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Foundation Diploma of University Studies (FDUS) - FDipUS

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this study area should consider the Diploma of University Studies

 Online
Semester intake:No new admissions
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration: 1 year full-time, 3 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Certificate of University Studies

To: Pre-specified undergraduate programs depending on area of specialisation

Notes

The number of units of credit towards an undergraduate program will depend on the specialisation and courses studied with a maximum of eight credits being available.
The first four courses are compulsory and are only available online.

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Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
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Program aims

The Foundation Diploma of University Studies aims to equip students with the necessary skills to successfully respond to the numeracy, literacy, critical thinking and e-literacy demands of higher education studies and the professional workplace, in addition to assisting students to successfully manage the complexities of life/work balance. The Foundation Diploma firstly provides students with a broad introduction to the academic culture of university studies and an enhanced understanding and knowledge of foundational issues, principles and strategies needed in order to be successful in the first year undergraduate level of study, before providing students with four first-year undergraduate courses of specialisation in a discipline area. The program will appeal to those who want to enhance and develop their broad award-level study skills prior to undertaking a range of discipline courses and determining whether to embark on a more specialised degree program, or opting instead to graduate out with a new sub-degree qualification.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of the Foundation Diploma of University Studies graduates will have:

  1. developed foundation knowledge, skills and competencies in a series of generic first year award-level undergraduate courses

  2. developed foundation knowledge, skills and competencies in an area of specialisation from a first year undergraduate discipline area

  3. developed an enhanced awareness of the nature of award-level study in the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts, or the Faculty of Health, Engineering, and Sciences

  4. demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to successfully pursue an undergraduate program of study in either the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts, or the Faculty of Health, Engineering, and Sciences.


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Program Information Set

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

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Admission requirements

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

International applicants must have a minimum entry level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

There is no specified minimum educational achievement entrance standard.

Normally, to be eligible for enrolment in the program a person will have attained an age of at least 18 years in the year of the proposed enrolment.

Students will need to complete the online application form for entry to the Foundation Diploma Program. All applicants are also required to complete online diagnostic tests in Mathematics, e-literacy, and English Communication Skills. Applicants will then be given advice detailing whether the Foundation Diploma of University Studies is the most appropriate pathway for them to undertake. Some students may be advised to undertake the Tertiary Preparation Program.

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

This program consists of four core courses followed by four courses of specialisation from a discipline area.

Students must successfully complete the four core courses before they are able to undertake the four courses of specialisation.

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Program completion requirements

To successfully complete the Foundation Diploma of University Studies students must successfully complete the four compulsory core courses and also the four specialisation courses.

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Required time limits

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

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Core courses

There are four compulsory courses:


Students can commence with any of the four courses but for students unaccustomed to online learning it is recommended they start withDIP1000 E-Literacy for Contemporary Society.

Students who want to progress to the specialisations in Construction, Engineering, Spatial Science, or Science need to takeDIP1003 Essential Mathematics. All other students need to take DIP1004 Mathematical Literacy .

Students can progress their studies in either part-time or full-time mode. All four core courses can be taken in a single semester for those pursuing full-time studies.

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Specialisation

There are eight areas of specialisation in the Foundation Diploma of University Studies.

  • Indigenous Community Development

  • Business and Commerce

  • Construction

  • Creative Arts

  • Engineering

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Spatial Science.


Specific specialisations

In this section:

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Indigenous Community Development

After completing the four compulsory courses students must select four courses from the following selection:



Students who successfully complete the Foundation Diploma of University Studies (Indigenous Community Development) are able to articulate into the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Scienceor the Bachelor of General Studies . The number of units of credit towards these undergraduate programs will depend on the major and courses studied with a maximum of eight credits being available.

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Business and Commerce

After completing the four compulsory courses students can select four Business and Commerce courses from the following selection:


Students who successfully complete the Foundation Diploma of University Studies (Business and Commerce) are able to articulate into the Bachelor of Business and Commerce. The number of units of credit towards these undergraduate programs will depend on the major and courses studied with a maximum of eight credits being available.

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Construction

After completing the four compulsory courses students can select four courses from the following selection:


Students who successfully complete the Foundation Diploma of University Studies (Construction) are able to articulate into the Associate Degree of Engineering, Associate Degree of Construction or the Associate Degree of Spatial Science. The number of units of credit towards these undergraduate programs will depend on the major and courses studied with a maximum of eight credits being available.

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Creative Arts

After completing the four compulsory courses students can select four courses from the following:


Students who successfully complete the Foundation Diploma of University Studies (Creative Arts) are able to articulate into the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film, Television and Radio only) Theatre, Music and Visual Arts requires an audition and/or interview for entry or the Bachelor of Arts. The number of units of credit towards these undergraduate programs will depend on the major and courses studied with a maximum of eight credits being available.

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Engineering

After completing the four compulsory courses students can select four courses from the following selection:


Students who successfully complete the Foundation Diploma of University Studies (Engineering) are able to articulate into the Associate Degree of Engineering or the Associate Degree of Spatial Science . The number of units of credit towards these undergraduate programs will depend on the major and courses studied with a maximum of eight credits being available.

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Science

After completing the four compulsory courses students can select four courses from the following selection of foundation courses:


^These courses have a compulsory residential school.
§BIO1101 Biology 1 and CHE1110 Chemistry 1 are prerequisites of BIO2103 Biology 2 and CHE2120 Chemistry 2 they must be studied first

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Diploma of University Studies (Science) are able to articulate into the Bachelor of Science. The number of units of credit towards this undergraduate program will depend on the major and courses studied with a maximum of eight credits being available.

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Social Studies

After completing the four compulsory courses students can select four courses from the following selection:


Students who successfully complete the Foundation Diploma of University Studies (Social Studies) are able to articulate into the Bachelor of Human Services, the Bachelor of Social Science or the Bachelor of Science. The number of units of credit towards these undergraduate programs will depend on the major and courses studied with a maximum of eight credits being available.

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Spatial Science

After completing the four compulsory courses students can select four courses from the following selection:


Students who successfully complete the Foundation Diploma of University Studies (Spatial Science) are able to articulate into the Associate Degree of Engineering or the Associate Degree of Spatial Science . The number of units of credit towards these undergraduate programs will depend on the major and courses studied with a maximum of eight credits being available.

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IT requirements

Students must have reliable and ready access to email and the Internet. For information technology requirements, please see the minimum computing standards.

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Enrolment

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.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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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 undertaking the Foundation Diploma of University Studies must complete the four compulsory courses first.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
DIP1000 E-Literacy for Contemporary Society11,2,3
DIP1001 Academic and Professional English11,2,3
DIP1002 Strategies for Successful Study11,2,3
DIP1003 Essential Mathematics11,2,3
DIP1004 Mathematical Literacy11,2,3