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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

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)
Admission, fee and application details
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.


This course comprises core and elective units and three minor sequences in science.


Students must complete all of the following:

(a.) two core units:

  • ATS1369 Understanding university learning
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning or STA1010 Statistical methods for science*

(b.) three minor sequences in an available science area of study (listed below)

(c.) science elective units to complete a total of 96 credit points

* 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).

Minor sequences available

For details of units required for the available minors refer to

  • applied biochemistry
  • applied chemistry
  • applied microbiology
  • ecology and environmental management
  • human physiology

Recommended program of study

Stage 1 (48 points)

  • ATS1369 Understanding university learning
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning or STA1010 statistical methods for science
  • three level-one sequences towards minors in three areas of science

Stage 2 (48 points)

  • 36 points towards completing three minors
  • 12 points of electives

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