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2 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Welcome to our community Welcome to The University of Western Australia (UWA), where you’ll join our accomplished graduates in becoming global professionals who drive change to shape the future. At UWA, we prepare our graduates to improve the lives of others. With the world – and the skills you need to succeed in it – changing all the time, our distinctive, experience-rich curriculum and outstanding learning experience will give you the knowledge and the adaptability to make a positive difference in society. We look forward to you joining our community and supporting you in shaping your future career goals. The University of Western Australia acknowledges that its campuses are situated on Noongar land and that Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.
3 Contents Study at UWA Choosing what to study 12 Launch your career in Perth 4 Agricultural, Environmental and Biological Sciences 14 Our global reputation 5 Architecture, Design and Planning 26 Seek a future full of possibilities 6 Business and Law 34 Career and industry experience 7 Data and Computer Science 48 Education 56 Engineering 60 Our degrees 8 Health and Biomedical Sciences 66 Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s 10 Humanities and Social Sciences 82 Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours) 50 Music and Fine Arts 106 Bachelor of Arts 122 Physical Sciences and Mathematics 114 Bachelor of Automation and Robotics 64 Bachelor of Biomedical Science 123 Your UWA community Bachelor of Business 36 A unique campus 126 Bachelor of Commerce 39 Student life 128 Bachelor of Environmental Design 28 Support services 129 Bachelor of Music 112 Live on campus 130 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) 125 Student Exchange and Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics Study Aboard Program 131 and Economics 46, 98 Bachelor of Science 124 Honours at UWA 121 Join UWA Entry pathways 132 Course Guide 2021–22 | uwa.edu.au/study Entry pathways for Indigenous students 134 Calculating your ATAR 135 Fees 136 Scholarships and prizes 137 How to apply 138 Getting to UWA 139 Study plan 140 Glossary 141 Course index 142
4 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Launch your career in Perth By choosing UWA you’re not just choosing a world top 100 university and a globally recognised degree. You’re also choosing to live in a city that’s the perfect base for study – and for launching your career when you graduate. Perth’s accessible Perth’s a hub of industry and innovation Perth shares a time zone with about 60 per cent of • It’s home to corporate HQs of more than 30 per cent of the world’s population (plus or minus 2 hours) meaning businesses on the Australian Stock Exchange and six of businesses, research projects and other enterprises the world’s top 10 energy companies. based here have better access to huge global resources • Perth-based startups receive twice the national and markets. average of angel investment. • It has the fourth highest concentration of engineers in Perth’s affordable the world per capita. • It’s one of Australia’s most affordable capital cities – • It’s home to the largest medical treatment, research more affordable than Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane. and education centre in the Southern Hemisphere. • It has the lowest accommodation cost of any Australian capital city. SOURCES: THINK PERTH, SEPTEMBER 2019; DIVERSIFY WA, JULY 2019; WORLDWIDE COST OF Perth offers a great lifestyle LIVING SURVEY 2019, ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT • It’s ranked 14th most liveable city in the world. • It has more than eight hours of sunshine per day with good to very good air quality all year round. • Perth City is just 20 minutes from beaches, national parks and beautiful countryside. • It is a host city for the third-largest Fringe Festival in the world.
5 Our global reputation Study at a world top Ranked in the world’s top 50 for Agriculture and Forestry 100 university (QS 2021) Anatomy and Physiology Civil and Structural Engineering Earth and Marine Sciences Mineral and Mining Engineering #1 IN WA FOR GRADUATE Sports-related Subjects EMPLOYABILITY (QS WUR BY SUBJECT 2020) ( Q S G R A D UATE EMPLOYABIL IT Y R ANKING 2 0 2 0 ) — Agricultural Sciences MORE THAN 4,500 GLOBAL Course Guide 2021–22 | uwa.edu.au/study Biological Sciences INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS Clinical Medicine Earth Sciences AWARD-WINNING TEACHERS Ecology ( AU STR A L I A N AWAR DS FO R U NIV E R SIT Y T E ACHING 2020) Environmental Science and Engineering Human Biological Sciences Marine/Ocean Engineering Mining and Mineral Engineering Oceanography Water Resources (ARWU 2020)
6 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Seek a future full of possibilities Our experience-rich curriculum and global network prepares you for the ever-changing world outside your degree. Kick-start a successful career and join our accomplished graduates in becoming global professionals, driving change and shaping the future. Gain real-world, practical Create connections for life experience At UWA you join a community, not We’ll provide you with the just a university, making lifelong environment to build technical skills personal connections. With more and valuable connections through than 140 clubs and societies hands-on learning, internships, work to choose from, you’ll enjoy an integrated learning, volunteering for unrivalled student lifestyle and credit and more. socialise with people who value the same things you do. Build your industry network You’ll gain industry connections even before you graduate, helping you get a head start in your chosen industry. Connect with professionals in your field for one-on-one advice through our mentoring program, and access local, national and global networks inside and outside the classroom. Learn from leaders in the field You’ll work alongside world-leading academics who are passionate and engaged. Our academics are at the cutting edge of knowledge, meaning you’ll be exposed to live projects and new discoveries in your field of interest ahead of others.
