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A) Graduate Diploma of 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.

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 department.

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 rules are detailed in the Rules Handbook.

Graduate Diploma of Science
Department Field of Specialisation Abbreviation (Y)
Chemistry ChemistryChem
Computer Science Computer ScienceCompSc
Computer Science Information SystemsInfoSys
Computer Science Software EngineeringSoftEng
GeologyGeology Geol
GeologyGeophysics Geophys
MathematicsComputational Mathematics CompMaths
MathematicsOperations ResearchOpRes
MathematicsStatistical Applications StatApp
PhysicsPhysics Phys










Chemistry

Graduate Diploma of Science (Chemistry)

Additional prerequisites
An applicant will normally be expected to have successfully completed first year university level chemistry. An applicant who does not satisfy the prerequisites but 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 of Science (Chemistry) consists of a total of 36 points, chosen from Group 2 and 3 units and Honours *a* courses offered by the Department of Chemistry. The laboratory components of courses chosen may be replaced by assignment and project *b* work as appropriate 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 Board of Studies and on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Chemistry, units offered by other departments of the University may be counted towards the Graduate Diploma.

*b* KRA580 Project if substituted for laboratory work
*a* KRA583 Honours unit valued at 8.33% (3 points)
KRA586 Honours unit(s) valued at 16.67% (6 points)
KRA589 Honours unit(s) valued at 25% (9 points)

Course rules are detailed in the Rules Handbook.


Computer Science

For further advice about the Graduate Diploma of Science in the Department of Computer Science, contact  
Dr Vishv Malhotra, ph. (002) 20 2944.

Graduate Diploma of Science (Computer Science)
The Diploma is intended to meet the needs for professional development and training in core computer science and specialist topics not covered by the Diplomas in Information Systems or Software Engineering.

Additional prerequisites
KCA122  or KCA123   and some first year University Mathematics; or equivalent experience possibly gained through professional development courses offered by the Department of Computer Science.

The program of study leads to a graduate diploma in computer science part time over 3 years. It is also possible to complete the diploma in one year full time or over 2 years with the permission of the Head of Department.

Course structure
Coursework (75%) comprising units chosen from 2nd year, 3rd year and honours *a* Computer Science (KCA) units, with at least 33.33% weight from KCA units at the 3rd year level and above. The latter may include units chosen from
KMA315 Discrete Modelling 3 (16.67%)
KMA331 Analysis of Numerical Methods (8.33%)
KMA341 Computational Techniques (8.33%)
ASA419 Spatial Information Systems 2 (8.33%)
AEA361 Accounting and Economics for Engineers (8.33%)
ACC362 Project Management and Organisation (8.33%)
Subject to approval units offered by other departments of the University may be substituted for units in this list.


*a* Honours unit enrolment codes
KCA583 Honours unit valued at 8.33% (3 points)
KCA586 Honours unit(s) valued at 16.67% (6 points)
KCA589 Honours unit(s) valued at 25% (9 points)


Graduate Diploma of Science (Information Systems)

The Diploma is intended to meet needs for professional development and training in information systems.

Additional prerequisites
([
KCA122 or KCA123 ] and KCA174 ) or KCA173  or equivalent experience possibly gained through professional development courses offered by the Department of Computer Science.

The program of study leads to a graduate diploma in information systems part time over 3 years.

Course Structure
Year 1
KCA220 Computer Systems[16.67%]
KCA280 Information Systems 2 [16.67%]
Year 2
KCA316 Advanced Computer Systems [16.67%]
KCA380 Information Systems 3 [16.67%]
Year 3
KCA559 Project [25%]
Optional unit [8.33%]
The optional unit in 3rd year may be a computing unit or
HGA222/322 Information & Society [10%]
HGA204/304 Quantitative Research Methods [10%]
HGA230/330 Qualitative Research Methods [10%]
HGA203/303 Social Research [10%]
ASA373 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems [8.33%]


Course rules are detailed in the Rules Handbook.

