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Undergraduate

Diploma of Science

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
116361
591190
Online (CSP)
116361
591190
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
107546K
Course duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

YSCI02

Award
Diploma of Science
Faculty/College
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Sector
HE
Area of study
Science, Environmental Science and Management

The Diploma of Science is ideal if you are curious about studying science and would like to learn more though unsure about committing to a degree, or you already have a career in the sciences and want to upskill with another qualification and skills in another discipline.

You will explore a variety of science concepts, theories and principles in different fields such as general science, geographic information science and environmental science until you find the one that resonates with you.

As you progress through your diploma, you will develop your knowledge in logical and critical thinking, and problem-solving from a scientific and technological perspective.

After completing your diploma, you have the option to move into our Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environmental Science courses.

Whether you are in the science field or looking to move into science, or perhaps you are a teacher or engineer wanting to gain knowledge about a specific science discipline, this flexible diploma will help you find what you are looking for.

Credit transfers and pathways

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

Student profile

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Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

There are no statistics available for this course. It may be that the course is new or the profile data is unavailable.

Course structure


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Common Units
(1 unit)

10cp

One of: 

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
OR
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core Units
(0 units)

0cp

There are no Core Units for this course.
 
Specialist Elective
(5 units)

50cp

Units totalling 50 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

The following streams are provided as a guide for selecting units that align with your future study or career orientation. Students may choose all their specialist electives from a single discipline area or take a mix of specialist electives across a number of science discipline areas.

When selecting specialist electives, choose units at a suitable level. The first number in each unit code indicates the year level at which the subject is taught. Undergraduate units are coded at 100 to 300 level, therefore units coded as SBI1xx, SBI2xx and SBI3xx would be first, second and third year units respectively. Many second and third units have assumed knowledge and pre-requisite requirements.

Students without any previous university level study typically take 100 level/first year units matching one of the streams in Group A.

Group A Units (50cp)

The following Group A streams are recommended for students without a previous Bachelor degree who may in future transfer to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environmental Science.

For transfer to Bachelor of Science (General Science) (50cp)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts (intensive) OR SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SPH141 Concepts of Physics OR SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics OR SMA101 Mathematics 1A
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 Diversity of Life
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies

For transfer to Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) (50cp)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts (intensive)
SPH141 Concepts of Physics OR SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics OR SMA101 Mathematics 1A
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
ENV101 Earth Systems
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies

For transfer to Bachelor of Science (Ecology) (50cp)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts OR SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SPH141 Concepts of Physics OR SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics OR SMA101 Mathematics 1A
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity

For transfer to Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) (50cp)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts (intensive) OR SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SPH141 Concepts of Physics OR SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics OR SMA101 Mathematics 1A
HIT137 Software Now
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life

For transfer to Bachelor of Science (Landscape Restoration) (70cp)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts OR SCH104 Introductory Chemistry
SMA101 Mathematics 1A
ENV151 Statics
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV206 Environmental Physiology
IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources

For transfer to Bachelor of Environmental Science
[Take two common units in total: CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability PLUS EITHER:
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology]
Plus the following specialist electives (60cp):
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV103 Environmental Issues
IAS144 Indigenous Land and Resources
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Thinking
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
[If transferring into the Bachelor of Environmental Science, no other electives are available in the Diploma of Science]

Group B Units (50cp)

The following units in Group B are recommended for students with a previous degree undertaking studies in science disciplines. Units have been grouped in discipline areas to guide unit selection.

