Science and mathematics units

Single-unit study

You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Biomedical sciences

  • LQB180 Biomolecules and Life Processes

    A basic knowledge of the composition and function of biomolecules in the living cells found in the organs and tissues of the human  body is important in understanding the relationships between health and disease. This foundational biochemistry unit introduces essential knowledge and skills relevant to understanding the fundamental bioelements, their structural organisation in biological molecules and their functional roles in the central life processes of cells, organs and tissues.

  • LQB182 Cell and Molecular Biology

    Cell and Molecular Biology equips you with a comprehensive understanding of the molecular structure and function of the cell. This unit introduces the basic principles and concepts of cell structure, function, specialisation, maintenance and replication, and introduces you to fundamental molecular mechanisms important to the organisation of the cell.

  • LQB183 Human Systematic Anatomy

    This unit concentrates on the acquisition and application of appropriate anatomical terminology, understanding of basic tissue structure and a detailed understanding of the major anatomical concepts of each of the organ systems within the human body. A focus on language development will underpin the learning in this unit, where you will develop the ability to communicate medical cases effectively to a range of audiences.

  • LQB184 Biomedical Skills 1

    This introductory unit is designed for first year students studying biomedical science. You will be introduced to academic literacy, practical and quantitative skills which are required for scientists that work in the broad range of biomedical science disciplines. The unit will also develop your understanding of measurements, data gathering and data analysis, including biostatistical methodologies and practices. This unit is designed to give students a strong foundation for continuing studies in biomedical science and related areas of study.

  • LQB186 Human Cell and Molecular Biology

    Human cell and molecular biology equips you with a foundational understanding of the molecular structure and function of human cells. This unit introduces the basic concepts of cell structure, function, specialisation, maintenance and replication, and introduces you to fundamental molecular mechanisms important to the organisation and function of human cells.

  • LQB281 Human Health & Disease Concepts

    The unit complements the material covered in human cell and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology in the first year of your studies. An important aspect of clinical practice and/or research is a broad knowledge and understanding of human disease states, the role of microbes in health and disease, and how the immune system functions to maintain health and fight disease. As part of your early biomedical sciences training, you need to appreciate general disease processes to help you prepare for your more advanced units in immunology, microbiology, pathology and/or a range of biomedical science disciplines. Whether your aim is to be a clinical or research scientist, appreciation of pathological processes will enable you to better understand how we identify, measure and manage diseases clinically and in a research context.

  • LQB301 Medical Microbiology and Infection Control

    This foundation unit builds upon your fundamental knowledge of the human body and explores the role of microorganisms in human health. In this unit, you will (i) explore the diversity of microorganisms associated with the human body; (ii) examine the host-microbe relationship through each organ system of the human body; (iii) study the mechanisms by which the human body naturally controls infections; and (iv) evaluate the use of antimicrobials and infection control procedures to reduce the impact of infectious diseases on human health. This knowledge and understanding will then be further developed and applied in your subsequent clinical studies in your chosen healthcare profession discipline.

  • LSB131 Anatomy

    This unit includes basic concepts of anatomy: an overview of the structure of cells, body tissues, and body systems; aspects of surface anatomy which are relevant to human movement; musculoskeletal systems.

  • LSB142 Human Anatomy and Physiology

    The aim of this unit is to provide grounding in the principles of human anatomy and physiology. Following an introduction to the structure of the cell and the organisation of tissues, each of the major systems that constitute the human body are examined by the integrated study of their anatomy and physiology.

  • LSB231 Physiology

    This unit covers the general physiological principles such as homeostasis and how all systems in the body contribute to it. Topics include cells, transport processes, cardiovascular system, cardiac electrical activity, cardiac output, regulation of blood pressure, respiratory system, endocrine system, pulmonary ventilation and its function. The aim of this unit is to provide you with a foundational understanding of the function of the major organ systems of the human body as these relate to health and disease. Students enroled in this unit require a firm grounding in the principles of human anatomy and physiology. Following an introduction to the structure and function of the cell, each of the major systems that constitute the human body are examined by the integrated study of their anatomy and physiology. This unit provides foundational knowledge for more advanced units in your second year, XNB273 Exercise Physiology and XNB274 Functional Anatomy.

