Courses & Units

Course rules for 23Q Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science)

1 These specifications apply to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science).

2 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2017 and shall apply to all candidates for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science).


1 Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science) with no previous seafaring qualifications shall be qualified for entry in accordance with the provisions of the University's Rules of Admission.

2 Candidates who hold existing Australian and overseas seafaring Certificates of Competency are required to submit the highest level of Certificate of Competency and all seafaring Standards for Training and Certification of Watchkeepers (STCW) certificates on application for this course.

3 Candidates with previous seafaring qualifications may be eligible for advanced standing but will be admitted to the degree only on submission of the relevant documentation.

4 Candidates with previous seafaring qualifications who are admitted with advanced standing, the maximum allowable completion time will be calculated on a pro rata basis. They will be notified on admission to the course of their maximum completion time.

Course structure

1 To qualify for the degree, candidates shall pass all units prescribed in the schedule(s) described in the "Course Structures" tab [LINK].

2 Candidates with no previous seafaring experience shall complete the degree requirements in not less than four and a half separate years (or equivalent) of full-time study and not more than ten years, from the time of first enrolment.

3 Units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the Faculty, the schedule(s) described in the "Course Structures" tab [LINK].

4 Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty and as described in the "Course Structures" tab [LINK].

5 A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling 100% weighting or, if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given semester, more than 50% weighting.

6 Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

7 In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the faculty.

Credit for previous study

1 Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this university or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional learning body) may be credited towards the degree provided that the faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits as stated in in Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.


1 Students who have passed units towards degrees under the previous specification will be entitled to transfer to the degrees under these specifications with full equivalent credit. The transition for continuing students to these specifications will be managed to ensure that students are not disadvantaged.