7 Career and industry experience As a UWA student you’ll get career advice and industry experience before you graduate. You’ll also have access to a wide range of resources and services, including: • advice from our dedicated UWA Careers and Employability Centre • one-to-one access with a qualified Career Development Consultant • the UWA Careers and Employability Award Program • the Career Mentor Link Program, matching you with professionals who will share their knowledge and career experience • help with your résumé and preparing for job interviews “My time at UWA gave me the chance to • access to potential employers at our Careers and develop a wide range of skills and create Employability fairs, workshops and seminars • free and unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning diverse networks within industry. I came • industry integrated learning – our talented to UWA seeking an internationally academics are highly engaged with industry, recognised engineering degree, and got and, as WA’s top university, we have extensive networks that will add to your learning experience so much more. Thanks to the course • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities, where structure and the thriving student life, you’ll gain workplace knowledge and skills, as well I’ve scored a cool job straight out of uni as lasting professional connections • the McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s award- and met some of my closest friends.” winning Internship Program with not-for-profit, NEVIN community and government organisations BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – ENGINEERING SCIENCE • the chance to get your own UniMentor – or become one • access to volunteering opportunities through Course Guide 2021–22 | uwa.edu.au/study UWA Student Guild • the opportunity to become a UWA Student UWA Careers Ambassador and gain a strong extracurricular and Employability activity for your résumé Award Program • Bloom WA, a community of change-makers Get the practical work experience tackling global problems and knowledge you need to become • the IQ Academy program, where you’ll gain career-ready, with hands-on learning the skills, mindset and tools to become an that’s highly valued by employers. entrepreneur • access to My UniHub, your ‘one-stop-shop’ for careers.uwa.edu.au/award career planning, opportunities, resources and more.
8 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Our degrees We’re focused on education that helps you achieve your career goals, which is why there is a range of ways you can undertake study with us. Our dedicated team will work with you to develop the best option to set you up for long-term success. Undergraduate degree (your first degree) a second major or minor in an area that complements We’ve expanded our course offering to provide further your career aspirations and allows you to create a unique variety in our three- and four-year undergraduate degrees. combination of disciplines. Completion of a three- You can choose a bachelor’s degree that allows you to year undergraduate degree will provide you with the explore different areas of interest and gain transferable opportunity to progress to honours and/or a postgraduate skills and knowledge that will enable a broad range of qualification. career outcomes. Alternatively, you can choose a more focused and planned program of study within a chosen We also offer a small number of four-year undergraduate specialisation, where you’ll develop the specific skills and degrees that integrate an honours year. These include the knowledge to succeed within that chosen career. Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) (Honours) and Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (BACS) (Honours). Our three-year degrees include: the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics (BAR), Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) Bachelor of Business (BBus), Bachelor of Biomedical The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) is an inspiring and Science (BBiomedSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), unique course where you can choose any undergraduate Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvDes), Bachelor major (and a second major, if you wish) from any field of of Music (BMus), Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and study. The degree comprises a three-year bachelor’s Economics (BPPE) and Bachelor of Science (BSc). Each course and a fourth year of honours. Your study is research- undergraduate degree has a defined list of degree- intensive and includes innovative interdisciplinary project specific majors and/or double majors available within it. work, a scholarship-supported study abroad experience Your chosen degree-specific major or double major will and intensive academic mentoring – all at the highest determine your undergraduate degree. Where space standards of excellence. is available in your study plan, you can also complete
9 Direct Pathways Direct Pathways allow you to package your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the commencement of your studies. This provides you with a clear progression pathway towards a professional qualification, or the opportunity for accelerated completion of your degrees. SPECIFIC BACHELOR’S RESERVED ATAR CAREER DEGREE POSTGRADUATE There is a limited number of places available in some of Over your first three years, you’ll complete a double our Direct Pathways and there are separate codes to major in your chosen discipline and a semester of be used if you wish to apply for a Direct Pathway place. more advanced study leading into a final full year at If you don’t secure a place, don’t worry; places in these postgraduate level. postgraduate courses will still be available to apply for towards the end of your undergraduate degree. On completion, you’re awarded both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. You can also choose to exit the CBM Also, UWA now offers an accelerated Direct Pathway via after three years with an advanced bachelor’s degree in new Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (CBM) the study area of your double major. in certain disciplines. The CBM is a four-year accelerated program for high-performing students. Postgraduate Pathways Professional courses (your second degree) Outside of our Direct Pathways, we offer a number of After completing your undergraduate degree, you can routes to careers that can be taken up as a postgraduate choose to enter the workforce or undertake a second degree after completing your bachelor‘s degree. For the degree to achieve further specialisation. By continuing to full list of courses available, visit postgraduate studies, you could complete a higher-level uwa.edu.au/study/professional-pathways qualification with international recognition in less time than some double degrees at other universities (Australian Graduate Pathways Qualifications Framework 2020). You can also choose from almost 200 postgraduate courses after you complete your bachelor’s degree. To explore our full range of postgraduate courses, visit uwa.edu.au/study/postgraduate Course Guide 2021–22 | uwa.edu.au/study MINIMUM BACHELOR’S POSTGRADUATE CAREER ATAR DEGREE CAREER
