Course

Bachelor of Science - Pathway to Teaching (Secondary)

Approved Abbreviation: BSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3638.1

CRICOS Code: 064315G


Course Status: INACTIVE
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Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2009.

The consecutive combination of an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree and a postgraduate Masters qualification gives you direct access to a teaching career in four years with improved prospects for career advancement. The first three years of study in the Bachelor of Science - Pathway to Teaching (Secondary) will allow you to focus on a general science program of your choice and to structure your units of study to gain the necessary learning areas to satisfy the NSW Institute of Teachers discipline knowledge requirements for entry into teaching.

The degree also gives the advantage of early access to Education Studies units through mandatory completion of 40 credit points from the Education Studies major offered on both the Penrith and Bankstown campuses. The Education units are taken as part of the elective strand in the Bachelor of Science. You will need to take advice to ensure that your program of study meets these requirements during your Bachelor of Science degree by consulting your Head of Program and the Institute of Teachers document, Subject Content Requirements for Teaching in a NSW Primary or Secondary School.

Institute of Teachers document, Subject Content Requirements for Teaching in a NSW Primary or Secondary School

The fourth year of study in the Master of Teaching will concentrate on the skills and knowledge needed to translate your disciplinary expertise to a classroom setting. Initial enrolment in this combined program will be enrolment into the Bachelor of Science - Pathway to Teaching (Secondary).

Graduates of this degree who complete the requisite units to meet the requirements of the Institute will receive guaranteed entry to M Teaching.

Students can select a Key Program in Biological Science, Biotechnology, Chemistry or Mathematical Science, or choose a more flexible program within the degree rules, including a Major that is related to a Secondary Teaching discipline. Students may combine their Key Program or Science Studies (no Key Program) with one or more Majors or Sub-majors, as offered in course 3640 Bachelor of Science. A range of elective units in the Earth and Environmental Sciences is also available, depending on the campus of study.

As well as being equipped with all the necessary elements for initial teacher training, a Bachelor of Science - Pathway to Teaching (Secondary) prepares students for a professional career in science. Fundamental to this degree are the skills necessary for quantification and analysis, the capacity for critical analysis, problem solving and independent thinking. Graduates will be prepared for a very wide range of employment opportunities in the sciences and related disciplines. Bachelor of Science graduates find employment in industry, research, forensics, patents, quality control, environmental analysis, scientific instrumentation, medical laboratories and technical management.

Students who complete a specified Key Program will be eligible for the title of the Key Program to appear on their Testamur and will graduate with Bachelor of Science (Key Program Title), as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science (Biological Science)
  • Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Science)

Students who elect to complete the degree without selecting a specific Key Program will not be eligible for a Key Program title to appear on their testamur, and will graduate with the generic course title Bachelor of Science.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Jason Reynoldsbsci@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternalJo-Anne Chuck

Accreditation
The Bachelor of Science (Biological Science) - Depending on the units chosen within the course, graduates can satisfy the requirements for membership of professional bodies such as the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Australian Institute of Biology (AIB). Graduates may also join other professional societies such as the Australian Biotechnology Organisation, Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) and the Royal Zoological Society. The Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) - Graduates satisfy the requirements for membership of the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Australian Biotechnology Association. The Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) is accredited by The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Incorporated (RACI). The Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Science) - Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Australian Mathematical Society and the Statistical Society of Australia depending on the units studied.

Admission

Local students will normally be admitted through UAC.

Assumed knowledge: At least two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Course Structure

Students may combine their studies with one or more Majors or Sub-majors from science or non-science disciplines.