Biology
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV103 Environmental Issues
ENV201 Introductory Ecology
ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity
ENV206 Environmental Physiology
ENV207 Fire Ecology and Management in North Australia
ENV209 Flora and Fauna Survey and Monitoring
ENV210 Aquatic Ecosystems Chemistry (unit title change 2022)
ENV300 Wildlife Management
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change
ENV303 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV315 Desert Field Ecology (intensive)
ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia (intensive)
ENV317 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV323 Environmental Microbiology (intensive)
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry
SID300 Professional Practice in Science
SBI150 Cellular Biology
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1
SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry
SBI302 Clinical Microbiology 2

Chemistry
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry (if no chemistry background in senior high school)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts (intensive)
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (intensive)
ENV210 Aquatic Ecosystems Chemistry (unit title change 2022)
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry
PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
SCH305 Advanced Chemical Concepts
SID300 Professional Practice
ENV323 Environmental Microbiology (intensive)

Environmental and Earth Science Units
ENV101 Earth Systems
ENV102 The Diversity of Life
ENV103 Environmental Issues
ENV201 Introductory Ecology
ENV202 Introductory Remote Sensing
ENV204 Ecosystems, Evolution and Biodiversity
ENV206 Environmental Physiology
ENV207 Fire Ecology and Management in North Australia
ENV208 Geographical Information Systems and Spatial Thinking
ENV209 Flora and Fauna Survey and Monitoring
ENV210 Aquatic Ecosystems Chemistry (unit title change 2022)
ENV300 Wildlife Management
ENV301 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV302 Organisms and Environmental Change
ENV303 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV306 Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
ENV313 Hydrology and Catchment Processes
ENV315 Desert Field Ecology (intensive)
ENV316 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia (intensive)
ENV317 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV318 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data
ENV323 Environmental Microbiology (intensive)
IAS225 Cultural Resource and Site Management
IAS353 Indigenous Cultures and the Environment
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies

Physics and Mathematics Units
SMA101 Mathematics 1A
SMA102 Mathematics 1B
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
SMA209 Mathematics 2A
SMA212 Data Analytics
SPH141 Concepts of Physics
ENG151 Statics
ENG174 Electrical Engineering
ENG221 Analogue Electronics
ENG223 Electrical Circuit Analysis
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics
ENG252 Dynamics
ENG267 Hydraulics and Soil Mechanics
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies

General Science units
IAS325 Cognition and Philosophy of Science
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
SID300 Professional Practice in Science

Elective
(2 units)

20cp

Select 2 units totalling 20 credit points which may be of the above units or any other units offered by the University. 
If transferring into the Bachelor of Environmental Science, no electives are available in the Diploma of Science.
 

80cp

Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: CU = Common Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

Students who have not completed a university degree and who are not following a study pathway into the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environmental Science should follow the below plan.

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Science (Landscape Restoration OR Ecology OR Geographic Information Science OR Chemistry OR General Science) should follow the plan listed in the Bachelor of Science for Year 1 of that major. Where options are available, students need to complete one common unit and at least five specialist elective units.

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Environmental Science should follow the plan listed in the Bachelor of Science for Year 1. Where options are available, students need to complete one common unit and at least five specialist elective units.

Students who have completed another degree may take units at any year level, need to complete one common unit (unless credit for prior study has been approved) and at least five specialist elective units. 
 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology OR
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
CU Specialist elective SE
Specialist elective SE Specialist elective  SE
Specialist elective SE Specialist elective  SE
Specialist elective or elective unit SE/E Specialist elective or elective unit                                              SE/E

 

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: CU = Common Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

Students who have not completed a university degree and who are not following a study pathway into the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Environmental Science should follow the below plan.

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Science (Landscape Restoration OR Ecology OR Geographic Information Science OR Chemistry OR General Science) should follow the plan listed in the Bachelor of Science for Year 1 of that major. Where options are available, students need to complete one common unit and at least five specialist elective units.

Students who are interested in continuing to second year entry into the Bachelor of Environmental Science should follow the plan listed in the Bachelor of Science for Year 1. Where options are available, students need to complete one common unit and at least five specialist elective units.

Students who have completed another degree may take units at any year level, need to complete one common unit (unless credit for prior study has been approved) and at least five specialist elective units. 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology OR
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
CU
    Specialist elective SE
    Specialist elective SE
    Specialist elective or elective unit SE/E
Year 2
Specialist elective CU    
Specialist elective SE    
Specialist elective SE    
Specialist elective or elective unit                                                           SE/E    

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

 

SATAC

 

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

 

UAC

 

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE* course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

MyNextCourse

*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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