Diploma of Science

Majors
• Bio-Chemistry
• Ecology and Conservation Biology
• Environmental Science
• Financial and Insurance Mathematics
• Genetics
• Microbiology
• Pharmacology
Units & Overview
    The aim of this course is for students to learn about the function of plant and animal cells is examined with an emphasis on energy fixation, storage and usage. Principles of genetics, including advances in molecular biology, and current views of evolutionary processes and ecology are integrated into a structured course that offers considerable feedback on progress and opportunities for self-paced learning. The subject matter of Biology 1 (MCD4410) is continued and expanded in Biology 2 (MCD4420).
The study of biology allows you to gain a greater understanding of our world – the living resources and the ecosystems upon which we rely. MCD4420 involves the study of the biology of whole organisms, organ systems and cells, including molecular genetics and the effect of environmental parameters on biological functions. The biology of microbes and animals is emphasized. Ecological factors that are biologically important at the level of integrated whole organisms and at cellular, subcellular and biochemical levels are considered for each organism under study.
The aim of this course is for students to learn about the understanding of general and physical chemistry to explore the behavior of chemicals in a number of interesting case studies, incorporating a range of significant biological and synthetic molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, and polymers and pharmaceutically important drugs. Along the way, students will discuss the formation of inorganic coordination compounds and investigate their role in color and magnetism, and metals in biological systems. The concepts developed within the workshops and tutorials are complemented through a laboratory program where students will have the opportunity to develop analytical techniques and design their own experiments to solve a range of chemical problems.
Develops knowledge and skills in mathematical logic, circular function, complex numbers and vectors. It provides an extension into circular functions and differential calculus including anti-derivatives and differential equations and investigates applications particularly for use in other engineering areas, such as kinematics.
Extends the students’ base knowledge into the following areas: professions, design and analysis, communication, ethics and economics. Students investigate, explore and discuss engineering concepts and issues, and solve quantitative and qualitative problems in class.
Enables students to develop an understanding of how organisations are managed and apply analytical skills to a range of managerial and organisational issues.
Allows students to explore the fundamental concepts and techniques required for first year engineering courses in the areas of vector algebra and geometry, linear algebra and matrix operations, Eigen-values and Eigen-vectors, differential and integral calculus, sequences and series, ordinary differential equations and boundary value problems, multivariable calculus and partial derivatives.
Focuses on the behaviour of functions and examines some of their applications to the real world.
Introduces software development and design using MATLAB, including data types and variables, structured programming, M-files and functions, numerical errors and uncertainty and the programming of numerical techniques.
Relates key principles of physics to engineering and technology, and shows how physics, including quantum and nano-science, creates useful new technologies. The practical component develops measurement, analysis, and communication skills.
Provides an introduction to the concepts of database design and usage and the related issues of data management. Students develop skills in planning, designing, and implementing a data model using an enterprise-scale relational database system (Oracle).