Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course codeS3001
Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBScAdvGlblChal(Hons)
CRICOS code083682D
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT

Full-time study only.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)

This course requires students to undertake two internship placements, one of which must be completed overseas.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone: +61 3 9905 4604, email: or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Rowan Brookes


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This is a high profile course that includes all the elements of a Bachelor of Science, together with formal training in leadership, persuasive communication, and fundamentals of and hands-on practice in transforming an idea into a business or social enterprise. Fundamental to the program is an in depth exploration of the big issues of our time. Working with current leaders in our society, students explore approaches and pathways to potential solutions, and think deeply about the qualities underpinning effective leadership and how to implement change. In their final year, mentored by successful leaders, students tackle a problem of real world significance. The course includes two internships - at least one international - that provide significant experiences in government, business, or a social enterprise such as a placement in an NGO, contributing in a corporate outreach project, or shadowing a CEO.

Graduates of this course will have access to all traditional careers and further studies of science graduates with honours plus many more. They will enter the workforce equipped to grow into leaders capable of exploiting science to address complex challenges. Graduates will have the necessary knowledge and skills to be attractive to top management consultancies, businesses, and institutions. Whatever path graduates take, they will be able to use their broad-based training, learning and experiences as a launch pad to making significant contributions to improving the human condition.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and technical skills in major in science, and a basic understanding of at least one major other than the one in which they specialise
  • demonstrate understanding of the big challenges of our time, and appreciate the impact individuals can have in addressing them
  • listen, understand, and communicate persuasively to a variety of audiences, using a variety of formats and working effectively with media
  • by working independently or in teams, apply critical thinking, analysis, evidence gathering, and entrepreneurship and leadership skills to examine challenges, and to develop, implement, and report effective solutions
  • apply multicultural literacy to work across and with government, academic, private and public good enterprises, and society
  • understand the importance of leadership, social responsibility, ethics and mentoring to success.


Students must complete two approved internships. One of these will be international and include travel overseas. These internships will involve a placement in government, business, or a social enterprise, contributing in a corporate outreach project, or shadowing a CEO.

Course progression requirements

A sustained high level of achievement must be demonstrated throughout the course. Students are required to maintain at least a distinction average (70 per cent) across all units in each calendar year to remain in the program. Students who do not meet this standard will be required to transfer to S2000 Bachelor of Science.

To be eligible to progress to stage four in this course, students must have completed 144 points including:

  • all of (a.) to (e.) listed in the 'Requirements' section for this course
  • the levels one to three 'Impact through science' units
  • at least a distinction grade average (70 per cent) in 18 points of level three units in a science major
  • at least a distinction grade average (70 per cent) in the level three 'Impact through science' units.


This course consists of core and elective units.


Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for guidance on how to plan your unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Students must complete the following:

(a.) two 12-point level one science sequences chosen from the following (24 points):

(b.) at least one level-one mathematics or statistics unit (if not already taken as part of (a.)) from the following (6 points):

  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning
  • MTH1020 Analysis of change
  • MTH1030 Techniques for modelling
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science

The level one mathematics/statistics unit taken will depend on a student's mathematics background and interests:

  • The statistics units SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning) and STA1010 (Statistical methods for science) are normally recommended for students planning to study areas where experimental design and data analysis skills are particularly important, such as the life sciences.
  • SCI1020 is for students without a strong mathematics background, while STA1010 requires students to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or equivalent).
  • The mathematical methods units MTH1020 and MTH1030 are recommended for students with an interest in mathematics and/or physics. MTH1020 requires students to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods (or equivalent). MTH1030 requires students to have studied VCE Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) or MTH1020.
  • Students with a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject could replace the units MTH1030 and MTH2010 with their advanced versions MTH1035 and MTH2015 respectively. Students will need to seek permission to enrol in these units at Science Student Services.

(c.) at least one science major (48 points)

The science major must be chosen from the Science majors and minorsScience majors and minors ( section in this Handbook.

(d.) a minimum of 48 points of science units at levels two and three taken from any of the science disciplines, with at least 24 points at level three

(e.) two units from the following (12 points):

  • ECC1000 Principles of microeconomics
  • ECC1100 Principles of macroeconomics
  • ACC1000 Principles of accounting and finance
  • MGX3100 Management, ethics and corporate governance
  • MON2005 Law in professional contexts
  • ATS1325 Contemporary worlds 1
  • ATS1326 Contemporary worlds 2

(f.) the following seven units (84 points):

  • SCI1501 Impact through science 1A
  • SCI1502 Impact through science 1B
  • SCI2501 Impact through science 2A
  • SCI2502 Impact through science 2B
  • SCI3xxx Impact through science 3A
  • SCI3xxx Impact through science 3B
  • SCIxxxx Impact through science project (48 points)

(g.) additional elective units to take the total credit points to 192.

Note: A maximum of 60 points of level-one units can be taken overall.

Electives can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( and indexes of unitsindexes of units ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3. Note: Some non-science units may require permission from the owning faculty. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.


Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)