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Bachelor of Science (Honours)

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Bachelor of Science (Honours)

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31st Aug 2015 1:25pm

Program Code

10496

AQF Level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 1 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 1 years full time.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

The program can be completed over one year of full-time study or part-time equivalent. Courses are offered on a semester basis, i.e. two semesters per year. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) is offered at Callaghan and Ourimbah Campuses.

Please note that specialisations are not available at both campuses.

The specialisations of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography and Environmental Studies, Photonics and Physics are available to students at the Callaghan campus.

The Marine Science and Sustainable Resource Management specialisations are available at the Ourimbah campus only.

The Psychology specialisation is available at both the Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses.

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved sequence in Psychology is not available for students who commenced the University of Newcastle Bachelor of Science program from 2012.  A non-accredited Psychology Honours sequence is available as outlined below.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the Bachelor of Science or an equivalent program with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (credit grade average) calculated from:

  • Across the entire degree program; or
  • Across a major in the proposed discipline of study, if the degree program includes such a major; or
  • Across 80 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists); or
  • Where the applicant has completed less than 80 units at 3000 level, a GPA of 5.5 calculated from at least 60 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists).

In exceptional circumstances, the above requirements may be varied with permission of the Head of School and Pro-Vice Chancellor.

No more than two years must have elapsed since completion of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Additional Form - To apply for entry to this Honours program you will need to apply directly to the Faculty of Science and Information Technology. You need to download and complete two forms: - Direct Admissions Application form; and - Faculty of Science and Information Technology Honours Application Form (End-On Honours). Application forms and instructions on how to apply are available at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/study-essentials/forms-and-guides

Credit Transfer

No credit permitted for Honours.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

80 units

Program Duration

1 years full time or part time equivalent up to 2 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

The Honours program is normally undertaken over one year of full-time study or two years part-time. Students are required to complete 80 units in one specialisation from the list of Approved Courses.


Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced honours in Psychology part time in 2014 will finish their honours under the program structure in which they enrolled in 2014. All students undertaking Psychology honours in 2015 will commence under the new program structure.

Students who apply for admission to Bachelor of Science(Honours) to undertake the specialisation in Psychology and who completed their Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology in 2012 or 2013 will be considered for admission to Bachelor of Science(Honours) if they have completed at least 90 units of Psychology courses including the following:

  • PSYC1010 Psychology Introduction 1
  • PSCY1020 Psychology Introduction 2
  • STAT2000 Applied Statistics and Research Methods
  • 20 units of 2000 level PSYC directed course
  • PSYC3000 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • 30 units of 3000 level PSYC directed courses

Program Structure

Biological Sciences major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

BIOL4110Biology Honours 411
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
BIOL4120Biology Honours 412
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
BIOL4210Biology Honours 421
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
BIOL4220Biology Honours 422
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Chemistry major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

CHEM4110Chemistry Honours 411
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
CHEM4120Chemistry Honours 412
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
CHEM4210Chemistry Honours 421
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
CHEM4220Chemistry Honours 422
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Earth Sciences major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

GEOS4410Earth Science Honours 4410
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOS4420Earth Science Honours 4420
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOS4430Earth Science Honours 4430
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOS4440Earth Science Honours 4440
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Geography and Environmental Studies major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

GEOG4001Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4001
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4002Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4002
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4003Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4003
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4004Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4004
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Marine Science major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

MARI4110Marine Science Honours 411
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
MARI4120Marine Science Honours 412
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
MARI4130Marine Science Honours 413
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
MARI4140Marine Science Honours 414
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units

Photonics major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

PHYS4310Photonics Honours 4310
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4320Photonics Honours 4320
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4330Photonics Honours 4330
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4340Photonics Honours 4340
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Physics major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

PHYS4110Physics Honours 411
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4120Physics Honours 412
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4210Physics Honours 421
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4220Physics Honours 422
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Psychology major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

PSYC4000Advanced Methodology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4100Critical Issues and Controversies in Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4201Psychological Assessment & Introduction to Counselling
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC4800Critical review and analysis of specialised research topic
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4803APsychology Graded Honours Thesis Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4803BPsychology Graded Honours Thesis Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
30 units

Sustainable Resource Management major

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

SRMT4110Sustainable Resource Management Honours 411
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SRMT4120Sustainable Resource Management Honours 412
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SRMT4130Sustainable Resource Management Honours 413
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
SRMT4140Sustainable Resource Management Honours 414
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units

Honours

There are three classes of Honours: Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II will have two divisions, namely Division 1 and Division 2. The grading and marking of End On Honours programs is defined in the Bachelor Honours Policy (Policy 000990)


Program Learning Outcomes

  • In-depth knowledge and ability appropriate to undertake further study and research in a field of science.
  • Ability to develop, conduct and manage a research project.
  • Critically and independently reflect and analyse project results.
  • Ability to communicate a convincing and reasoned scientific argument at a level and style appropriate to the audience and to report scientific findings in an oral and substantial written format.
  • Ability to work on an advanced scientific activity both autonomously and collaboratively.
  • Awareness of professional practice in the relevant discipline and an understanding, appreciation and respect for appropriate conduct and practice.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Students seeking to complete the Bachelor of Science (Hons) with a specialisation in Psychology, must have completed:

  • A Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology from the University of Newcastle; plus
  • PSYC1010 and PSYC1020;
  • 40 units of accredited Psychology at 2000 level, including STAT200;
  • 60 units of accredited Psychology at 3000 level, including PSYC3000.

Note:  Applicants who have completed a Psychology major at another institution and wish to undertake further studies in Psychology can consider the Graduate Diploma in Psychology http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/graduate-diploma/psychology.html

Entry to the Honours program in Psychology is limited and competitive.  Applicants compete on the basis of their results in their prior APAC accredited 3 year undergraduate degree.  With respect to other disciplines, and in exceptional circumstances, this requirement may be varied with the approval of the Pro Vice-Chancellor.

Students are encouraged to consider joint supervision across specialisations and the disciplines of Mathematics and Statistics. Joint supervision enhances the flexibility of students, opening up additional opportunities where skills in both areas are sought after.


International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

The support structures of the Student Support Unit will be available to assist any students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program.

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