Science and Technology courses

Inherent requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate Science and Technology Courses in Biomedical Science/Clinical Exercise Physiology/Computer Science/Data Science/ Disability/Exercise and Sports Science/Information Technology/Pharmacy/Science.

What are Inherent Requirements?

The University of New England aims to achieve an inclusive study environment that reflects the diversity of Australian society. The University’s School of Science and Technology (S & T) supports the right of all people who wish to undertake biomedical science/clinical exercise physiology/computer science/data science/disability/exercise and sports science/information technology/pharmacy/science courses to achieve their potential and pursue their career objectives.

The University is committed to working with students to make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, fieldwork (which may include remote sites), laboratory work, industrial experience, work/clinical placements and other activities to address the impact of students' disabilities or other factors on their ability to participate in and meet the requirements of their course. When making reasonable adjustments, the University will maintain the inherent academic and other requirements of its courses.

To support potential and current students' decision making, the University has developed inherent requirement statements for AQF compliant S & T courses. These statements specify the inherent requirements for progression to a completed degree.

Inherent Requirement Statements for S & T courses

These inherent requirement statements cover the following degrees:

  • Advanced Diploma in Science
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology with Honours
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours (professionally accredited course through The Australian Pharmacy Council);
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours
  • Diploma in Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Data Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Disability
  • Graduate Certificate in Disability Management (2017)
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Technology
  • Graduate Certificate in Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Data Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Disability
  • Graduate Diploma in Disability Management (2017)
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Science
  • Master of Data Science
  • Master of Computer Science
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of Information Technology (Business)
  • Master of Scientific Studies; and
  • the S & T component of the Bachelor of Computer Science/Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts, and the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws.

These courses require the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practical skills requisite to the application of science to solve a range of scientific and mathematical problems.

Some of the required activities in these courses involve fine and gross motor skills, particularly in laboratory, fieldwork and clinical placement situations.  Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science courses are expected to undertake 500 and 140 hours of practical experience before graduation, respectively. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours require approximately 300 hours practical experience before graduation. Students are required to undertake placement activities in diverse environments that reflect the Australian Clinical Exercise Physiology/Exercise and Sports Science/Pharmacy context.

The inherent requirement statements should be read in conjunction with other course information and the academic requirements found in the Course Rules and Course Outcomes. All students are also required to comply with University rules, policies and by-laws.

To successfully complete their course, students must meet all inherent requirements, with appropriate supports and reasonable adjustments as necessary.

If you are a student with a disability, or if there are other factors that may impact upon your studies and ability to carry out the inherent requirements, you should discuss any concerns with the UNE Special Needs Office in conjunction with the School of Science and Technology Academic Coordinator prior to enrolling in your course of study. These staff can work collaboratively with you to determine reasonable adjustments to assist you to meet the inherent requirements. If it is anticipated that the inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, you will not be prohibited from enrolment, but you may be unable to successfully complete your course. For this reason, University staff will provide guidance regarding other study options.

Professionalism and Interpersonal Relations

Requirement

Work with others effectively, co-operatively, and in a professional manner in diverse and changing academic and practical experience settings.

Examples of Tasks

Manage uncertainties and adapt to change.

Perform animal dissections as required in a professional manner.

Adhere to ethics policies for animal dissections.

Participate in work health and safety briefings.

Observe work health and safety requirements including appropriate dress.

Receive and respond appropriately to constructive feedback.

Work effectively in a team in all learning environments, including the classroom, laboratory, field (may include remote   sites) and workplace settings.

Communication

Verbal

Requirement

Communicate effectively in spoken English.

Examples of Tasks

Understand and respond to verbal communication accurately, appropriately and in a timely manner.

Provide clear and audible instructions relevant to the context of the situation.

Provide timely and audible responses to   classes and groups in all learning environments, including the classroom, laboratory, field (may include remote sites) and workplace settings.

Non-Verbal

Requirement

Respond effectively to non-verbal communication.

Examples of Tasks

Recognise and respond appropriately to non-verbal cues in all learning environments, including the classroom, laboratory, field (may include remote sites), and workplace settings.

Written

Requirement

Communicate effectively in written English.

Examples of Tasks

Construct extended pieces of work consisting of grammatically correct and meaningful sentences.

Record information accurately and consistently in various formats, including handwritten and typed documents and spreadsheets.

Cognition

Cognitive tasks

Requirement

Consistently and effectively use and apply cognitive skills.

Examples of Tasks

Effectively identify and locate appropriate and relevant information.

Effectively conceptualise, integrate, process and implement knowledge and information.

Appropriately apply policy and procedures in academic and work experience settings.

Accurately recall information without reference.

Perform repetitive activities with a high level of concentration until completion of the task.

Understand another person’s perspective.

Analyse and evaluate scientific results.

Comprehend and integrate complex information.

Literacy tasks

Requirement

Consistently and effectively use and apply literacy skills.

Examples of Tasks

Read and understand a range of literature and information, including handwritten and typed documents, spreadsheets and   graphs.

Integrate and summarise information in a meaningful manner.

Produce accurate, concise and clear documents.

Numeracy tasks

Requirement

Consistently and effectively use and apply numeracy skills.

Examples of Tasks

Perform accurate calculations.

Accurately interpret data.

Correctly apply data, measurements and numerical criteria.

Observation/sensory

Auditory

Requirement

Safely and effectively complete practices and tasks with auditory components.

Examples of Tasks

Accurately record information delivered verbally.

Use instruments such as a Geiger counter, electronic distance devices and velocity meters.

Participate in and understand work, health and safety briefings.

Observe alarms, warnings and directions (for example, related to industrial or construction activities) to ensure the safety of yourself and others during laboratory work, work placements and field trips.

Visual

Requirement

Safely and effectively complete practices and tasks with visual components.

Examples of Tasks

Make observations and accurately take measurements using instrumentation such as microscopes and compasses.

Create and interpret representations of data including graphs and tables.

Observe and detect subtle differences and changes in colours, including interpreting and analysing biological and chemical samples.

Observe and detect subtle differences and changes in shape, form and/or motion, including interpreting and analysing human movements.

Observe alarms, warnings and directions (for example, related to industrial or construction activities) to ensure the safety of yourself and others during laboratory work, work placements and field trips.

Physical

Gross motor tasks

Requirement

Safely and effectively complete practical and assessment tasks that involve gross motor skills.

Examples of Tasks

Physically manipulate material, systems and processes.

Transport and operate field and laboratory equipment during the data collection phase of assessments and projects in all learning environments.

Travel to and participate in practical   exercises, excursions and treks at off campus locations within reasonable timeframes (with regard to health and safety considerations), including those over uneven ground.

Fine motor tasks

Requirement

Safely and effectively complete practical and assessment tasks that involve fine motor skills

Examples of Tasks

Manipulate instruments and equipment in tests and measurements.

Use knobs and dials in equipment used for laboratory and field data collection and analysis.

Use computer equipment.

Perform animal dissections as required.

Manipulate objects to determine physical properties.

Palpate anatomical landmarks.

*The University of New England Inherent Requirement Statements for Science and Technology Courses are developed from: University of Sydney Inherent Requirements for Pharmacy Courses and UWS Inherent Requirements - Engineering

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