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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Undergraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science

Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleAssocDegAppSci
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Contact details


Course coordinator

Ms Jenny Mosse


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • The maximum time for completion of the course is six years, including any periods of intermission. Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 96 credit points required for the course. Students wishing to take additional units can only do so on a single subject basis (full-fee paying basis) with the approval of the faculty.


The course provides students with a broad, general science education, with an emphasis on practical training in applied sciences. This will allow students to develop a wide knowledge base accompanied by technical skills appropriate to employment in a practical setting. The course will also equip students with generic skills - to write essays, undertake research, solve problems, think critically, and communicate ideas more effectively - providing a foundation for a vocational career in science or for further study.


Upon completion of this course, students will have foundation knowledge and applied skills in three discipline areas of science. Graduates will have improved life and employment skills including generic skills necessary to critically analyse and communicate scientific ideas and information, and a capacity to apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking to investigate problems.

Course progression requirements

Students must complete the level-one statistics unit before proceeding to stage two of the course.


Areas of study

Students must complete three minor sequences in science, along with a specified number and type of science electives, a level-one statistics unit, and a level-one communication core unit.


Over the two stages of the course students must complete 96 credit points of studies including all of the following:

Recommended program of study

Stage 1 (48 points)

  • DFS1611 Introduction to university learning
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning or STA1010 statistical methods for science. SCI1020 is for students without a strong mathematics background, while STA1010 requires the student to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or equivalent)
  • three level-one sequences towards minors in three areas of science (chosen from the list of minor sequences below)

Stage 2 (48 points)

  • 36 points towards completing three minors (chosen from the list below)
  • 12 points of electives

Minor sequences available

Applied biochemistry (24 points)
Applied chemistry (24 points)
Applied microbiology (24 points)
Environmental science and resource management (24 points)
  • ENV1711 Environmental Science 1, and ENV1722 Environmental Science 2

Plus two of:

Human physiology (24 points)
  • BIO1711 Human biology, and BIO1722 Cell biology
  • BIO2721 Human development and genetics, and BIO2742 Exercise physiology and fitness assessment

Progression to further studies

An additional year of full time study (48 points) will enable graduates to complete the Bachelor of Science degree.


Associate Degree in Applied Sciences