Associate Degree in Applied Science (Z2J)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 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

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 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.

Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Industry experts are also actively involved in the development of the Associate Degree in Applied Science and the teaching of subjects.
The Associate Degree in Applied Science is an industry-focused program designed for people interested in working in fields that require specialised skills and knowledge of applied science principles and processes, including those who may never have considered a career in science. The streams available under this course are: Fermentation and Separation and Sustainable Aquaculture.
Fermentation and Separation

Tasmania is famous for high quality food and beverage products, and if you love the idea of practical science and innovative industries the Fermentation and Separation stream is for you. While our island state provides a wealth of the finest ingredients, the real magic behind the success of these industries are people with applied science knowledge and skills creating the artisan outputs that consumers know and love.

From beer, wine, and cider, to fermented food like sauerkraut and cheese, you’ll undertake work placements and site visits with local businesses to learn from some of the best, all the while building your own skills for a bright future in our food and beverage industry.

Sustainable Aquaculture

Now is the time to get involved in a high-growth industry that supports marine life protection and helps sustainably feed the world with our Associate Degree in Applied Science, specialising in Sustainable Aquaculture. Tasmania is well known for its high-quality seafood, our pristine waters produce some of the best fish and shellfish that are enjoyed all over the world. If you’d love to work in the booming aquaculture industry, then this hands-on course has been specifically designed for you.

The program is available for full-time and part-time study across all campuses in Tasmania and is delivered through a combination of online study, face-to-face classes, practical workshops and tutorials. Graduates of the Associate Degree in Applied Science will have: a pathway to a great career in their chosen field with practical skills to take straight into the workplace and the opportunity to undertake further study at the University of Tasmania.

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Course Coordinator  Dr Chris Mabin
  • 1 Explain fundamental science and technology theories, methodologies and principles and their multidisciplinary nature, application and influence
  • 2 Apply and evaluate fundamental and specialised science and technology methods and principles in a range of contexts
  • 3 Research, generate and evaluate scientific and technical information and data to identify and solve industry problems and simulations
  • 4 Communicate scientific and technical concepts to a broad audience using a range of techniques
  • 5 Critically reflect on personal and professional goals, values and achievements to generate plans for self-development
  • Year 1

    Students are exposed to authentic and engaged learning experiences designed to develop their understanding of work and the workplace. In the first year of study, 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;
    • The role of reflection and deliberative thinking in developing workplace-based knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations.

    Students develop personal responsibility for and autonomy in developing their portfolio of practice (known as a Practice Manual). This is reflected in educational plans developed in consultation with their Academic Coaches and based on a method or approach to practice from, for example projects, data-driven decision making, case studies, field work, simulated environments, design thinking etc.

    Year 2

    The second year of study builds on concepts of learning through practice from the diploma by introducing students to more complex learning experiences.  Students will be introduced to discipline-based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations, including:

    • Authentic and purposeful, industry-related experiences
    • Concepts of managing effective relationships and communicating with others
    • The development and use of adaptive leadership skills and how these skills relate to innovative and entrepreneurial practice
    • The nature of responsible, accountable and reflective workplace skills
    • Creative and critical thinking relevant to para-professional practice.

    Students will exercise self-awareness, initiative and judgement to manage yourself and professional relationships effectively. The application of tacit knowledge and capabilities will be reflected in a Practice Manual.

    Become a Student Ambassador

    Improve your communication, teamwork and leadership skills, meet new people, inspire and help others, and developing lasting friendships and networks as a student ambassador. Our ambassadors proudly represent the University throughout Tasmania in schools, at University and community events, and support a range of recruitment and engagement activities. Though the Student Ambassador Program or STEM Outreach Team you will have many opportunities for training and professional development, experience in real-world community engagement and outreach, networking, and public speaking, plus end up with a key point of distinction on your CV.

