Associate Degree in Applied Science (Z2J)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Duration

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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

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years
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.
Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, online study may replace some or all of your on-campus classes. We'll be sure to keep you informed of any changes.
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

If you love the idea of practical science and innovative industries, the Fermentation and Separation stream is for you. Use science to build a career in the food and beverage industry like creating the tasty brews, as markets see a growing taste for microbreweries and more interesting flavours. This course is perfect for you if you love beer, wine, cider or fermented food like sauerkraut and cheese and want to move into a career in the 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.

On completion of the Associate Degree in Applied Science, graduates will be able to:

  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
Head Cider Maker at Willie Smith’s

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)

For assistance with the enrolment requirements for this course, please refer to the Course Planner (PDF 100KB).

If you are a new student needing help with your initial enrolment, please contact the Future Students team. If you are a continuing student, please contact UConnect.

Fermentation and Separation Stream

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.

Sustainable Aquaculture Stream

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 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 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

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

In this unit, you will be introduced to the theory and practice of biology. Key topics include the cell, metabolism, heritable information, growth and reproduction, sensing and response, and adaptation and evolution. You will learn practical laboratory techniques, and use…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

Visit the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living for information on Sustainable Living study options.In this unit, you will learn approaches to make a difference in the workplace, community or at home by drawing on a framework that assembles the 17…

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

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 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 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

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

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

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

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

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

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 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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

In this unit you will acquire fundamental conceptual knowledge in five key concept areas - microbial evolution, cell structure and function, metabolic pathways, information flow and genetics, and microbial systems. You will learn how to apply that knowledge to facilitate…

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 examine key steps involved in realising the manufacture of a fermentation product for commercial purposes. These include process design and optimisation, scale-up, and manufacturing operations such as substrate preparation, cleaning and sterilisation, inoculum development, fermentation…

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 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 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

Electives

You will complete 50 credit points of Elective units in the Associate Degree in Applied Science. Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from across the University in areas such as Arts, Business, Design, and Information Communication Technologies . Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional units in the same discipline field. To search for possible Elective units, use the Unit Search tool to search by the discipline that you are interested in. You can complete any units marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for.

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS
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.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

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

Applications for credit can be made in your course application. Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

Students articulating into the Associate Degree in Applied Science from a completed Undergraduate Certificate in Science will receive 50 credit points of advanced standing. Articulation from other courses will be in line with the University’s standard application for credit process.

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

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2021 Total Course Fee (international students): $50,875 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $25,000 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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