Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced)
- CRICOS Code: 023188D
What will I study?
Successful completion of 100 credit points in one of the 8 available streams:
- Botany (coursework only, or coursework plus research)
- Chemistry (coursework plus research)
- Computer science (coursework plus research)
- Earth sciences (coursework plus research)
- Genetics (coursework plus research)
- Mathematics and statistics (coursework only)
- Physics (coursework only, or coursework plus research)
- Zoology (coursework plus research)
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Areas of Study
The coursework and research components of this Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) enable students to further their knowledge in areas of cellular and molecular biology, systematics and evolution, plant ecology and physiology, and plant pathology.
In addition to satisfying the Faculty of Science entry requirements, students interested in entering the Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) Chemistry program should typically have completed a Bachelor of Science degree which includes some third year chemistry subjects. However, all applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the coordinator.
Hurdle assessment requirements: In addition to the Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) Chemistry requirements, students enrolled in this program must: attend all Safety and Induction program lectures and successfully complete the Safety Examination. Students who fail the Safety Examination will have to complete an additional study program and be reassessed. A pass in the Safety Examination (>65%) is required before students can begin their laboratory work. Students must submit a preliminary literature survey and research plan (10 pages of mixed text, diagrams and formulas) due at the end of the first semester of enrolment (pass/fail).
Components of assessment: The course comprises a research project component and an advanced coursework component. Their relative weightings are as follows: Chemistry Research Project component = 62.5 percent Chemistry Advanced Coursework component = 37.5 percent
- Computer Science
The program in Computer Science allows students to study a selection of topics in some depth and to work independently on a medium-sized project. It provides an introduction to research methodology and greater experience in system development. It may be used as a preparation for postgraduate studies in computer science, and opens additional career opportunities in systems design and implementation and in research support.
Entry Requirements: To be eligible for the course, a student must have a three-year degree with substantial computing content as well as an average final-year mark at the level of at least the equivalent of 65. Industrial experience may also be taken into account. As a minimum, computing background should include solid experience with Unix and C programming, as well as good knowledge in the areas of data structures and algorithms for sorting, searching and graph manipulation, software development principles and tools, and software design, including object-oriented design. A student's computing background should also include good knowledge of several more specialised areas, such as artificial intelligence, computability and logic, operating systems, databases, human-computer interaction, computer networks, compilers, computer graphics, and software engineering. Finally, a student must have passed the equivalent of at least 25 points of level-1 Mathematics or Statistics.
Assessment: Assessment consists of written assignments, oral presentations and written examinations.
Seminars: The Department of Computing and Information Systems holds regular seminars; attendance at these is required for Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) students. Other talks may also be recommended by the teaching staff; these, too, are considered to be part of the course.
- Earth Sciences
The Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) is designed to allow Earth Scientists to upgrade their skills and/or retrain by undertaking a year (or longer part-time) of coursework and thesis studies. In addition, the Diploma is open to Science graduates with a background or work experience in Earth Sciences who wish to undertake further studies in Earth Science for business or pleasure. The Diploma studies are modular and available part-time to encourage participation from industry Earth Scientists.
Duration: The Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) can be completed full-time in one year (100 points) or part-time over several years, allowing industry Earth Scientists to attend courses in 2-6 week blocks to complete subjects and carry out thesis and literature review studies remotely, if necessary. International students must take the diploma full-time. The Diploma involves completion of 12 one-week short courses, a literature review and a minor thesis.
Entry Requirements: Admission is open to candidates with a Bachelor of Science degree specialising in Earth Sciences, or with a Bachelor of Science degree with a background or work experience in Earth Sciences. Candidates will usually commence studies at the beginning of February, but mid-year starts are also possible. Admission is subject to the availability of a supervisor for the research component of the diploma.
On completion of this course students should have achieved:
- a broad knowledge in the field of genetics;
- a capacity to use experimentation in genetics to understand aspects of biology; and
- a capacity to integrate various theoretical and experimental approaches to problems in genetics.
Mathematics and Statistics
- Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics and Statistics
Entry Requirements: Prior studies in Mathematics and Statistics including at least two first year and three second or higher level subjects, with at least an H3 (65%) mark for each of the two best second or higher level subjects. If students have completed accelerated subjects then one fewer subject can be deemed appropriate.
The Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) program in Physics is designed to allow students to further their study of physics on a broad front, provide a pathway for entry into graduate study in Physics, and to engage students in their own research by participation in the activities of a research group in the School of Physics (coursework+research option). Prior study in Physics to at least 2nd year university level is assumed.
The Zoology coursework and research components of this Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) program allow students to tailor a program to further their knowledge of any of the research strengths of the Department in areas ranging from the structure and function of single cells through to the ecology, reproduction and evolution of animals, with special expertise in the following areas: population and community ecology, wildlife management, animal behaviour, conservation and climate change, environmental stress and adaptation, marine biology, reproductive physiology and developmental biology.
Entry Requirements: An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Entry is also subject to the availability of an appropriate research topic and supervisor.