Chemistry, physics & mechanical engineering

  • CVB101 General Chemistry

    This foundation chemistry unit covers the core concepts and laboratory practices that we use to define the nature of atoms and the different forms of matter, to quantify chemical reactions & chemical reaction processes through the application of thermochemistry, kinetics and chemical equilibria. The understanding of these chemical concepts is essential to knowing why matter in our universe exists in specific forms and how it transforms. This knowledge is the foundation upon which the other scientific disciplines and applied disciplines are based. This is an introductory unit. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to both chemistry major students and non-majors alike. CVB102 Chemical Structure & Reactivity builds on this unit by focusing on applications to chemical reactions and their relationship to chemical structure, with a particular focus on organic chemical synthesis and laboratory practices and reporting requirements with regards to organic chemistry.

  • CVB102 Chemical Structure and Reactivity

    Chemistry relates to all aspects of our lives. An understanding of chemistry is necessary to make sense of our world and to address the global challenges faced by our society. Together with its companion unit, CVB101 General Chemistry, this unit provides you with a foundation in the science of Chemistry. It focuses on how atoms bond to form molecules, and the models chemists use to understand molecular structure. You will learn how to predict the reactivity and properties of molecules and will get a foundational introduction to organic and biological chemistry. You will develop your ability to apply theoretical knowledge and critical thinking to solving chemical problems. You will also complete a suite of laboratory practical experiments, where you will develop professional skills in chemical manipulation, analysis, safe laboratory practices, data recording and analysis. This unit is a foundation for higher-level courses in organic chemistry, materials science and biochemistry.

  • CVB210 Chemical Measurement Science

    The unit introduces students to the principles and methods of making quality measurements in the context of chemical analysis and calibration. Students will gain relevant 'hands-on' experience from the practical and workshop programs, which will enable them to understand the theory in the context of 'real world' examples. The practical component involves a representative examples of wet-chemical and instrumental exercises that provide an introduction to Analytical Chemistry and practical experience for students pursuing any area of Science, Health and Engineering that needs quantitative chemical measurements. Skills developed in the unit will be important for students aiming gain an understanding of the internationally-recognised quality framework for chemical testing and calibration, the ISO/IEC 17025.

  • CVB211 Industrial Chemistry

    It is essential that chemists and process engineers involved in industrial chemical production translate fundamental knowledge of chemistry and process engineering into practical outcomes. In this unit you will focus on green chemistry, industrial biotechnology and catalysis which underpins 90 % of all chemicals made today. You are introduced to catalyst fundamentals and their application to industry for bulk chemicals, production of polymers and plastics, zeolites for green chemistry and bio-catalysts such as enzymes. You will also be guided through the development of professional skills which includes creation of a MindMap, completion of a Dynamic SWOT analysis, and presentation of business ideas in a poster. This unit primarily builds upon fundamentals learned in Process Principles and Unit Operations courses.

  • CVB215 Criminalistics and Physical Evidence

    Criminalistics is the definitive source for forensic science because it makes the technology of the modern crime laboratory clear to the non-scientist.  This unit will introduce the students to the realm of forensics and its role in criminal investigations. The student will be introduced physical evidence collection, preservation and analysis techniques. The unit will bring to the students comprehensive hands-on experience in questioned documents examination, fingerprinting, crime scene investigations and facial recognition.

  • CVB216 Forensic Chemistry

    Forensic Chemistry is a special field of chemistry dedicated to the analysis of matter and substances that may have been used in unlawful activities, abused or caused harm to individuals or the public. A forensic chemist is a professional chemist who analyzes evidence that is brought in from crime scenes and reaches a conclusion based on tests run on that piece of evidence. In the Forensic Chemistry unit, students will gain expertise in all the major branches of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical and especially analytical) as related to forensic investigations. The analytical aspect of the course has been broadened from a more traditional chemistry focus to include modern and special types of analysis of importance to forensic science.

  • CVB217 Digital Forensics

    Cyberspace is increasingly turning into a place where criminal acts are committed. This requires law enforcement agencies, businesses and other organizations to develop new competences. The evolving sophistication of computer crime, together with the methods and tools required to detect and deal with it, demand the timely development underlines the need for forensic scientists with relevant IT skills required by employers. In the case of forensic computing, there are two main areas of possible employment. Firstly, the police force with its need to develop high technology crime units, and secondly the private companies that wish to deal with a variety of illegal behaviour involving their technology. Both areas are predicted to grow quickly in the coming years and it is expected that the job market for graduates skilled in forensic computing will grow concomitantly. This unit will introduce you to a new area of next generation forensics.