To be eligible to graduate from the course, students must:

  • obtain an aggregate of 240 credit points with no more than 100 credit points at Level 1, including electives.
  • complete 60 credit points at Level 3 or above, of which 40 credit points must be science-based units, including a Capstone Unit that will draw the overall academic program together.
  • include at least six core units from the Bachelor of Science Unit Pool (shown below), including one Level 1 unit in mathematics, statistics or biometry, plus at least one Level 1 unit from two out of the following discipline areas: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geoscience and Physics.
  • satisfy the Assumed Knowledge for the Level 1 unit in mathematics, statistics or biometry.
  • students who do not satisfy the Assumed Knowledge for the Level 1 unit in mathematics, statistics or biometry. will be recommended to complete 300601 Mathematical Reasoning as one of their electives, as preparation for this core requirement of the degree.
  • complete 300497 Professional Skills for Science (available in both internal and external modes) or an equivalent academic skilling unit as recommended by the Head of Program.
  • complete mandatory Education Studies within their elective stream, comprising any 40 credit points from the units within the Education Studies Major pool.

M1112Education Studies

Each Key Program consists of 160-180 credit points of specified units or alternates, satisfying the core requirements for the degree, plus 60-80 credit points of electives, to a total of 240 credit points. At least 40 credit points at Level 3 will be specified within the Key Program. At least one of these will be a Capstone Unit.

Key Program in Biological Science

KT3017Biological Science

To satisfy the requirements for Secondary Biotechnology teaching, students should take two units from one of the following unit combinations as their Level 1 Bachelor of Science Unit Pool units, or as elective units.

Choose one from:

300224Chemistry 1
300554Principles of Chemistry

And one from:

300225Chemistry 2
300550Medicinal Chemistry

Or select the following two units:

300558Physics 1
300559Physics 2

Key Program in Biotechnology

KT3018Biotechnology

To satisfy the requirements for Secondary Biotechnology teaching, students should take at least two of the following units as electives.

Level 2

300328Botany
300634Ecology
300333Introductory Plant Physiology

Level 3

300327Australian Plants
300465Aquatic Ecology
300617Conservation Biology
300470Vertebrate Biodiversity

Key Program in Chemistry

KT3019Chemistry

To satisfy the requirements for Secondary Chemistry teaching, students should take two units from one of the following unit combinations as their Level 1 Bachelor of Science Unit Pool units, or as elective units.

Choose one unit from:

300221Biology 1
300543Cell Biology

And one unit from:

300222Biology 2
300539Biodiversity

Or select the following two units:

300558Physics 1
300559Physics 2

Key Program in Mathematical Science

KT3022Mathematical Science

Majors

Additional majors are also available from course 3640 Bachelor of Science.

M3019Chemistry
M3013General Biology
M3021Mathematics

Course Structure - no Key Program

Students with no Key Program must satisfy the mandatory requirements of the course which include, completing at least 160 credit points from the Bachelor of Science Unit Pool (shown below), completing one of the available Majors listed in the course structure and completing the mandatory Education Studies.

Full-time

Year 1 - Autumn Session

Three Level 1 units from the Bachelor of Science Unit Pool

And one elective

Year 1 - Spring session

Three Level 1 units from the Bachelor of Science Unit Pool

And one elective

Year 2 - Autumn session

Three Level 2 units from the Bachelor of Science Unit Pool

And one elective

Year 2 - Spring session

Three Level 2 units from the Bachelor of Science Unit Pool

And one elective

Year 3 - Autumn session

Three Level 3 units from the Bachelor of Science Unit Pool

And one elective

Year 3 - Spring session

Three Level 3 units from the Bachelor of Science Unit Pool

And one elective

Bachelor of Science Unit Pool

Level 1

Biology Core Units

Choose one from the following two units:

300221Biology 1

Choose one from the following two units:

300222Biology 2
300539Biodiversity

Chemistry Core Units

Choose one from the following three units:

300224Chemistry 1
300554Principles of Chemistry
300469Introductory Chemistry

Choose one from the following two units:

300225Chemistry 2
300550Medicinal Chemistry

Computing and Information Technology Core Units

300134Introduction to Information Technology
300580Programming Fundamentals

Geoscience Core Units

300232Introduction to Earth Sciences
300613Introductory Geochemistry: Earth, Resources and Environments

Mathematics and Statistics Core Units

200025Discrete Mathematics
200191Fundamentals of Mathematics
300672Mathematics 1A
300673Mathematics 1B
200042Introduction to Operations Research

