Bachelor of Science - Honours (Dean's Scholar) (ASSH)

Course summary

The UOW Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) is specifically designed for high achieving students. The Human Geography and Environment and Heritage Management majors investigate issues of global significance, especially the human impact on the Earth, the management of valuable landscapes, and the planning of cities and regions. The Dean's Scholar Program offers direct entry into Honours.

This degree

As a Dean's Scholar student you will have the opportunity to undertake individual research subjects. In the final Honours year of your degree, you'll undertake a substantial piece of supervised research in your major discipline area, together with other required seminar and/or coursework. Dean's Scholars students are a required to maintain at least a Distinction (80%) average each academic year.

What you will study

As a Science student, you will learn skills in logical and critical thinking, creative problem-solving, practical research, organisation and project management, numeracy, statistical literacy, computer applications (including geographic information systems) and strong communication. You will also undertake practicals and fieldwork, taking advantage of the local Illawarra environment including urban and heritage landscapes, coastal landscapes, rainforest escarpment and freshwater ecosystems.

Course information

Study area

Geography, Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1876

ATAR-SR

90

IB Score

33

Duration

4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

084773D

UAC Code

757700

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 90 or an IB of 33. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

70

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,200 (2021)

$129,600 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate knowledge of scientific and social science concepts and theories to understand the world, its people and places.
2 Demonstrate knowledge of key geographical approaches and conceptual frameworks, including the importance of space and place as dimensions of human activity across geographical scales from the body to the global.
3 Apply insights from science and social science to identify, in collaboration with others, solve diverse, unpredictable and often complex social problems, with a depth of application of geographical thinking.
4 Collect, review, manage and interpret qualitative and quantitative data relating to human activity, with a depth of knowledge regarding spatial data.
5 Present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge, ideas and research findings.
6 Appreciate the importance of ethical behaviour in scholarship and professional practice when applying critical thinking and judgment.
7 Recognise the importance of diversity in understanding and responding to social challenges when applying critical thinking and judgment.
8 Construct an evidence based approach to identifying and developing your leadership potential as a geographer in a changing world.
9 Conceptualise, plan, undertake and report on an independent geographical research project.

Course Structure

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) are required to complete at least 192 credit points including:

  1. All subjects listed in the progression table for the selected major; and
  2. No more than 60 credit points at 100 level.

To maintain a place in the Dean's Scholar degree, students are normally required to maintain a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 80% in each year of enrolment, from and including Year 2.  Students not meeting the minimum progression requirements will be required to transfer to the Bachelor of Science (1874).

The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1 defined in the Coursework Rules.

 Majors

There are two majors available for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar):

  • Human Geography; and
  • Environment and Heritage Management

Human Geography

Human Geography is the study of people and place. Human Geographers examine social and environmental problems in a holistic way, and apply spatial thinking to help resolve social conflicts and environmental crises. This makes Human Geography an immediately socially-relevant discipline. Human Geographers make an essential contribution to environmental management, urban planning, and the management of social and economic change. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn Session
GEOG121 Life in a Globalising World 6 Autumn
Plus 18 credit points at 100-level from the list of recommended electives or the General Schedule*
Spring Session
EESC103 Earth's Dynamic Surface 6 Spring
GEOG122 Living in a Material World 6 Spring
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring
PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn Session
GEOG221 Population Geography: People, Place, Inequality 6 Autumn
GEOG241 Urban Geographies: Just and Sustainable Cities? 6 Autumn
Plus 12 credit points at 200-level from the list of recommended electives or the General Schedule*
Spring Session
GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring
GEOG224 The Future of Food: Resilience, Communities and Policy 6 Spring
GEOG231 Maps and Apps for Social Scientists 6 Spring
Plus 6 credit points at 200-level from the list of recommended electives or the General Schedule*
Year 3
Autumn Session
GEOG335 Directed Studies in Geography and Sustainable Communities A** 6 Autumn
GEOG336 Qualitative Research Design for Social Scientists 6 Autumn
GEOG338 Planning Urban Futures 6 Autumn
Plus 6 credit points at 300-level from the list of recommended electives or from the Science or General Schedule*
Spring Session
GEOG337 Policy for Environmental and Heritage Management 6 Spring
GEOG353 Qualitative GIS 6 Spring
Plus 12 credit points at 300-level from the list of recommended electives or from the Science or General Schedule*
Year 4
Annual Session
GEOG401 Human Geography Honours Full-time 48 Annual
Students enrolled part-time will complete the following TWO subjects:
GEOG404 Human Geography Honours Part 1 (Part-time Students) 24 Annual
GEOG405 Human Geography Honours Part 2 (Part-time Students) 24 Annual

 * General Schedule subjects recommended for this major include subjects with the prefix HIST, INDS, STS and LAW.

** GEOG335 may be substituted with GEOG351 in Spring session.

Recommended Electives for the Human Geography Major

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
EESC101 Planet Earth 6 Autumn
EESC105 Introductory Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
EESC207 Advanced Geospatial Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
GEOG251 Disaster Geographies: Risk, Policy, Management 6 Autumn
GEGO292 Social Science Research Internship 6 Autumn, Spring
PHIL256 Environmental Philosophy: Animals, Nature and Ethics 6 Spring
GEOG339 Geographies of Change: International Fieldwork Intensive 6 Autumn, Spring
GEOG352 Social Science Research Internship 6 Autumn, Spring
GEOG354 Environmental Crime and Justice 6 Autumn
EESC328 Dung, Death and Decay: Modern scientific methods in archaeology 6 Autumn

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Our leading researchers will give you the chance to combine wide learning with practical experience using our many regional and international networks. Our graduates are highly sought after because they are equipped with a portfolio of intellectual and technical abilities.

UOW has three main areas of expertise in Human Geography, and Environment and Heritage Management research.

  • People and their environments: examining how people perceive, use and reappraise the non-human world across the local to the global scale and in different contexts.
  • Living in a cosmopolitan, urbanised world: investigating how people's identities and actions are shaped by their everyday encounters with others, especially in multicultural cities.
  • Changing economies: investigating how new industries can create pathways to a more sustainable future.

Career opportunities
  • Geologist
  • Geographer
  • Research Officer
  • Heritage Officer
  • Policy/Project Officer
  • Hydrologist
  • Tourism and Recreation Planner
  • Geospatial Intelligence Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Ranger
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • International Aid Officer
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