10 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Minimum ATAR 90 or equivalent, and any additional entry requirements Intake month February Completion 4 years full time The Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s (CBM) is a four-year accelerated program for high-performing students that will let you save on fees and enter the workforce sooner. Over your first three years, you’ll complete a double major in your chosen discipline, including a semester of more advanced study leading into a final full year at postgraduate level. On completion, you’ll be awarded both a full bachelor’s and a full master’s degree on an accelerated four-year (2.5 + 1.5) pathway. If you decide not to continue in the CBM, you can exit after three years with an advanced bachelor's degree in the study area of your double major. Note that the advanced bachelor's degree is available only as a CBM exit award; it is not offered for direct enrolment and is not awarded on completion of the CBM. Agribusiness Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Choice of the following Master of Agricultural Science specialisations: Science and Agribusiness Double Major) • Agricultural Economics • Agribusiness Agricultural Economics Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Bachelor of Science (Agricultural • Master of Agricultural Economics Science and Agribusiness Double Major) Agricultural Science Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Choice of the following Master of Agricultural Science specialisations: Science and Technology Double Major) • Agricultural Technology • Crop and Livestock • Genetics and Breeding • Integrated Pest Management • Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Biochemistry of Nutrition Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry of Choice of the following Master of Biomedical Science specialisations: Nutrition Double Major) • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology • The Science of Food
11 Biological Science Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Choice of the following Master of Biological Science specialisations: Conservation Double Major) • Conservation Biology • Zoology Biotechnology Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Bachelor of Science (Molecular Life Choice of the following Master of Biotechnology specialisations: Sciences Double Major) • AQUAtech • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology • Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology • Genetics and Genomics • Synthetic Biology Earth and Marine Sciences Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Bachelor of Science (Integrated Earth • Master of Geoscience and Marine Sciences Double Major) Economics Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Bachelor of Economics (Professional • Master of Economics Economics Double Major) Environmental Science Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Bachelor of Science (Environmental Choice of the following Master of Environmental Science specialisations: Science and Management Double • Catchments and Water Course Guide 2021–22 | uwa.edu.au/study Major) • Environmental Economics • Environmental Management • Environmental Rehabilitation • Sensing and Spatial Data Science Marine Science Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Bachelor of Science (Marine Science Choice of the following master’s degrees: Double Major) • Master of Biological Science (Marine Biology specialisation) • Master of Environmental Science (Marine and Coastal Processes specialisation)
12 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Choosing what to study UWA offers a wide range of courses in 10 broad areas of study. With our undergraduate course structure, you can pair majors and additional units from different study areas, or focus strongly on one area of interest. The choice is yours. I am interested in… I'd like a career in … Study areas to explore Exploring environmental issues, food • Agriculture Agriculture, Environmental and security and sustainability • Biotechnology Biological Sciences • Conservation (Wildlife and Advances in technology and science are Environmental) transforming our world at an incredible • Environmental Management pace. Join us and tackle global, regional • Natural Resource Management and local issues to make the world a • Policy better place. Creating sustainable built environments • Architecture Architecture, Design and Planning • Landscape Design Be part of a collaboration of creative and • Urban Design strategic thinkers who come together • Environmental Planning to push the boundaries of knowledge, • Regional Planning culture, habitats and landscapes. Becoming an entrepreneur, launching • Accounting businesses and fostering innovation • Business • Economics • Marketing Business and Law • Human Resources Develop your analytical, communication • Management and problem-solving skills, and the • Finance knowledge and real-world experiences to prepare you for a career in business, Fighting for social justice, and improving • Law government or not-for-profit sectors. access to legal services • Legal Practice • Policy • Criminology Cybersecurity, making and breaking • Cybersecurity Data and Computer Science technology, and society’s interaction with • Data Science Drive businesses forward, shape societies the digital world • Artificial Intelligence and find solutions to big challenges • Automation through data and technology. • App and Tech Development
13 Shaping the future of children through • Teaching Education teaching and lifelong learning • Education Help young people achieve their full • Corporate Training potential. Join a university at the forefront of teacher education and ignite your passion to educate and inspire a love of learning in others. Thinking outside the box and finding • Engineering (Chemical, Engineering solutions to complex challenges Biomedical, Mechanical, Civil, Are you keen to tackle global challenges Electrical and Electronic, Mining, through engineering innovation? Embark Software) on an engineering pathway and gain • Automation and Robotics the skills needed to meet future global needs – from creating some of the world’s biggest buildings to designing minuscule electronic devices to make a large impact. Understanding global pandemics, • Medical Research solving complex problems and finding • Biotechnology cures for disease Health and Biomedical Sciences Caring for people and improving the • Health If you want to advance the health and health of individuals and communities • Medicine wellbeing of communities, join WA’s top • Exercise Rehabilitation university for Clinical Medicine (ARWU • Pharmacy 2020). Or if you’re passionate about • Public Health biomedical sciences, you can join us in • Nutrition delivering knowledge and discoveries to • Sports Management guarantee our healthy futures. Understanding the mind and human • Psychology behaviour Travel, learning new languages, and • Politics Humanities and Social Sciences cultural studies • Teaching Power lifelong career success in any field, • Communications with transferable skills in critical thinking, • Foreign Affairs communicating and influencing. • Policy Creating ideas, content, music or art • Music Music and Fine Arts • Art Learn from leading arts professionals and Course Guide 2021–22 | uwa.edu.au/study • Teaching release your full creative potential. The abstract science of numbers and the • Data Scientist Physical Sciences and Mathematics natural phenomena of the Earth and all its • Physicist If you’re a natural problem-solver, processes and components • Statistician develop your skills to tackle the fast- • Aerospace and Defence paced challenges in today’s world and • Nanotechnology prepare yourself for an interesting and • Chemistry rewarding career in a growing space. • Mining • Petroleum