  • CVB218 Drug Discovery and Design

    This unit provides a brief introduction to the history and evolution of drug discovery, including the role of the pharmaceutical industry, to current-day methods including rational computer-aided drug design, drug targets and screening libraries. Case studies may include synthetic hormones, narcotics, chemotherapeutic agents and performance-enhancing compounds. You will be introduced to the concepts of chemical structure and structure-activity relationships. The unit complements 'Drug Action' offered in the same semester.

  • CVB221 Unit Operations

    This unit fosters a deeper understanding of the unit operations which are the main components in process flow diagrams.  The students will be introduced to among other concepts in the water and wastewater treatment industry disinfection, filtration, ion exchange, adsorption and desalination.  Complementary theory regarding mass and heat transfer operations will also be used to ultimately provide a comprehensive overview of water treatment and chemical processes.       This unit aims to bridge the gap between academic learning and industrial practice.  Examples relating to key industries such as the coal seam gas, mining, manufacturing and wastewater sectors will be provided and cutting edge problems discussed.  Students will learn the key skills which industry expects graduates to possess in order to rapidly integrate into project teams.

  • CVB222 Forensic Analysis of Bio-active Compounds

    This unit provides an introduction to the basics of bio-analytical methods used for the detection and identification of bio-active substances in different matrices. The methods are demonstrated to bio-active compounds that are frequently encountered in pharmaceutical, forensic, molecular diagnostics and environmental industries. The unit will introduce modern instrumental analytical platforms such as spectroscopy, chromatography, electrophoresis, nanosensors and immunoassay.

  • CVB225 Forensic Biology and Analytical Toxicology

    The extensive use of biological evidence to identify victims and offenders as well as indicate attempts to control victims prior to abuse or attack has had a significant bearing on the course of law enforcement investigations, criminal court proceedings, and victim service providers. DNA and toxicology evidence have become a highly influential piece of the crime puzzle. You will be introduced to the concepts of DNA profiling and analytical toxicology and their applications in forensic case work. Develop the necessary skills for analysing and interpreting the DNA and toxicology evidences and be introduced to the basic concepts of forensic anthropology. This learning will be through the study of the theory, hands-on practices relevant to real life scenarios as well as training on the forensic interpretation of the evidence.

  • CZB190 Chemistry for Health Sciences

    This is a foundational chemistry unit for all students of the health sciences in which basic concepts of general, organic and biological chemistry are covered. The organization of the human body begins with chemicals (atoms and molecules) making up its simplest or smallest scale level of organization. Chemistry allows us to understand how cells, tissues and organs are formed, how these substances react with each other and their environment, and how these substances behave. This unit will develop the essential concepts of chemistry necessary for students studying health and biological sciences with topics introduced and applied in a contextualized manner relevant to their discipline. As part of early health science training, it is important to explore and have an understanding of the chemical composition and processes relevant to human body. This unit will form an essential foundation to further study in the areas of health sciences.

  • CZB191 Introductory Chemistry for Educators

    An understanding of chemistry is needed to make sense of our world and to address big challenges faced by our society both in the natural and unnatural environments. This unit will provide both a theoretical and practical introduction into understanding chemical changes on a molecular level. The unit will focus broadly on topics including synthesis, analysis and quantification within chemistry while drawing on pertinent examples from materials, nanotechnology and complex biological systems.

  • PCB150 Biomedical Physics

    This unit aims to provide Biomedical and Allied Health students with an introduction to the physical properties and processes that underlie the science and technologies used in those fields. Professionals in the applied sciences require an understanding of the processes involved in making and recording measurements and of the physical principles that underlie the parameters being measured and the instruments being used to make those measurements. The unit introduces you to the processes of measurement, and of estimating, presenting and interpreting the uncertainties associated with measurements. The physics of mechanics, heat, sound and light will be introduced and explained to enable you to understand the parameters being measured and the limits of the measurement process. The unit will include a broad introduction to the imaging technology underpinning the diagnosis of many diseases.

  • PCB240 Optics 1

    This unit includes a study of selected topics in optics particularly related to aspects of optometry. Topics include geometrical optics in mirrors and lenses, including thick lenses, cylindrical, spherical and toric lenses, colour and colour measurement, photometry, lens aberrations and optical instruments.

