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Diploma of Science (DPSC) - DipSci

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

 On-campus^External
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
Standard duration:1 year full-time, 3 years part-time 
Footnotes
^The Environment and Sustainability major is available on-campus at the Toowoomba campus as well as by external mode. The Physical Sciences major is available by external mode only.

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Program aims

This is a generalist program providing students with the necessary skills that are essential for success at the university level of study and the knowledge of fundamental concepts in chosen science major. The program aims to provide an articulation pathway for students into the BSCI Bachelor of Science (Environment and Sustainability) or BSCI Bachelor of Science (Physical Sciences).

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Program objectives

On completion of this program graduates will have:

  • developed technical and theoretical knowledge in their chosen specialisation

  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills in their chosen specialisation

  • demonstrated effective and competent critical analysis and communication skills

  • acquired sufficient knowledge in their specialisation to make an informed choice about further undergraduate study.


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Program Information Set

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

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Admission requirements

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

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 15, tertiary entrance rank 66 or equivalent qualification.^
  • Subject Pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 2.


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

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

^

These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2017 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Bonus ranks may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your OP/Rank. The bonus ranks don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information on USQ's Admissions bonus scheme carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

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

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

Domestic full fee paying place

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

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

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

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Program structure

The Diploma of Science (Environment and Sustainability) consists of the following 8 courses which are all available in on-campus and external mode:

Course  Semester(s) Offered  Mode of Offer 
REN1201 Environmental Studies  S1  ONC*, ONL 
CLI1110 Weather and Climate  S1  ONC#, ONL 
REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability  S1  ONC#, ONL 
STA2300 Data Analysis  S1, S2, S3  ONC*, ONL 
BIO1100 Biology Concepts  S2  ONL 
CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship  S1, S2, S3  ONC*, ONL 
MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics  S2  ONC#, ONL 
CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability  S2  ONC#, ONL 

Footnotes
*On campus Toowoomba and Springfield
#On campus Toowoomba

The Diploma of Science (Physical Sciences) consists of the following 8 courses which are all available in external mode:

Course  Semester(s) Offered  Mode of Offer 
PHY1101 Astronomy 1  S1  ONL 
PHY1107 Astronomy 2  S2  ONL 
PHY1104 Physics 1  S1  ONL 
PHY1911 Physics 2  S2  ONL 
STA2300 Data Analysis*  S1, S2, S3  ONC, ONL 
CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship* or CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences #  S1, S2  ONC, ONL 
MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics# or MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals#  MAT1100 (S2) or MAT1000 (S1)  ONC, ONL 
Plus one (1) Approved Course from any course within the Bachelor of Science^     

Footnotes
*On-campus Toowoomba and Springfield
#On-campus Toowoomba only
^The Approved Course is to be selected from courses within the BSCI Bachelor of Science or the Diploma of Science (Environment and Sustainability)

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Required time limits

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

Specific majors

In this section:

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Environment and Sustainability

The Diploma of Science (Environment and Sustainability) equips students with the necessary knowledge of the fundamental environmental concepts that can be applied in the professional public and private industry work place to assist in the management of natural resources in a sustainable manner.

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Physical Sciences

The Diploma of Science (Physical Sciences) introduces the fundamental concepts of physics and astronomy and the opportunity to acquire complementary mathematical and communication skills. The program is thus appropriate for those engaged in physics tutoring of school students, or seeking some experience of physics before enrolling in a Bachelor's degree.

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Articulation

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

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

Students articulating into the USQ BSCI Bachelor of Science will be given exemptions for eight courses completed in their specialisation as part of the Diploma of Science.

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Credit

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

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Environment and Sustainability - Full Time

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


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

Year 1

REN1201 Environmental Studies1111
CLI1110 Weather and Climate1111
CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship1111Enrolment is not permitted in CMS1000 if MGT1200 has been previously completed.
REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability1111
BIO1100 Biology Concepts12
STA2300 Data Analysis1212
MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics1212
CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability1212

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Environment and Sustainability - Part Time

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


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
REN1201 Environmental Studies1111
CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship1111Enrolment is not permitted in CMS1000 if MGT1200 has been previously completed.
STA2300 Data Analysis1212
MAT1100 Foundation Mathematics1212
CLI1110 Weather and Climate2121
REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability2121
BIO1100 Biology Concepts22
CLI2201 Climate Change and Variability2222

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Physical Sciences - Full Time

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


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

Year 1

PHY1101 Astronomy 111
PHY1104 Physics 111
CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship11,211,2,3Enrolment is not permitted in CMS1000 if MGT1200 has been previously completed.
MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals1111
PHY1107 Astronomy 212
PHY1911 Physics 212
STA2300 Data Analysis1212,3
Approved Course1212

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Physical Sciences - Part Time

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


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
PHY1101 Astronomy 111
PHY1104 Physics 111
PHY1107 Astronomy 212
PHY1911 Physics 212
MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals2121
CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship21,221,2,3Enrolment is not permitted in CMS1000 if MGT1200 has been previously completed.
STA2300 Data Analysis2222,3
Approved Course2222