14 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Agricultural, Environmental and Biological Sciences From studying microorganisms to optimising industrial farms and restoring damaged environments, these majors encompass diverse areas of science. Agricultural Science provides the technology and Top five reasons to study Agriculture, research for sustainable, profitable and ethical food Environmental and Biological Sciences production worldwide. It focuses on the multidisciplinary at UWA challenges facing the global community: a rapidly growing • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia for Agricultural population, changing climate, and limited land and Sciences and Environmental Science and Engineering freshwater resources, which all impact on the ability of (ARWU 2020). agriculture to meet demand. • Our Faculty of Science is home to a wide range of facilities that support world-class research and Environmental Science assesses the impact of human teaching activities to ensure hands-on learning. activity on the global environment, and develops scientific, • We collaborate with industry, government agencies risk-focused solutions to help secure a sustainable future. and universities worldwide to offer diverse education By choosing to major in Environmental Science, you’ll and forge meaningful partnerships. help develop solutions to issues such as climate change, • You’ll learn from award-winning researchers and carbon trading, greenhouse gas emissions, water-resource academics who are experts in their field. management, salinity and deforestation. • There is a number of prestigious scholarships available to domestic and international students, offered by Biological Science focuses on understanding the UWA and the Faculty of Science. Earth’s species and the ecosystems in which they live, to better value and protect life on our planet. As well as providing understanding of how microorganisms, fungi, plants and animals grow, adapt, communicate, reproduce and evolve, it also gives clues to advance food production, the treatment of plant and animal diseases, and medical science.
15 Plant Growth Facility The UWA Plant Growth Facility (PGF) provides a high-quality, functional and practical growing site for carrying out experiments under controlled conditions. Users are able to control light quality, temperature, water, nutrients and soil composition while eliminating the variability found in nature. The PGF consists of 19 greenhouses, 8 phytotrons, 29 plant-growth rooms and 8 plant-growth cabinets. Other facilities include an autoclave, soil-storage areas and sterilisation equipment, ancillary equipment storage spaces and a deionised water production facility. #1 #1 #22 IN AUSTRALIA AND IN AUSTRALIA AND 17TH IN THE WORLD 21ST IN THE WORLD IN THE WORLD FOR FOR AGRICULTURAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL OCEANOGRAPHY Course Guide 2021–22 | Agriculture, Environmental and Biological Sciences SCIENCES SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (ARWU 2020) (ARWU 2020) (ARWU 2020) After graduating, you could choose to enter a career or specialise further with our postgraduate courses in Agricultural Science, Biological Science, Environmental Science, Geoscience, Hydrogeology, Ocean Leadership and more. “I’m passionate about environmental science, and getting to share that with students and see them develop their own interests and careers is a real privilege. It’s great to watch as they build their knowledge and future careers.” DR TALITHA SANTINI SENIOR LECTURER IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AT UWA
16 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Agribusiness Agricultural Science CAREER OPPORTUNITIES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Policy analyst, commodity trade analyst, Agricultural scientist, environmental consultant, production supervisor environmental manager Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Agribusiness encompasses the entire food production Australia's agricultural industry is a key part of the world's process, from business activities involved in production, food supply system. The challenges of a rapidly growing financing and processing to marketing of food and fibre in population, climate change, and the limitations of land and order to feed a growing population. This major will prepare fresh water all impact on the ability of agriculture to meet the you to apply business and economic principles to address demand for food, fibre and fuel. As part of the Agricultural global challenges in food security, farming systems and Science major, you'll investigate how to address this demand evolving consumer markets. by developing an understanding of the complex factors that shape agricultural systems. Agricultural Science provides Why study this course the research, technology and information for the sustainable • Build the knowledge and professional work skills you and ethical development of the agricultural industry. Your need to contribute solutions to issues of food security studies will include soil science, genetics, cropping systems, and global food production soil–plant interaction, livestock production, agricultural • Explore different facets of the agricultural industry, economics and grain marketing. such as international trade, business management, marketing, policy formation and more Why study this course • Learn the business and economics behind assuming • There is a high demand for skilled agriculture graduates managerial and leadership roles in the field with a strong science background • UWA aims to contribute to sustainable food production You’ll learn to • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia for Agricultural Sciences • demonstrate a fluency with the factors and conditions (ARWU 2020) affecting the agricultural industry • build practical and transferable skills in management, You’ll learn to teamwork, critical thinking and communication directed • be critical thinkers who are scientifically skilled and able toward the strategies needed to implement growth and to address global challenges such as climate change sustainability in the agri-food and farming sectors and increasing demand for food and fibre • apply skills and knowledge to real-world scenarios in • assess how climate, soils, plants, animals and farm agricultural planning, distribution and innovation management practices influence agricultural production • evaluate how agricultural trade and commodity Trending second majors: Agricultural Technology; marketing can be applied to manage price risk Environmental Management; Marketing; Engineering Science Trending second majors: Environmental Science; Prerequisites: Engineering Science; Botany; Chemistry • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics Prerequisites: Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics the first year Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two the first year first-year mathematics units • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two first-year mathematics units uwa.edu.au/study/agribusiness • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/agribusiness first year uwa.edu.au/study/agricultural-science handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/agricultural-science
