Bachelor of General Studies (Science Pathway) (X3S)

Overview  2018

ATAR

ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

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See entry requirements & prerequisites

Duration

Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
Cradle Coast
Semester 1, Semester 2

  What is an ATAR
  Course rules
  Australian Qualification Framework level: 7

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Bachelor of General Studies - Foundation Year Pathway is the first year of the Bachelor of General Studies and is designed as an alternative entry pathway to university study. In the foundation year, students study units which provide the skills and knowledge related to their intended degree and are provided with additional support to maximise their chances of success. Completion of the foundation year will provide achievement at Introductory level in two units. Students who successfully complete the foundation year of the Bachelor of General Studies exit with a Diploma of University Studies.

Pathways currently offered in the Bachelor of General Studies are Arts, Education, Business, Science, Engineering, ICT, Health and Health Science.

University College is currently reviewing the foundation year courses to best meet the needs of students. As such, it is likely that as of 2018 this course will be offered as a Diploma of University Studies. More information about this change will be provided to students as it becomes available. In the meantime, students are still able to apply for and enrol in the Bachelor of General Studies (Pathway).

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of General Studies (Science Pathway) are guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of Science, and will be eligible for credit for completed Introductory units.

Career outcomes

The Bachelor of General Studies (Science Pathway) is an alternative entrance program for the Bachelor of Science, and as such, is not a stand-alone qualification with career outcomes.

Course structure

Students in the Science Pathway study six Foundation level units and two Introductory level units, as specified below. For detailed enrolment instructions, please download the relevant enrolment instruction sheet.

Enrolment instructions - Science Pathway semester 1 commencement (502 KB)

Enrolment instructions - Science Pathway semester 2 commencement (501 KB)

For assistance with the enrolment requirements of this course, please contact Pre-degree Programs at Predegree.Enquiries@utas.edu.au.

Foundation Year

First study period

(this may be either semester 1 or semester 2, depending on when you commence the course)

Four Foundation level units:

At the completion of this unit students will be able to negotiate systems and processes within the university to successfully manage and complete study-related tasks. They will have the skills to participate fully in a range of learning environments such…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

At the completion of this unit students will have covered essential core concepts in three major strands of Science: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics. Through lectures, lab work and writing workshops, students will also develop practical lab skills and report…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Transition Maths covers essential foundation skills and knowledge in mathematics in preparation for a range University degree subjects requiring mathematical thinking including: Accounting, Business, Economics, Geography, Health Science, ICT, Psychology and the Sciences.This unit provides the opportunity to review fundamental…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

PLUS ONE OF:

This unit will provide students with an introduction to computer programming and its role in problem solving. The fundamental concepts of programming will be introduced. These include: the memory model, data types, declarations, expressions and statements, control structures, block structure,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Information derived from a wide range of sources is available to the student engaged in academic study. In addition to traditional printed documents, the digital age allows for rapid identification and retrieval of potential online sources. How does the student…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students commencing in semester 1 should undertake KIT001 in their first semester. Students commencing in semester 2 should undertake XAB041. Students without the necessary IT skills should not undertake KIT001 in their first semester of study and should contact Pre-degree Programs before enrolment.
Students without the necessary IT skills are also encouraged to undertake the following unit under the University Preparation Program:

This unit provides you with the information technology skills, procedures and strategies necessary to function effectively in a University environment. This unit aims to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding of computers, as applied in a learning environment, through the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 

Second study period

(this may be either semester 1 or semester 2, depending on when you commence the course)

Two Foundation units and two Introductory units:

Information derived from a wide range of sources is available to the student engaged in academic study. In addition to traditional printed documents, the digital age allows for rapid identification and retrieval of potential online sources. How does the student…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

(students who have not completed XAB041 in their first semester of study)
PLUS ONE TO TWO FOUNDATION UNITS FROM THE FACULTY OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY:
(if KIT001 has been completed already, only one foundation unit is required)

