CG84 - Bachelor of Science (Honours)

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Overview

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) course allows you the opportunity to continue undergraduate studies at a higher level by pursuing an independent research project in an area of interest. Projects are completed under the supervision of an academic member of staff and provide you with an opportunity to develop new skills, generate new information and/or distil new ideas out of existing knowledge, whilst specialising in your chosen field.

Career Information

An honours degree provides the opportunity to continue undergraduate studies at a higher level, specialising in a particular area of interest. An honours degree is a rigorous and scholarly course of further study, which develops your ability to generate new information and distil new ideas out of existing knowledge. Candidates with honours degrees are particularly sought after by employers and can choose from more interesting research and development positions because of their extra skills and proven abilities. Honours courses can also provide a pathway to research higher degree study. Completing an honours degree involves an additional full-time year of study (of the ebullient) following completion of a bachelor course.

Course Details
Duration 1 years full-time or 2 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BSc(Hons)
AQF Level Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2021

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2019

Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2015

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2021

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2020

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2019

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2015

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Rockhampton

Term 3 - 2014

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Rockhampton
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

The following factors are taken into account in selection and admission of candidates:

  • Academic record - GPA minimum 5.0 in the final two years of a Bachelors degree
  • Availability of an appropriate supervisor/s - you will need to identify supervisor/s during the application process, please see "more details" tab for information on potential supervisors.
  • Agreement between you and the nominated supervisor/s on a suitable dissertation topic - you will need to identify the preliminary topic of your project during the applicaiton process, please see "more details" tab for information on available projects.
  • The lapse in time since you qualified for the award of a Bachelors degree.

Graduates who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent and who meet the aforementioned requirements are encouraged to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Science (Honours) course. Candidates whose levels of achievement fall below these admission requirements for any particular year, may apply to the school concerned for special consideration of their application.

English Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended that students wishing to apply for entry into the CG84 Bachelor of Science (Honours) course have completed prior studies in one of the following fields:

  • Agricultural science
  • Analytical science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental science 
  • Exercise / sports science
  • Molecular science / Biotechnology
  • Medical science
  • Paramedic science


Please note this is not a comprehensive list, and students who have obtained a Bachelors degree in other fields may apply for entry into the CG84 Bachelor of Science Honours course. 




Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2020 9
2019 14
2018 13
2017 17
2016 14
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Complying with the University Ethics Committees directions when undertaking research.
  • Respecting an individual's/group's diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to adhere to ethics policies and reflecting on ethical dilemmas and issues concerning to practice as well as taking responsibility for ensuring ethical and professional behaviour including when dealing with animals.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Interacting positively and effectively with staff and students, while attending all activities related to the course including field work.
  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to different viewpoints, to constructive feedback and to direction from academics and other staff.
  • Coping effectively with your own emotions, responses and behaviour, when dealing with challenging situations..
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around Occupational Health and Safety including appropriate use of social media.
  • Knowing, understanding and complying with safety requirements which are necessary pre-requisites during field and laboratory work, especially when dealing with chemicals, animals and plants,in order to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.
  • Being aware of intellectual property rights and obligations as they related to the use of others work and the dissemination of one's own work.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Verbally communicating your knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Present scientific work to various audiences.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of peers and others and responding appropriately.
  • Having access to a computer and having sufficient computer skills to engage in on-line learning, reading and responding to emails, and completing relevant tasks and assessments for the course.
  • Constructing your assessment work to academic standards with attention to correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Constructing fluent summarised written text from complex and detailed information.
  • Constructing legible reports in a timely manner to meet professional standards and clearly communicating the intended message.
  • Having access to a computer for your studies.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information using a variety of specific courses.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Performing your duties within set time-frames.
  • Summarising, paraphrasing and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Actively listening to information within a variety of academic and professional settings. Reading and accurately interpreting scientific information.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise. Demonstrating competency in applying basic mathematics knowledge and skills when reading scientific information and equipment.
  • Demonstrating effective use of numeracy skills to record accurate measurements during field and laboratory work.
  • Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a range of settings and situations. Interpreting graphical information when reading scientific publications.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Focussing on and recognising objects that are either near or far.
  • Observing and detecting subtle differences and changes in colours, including interpreting images and analysing biological and other samples.
  • Safely operating electronic equipment.
  • Looking through optical equipment such as microscopes.
  • Observing and detecting subtle differences and changes in the physical environment, such as the location of persons or animals, or flora, fauna, water, atmosphere, soils geology and the built environment.
  • Sufficiently hearing verbal communication from other students and staff during activities related to the course.
  • Having sufficient auditory ability to consistently and accurately monitor, assess and manage electronic instruments.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Building rapport and engaging with other students in order to collaborate with them in group work activities.
  • Creating good working relationships with the supervisor and other staff during course work.
  • Respecting and showing empathy to different opinions during discussions and other forms of engagements.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Critically reflecting on published literature and methodologies related to the course, and on your own work for the purposes of self-learning.
  • Undertaking a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis related to personal attributes.
  • Acknowledging the value of critical feedback from peers and staff regarding your work and understanding that it is designed to improve your work and not be critical of your skills and attributes.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Actively participating in laboratory, and other scholarly activities in order to achieve the aims of the project.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course, including transporting and operating field and laboratory equipment.
  • Maintaining balance while safely transferring delicate equipment.
  • Moving with ease around equipment items while performing various tasks.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Physically manipulating material, systems and processes, including collecting and transporting samples to and from various locations.
  • Manipulating delicate, breakable equipment with ease and care.
  • Handling laboratory equipment with care.
  • Handling animals both in field and laboratory situations.
  • Handling potentially harmful chemicals.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Collaborating positively with fellow students and staff during learning activities.
  • Building rapport with fellow students and other stakeholders in order to positively engage them during your study, for instance during difficult situations.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Accessing learning materials via the university's online Moodle platform.
  • Using videoconference platforms such as ZOOM for communication and presentation tasks.
  • Email communication with staff and fellow students.
  • Using basic computer programs e.g. Word for word processing, Excel for data analysis, PowerPoint for presentation, or other applications as necessary for completion of your project.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Demonstrate a systematic and coherent knowledge of the theoretical principles and concepts in one or more scientific disciplines or areas of practice
  • 2. Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to independently solve complex problems in one or more scientific disciplines or areas of practice
  • 3. Demonstrate skills in developing a broad understanding of theoretical scientific knowledge and concepts with advanced understanding in one or more specialised scientific disciplines or areas of practice
  • 4. Critically apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills to the development of new understanding in one or more scientific disciplines or areas of practice
  • 5. Apply knowledge of research principles and methods and technical research skills to the design and execution of a research project in one or more scientific disciplines or areas of practice
  • 6. Communicate complex scientific knowledge and ideas, clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences
  • 7. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in the scholarship and professional practice of investigation in one or more scientific disciplines or areas of practice
  • 8. Adapt scientific knowledge and skills to a diverse range of contexts within one or more scientific disciplines or areas of practice
  • 9. Apply knowledge and skills with personal responsibility and accountability and in collaboration with others in one or more scientific disciplines or areas of practice
  • 10. Demonstrate independence in the planning and completion of a research project in one or more scientific disciplines or areas of practice.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 48


Full time study plan

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
SCIH14001 Honours Preparation
SCIH14002 Research Project A
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
SCIH14003 Research Project B
SCIH14004 Honours Analysis and Completion

Part time study plan

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
SCIH14001 Honours Preparation
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
SCIH14002 Research Project A
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
SCIH14003 Research Project B
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
SCIH14004 Honours Analysis and Completion
More Details

As a Bachelor of Science Honours student at CQUniversity, you can choose from a range of discipline-specific projects. Please contact the Head of Course, Robert Stanton on r.stanton@cqu.edu.au for a list of available projects. After receiving a list of available projects you should then contact the project supervisor for information about the project / to confirm its availability before submitting your application, and indicate in your application that you have discussed the project with said supervisor. You can find more information about our staff and their research interests here