17 Agricultural Science and Agricultural Science and Agribusiness (Double Major) Technology (Double Major) CAREER OPPORTUNITIES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Agricultural scientist, policy analyst, commodity Agricultural consultant, researcher, AgTech professional trade analyst Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) The global population is increasing, and with it comes the There is a critical need to produce food and fibre more need for a profitable and economically viable agribusiness efficiently and in a more sustainable manner. There are sector to meet the food and fibre demand of humanity. currently rapid changes in the agricultural sector, largely This double major will combine practical business skills with due to developments in agricultural technology (digital your interests in agriculture to tackle the global challenge of agriculture). This double major provides knowledge in creating a sustainable food future. both the traditional agricultural science areas as well as the emerging data-intensive agricultural technologies. Why study this course • Gain the professional skills and knowledge expertise Why study this course that shape global agricultural production • Agricultural technology ('AgTech') is rapidly developing • With continued world population growth, job and there is a high demand for graduates, especially opportunities associated with the science, economics those who are also skilled in agricultural science and business of agriculture, continue to expand • UWA aims to contribute to sustainable food production • Learn the science underlying animal husbandry and • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia for Agricultural Sciences crop systems and apply business strategies to capitalise (ARWU 2020) on innovation and cutting-edge best practice You’ll learn to You’ll learn to • integrate agricultural knowledge with skills in • obtain a focused expertise on the physical and social geographic information systems (GIS), programming sciences of the agricultural sector, including economics and data analysis to guide decision making for and marketing, agribusiness finance, principles of improved agricultural productivity Course Guide 2021–22 | Agriculture, Environmental and Biological Sciences agribusiness management, farm management, crop • be critical thinkers who are scientifically skilled and able and animal production, soil science and genetics to address global challenges such as climate change • research and apply principles associated with clean, and increasing demand for food and fibre ethical and sustainable production • assess how climate, soils, plants, animals and farm • develop hands-on, transferable scientific and business management practices influence agricultural production skills for attractive employability across the spectrum of • evaluate how agricultural trade and commodity the agricultural industry marketing can be applied to manage price risk Prerequisites: Prerequisites: • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in the first year the first year • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two first-year mathematics units first-year mathematics units • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the first year first year uwa.edu.au/study/agricultural-science-and- uwa.edu.au/study/agricultural-science-and- agribusiness-double-major technology-double-major handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/agricultural-science- handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/agricultural-science- and-agribusiness and-technology
18 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Agricultural Technology Botany CAREER OPPORTUNITIES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Agricultural adviser, AgTech professional, Research scientist, environmental consultant, horticulturalist agricultural researcher Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Agricultural technology is transforming the agricultural Botanists study how plants evolve and adapt to changing sector. This data-intensive technology has the potential climates and environments and have a proactive role to significantly increase food production, effectively, in mitigating the loss of biodiversity. Botany is an ideal efficiently and sustainably. The Agricultural Technology major if you are enthusiastic about Western Australia's major provides a broad agricultural background along unique native flora or agricultural crops, and are interested with the necessary skills in data management and analysis, in addressing current and future threats to plant geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. conservation and sustainability. You'll learn how to integrate this information to develop strategies for agricultural and farming systems. Why study this course • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia and in the world’s top 50 Why study this course for Biological Sciences (ARWU 2020) • Agricultural technology ('AgTech') is rapidly developing • It’s perfect if you are enthusiastic about Western and there is high demand for graduates who are skilled Australia’s unique native flora or agricultural crops, and in this area are interested in addressing current and future threats • UWA aims to contribute to sustainable food production to plant conservation and sustainability • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia for Agricultural Sciences • There are up to three overnight field trips on which (ARWU 2020) you’ll get the chance to apply your knowledge in real-life situations You’ll learn to • integrate agricultural knowledge with skills in You’ll learn to geographic information systems (GIS), programming • understand plant structure, function, diversity and data analysis, to guide decision making for and evolution improved agricultural productivity • appreciate the pivotal relationship between plants and • be a critical thinker who is scientifically skilled and able their environment to address global challenges such as climate change • demonstrate a knowledge of basic plant