Training Track

SCI8102 Research Skills#22
SCI8101 Science in Practice#22

or the following course for the Research Project Track (if approved instead of Research Training Track)

MSC8002 Research Project II*2222Pre-requisite: MSC8001

Footnotes
^The on-campus offering of this course is only available at the Ipswich campus.
+Placement course. An approved course is available for those students who do not hold ESSA exercise science accreditation.
#Instead of the Research Training Track, students may seek permission to do the Research Project Track and replace these courses with MSC8001 (2 units) and MSC8002 (2 units).
*Two unit course