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2000  – Course Details


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Graduate Diploma in Science (GradDipSc)

Course code: S6D

Available in the specialisations shown in the table which follows.

Graduate Diplomas provide graduates with professional skills in a specialised area. Applications are open to graduates from all disciplines provided that the prerequisites for the field of specialisation are met, or other evidence of fitness to undertake the work is provided.

Career outcomes

The course diversifies the career options available to graduates from their initial qualifications. The career outcomes section of the Bachelor of Science degree course provides an indication of the range of employment opportunities.

Course structure

A candidate for the Graduate Diploma works within one of the fields of specialisation listed below and is subject to any further conditions imposed by the School.

Graduate diplomas generally involve a set menu of units, sometimes involving projects. Assessment is usually based on assignments, essays and examinations for each unit.

A candidate may not count more than three points of Terminating Passes towards the diploma.

The Diploma must be completed in one year of full-time study or a maximum of three consecutive years of part-time study, but a candidate whose work has been interrupted by illness, or other unavoidable cause, may be allowed to complete the course over a longer period. An extension of time may also be granted to submit a project.

The approved abbreviation for the Diploma shall be GradDipSc(Y) where Y is the field of specialisation as shown below.

Course specifications are detailed in the Calendar.

Graduate Diploma in Science

School Field of specialisation Abbrev (Y)
Chemistry Chemistry Chem
Computing Computer Science CompSc
Computing Software Engineering SoftEng
Earth Sciences Geology Geol
Earth Sciences Geophysics Geophys
Mathematics & Physics Computational Mathematics CompMaths
Mathematics & Physics Operations Research OpRes
Mathematics & Physics Statistical Applications StatApp
Mathematics & Physics Physics Phys
Mathematics & Physics Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies ASOS
             

Chemistry

Graduate Diploma in Science (Chemistry)

Additional prerequisites An applicant will normally be exptected to have successfully completed first-year university-level chemistry. An applicant who does not satisfy the prerequisites but who has extensive practical experience in chemistry or a chemistry-related profession may be admitted subject to the requirement that additional coursework is undertaken as part of the Graduate Diploma. Course Structure The Graduate Diploma in Science (Chemistry) consists of a total of 100%, chosen from Group 2 and Group 3 units and Honours  [a] units offered by theh School of Chemistry. The laboratory components of units chosen may be replaced by assignment and project  [b] work as approrpiate for the particular needs of individual students. Any unit which has been counted towards a previous degree or diploma may not be counted as part of the Graduate Diploma. With permission from the Dean and on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Chemistry, units offered by other schools of the University may be counted towards the Graduate Diploma.

[a] KRA583 Honours unit valued at 8.33%
KRA586 Honours unit(s) valued at 16.67%
KRA589 Honours unit(s) valued at 25%
[b] KRA580 Project if substituted for laboratory work

Computing

Graduate Diploma in Science (Computer Science)
Graduate Diploma in Science (Software Engineering)

These graduate diplomas are intended to meet the needs for professional development and training in computer science or software engineering.

Additional presrequisites
Knowledge or experience in computer programming.

Course sctructure
Coursework (75%) comprising units chosen from levels 200 and 300 of Computer Science (KCA) units or other approved units, and Project (25%).

For details, students should contact the School of Computing (03) 6226 2922.

Earth Sciences (Geology)

Graduate Diploma in Science (Geology)

Additional prerequisites
The applicant's undergraduate degree should normally include at least 25% of geology.

Candidates shall complete the following work with the School of Earth Sciences:

(a) An assignment, project or fieldwork equivalent to 16.67% and
(b) 83.33% of coursework from Schedule A of the BSc specifications.
Honours units
A minimum of 50% shall be chosen from Group 3 and Honours units with a maximum of 33.33% from Group 2 units.

Specimen courses
See also the introduction to the School of Earth Sciences which will be found under 'Geology' in the Unit Details section of this handbook Students should contact (03) 6226 2819 for details concerning possible courses.

Graduate Diploma in Science (Geophysics)

Additional prerequisites
The applicant's undergraduate degree should normally include at least 41.67% of physics.

Candidates shall complete the following work with the School of Earth Sciences:

(a) An assignment, project or fieldwork equivalent to 16.67% and
(b) 83.33% of coursework from Schedule A of the BSc specifications.
Honours units
A minimum of 50% shall be chosen from Group 3 and Honours units with a maximum of 33.33% from Group 2 units.

Specimen courses
See also the introduction to the School of Earth Sciences which will be found under 'Geology' in the Unit Details section of this handbook Students should contact (03) 6226 2819 for details concerning possible courses.

Mathematics and Physics

The School of Mathematics and Physics offers four programs of study leading to the Graduate Diploma in Science (Operations Research), the Graduate Diploma in Science (Statistical Applications), the Graduate Diploma in Science (Computational Mathematics) and the Graduate Diploma in Science (Physics). The Graduate Diplomas are intended to meet needs for professional development.

Graduate Diploma in Science (Computational Mathematics)

The Graduate Diploma in Science (Computational Mathematics) familiarises the student with some important parts of modern applied mathematics and provides practical experience in the use of some associated computing tools.
Additional prerequisites
41.33% (or their equivalent) in mathematics units.

Course structure

Students should contact (03) 6226 2450 for details concerning course structure.

Graduate Diploma in Science (Operations Research)

Additional prerequisites
41.33% (or their equivalent) in mathematics units.

Course structure

Students should contact (03) 6226 2450 for details concerning course structure.

Graduate Diploma in Science (Statistical Applications)

This Diploma is intended for science graduates who wish to develop statistical expertise in their own discipline. The course is largely project oriented and requires the student to undertake literature searches and reviews; to develop computing skills and knowledge; and to acquire both oral and written skills in the presentation of statistical information.
Additional prerequisites
The applicant should have a science-based major and experience in conducting scientific experiments or quantitative investigations.

Course structure

Students should contact (03) 6226 2450 for details concerning course structure.

Graduate Diploma in Science (Physics)

Additional prerequisites
An applicant will normally be expected to have successfully completed first-year university-level physics. An applicant who does not satisfy the prerequisites but who has extensive practical experience in physics or a physics-related profession may be admitted, subject to the requirement that additonal coursework is undertaken as part of the Graduate Diploma.
Specimen courses
The Graduate Diploma in Science (Physics) consists of a total of 100% chosen from Group 2 and 3 units and Honours units offered in Physics. The laboratory components of units chosen may be replaced by assignment and project work as appropriate for the particular needs of individual students. The units and lecture courses constituting the course of study will be determined at the time of initial enrolment. Any unit which has been counted towards a previous degree or diploma may not be counted as part of the Graduate Diploma. Subject to approval, units offered by other schools of the University may be counted towards the Graduate Diploma.

Course specifications are detailed in the Calendar. For enrolment codes, contact (03) 6226 2396.

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies

Graduate Diploma in Science (ASOS)

See Bachelor of Antarctic Studies (Hons)


For additional information on courses and admission please contact
course.info@utas.edu.au
International enquiries, please contact  Justine.Geason@utas.edu.au


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