    A key feature of the course is the practical component, to provide hands-on learning which aims to enhance students’ problem solving, communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills by allowing them to ‘learn through practice’. Industry experts have helped to develop the course and are actively involved in the delivery through teaching, site visits, case studies and work placements. As a result, graduates will be considered ‘workplace ready’ after two years of (full-time) study.

    Career outcomes

    These associate degrees are not only important for those wanting to enter the industry but highly relevant for those in the industry looking to upskill with the potential to articulate to a full bachelor degree.

    Tim Jones
    Tasmanian Cider Maker

    Graduation from the Associate Degree in Applied Science can provide an entry opportunity for those who have not worked in science; accelerate progression through a graduate’s present organisation; or open up new career pathways and opportunities.

    Opportunities for students specialising in Applied Science (Fermentation and separation) include brewing, wine making, fermented food and drink product manufacture, distillation, alkaloids, biodiesel, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, forensics, essential oils and water treatment.

    Opportunities for students specialising in sustainable aquaculture include working as technicians and managers on aquaculture farms, hatcheries and nurseries; for companies providing consultancy, advisory, sales and other services; and for government, research agencies and not-for-profit organisations involved in industry regulation. Currently, an estimated 2,595 Full Time Equivalent (FTE’s) are employed in the Tasmanian aquaculture sector (inclusive of salmon id processing) (*Seafood Industry Workforce Profile, May 2017. Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council).

    Course structure

    Completion of the Associate Degree in Applied Science requires 200 credit points including:

    • A Core (100 credit points)
    • A Stream (50 credit points), see below for information
    • Electives (50 credit points)

    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

    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
    Launceston5 Week Session Jan B
    Cradle CoastSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

    In this unit, you will acquire and apply foundational knowledge of principles and techniques that underpin applied bio-science industries. During a laboratory workshop you will apply selected techniques for monitoring, measuring, and analysing key parameters relating to biochemistry and water…

    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 investigate approaches to design and delivery of projects in industry contexts. This will include identifying and analysing relevant concepts, tools and processes used in the formulation, delivery and management of projects. Investigations will focus on…

    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 mathematical and statistical methods for analysing scientific, business or technical data to inform and support decision-making. You will explore why data is needed and how it is used to make decisions, including…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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

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

    Quality management focuses on the quality of physical products as well as services and processes, and how they can be improved. The principles and processes of quality management are the key elements that businesses use to respond to market and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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

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

    In this unit you will be introduced to the regulatory environment in which applied science enterprises operate. In particular, you will explore the regulatory challenges of product safety, biosecurity and environment protection, as well as business practices inherent in product…

    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 streams

    The Fermentation and Separation stream has been developed for people interested in working in innovative food and beverage industries such as brewing, winemaking, fermented food and drink production. This stream also prepares graduates to learn about the premium bio-industries (essential oils, seaweed based fertilisers, poppies, pyrethrum and biodiesel). Core subjects include applied biology, applied chemistry, data and analysis, quality management and sustainability are integrated with stream subjects such as applied microbiology and fermentation principles and processes. Throughout the course, students can choose four elective subjects to develop their areas of interest.

    In this unit you will acquire fundamental conceptual knowledge in six key areas – the impact of microorganisms, microbial evolution, cell structure and function, metabolic pathways, information flow and genetics, and microbial systems - and develop a set of core…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

    In this unit you will be introduced to the key steps involved in realizing the manufacture of a fermentation product for commercial purposes. These include process design and optimization, scale-up and manufacturing operations such as cleaning and sterilization, substrate preparation,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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

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

    In this unit you will explore technology and innovation in the fermentation industry. You will develop your understanding of the drivers of innovation across industries through case studies relating to biotech, product and process development, Industry 4.0, and business. This…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

    Chemical and physical separation principles underpin many industries of the modern world. In this unit you will extend your knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of substances and their interactions. Through laboratory-based and other activities you will investigate separation…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

    The Sustainable Aquaculture stream is aimed at people who wish to work in the aquaculture industry in Tasmania and mainland Australia. The course was developed in response to industry demand as the aquaculture industry is currently in a high growth phase. Aquaculture subjects are integrated with core subjects in applied science and students choose an additional four elective subjects depending on their areas of interest. The Associate Degree in Applied Science (Sustainable Aquaculture) is relevant to all aspects of the Tasmanian industry, including salmon, trout, oysters, mussels and abalone.