processes at and increasing demand for food and fibre different levels of organisation, including cells, tissues, • show knowledge of farming in Western Australia organs, organisms, populations and communities and skills to assess agricultural systems using • be conversant in the terminology, issues and practice scientific methods of the core principles of botany: diversity, ecology, genetics and evolution, and physiology Trending second majors: Agribusiness; Business; Finance Prerequisites: Trending second majors: Conservation Biology; • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics Zoology; Genetics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in Prerequisites: the first year • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in first-year mathematics units the first year • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two first year first-year mathematics units Recommended subject: Chemistry ATAR uwa.edu.au/study/agricultural-technology uwa.edu.au/study/botany handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/agricultural-technology handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/botany
19 Conservation Biology Environmental Management CAREER OPPORTUNITIES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Conservation officer, environmental consultant, Environmental consultant, conservation planner, research scientist environmental policy analyst Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Conservation biologists work to prevent the extinction With growing populations globally, managing our of the world’s plant and animal species. This is the ideal environment and natural resources is becoming more major if you are interested in fieldwork and want to important than ever. In this major, you’ll learn how to apply help mitigate the increasing pressure on the world’s scientific, economic, policy and social analysis to help ecosystems by actively participating in the management society make better decisions to protect the environment. and research of threatened species and communities, as If you want to play a role in the future of our environment, well as understanding the principles and policies behind you’ll be well-suited to study this major their recovery. Why study this course Why study this course • UWA Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia and in the world’s top 50 is a recognised centre of excellence for the impact of its for Biological Sciences (ARWU 2020) environmental policy analysis • Study near the South West of Western Australia, • UWA is 1st in Australia and 21st in the world for one of the world’s 25 ‘biodiversity hotspots’ Environmental Science and Engineering (ARWU 2020) (Conservation International) • You’ll learn to help society resolve conflicts caused by • Apply your knowledge in real-life situations on field trips the increasing demands of growing populations on the environment and natural resources, including problems You’ll learn to like climate change and biodiversity loss • understand global biodiversity and its distribution, and the evolutionary history of biodiversity in Australia You’ll learn to Course Guide 2021–22 | Agriculture, Environmental and Biological Sciences • appreciate the relationship between species biology • integrate science, economics and social science and ecology and vulnerability to environmental change to guide decision making with respect to human • discuss major threats to biodiversity, their causes, and intervention in the environment management, and research to mitigate them • demonstrate the knowledge to manage and • explain the role of different stakeholders in shaping rehabilitate environmental systems policy and decision making • analyse environmental policies from an economic and • demonstrate the analytical and communication skills social science perspective for modern conservation research • apply economic principles to environmental management decisions Trending second majors: Genetics; Botany; Environmental Science; Marine Biology Trending second majors: Geology; Engineering Science; Prerequisites: Conservation Biology • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics Prerequisites: Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics the first year Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two the first year first-year mathematics units • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two Recommended subject: Chemistry ATAR first-year mathematics units uwa.edu.au/study/conservation-biology uwa.edu.au/study/environmental-management handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/conservation-biology handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/environmental- management
20 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Environmental Science CAREER OPPORTUNITIES You’ll learn to Environmental consultant, conservation officer, • demonstrate the skills and knowledge to assess environmental compliance officer environmental systems, using field, laboratory, modelling and statistical methodologies Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) • integrate ecological, physical and chemical processes to guide decision making with respect to human Environmental Science assesses the impact of human intervention in the environment activity on the global environment and develops scientific, • demonstrate the knowledge to manage and risk-based solutions to help secure a sustainable future. rehabilitate disturbed systems such as natural and By choosing to major in Environmental Science, you'll agricultural catchments, post-mining landscapes, help to develop solutions to global environmental issues contaminated sites, urban environments, etc. including climate change, carbon trading, greenhouse gas emissions, water resource management, salinity, Trending second majors: Marine Biology; Marine and deforestation and others. Coastal Processes; Geology Prerequisites: Why study this course • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics • UWA is 1st in Australia and 21st in the world for Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in Environmental Science and Engineering (ARWU 2020) the first year • Western Australia is home to a number of • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two large companies in the mining, agriculture and first-year mathematics and statistics units environmental sector, leading to increasing demand for • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the highly qualified graduates in Environmental Science. first year • It is expected there will be 14,000 job openings in the uwa.edu.au/study/environmental-science next five years, with weekly wages being higher than the average (joboutlook.gov.au) handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/environmental-science Sample study plan Bachelor of Science with degree-specific major in Environmental Science and second major in Agricultural Science Environmental Science Communicating Science Environmental Feeding the World SEM 1 and Technology Economics 1 YR1 Science, Society and Plant and Animal Biology Structures and Systems Environmental History SEM 2 Data Analysis The Climate System Soil Science Environmental Introductory Chemistry SEM 1 Economics 2 YR2 Hydrology and Water Geographic Information Plants and Landscape Pasture and Livestock SEM 2 Resource Management Systems Systems Systems Land Capability Environmental Assessment Soil-Plant Interactions Agricultural Economics SEM 1 Assessment and Marketing YR3 Environmental Dynamics Land Rehabilitation Crops and Cropping Clean, Green and Ethical SEM 2 Systems Production Key: Environmental Science degree-specific major Agricultural Science second major Broadening and elective units
