Undergraduate Certificate in Science (Z0T)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 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, 5 Week Session Jan A
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2, 5 Week Session Jan A
Cradle Coast
Semester 1, Semester 2, 5 Week Session Jan A
Online
Semester 1, Semester 2, 5 Week Session Jan A

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

Aaron Eley Science Student UTAS

"I’ve wanted to study science for a long time but have had very limited options due to the fact I was working full time and living in Burnie. When the Associate Degree came up it was the perfect way to study in the field I wanted to and maintain my lifestyle. Ideally, I’d like to move up into a quality management type role at work or maybe a research and development role, as I really enjoy all the science behind what we do."

Aaron Eley, Associate Degree in Applied Science graduate
The Undergraduate Certificate in Science is your opportunity to learn more about the world the around you, and dip your toes in an exciting future career in science.

This course will introduce you to the nature and role of science in society. You’ll examine what science is, the importance of science for sustainable development, and learn about the role of ethical conduct in scientific endeavour.

You’ll explore keys topics in biology, such as metabolism, growth and production, sensing and response, and adaption and evolution, and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in practical laboratory experiences. You will also learn how to collect and analyse scientific data and statistics, and be introduced to data management software where you’ll learn how to present and communicate statistical information effectively.

This course has been developed in consultation with industry experts, such as Fementasmania and the aquaculture industry, and incorporates learning through practice by giving you authentic learning experiences. This means you’ll be developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry demands, placing you in good stead for a future career in science-based growth industries, such as fermentation or salmon aquaculture. If you complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Science and wish to continue further study, you can enter into Associate Degree in Applied Science.

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  • 1 Interpret and apply scientific principles and knowledge to science-based industries
  • 2 Apply problem-solving and sustainable approaches to identify and communicate solutions or innovations in science-based industries
  • 3 Communicate and reflect on knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes required to develop and enhance career opportunities
  • Practice-based, experiential learning and portfolio development is a key component of the Undergraduate Certificate in Science. In order to develop key transferable practitioner skills, you will be exposed to authentic and engaging learning experiences designed to develop your understanding of work and the workplace. The work-based components will be tailored to your individual circumstances.

    If you are currently employed in the industry, you will be encouraged to apply and complete relevant assessments within your work environment. You will also have access to a relevant work environment will be provided with authentic simulated experiences.

    Students are introduced to:

    • Different methods of and approaches to practice;
    • How issues such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership are reflected in the workplace and;
    • The role of reflection and deliberative thinking in developing workplace-based knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations.

    Career outcomes

    The Undergraduate Certificate in Science will give you the opportunity to learn in a practical environmental by offering you authentic learning experiences, such as virtual or face-to-face laboratory sessions, to practice your new skills and knowledge. As a result, you will be developing skills, knowledge and behaviours that employers are looking for in the workforce. Careers in science are also upwards trending, with projections showing that employment is set to grow in a variety of roles by 2024, including Environmental Scientists (12.5% increase), Professional, scientific and technical service roles (14.7%), and Market research statistical service roles (16.5%)*.

    By completing the Undergraduate Certificate in Science you can transition into further study, with credit towards an Associate Degree in Applied Science, where you will have the option to choose between two specialised streams depending on your interest area. You can learn how to use science to build a career in the food and beverage industry with our Fermentation and Separation stream. Or, if you’d love to work in Tasmania’s booming aquaculture industry, our hands-on Sustainable Aquaculture stream is for you.

    *Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

    Course structure

    The course structure comprises four 12.5 credit point units comprising:

    3 x core units (37.5 credit points)

    1 x elective unit (12.5 credit points)

    Choose three units from the following:

    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, methods…

    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

    Mathematics, equipped with the powerful tools logic and reasoning, is the key ingredient that enriches all areas of education. A sound knowledge in mathematics not only opens up numerous carrier options, but also helps to understand the world in which…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Mathematics, equipped with the powerful tools logic and reasoning, is the key ingredient that enriches all areas of education. A sound knowledge in mathematics not only opens up numerous career options, but also helps to understand the world in which…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    Hobart5 Week Session Jan A
    OnlineSemester 2
    Online5 Week Session Jan A

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

    This unit can provide you with an introduction to chemical principles sufficient to be used as a pre-requisite for first Year chemistry units that are part of a chemistry major at the University of Tasmania. It is not designed to…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2
    Online5 Week Session Jan A

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

    This subject aims to provide students with an understanding of basic physical concepts in classical mechanics. Understanding of motion, force, energy and momentum is instrumental to the study of other key areas of physics, such as: mechanics, electric and magnetic…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    Hobart5 Week Session Jan A
    Launceston5 Week Session Jan A
    Cradle Coast5 Week Session Jan A
    Online5 Week Session Jan A

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

    This unit provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the nature of science and scientific knowledge, the methods of science, and the communication of science. You will encounter perspectives on the nature and role of science in society and examine what science…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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

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

    Select one of the following units

    In this unit you will develop your understanding of the key attributes of living things, and of the molecular basis of the processes that sustain life. During the unit’s hands-on workshop you will be introduced to a range of practical…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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

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

    In this unit, you will be introduced to the concept of sustainability starting with the transformations necessary for achieving the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a way that organises them into 6 logical groups. You will examine…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2
    Online5 Week Session Jan B

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

    In this unit, you will learn how computer networks are constructed, how they work, and how modern applications use the services provided by modern computer networks. The concept of protocol layering will be explored to learn how computer networks operate,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    This unit introduces the concepts of software design and development in the context of computer programming. You will learn how to design, manage, and evaluate projects that solve real-world applied technology problems through industry best practice and design methodologies. You…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    This unit provides you with opportunities to develop industry-based knowledge and skills that are highly sought out by employers. In addition, it allows you to explore key processes and practices that are used across a broad range of industries. You…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Entry requirements

    This Undergraduate Certificate is open to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds.

    Domestic Applicants who have recently completed secondary education

    - Completed the TCE (or equivalent)

    Domestic Applicants with higher education study

    - Completed at least one undergraduate unit (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points).

    Domestic Applicants with VET / TAFE study

    - A completed VET Certificate III or higher.

    Domestic Applicants with work and life experience

    If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer if you have work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

    Prerequisites

    Nil

    Special Consideration

    If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

    We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

    This course is not available to international students

    Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution may be credited towards the undergraduate certificate and a course plan developed to detail the units required by the student to qualify for the undergraduate Certificate. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits as stated in the Student Participation and Attainment Ordinance.

    Students completing the Undergraduate Certificate in Science will receive advanced standing for 50 credit point units of the Associate Degree in Applied Science.

    Students can apply for advanced standing for other courses, where electives are available. 

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    Cost shouldn’t get in the way of you studying.

    If you’re a domestic undergraduate student, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place in this course. This means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll only need to pay the student contribution amount for each unit you study within the course.

    You may also be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. If eligible, you’ll only have to pay your tuition fees once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Further information is available at Scholarships, fees and costs.

    Student contribution

    Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study. This means that how much you’ll pay will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    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.

    How can we help?

    Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

    Domestic
    1300 363 864
    International
    +61 3 6226 6200
    Email
    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
    Online
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