    In this unit, you will be introduced to the biology and biological processes of aquatic animals and plants commonly encountered in aquaculture operations. You will be introduced to phylogenetic relationships and investigate the anatomy, physiology, and life history of eukaryotes,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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

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

    In this unit, you will be introduced to key principles and processes of aquaculture. This includes examining processes that support all stages of the aquaculture production cycle, including husbandry, hatchery and grow-out, through to harvesting and preparation for distribution. You…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

    In this unit you will investigate pathogenic diseases that impact the aquaculture industry, using case studies from local industries. You will explore the effects of aquatic viruses, bacteria and parasites on animal and human health. You will acquire an understanding…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

    In this unit you will be introduced to aquatic animal feeds and nutrition and examine the links between feed ingredients, composition, nutrient requirements, fish growth, feed manufacture, nutritional value, feeding practices and product quality. Through the design and execution of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

    Select four of the following units

    Entry requirements

    Applicants who have recently completed secondary education

    - Completed the TCE (or equivalent)

    Applicants with higher education study

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

    Applicants with VET / TAFE study

    - A completed VET Certificate III or higher,

    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.

    All international students will need to meet the minimum English Language Requirements, University General Entry Requirements and any course specific requirements such as pre-requisite subjects, if applicable.

    English Language Requirements

    This degree requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0, with no individual band less than 5.5, or a PTE Academic score of 50, with no score lower than 42 or equivalent.

    For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship or prior studies in English in an approved country, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

    General Entry Requirements

    Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Tasmania requires the completion of qualifications equivalent to a 12th year of education in Australia.

    Please review the equivalent undergraduate entry requirements to see the minimum requirement relevant to your country. The ATAR information for this course is located in the “For Domestic Students” section of the entry requirements on this page.

    You can also meet the General Entry Requirement for this course with the following qualifications or prior studies:

    • Completion of an equivalent AQF Certificate III or above
    • Complete or incomplete (minimum 12.5 credit points) of previous tertiary study at Bachelor level or higher

    If you do not meet the minimum requirements, we offer the Foundation Studies Program.

    Course Specific Requirements

    This course does not have any course specific requirements.

    You may be eligible for advanced standing (i.e. credit points) in this associate degree if you:

    • Have completed an award such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma at the University, from TAFE or another institution;
    • Are currently studying another associate degree at the University or at another institution;
    • Have completed studies towards a Bachelor degree at the University or from another institution.

    How to apply for a credit transfer

    Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition for Prior Learning.

    If you have completed the Undergraduate Certificate in Fermentation or the Undergraduate Certificate in Data and Environmental Management, you can receive advanced standing for four 12.5 credit point units of the Diploma of Applied Science.

    For students in the Associate Degree in Applied Science (Sustainable Aquaculture) the following units will receive credit for the following units in the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science (Sustainable Aquaculture):

    • KSA101 Introduction to Marine and Antarctic Science (Semester 1)
    • JFA203 Aquaculture Production (Semester 1)
    • KSM1XX Sustainable Marine Food Production (Semester 2)
    • KSM2XX Aquaculture Hatchery Production (Semester 2)

    Students wishing to articulate from the Associate Degree in Applied Science into another bachelor course will gain credit subject to the receiving College's discretion.

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

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

    Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

    You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

    The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    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

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $52,656 AUD*.

    Course cost based on a rate of $25,875 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    International students

    International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Scholarships

    Each year the University of Tasmania administers an estimated $7 million in scholarships to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

    For more information on scholarships and to view the full range of scholarships available to you, head to the Scholarships website.

    Additional costs

    In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

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