21 Environmental Science and Geography Management (Double Major) CAREER OPPORTUNITIES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Environmental consultant, conservation officer, soil scientist Environmental manager, spatial analyst, climate scientist Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Environmental science assesses the impact of human Geography is the science of place and space, standing activity on the global environment and develops at the intersection of natural and social sciences. scientific, risk-based solutions to help secure a sustainable Geographers study the Earth’s landscapes, peoples, future. As a student of the Environmental Science and places and environments, and how these interact. Management double major, you'll be trained to apply Understanding contemporary urban and environmental scientific, economic and regulatory knowledge to help problems requires an appreciation of the interdependence society resolve global conflicts such as climate change, between human activities and the natural and cultural deforestation and water pollution. environment. This major provides you with these insights, focusing on the major challenges facing our planet. Why study this course • UWA is ranked 1st in Australia for Environmental Why study this course Science and Engineering (ARWU 2020) • Learn skills in a range of research techniques, including • You’ll learn to help society resolve conflicts, caused fieldwork, survey design, statistical analysis and spatial by the increasing demands of growing populations on data analysis the environment • Study in one of the world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots • You can be a leader in environmental science and • Gain hands-on experience in field research, group work policy analysis with good job opportunities and weekly and leadership wages being higher than average (joboutlook.gov.au) You’ll learn to You’ll learn to • understand the importance of spatial processes in • develop skills and knowledge to assess environmental shaping the nature of human and natural environments Course Guide 2021–22 | Agriculture, Environmental and Biological Sciences systems, using field, laboratory, modelling and • appreciate the complex relationships that exist statistical methodologies between humans and the natural environment, and the • integrate science, economics and social science ways in which these are manifested in spatial patterns to guide decision making with respect to human and processes intervention in the environment • develop methods for the investigation and • analyse environmental policies from an economic and interpretation of spatial patterns and processes in the social science perspective natural and human environment Prerequisites: Trending second majors: Environmental Science; Botany; • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics Agricultural Science Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in uwa.edu.au/study/geography the first year • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/geography first-year mathematics and statistics units • Chemistry ATAR OR an chemistry unit taken in the first year uwa.edu.au/study/environmental-science-and- management-double-major handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/environmental- science-and-management
22 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Integrated Earth and Marine and Coastal Marine Sciences (Double Major) Processes CAREER OPPORTUNITIES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Minerals explorer, petroleum explorer, energy geoscientist Coastal and marine consultant, coastal planner, academic Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) This double major offers a research-led experience in Coastlines globally face unprecedented threats from studying the Earth, from the planet’s early history to continued development and climate change. Majoring its foreseeable future, and from the ocean floors to its in Marine and Coastal Processes will provide you with highest mountains. You'll learn high-level skills in the the understanding of how our coastal and marine collection and interpretation of geoscientific data, in both environments operate such that you can apply this terrestrial and marine settings, as well as advanced data knowledge to ensure coastal communities and marine analysis and synthesis techniques. ecosystems remain resilient in the future. Why study this course Why study this course • Within Australia, this is the only major that integrates • UWA is ranked 22nd in the world for Oceanography Earth and Marine Sciences, providing a unique set of (ARWU 2020) and has brand new facilities and skills nationally resources unique to Australia • UWA is ranked in the top 30 of global universities (QS • Learning is led by UWA’s global experts who have 2020) in this discipline, and students are connected access to one of the largest pools of marine field with world-class research teams instrumentation in Australia used in units and field trips • This major will provide a high level of interdisciplinary • This interdisciplinary major provides students with the skills for the nation’s future leaders in research and knowledge required to develop solutions to the threats sustainable industry facing our marine and coastal environments You’ll learn to You’ll learn to • collect geoscientific data, on land, at sea and in • use a range of techniques and instrumentation to the laboratory collect data in the field and in the laboratory • analyse and interpret data in spatial and spatial- • analyse, synthesise and interpret data that varies in temporal contexts space and time • synthesise and integrate data across multiple scales • integrate knowledge of marine and coastal processes of observation and over discipline boundaries and their links to biological processes in order to • understand the past and present processes of Earth, address real-world problems and its planetary neighbours, from the deep interior to the atmosphere Prerequisites: • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics Prerequisites: Applications ATAR with a mathematics units taken in • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics the first year Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two the first year first-year mathematics units • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two uwa.edu.au/study/marine-and-coastal-processes first-year mathematics units handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/marine-and-coastal- uwa.edu.au/study/integrated-earth-and-marine- processes sciences-double-major handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/integrated-earth-and- marine-sciences
