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CSU's Bachelor of Science (Honours) is designed to provide students in a wide range of scientific disciplines with the opportunity to develop research skills relevant to their area of interest.

  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Science (Honours) has the flexibility to meet the differing needs of students wishing to specialise in many of the disciplines offered by the Faculty. The Honours course typically includes a substantial research project.The objectives of the course are to provide knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the conduct of research, especially for entry to higher degree courses; to develop an advanced level of knowledge in the area of specialisation; and to further develop verbal and written skills relevant to advanced studies and research.

    CSU has streamlined its Honours offerings to provide a single Bachelor of Science (Honours) with a diverse range of specialisations available.

    An Honours degree can give you a competitive edge when seeking employment, or provide the foundations for you to complete research at a higher level.

    Specialisations

    All students enrol under the Bachelor of Science (Honours) course title, but your specialisation will be noted when you graduate. Specialisations available in this course include the following disciplines:

    • Agribusiness
    • Agriculture
    • Agronomy
    • Animal Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Conservation
    • Dentistry
    • Ecotourism
    • Environmental Management
    • Environmental Science
    • Equine Science
    • Health and Rehabilitation
    • Horticulture
    • Livestock Production
    • Medical Science
    • Mental Health
    • Natural Resource Management
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Nursing
    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Oral Health
    • Physics
    • Spatial Science
    • Wine Science and Viticulture

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) will have developed an advanced level of knowledge and analytical skills in their chosen discipline area.

    This could help give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs in your field after you graduate, or provide a pathway to an academic or research career.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Students must complete:
    1. One  8-point subject in research methods, selected from the following list in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator*:
    • HRS410 Honours Research Methods
    • HLT430 Research Methods in Health Sciences
    • SCI415 Social Science Research Methods for Natural Resource Management
    • SCI420 Research Methods
    • STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
    • Alternative 8-point research methods as agreed by the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator, and with the approval of the Associate Dean (Honours)

    2. 40-56 credit points comprised of the most appropriate combination of Science Honours Project/Dissertation subjects from the following list:
    • HRS408 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (8 points)
    • HRS416 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (16 points)
    • HRS417 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (16 points, 2 sessions)
    • HRS424 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (24 points)
    • HRS432 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (32 points)
    • HRS433 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (32 points, 2 sessions)
    • HRS440 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (40 points, 2 sessions)
    • HRS448 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (48 points, 2 sessions)
    • HRS449 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (48 points, 3 sessions)

    Students may complete up to 16 credit points in elective coursework subjects* where this is deemed relevant to their development within a discipline and of value to their Honours degree and project. The 8-16 points will result in fewer credit points comprising the Project/Dissertation subject combination outlined above. Elective subjects taken in the discipline development component will be through consultation and approval of the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator. Suitability of elective subjects will be determined on the basis of relevance to the discipline, and being at an appropriate subject level for the award of a Level 8 AQF qualification. 

    *The final class of Honours grade will be based on assessment in the Project/Dissertation subject/s only. The research methods and any elective coursework subjects will not contribute to the honours class.

    Enrolment pattern

    Students will be required to take the research methods subject in their first session of enrolment. Elective subject/s will be taken in the most appropriate session of study as agreed between the student, supervisor, and School Honours Co-ordinator. Remaining study loads in any given session will be comprised of the most appropriate selection of Project/Dissertation subjects. Typical enrolment patterns are shown below:

    Bachelor of Science (Honours)

    By Full-time study

    Session 1

    One of:
    • HRS410 Honours Research Methods
    • HLT430 Research Methods in Health Sciences
    • SCI415 Social Science Research Methods for Natural Resource Management
    • SCI420 Research Methods
    • STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
    • STA404 Statistical Reasoning
    • Alternative 8-point research methods as agreed by the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator, and with the approval of the Associate Dean (Honours)

    And
    HRS424 Science Honours Project/Dissertation
    Or
    1-2 elective subjects, and an appropriately weighted Honours Project/Dissertation subject in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator.

    Session 2
    HRS432 Science Honours Project/Dissertation
    Or
    1-2 elective subjects, and an appropriately weighted Honours Project/Dissertation subject in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator.

    By Part-time study

    Session 1
    One of:
    • HRS410 Honours Research Methods
    • HLT430 Research Methods in Health Sciences
    • SCI415 Social Science Research Methods for Natural Resource Management
    • SCI420 Research Methods
    • STA401 Postgraduate Scientific Statistics
    • STA404 Statistical Reasoning
    • Alternative 8-point research methods as agreed by the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator, and with the approval of the Associate Dean (Honours)

    And
    HRS408 Science Honours Project/Dissertation

    Sessions 2, 3 and 4
    HRS449 Science Honours Project/Dissertation

    Or
    An elective subject, and an appropriately weighted Honours Project/Dissertation subject in consultation with the supervisor and School Honours Co-ordinator.

  • Admission information

    Bachelor of Science (Honours)

    To be eligible for admission applicants must have been awarded, or be eligible to graduate with, a three-year Bachelor degree in an appropriate discipline from a recognised tertiary institution. Normally, to be eligible,  a student must possess a GPA 5.0 or above in their Bachelor Pass degree, and have completed this degree in minimum time.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8564*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    3500*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    3200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNISSZ
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISTZ
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSSZ
    DirectOn CampusOrangeCGSYYNKSRZ
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKSSZ
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSTZ
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESSZ
    DirectOn CampusOrangeFPOSYYNISRZ

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must complete a total of 64 credit points, in which 8 credit points comprises a research methods subject with at least a Pass grade, and at least 40 credit points comprises a combination of HRS Science Honours Project/Dissertation subjects with at least an Honours third class (H3) grade.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    056226G (Wagga Wagga, Orange, Albury-Wodonga)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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