In 1996, there is a special interim program of study for the graduate diploma in information systems full time. This may be attempted only with the permission of the Head of Department.
KCA220 Computer Systems (first semester) (8.33%)
KCA280 Information Systems 2 (16.67%)
KCA370 Information Technology 3 (25%)
KCA559 Project (25%)
Optional units to the value of 25%.
The Optional units may be a computing unit or drawn from the following:
HGA222/322 Information & Society (10%)
HGA204/304 Quantitative Research Methods (10%)
HGA230/330 Qualitative Research Methods (10%)
HGA203/303 Social Research (10%)
ASA373 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (8.33%)
or other units from the Department of Computer Science with the permission of the Head of Department


Graduate Diploma of Science (Software Engineering)

This graduate diploma is intended to meet needs for professional development and training in software engineering.

Additional prerequisites
KCA122 or KCA123  and some first-year University Mathematics units; or equivalent experience possibly gained through professional development courses offered by the Department of Computer Science.

The program of study leads to a graduate diploma in software engineering part time over 3 years. From 1997 onwards, after the complete undergraduate stream in Software Engineering is in place, it will be possible to complete the graduate diploma in 1 year full time or over 2 years with permission from the Head of Department.

Course structure
Year 1
KCA220 Computer Systems [16.67%]
KCA260 Software Engineering 2 [16.67%]
Year 2
KCA316 Advanced Computer Systems [16.67%]
KCA360 Advanced Software Engineering [16.67%]
Year 3
KCA236 Algorithms [8.33%]
KCA559 Project [25%].



Geology

Graduate Diploma of Science (Geology)

Additional prerequisites
The applicant's undergraduate degree should normally include at least 25% (9 points) of geology.

Candidates shall complete the following work within the Department of Geology:
(a)An assignment, project or fieldwork equivalent to 16.67% (6 points), and
(b)83.33% (30 points) of coursework from Schedule A of BSc Rules  and Honours units

A minimum of 50% (18 points) shall be chosen from
Group 3  and Honours  units with a maximum of 33.33% (12 points) from Group 2  units.

Specimen courses
Weight (Points)
1
Project or assignment16.67 (6)
KEA200Geology 233.33 (12)
KEA300Geology 350 (18)
2
Project or assignment16.67 (6)
KEA200Geology 233.33 (12)
KEA350 or  KEA36016.67 (6)
KEA316 or  KEA31833.33 (12)
KEA32616.67% (6)
Subject to approval or direction, the coursework component may include units offered by other departments of the University.


Graduate Diploma of Science (Geophysics)

Additional prerequisites
The candidate's undergraduate degree should include at least 41.67% (15 points) in
Physics.

Candidates shall complete the following work within the Department of Geology:
(a)An assignment, project or fieldwork equivalent to 16.67% (6 points); and
(b)83.33% (30 points) of coursework from Schedule A of BSc Rules  and Honours  units

A minimum of 50% (18 points) shall be chosen from Group 3  and Honours  units with a maximum of 33.33% (12 points) from Group 2  units .

Specimen courses
Weight (Points)
Project or assignment25 (9)
KEA2218.33 (3)
KEA35016.67 (6)
KEA31116.67 (6)
KEA32416.67 (6)
KEA32816.67 (6)


Subject to approval or direction, the coursework component may include units offered by other departments of the University.

Course rules are detailed in the Rules Handbook.


Mathematics

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

Graduate Diploma of Science (Computational Mathematics)

The Graduate Diploma of 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% (15 points) (or their equivalent) in
Mathematics  units.

Course structure
The Diploma consists of a total of 100% (36 points) (with no more than 25% (9 points) below third year level): units valued at 50% (18 points), or their equivalent, chosen from the following list, together with one or two projects valued at a total of 50% (18 points).

At least one of the projects will require either skilled application of one or more mathematical computing packages (such as muMATH, MATHEMATICA, Reduce, MAPLE, GALOIS, CAYLEY, GAUSS or Numerical Recipes), or writing a substantial program in a high-level language (such as Modula 2, Pascal, Fortran, Prolog or LISP).

The units and project(s) constituting the course of study will be determined at the time of initial enrolment. Any unit or its equivalent which has been counted towards a previous degree may not be taken as part of the Graduate Diploma. Subject to approval, the coursework component may include units taught outside the Department of Mathematics.

Candidates are expected to complete the course in one year of full-time study or not more than two consecutive years of part-time study.