  • PQB360 Global Energy Balance and Climate Change

    Modern societies are becoming increasingly aware of potential environmental problems associated with conventional energy production technologies. Application of alternative technologies is therefore increasing, with ambitious targets and plans to support research and development for reducing energy related environmental consequences. This unit is designed to offer science and engineering students an opportunity to gain awareness about the expanding field of alternative energy technologies and to understand relationships between use of energy and its impact on local and global environment.

  • PVB101 Physics of the Very Large

    The fundamental concepts of physics seek to describe, predict and explain phenomena at all scales from the observable universe down to subatomic particles. They underpin all the sciences. This unit introduces you to those underlying physical processes that relate to the behaviour of the macroscopic world we observe in our daily lives - motion, forces, energy, gravity – and not so familiar - special relativity - and see how they help us to also understand thermal interactions, fluid dynamics, global warming, optical instruments, space travel, the motions of the planets and to theorise about the nature, history and future of the universe itself. You will learn how to think about scientific concepts, and solve problems like a physicist.  These theoretical concepts are grounded in experimental verification, and you will develop technical and reporting skills in laboratory experiments which investigate the relationships between measurable physical phenomena both individually and in teams.

  • PVB102 Physics of the Very Small

    The fundamental concepts of physics seek to describe, predict and explain phenomena at all scales from the observable universe down to subatomic particles. They underpin all the sciences. This unit introduces you to those underlying physical processes that relate to the behaviour of the microscopic world. By observing the behaviour of waves, electric and magnetic fields, we have come to a deeper understanding of the nature of sound and light, and found experimental evidence for the structure of atoms and their nuclei, eventually leading to the Standard Model of particle physics. These are the principles at the heart of developing new materials and technology. You will learn how to think about scientific concepts and solve problems like a physicist, and critically apply what you have learnt to practical exercises in laboratories progressively developing both your experimental and scientific report writing skills that will provide the foundation for all future studies in science.

  • PVB210 Stellar Astrophysics

    Astrophysics is the application of physics to the study of the heavens from above atmosphere to the furthest reaches of the universe. This unit is one of the units in the astrophysics minor and covers the essential aspects of stellar astrophysics and naturally follows on from PVB101, The physics of the very large. The unit covers the birth, life, death of stars and is a mix of theory and laboratory exercises. The laboratory exercises cover astrophysical topics relevant to everyday physics.

  • PVB220 Cosmology

    Cosmology is the study of the universe as a whole including the origin and development of the universe. This unit is an introduction to modern cosmology and covers a wide range of topics related to cosmology, for example, general relativity, the Big Bang, the history of the universe from the Big Bang to now (inflation, nucleosynthesis, dark ages, surface of last scattering, origin and evolution of galaxies, cosmic microwave background radiation etc). The unit also explores the observational techniques of modern cosmology, for example, optical and radio galactic surveys, gravitational lensing, laser interferometry for detecting gravity waves. We will also explore the evidence for dark matter and dark energy. In the laboratory component of the unit you will gain experience in analysing original astrophysical data, for example measuring the red shift velocity of galaxies.

  • SEB115 Experimental Science 1

    Science is the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. To this end scientists employ a unique methodology termed the Scientific Method. “Experimental Science 1” focuses on the applied principles and concepts embodied by the Scientific Method as it relates to the fields of Chemistry and Physics. You will conduct experimental science, via inquiry-led practice, working both individually and collaboratively. Through classroom activities, workshops and laboratory experiences, you will focus on real-world applications.

Earth, environment & biological sciences

  • BVB101 Foundations of Biology

    Biology is the study of living things. But what is “living”' Cells are considered the basic structural unit of life, existing in diverse forms from simple single-celled microbes to complex multicellular organisms such as plants and animals. Using collaborative approaches in workshops and the laboratory you will investigate the diverse nature of cells and consider how they are built and powered and how they interact and reproduce. You will use the concepts developed in this unit to discuss more complex questions such as “are viruses alive” and “can we synthesise life”'

  • BVB102 Evolution

    Studying Evolution provides students with the fundamental basis for understanding biological patterns and processes from data sources spanning research from genomes to ecology and fossils. As stated by the famous biologist, Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973), "nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution". Evolution gives an overview of the nature of inheritance, biological variation, natural & sexual selection, adaptation and how these underpin biological diversity and the distributions of all species, both extinct and extant. The primary aim of the unit is to provide the context for you to be able to interpret any biological observation in an evolutionary framework in fields as diverse as conservation and medical genetics. As a foundational unit, knowledge and skills that you gain will be built upon in subsequent units in the biology major as well as in Wildlife Ecology and Biotechnology & Genetics minors.