Choose one from the following three units:

200263Biometry
200192Statistics for Science
200032Statistics for Business

Physics Core Units

300558Physics 1
300559Physics 2

Professional Skills Core Unit

300497Professional Skills for Science

Professional Skills Alternate Unit

300661Integrated Science 1

Level 2

Biology Core Units

300321Microbiology 2

Choose one of the following two units:

300219Biochemistry 1
300555Proteins and Genes

Choose one from the following two units:

300220Biochemistry 2
300548Human Metabolism and Disease

Choose one from the following two units:

300300Microbiology 1
300331General Microbiology

Biology Alternate Units

300608Animal Physiology
300328Botany
300634Ecology
300658Endocrinology and Metabolism
300333Introductory Plant Physiology
300323Pathological Basis of Disease
300609Plant Physiology
300646Principles of Biotechnology

Choose one from the following units:

300227General Biochemistry
300623Genetics
300547Human Genetics

Chemistry Core Units

300297Analytical Chemistry 2

Choose one from the following units:

300230Inorganic Chemistry 2
300545Coordination Chemistry

Choose one from the following units:

300301Organic Chemistry 2
300553Molecules of Life: Synthesis and Reactivity

Choose one from the following units:

300236Physical Chemistry 2
300540Biomolecular Dynamics

Chemistry Alternate Units

300493Forensic and Environmental Analysis

Geoscience Alternate Units

300611Chemical Mineralogy
300612Geochemical Systems

Mathematics and Statistics Core Units

200028Advanced Calculus
200033Applied Statistics
200030Differential Equations
300606Foundations of Statistical Modelling and Decision Making
200042Introduction to Operations Research
200027Linear Algebra
200029Numerical Analysis

Level 3

Biology Alternate Units

300556Analytical Protein Science
300307Analytical Microbiology
300427Animal Production
300327Australian Plants
300465Aquatic Ecology
300542Biomolecular Science Project
300610Biotechnology
300644Biophysics
300544Cell Signalling
300617Conservation Biology
300607Environmental Biology
300647Environmental Biotechnology
300504Fermentation Science
300648Food and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
300656Laboratory Quality Management
300757Molecular Biology of the Immune System
300229Immunology
300408Mammalian Cell Biology and Biotechnology
300407Mammalian Molecular Medicine
300749Medical Microbiology
300621Plant Biotechnology
300615Science Research Project 1
300645Science Research Project 2
300470Vertebrate Biodiversity

Choose one from the following units:

300234Molecular Biology
300549Human Molecular Biology

Chemistry Alternate Units

300218Applied Aspects of Inorganic Chemistry
300542Biomolecular Science Project
300557Molecular Spectroscopy
300615Science Research Project 1
300645Science Research Project 2

Choose one from the following two units:

300298Analytical Chemistry 3
300537Advanced Chemical Analysis

Choose one from the following two units:

300231Inorganic Chemistry 3
300538Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Choose one from the following two units:

300235Organic Chemistry 3
300546Drug Design and Synthesis

Choose one from the following two units:

300303Physical Chemistry 3
300475Molecular Pharmacokinetics

Geoscience Alternate Units

300614Environmental Geochemistry

Mathematics and Statistics Alternate Units

200193Abstract Algebra
200023Analysis
200036Data Mining and Visualisation
200024Mathematical Finance
200022Mathematical Modelling
300670Optimisation Techniques
300671Principles and Practice of Decision Making
200040Probability & Stochastic Processes
200045Quantitative Project
200037Regression Analysis & Experimental Design
200044Simulation Techniques
200039Surveys and Multivariate Analysis
200038Time Series and Forecasting

Bachelor of Science Capstone Units

300530Advances in Agronomy
300427Animal Production
300542Biomolecular Science Project
300610Biotechnology
300617Conservation Biology
300648Food and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
300637Food Product Development Practicum
300656Laboratory Quality Management
300643Plant Protection
200045Quantitative Project
300615Science Research Project 1
300645Science Research Project 2

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Search for sub-majors

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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