23 Marine Biology Marine Science (Double Major) CAREER OPPORTUNITIES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Marine environmental consultant, marine conservationist, Marine environment consultant, coastal planner, marine academic conservationist Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Marine biology is the study of marine organisms, and This double major will expose you to the full breadth of the their behaviours and interactions with the environment. marine science discipline, allowing deeper understanding If you’re fascinated by our amazing marine life and of both the physical and biological components through the coastal environments in which they live, then this the Marine Biology and Coastal Processes majors. major is for you. With complex issues such as climate Western Australia's coastline is a biodiversity hotspot with change, growing populations, food production and up to 80 per cent of marine life found nowhere else in the depleting natural resources, the need for marine science world, making it the ideal living laboratory for your studies. professionals continues to grow. Why study this course Why study this course • UWA is ranked 29th in the world in Earth and Marine • UWA is ranked 29th in the world in Earth and Marine Sciences (QS 2020) and has brand new facilities and Sciences (QS 2020) resources unique to Australia that are used across our • Brand new facilities and resources unique to Australia marine studies that are used across our marine studies • Learning is richly embedded with internationally • Learning is richly embedded with internationally recognised research, often led by UWA’s global recognised research, often led by UWA’s global experts experts, encouraging research-based inquiry through cutting-edge science You’ll learn to • This interdisciplinary major provides students with the • use a range of contemporary techniques and knowledge required to develop solutions to the threats instrumentation to collect data in the field and in facing our marine and coastal environments Course Guide 2021–22 | Agriculture, Environmental and Biological Sciences the laboratory • analyse, synthesise and interpret data that varies You’ll learn to in space and time • use a range of contemporary techniques and • interpret patterns and integrate knowledge of physical instrumentation to collect data in the field and in and biological processes to address real-world problems the laboratory • analyse, synthesise and interpret data that varies in Trending second majors: Conservation Biology; space and time Environmental Science; Zoology • interpret patterns and integrate knowledge of physical Prerequisites: and biological processes to address real-world problems • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in Prerequisites: the first year • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in first-year mathematics units the first year • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two first year first-year mathematics units • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the uwa.edu.au/study/marine-biology first year uwa.edu.au/study/marine-science-double-major
24 The University of Western Australia | uwa.edu.au/study Molecular Life Sciences Wildlife Conservation (Double Major) (Double Major) CAREER OPPORTUNITIES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Agricultural scientist, animal scientist, biochemist Wildlife officer, conservation biologist, zoologist Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) Bachelor’s degree: Science or Philosophy (Honours) The Molecular Life Sciences double major will help you Focusing on unique Australian fauna, you’ll learn about develop a scientific understanding of the biochemistry, the processes leading to the exceptional biodiversity molecular biology and genetics of all living organisms. By that exists today, the threats facing this biodiversity and understanding how molecules are organised and interact the management strategies and policies that can be in living cells, you’ll also gain the tools to improve our used to limit, and in some cases reverse, the impact of quality of life. This may be through the development of these threats. You’ll be immersed in nature both in the new vaccines or advances in drought-resistant crops. classroom and out in the field. Why study this course Why study this course • Learn about the most recent advances in the molecular • Australia faces serious challenges to conserve its life sciences, how these affect our everyday lives and how threatened fauna and needs skilled graduates to we can use this knowledge to solve global challenges fill positions in state management agencies and an • Learn through hands-on laboratories while also expanding number of conservation NGOs gaining skills in data analysis and interpretation and • Australia's fauna is megadiverse, and Western Australia critical thinking is home to almost half our animal species • Develop a solid foundation in molecular life sciences • UWA is ranked first in Australia and 34th in the world for with professional and transferable skills that open Biological Sciences (ARWU 2020) up many exciting possibilities for future career development and/or study You’ll learn to • recognise threatened animal species and the You’ll learn to functioning ecosystems that they require for survival • demonstrate a profound understanding of the • understand patterns of global biodiversity and the theoretical basis of biochemistry, molecular biology, evolutionary history of biodiversity in Australia genetics in animals, plants and microorganisms • appreciate the relationships between an animal's • gain technical competency and practical skills to biology, ecology and physiology and its vulnerability to master state-of-the-art molecular techniques environmental change. • develop and demonstrate your skills in critical thinking, • discuss major threats to biodiversity, their causes, and experimental design, data analysis and interpretation the management and research to mitigate them Prerequisites: Prerequisites: • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics • Mathematics Methods ATAR OR Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in the first year the first year • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two • Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two first-year mathematics units first-year mathematics units • Chemistry ATAR OR a chemistry unit taken in the uwa.edu.au/study/wildlife-conservation-double-major first year* Recommended subjects: Chemistry ATAR and Biology or handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/wildlife-conservation Human Biology ATAR uwa.edu.au/study/molecular-life-sciences-double- major handbooks.uwa.edu.au/major/molecular-life-sciences * Mid-year applicants must have Chemistry ATAR and Biology or Human Biology ATAR to complete their degree in three years.
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