  • BVB212 Drug Action

    This unit provides you with an introduction to the classification of bioactive compounds according to the various physiological systems they influence, such as the cardiovascular system, nervous system and respiratory system. The principles of drug action will be discussed, including the concepts of drug specificity, potency and efficacy. These principles will facilitate a basic understanding of toxicology, the development drug tolerance, addiction and withdrawal. The unit will be taught in the context human and veterinary medicine, as well as the use of drugs in sport, as poisons, or as food or environmental contaminants. The unit complements 'Drug Discovery and Design' offered in the same semester.

  • BVB221 Nature's Pharmacy

    Fundamental concepts and practical skills relevant to plant medicinal biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmacology. It introduces the general classes of medicinal plant compounds, their biosynthesis and function in planta, their purification and analysis, and clinical applications. The unit introduces the pharmacology of specific plant-derived compounds, thereby building upon the knowledge of drug action developed in BVB212. It provides a deeper understanding of the broader technical, social, cultural, and legal challenges in the transition from discovery to application via focused evaluation of existing/emerging global health challenges. The ability to critically evaluate scientific literature, synthesise information, and write effectively is further developed in this unit. This unit develops a broad range of knowledge and practical skills of direct relevance to the pharmaceutical sector, as well as natural product chemistry, plant science, botany, and allied health.

  • BZB210 Biological Sciences

    Cells are the basic structural unit of life. They exist in diverse forms from simple single-celled microbes to complex multicellular organisms such as plants and animals. In this unit you will investigate the diverse nature of cells and consider how they are built and powered and how they interact and reproduce. You will extend these foundation concepts to examine more complex problems involving molecular biology, plant and animal biology, and ecology.

  • ERB101 Earth Systems

    Earth Science impacts every aspect of modern life. The concepts of Earth Science are fundamental not only to the field of Geology, but also to Environmental Science, natural resource management, civil engineering and society at large. Earth Systems introduces Earth Science, including earth materials, geologic history, geological and physical geography process at the Earth's surface, and the complex interplay between the lithosphere and landscapes. Additionally, the unit provides readily accessible examples of the use of scientific reasoning for understanding complex natural systems. Hence, Earth Systems is a foundation unit for further studies in Geology and Environmental Science, but more importantly, serves as a broad introduction to the very world we live on, and to the ways of science in general. Such a background is highly desirable for any informed citizenry for understanding complex issues of resource, environment, and societal development.

  • ERB102 Evolving Earth

    In ERB102 Evolving Earth you will focus on key events in the history of our planet – the formation of our planet, the concept of geologic time, the origin of the oceans and atmosphere and the evolution of life. You will learn about the connections between the evolution of life and geological processes and events, to appreciate the complexity of life that exists on Earth today. This provides a fundamental introduction to evolution and geological time, building on the knowledge and skills developed through Semester 1, Imagine Science, and prepares you for more in depth exploration of Earth system connectivity, natural hazards, environmental management and climate change.

  • ERB201 Destructive Earth: Natural Hazards

    In ERB201 Destructive Earth, we will focus on the Science of Natural Hazards. By understanding the conditions and processes that lead to, and cause, severity of natural processes such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, landslides, cyclones, tornadoes, storms/blizzards, floods, bushfire, and asteroid impacts, you will be better informed as to why there are natural hazards and disasters, and how to prepare and mitigate for future events that will have a range of social, economic and political impacts. We will build on the knowledge and skills developed in Year 1 to provide you with a global perspective of how we, as a society, will continually be confronted by natural hazards.

  • ERB202 Marine Geoscience

    Oceans make up 70% of the Earth's surface, yet less than 5% of them have been explored. There is therefore still much to learn about the marine environment, marine resources and management. This unit will develop a detailed understanding of oceanography, carbonate geology and reef structures, marine biota and interpretation of depositional processes and products in the shallow through to the deep marine environment.

  • ERB205 Earth Materials

    Earth Materials comprises the study of minerals and rocks which form the solid Earth. The study of Earth Materials is essential for understanding the structure and composition of the earth and the detailed processes of the rock cycle. Earth Materials forms the basis for petrology (the study of the genesis of rocks) and geochemistry.