This unit will provide students with an introduction to computer programming and its role in problem solving. The fundamental concepts of programming will be introduced. These include: the memory model, data types, declarations, expressions and statements, control structures, block structure,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Applied Mathematics Foundation Unit covers college level mathematics with non-calculus based content. The aim of this unit is to prepare students for the subjects which require basic algebra, data handling and statistics or discrete mathematics as part of their tertiary…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The subject is taught through a combination of independent learning, lectures and tutorials.Mathematics Foundation Unit aims to cover pre-tertiary mathematics required for students who are planning to study science, engineering, computing or commerce at tertiary level. A brief look at…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school
Cradle CoastSemester 2
Cradle CoastSummer school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

PLEASE NOTE: students should access important unit information from the Chemistry website prior to the start date.This unit aims to provide you with an introduction to chemical principles sufficient to be used as a pre-requisite for first year chemistry units…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The Life Sciences Foundation Unit is offered twice each year by the School of Biological Sciences (previously known as Plant Science and Zoology) on the Hobart campus. The first delivery runs in February in the week preceding the start of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart5 Week Session Feb B
Hobart8 Week Session Jul

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is taught through a combination of independent learning, lectures, tutorials and prac sessions.The aim of the unit is to provide students with an understanding of some key areas of physics: forces, energy and work and momentum, mechanics and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSummer school
LauncestonSummer school
Cradle CoastSummer school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides a general introduction to the biology of aquatic animals and investigates phylogenetic relationships, and how the anatomy, physiology and life history of animals are adapted to meet their requirements for locomotion, feeding, excretion, osmoregulation, gas exchange, communication…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Aquatic Biology B provides a general introduction to fundamental biological processes underpinning aquatic biology by integrating cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, reproduction, classification, genetics and evolution with knowledge about aquatic plants, microbes and animals. You will develop practical laboratory skills to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is an introduction to freehand and measured drawing techniques and drawing practice. Studio based exercises will include two and three dimensional drawing conventions, and their types and uses in design. Studio exercises begin with line drawing and increase…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds on the freehand and measured drawing techniques practised in KDA136 Design Communication 1 to develop computer-aided digital skillsets as a working methodology. Building Information Modelling and documentation skills will be developed to support the presentation of design…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, we will explore the nature of the Earth: its minerals, its rocks, its internal layering, and the record of the way the Earth has changed from its formation. We will examine the processes that drive our planet:…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit provides a broad understanding of the dynamic processes that are active on the surface of the Earth and is suitable for general science and arts students with an interest in the geological sciences. It introduces the nature and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This introduction to geography and environmental studies integrates physical and social science inquiry. You study earth evolution, human development and their interaction, in light of questions about sustainability. You apply this knowledge to issues of vital importance around the world…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This foundation unit in Geography and Environmental Studies develops your knowledge of the ways in which people turn space into place, of how patterns of landforms, soils, plants and animals form on the surface of the earth, and how cultures,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used in a wide range of disciplines to investigate and display characteristics of data that vary with location. Producing a map to present spatial information is a skill that is itself valuable to scientists in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Satellite images and aerial photographs are used to observe the earth and its atmosphere. These images are used for mapping and monitoring our natural and human environment. Remote sensing is an exciting field that is constantly changing with regular launches…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an introduction to major areas in psychology and to basic techniques for psychological investigations. Lecture topics include the historical context of psychology, research design, lifespan development, and abnormal psychology. Students are required to undertake independent reading to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides a further introduction to major areas in psychology and to basic techniques for psychological investigations. Lecture topics include research methods, intelligence, social psychology and cross-cultural psychology. Students are required to undertake additional reading to extend their knowledge…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide students with an overview of programming and its role in problem solving and strategies for designing solutions to programming problems with reference to the Java programming language. Beginning with the fundamental characteristics of computers and how…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will explain the relationship between data, information and knowledge and introduce a number of different tools for managing, storing, securing, modelling, visualizing and analysing data. This unit will provide an understanding of how data can be manipulated to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