Unit CodeUnit TitleWeight (Points)
KMA107 Mathematics for Computer Science8.33 (3)
KMA205 Principles of Statistics 28.33 (3)
KMA224 Discrete Modelling 2A8.33 (3)
KMA225 Discrete Modelling 2B (formerly KMA215)8.33 (3)
KMA315 Discrete Modelling 316.67 (6)
KMA331 Analysis of Numerical Methods8.33 (3)
KMA314 Partial Differential Equations8.33 (3)
KMA341 Computational Techniques (formerly KMA221)8.33 (3)
KMA312 Applied Statistics 316.67 (6)
Units which are part of Mathematics 4
KMA583 unit valued at 8.33% (3 points)
KMA586 unit(s) valued at 16.67% (6 points)
KMA590 Computational Mathematics Project(s) 50 (18)

Course rules are detailed in the Rules Handbook.


Graduate Diploma of Science (Operations Research)

Additional prerequisites
41.33% (15 points) (or their equivalent) in Mathematics units.

Course structure
The Graduate Diploma of Science (Operations Research) consists of a total of 100% (36 points): units valued at 50% (18 points), or their equivalent, chosen from the following list, together with one or two projects valued at a total of 50% (18 points).

The units and project(s) constituting the course of study are determined at the time of initial enrolment. Any unit or its equivalent which has been counted towards a previous degree may not be taken as part of the Graduate Diploma. With approval, the coursework component may include units up to a value of 16.67% (6 points) taught outside the Department of Mathematics.

Unit CodeUnit TitleWeight (Points)
KMA115 KMA115 Discrete Modelling 18.33 (3)
KMA151 KMA151 Applied Statistics 18.33 (3)
KMA161 KMA161 Applied Probability8.33 (3)
KMA205 KMA205 Principles of Statistics 28.33 (3)
KMA251 KMA251 Applied Statistics 28.33 (3)
KMA213 KMA213 Differential Equations8.33 (3)
KMA224 KMA224 Discrete Modelling 2A8.33 (3)
KMA225 KMA225 Discrete Modelling 2B8.33 (3)
KMA315 KMA315 Discrete Modelling 316.67 (6)
KMA331 KMA331 Analysis of Numerical Methods8.33 (3)
KMA314 KMA314 Partial Differential Equations8.33 (3)
KMA341 KMA341 Computational Techniques8.33 (3)
KMA312 KMA312 Applied Statistics 316.67 (6)
Units which are part of Mathematics 4
KMA583 KMA583 unit valued at8.33% (3 points)
KMA586 KMA586 unit(s) valued at16.67% (6 points)
KMA580 KMA580 Operations Research Project(s)50 (18)

Course rules are detailed in the Rules Handbook.


Graduate Diploma of 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
The content of the Diploma course will be determined by the Department of Mathematics in conjunction with the student at the time of enrolment.

The syllabus for the Graduate Diploma consists of 100% (36 points): units valued at 16.67% (6 points) and 83.33% (30 points) of projects.

Subject to the conditions of the Graduate Diploma and the approval of the Department of Mathematics, the candidate, in conjunction with his or her supervisor, is required to select a course which has the following components:
*25% (9 points) of units or their equivalent from units offered by the University of Tasmania, details of which may be found in the Undergraduate Course and Unit Handbook 1996,  with the exception of KMA151; and
*4 projects, one from within each of the four 0 project guidelines given below, subject to the constraint that project 1 is of fixed content.

Project details
KMA571 Project 1: Reading and discussion unit on statistics33.33% (12 points)
KMA572 Project 2: Student presentations16.67% (6 points)
KMA573 Project 3: Development of computing knowledge and skills16.67% (6 points)
KMA574 Project 4: Evaluation of a prescribed area of statistical methodology16.67% (6 points).
KMA575 Project 5: Analysis of Data and Report16.67% (6 points).

Course rules are detailed in the Rules Handbook.


Physics

Graduate Diploma of 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 has extensive practical experience in Physics or a Physics-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 of Science (Physics) consists of a total of 100% (36 points), chosen from Group 2 and 3 units and Honours courses offered by the Department of Physics, details of which may be found in the Undergraduate Course and Unit Handbook 1996. The laboratory components of courses 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 the 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 departments of the University may be counted towards the Graduate Diploma.

Course rules are detailed in the Rules Handbook.

Enrolment master codes
KYA280 Second year unit(s) valued at 16.67% (6 points)
KYA583 Honours unit(s) valued at 8.33% (3 points)
KYA586 Honours unit(s) valued at 16.67% (6 points)
KYA589 Honours unit(s) valued at 25% (9 points).




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