By its nature, computation is close to mathematics. This unit examines some of the mathematical processes that underlie the science and technology specific to the computer age, with emphasis on applications using Python. This provides a treatment of discrete mathematics…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Today's modern integrated technology is built on ICT systems that run in a range of contexts (e.g. Servers, PCs, mobile computing, robotics) using a range of technological solutions. This unit will provide students with an introduction and broad overview of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit extends the students' knowledge and experience of programming. It introduces dynamic data structures, foundational collection abstract data types, simple object-based design, and rudimentary algorithm analysis. Programming is undertaken in Java and C and topics include: specifying and implementing…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit provides an introduction to many AI sub-fields, including: expert systems, machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, intelligent agents. Students will be exposed to state-of-the-art examples as well as emerging technologies and get practical experience of solving interesting…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Approximately two thirds of Australia's agricultural commodities are exported each year, generating nearly $30 billion. This unit provides an understanding of historical developments, current status and future opportunities and challenges of the dominant agricultural and horticultural industries in Tasmania and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit explores human population growth and the impending global food crisis by introducing agriculture as a managed ecosystem, from the earliest shifting cultivation systems to the most intensive systems currently practiced today. The ecological, economic and social sustainability of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Biology of Plants is a 1st year core unit for students specialising in plant science, biotechnology, and marine science. In Biology of Plants we introduce you to the origin, diversity, structure and internal processes of plants. In lectures and practical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

A series of lectures and associated practical classes introduces fundamental concepts in ecology of both plants and animals. It also introduces behavioural and evolutionary ecology and experimental methods. There is a strong emphasis placed on developing skills in practical ecology…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Cell biology, genetics and evolution are fundamental to an understanding of the processes of life. In this unit, we examine the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including a discussion of the energy flow in photosynthesis, respiration and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores the chemistry of skeletal muscles - bonding and interactions that allow muscles to work, and nutrient cycles - carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus - reactions and their conditions. Through these themes, this unit covers introductory chemistry for students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduction to Antarctic Studies will provide an introduction to a broad range of Antarctic topics. This unit will give a background of history, international relations and cultural perceptions that can be studied by students from the Bachelor of Antarctic Science…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to give students examples of the way science is used in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean and enable students in the Bachelor of Antarctic Science to select specialised fields of study in years 2 and 3.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is an introductory unit covering the foundations of astronomy. Themes covered include: the history and development of concepts about our place in the Universe, the night sky, the planets, the measurement of cosmic distances, the life cycles of stars…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Provides an introduction to the scientific study of animals. Students are introduced to animal diversity through studying the major invertebrate and vertebrate phyla with an emphasis on Australian examples. We consider the structural and functional characteristics of each group from…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

The Bachelor of General Studies Pathways are designed for applicants who do not meet general entry requirements for their chosen UTAS degree or for those who want a more supported or graded introduction to their studies. This may include mature-aged students returning to study, students without pre-requisites for their preferred course, some VET graduates or students with a low ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) score from their year 11/12 studies. Entry will be granted by assessment of a student's prior study history and supporting statement, literacy and numeracy assessment and/or personal interview.

Students interested in another undergraduate degree but unsure of their eligibility should submit an applicationfor that degree course in the first instance. If you are not eligible you may be offered a place in the Bachelor of General Studies. Students with insufficient IT skills may be required to enrol in an additional enabling-level unit (UPP055 Using Technology).

Students should meet minimum requirements in reading, writing and numeracy in alignment with

the UTAS Pre-degree framework:

  • Minimum level English Language proficiency Australian Core Skills Framework
  • Reading Level 4.03 (all aspects)
  • Writing Level 3.06 (all aspects)
  • Oral Communication Level 4 (all aspects)
  • Numeracy Level 3 (all aspects)
  • NESB Test Level C+ or Min IELTS 5.5

Please note: this course is not available to international students.

Students undertaking preparatory study in the University Preparation Program may be eligible for credit into the Bachelor of General Studies foundation year for any successfully completed equivalent units.

Students who successfully complete the Science Pathway will automatically qualify (with credit) for entry into a Bachelor of Science. Students may also apply for other degrees within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, with admission dependent on pre-requisites, unit choice and results.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Fees for Domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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