  • SEB104 Grand Challenges in Science

    Grand Challenges in Science explores world events, problems or phenomena from a scientific perspective, discovering the many ways in which science is used and misused by practicing scientists and the public. You will understand the problems and challenges of modern scientific inquiry using a range of multidisciplinary perspectives and explore solutions focussed approaches.

  • SEB116 Experimental Science 2

    Science is concerned with developing testable, quantifiable models of the world around us for the purpose of creating a sustainable, safe future for humankind. To this end, scientists employ a unique methodology termed the Scientific Method. “Experimental Science 2” focuses on the applied principles and concepts embodied by the Scientific Method as it relates to the fields of biological, environmental and earth science. You will conduct experimental science, via inquiry-led practice, working both individually and collaboratively. Through field and/or laboratory experiences, you will focus on real-world applications.

  • SEB200 Communicating Science and Mathematics to Diverse Audiences

    This unit is designed to optimise your communication skills, so that you gain a range of language tools to articulate research and convey complex scientific and mathematical ideas. You will learn how to engage different audiences and gain awareness of responsible communication in these areas.

Mathematical sciences

  • MXB100 Introductory Calculus and Algebra

    This unit builds on high school calculus by exploring derivatives, integrals and differential equations. It also introduces the basic theory of matrices, vectors and complex numbers. The ability to apply these concepts and techniques, and express real-world problems in mathematical language, is essential in quantitative fields such as science, business and technology. This is an introductory unit, which attempts to establish foundational skills that you will extend in subsequent discpine-specific units. This unit is particularly intended for students whose mathematics preparation does not include Queensland Senior Mathematics C or an equivalent.

  • MXB101 Probability and Stochastic Modelling 1

    This unit provides you with an introduction to probability and shows you how to apply its concepts to solve practical problems. The unit will lay the foundations for further studies in statistics, operations research and other areas of mathematics and help you to develop your problem-solving and modelling skills. The topics covered include: basic probability rules, conditional probability and independence, discrete and continuous random variables, bivariate distributions, central limit theorem, goodness-of-fit tests, introduction to Markov chains.

  • MXB102 Abstract Mathematical Reasoning

    Mathematics is, at its heart, axiomatic: each new mathematical statement follows logically from previous statements, and ultimately derives from the axiomatic foundations.  This unit establishes the foundations of abstract mathematical reasoning, introducing the view of mathematics as axiomatic and emphasising the role of proof in mathematics.  Fundamental concepts and tools including logic and sets, number systems, sequences and series, limits and continuity are covered.  The tools established in this unit will serve as a foundation throughout your mathematics studies.

  • MXB103 Introductory Computational Mathematics

    Many real world phenomena are modelled by mathematical models whose solutions cannot be found analytically. To solve these problems in practice, it is necessary to develop computational methods, algorithms and computer code. This unit will introduce you to numerical methods for addressing fundamental problems in computational mathematics such as solving nonlinear ordinary differential equations, finding roots of nonlinear functions, constructing interpolating polynomials of data sets, computing derivatives and integrals numerically and solving linear systems of equations. This is an introductory unit providing fundamental skills in computational mathematics and their practical implementation using relevant computational software. This unit will be essential throughout the remaining parts of your degree. MXB226 Computational Methods 1 builds on this unit by extending your computational and programming skills to more challenging problems and more sophisticated algorithms.

  • MXB105 Calculus and Differential Equations

    Calculus and differential equations are used ubiquitously throughout mathematics, statistics and operations research. In this unit, you will build upon the foundations of calculus established in high school or in earlier university mathematics study, to greatly enhance your repertoire of theory and practice in these areas. The application of calculus and differential equations in the description and modelling of real-world problems will also be considered. This unit will extend your problem-solving skills, range of knowledge and use of techniques in differential and integral calculus.  These theoretical concepts and their applications will be pursued further in MXB202 Advanced Linear Calculus.

  • MXB106 Linear Algebra

    This unit introduces you to university level linear algebra and ordinary differential equations. Linear algebra, assumed knowledge for this unit, is extended with you investigating non-square linear systems of equations and the Eigenvalue problem. Differential equations, also assumed knowledge for the unit, are investigated in more detail including exposure to second order equations. This unit builds fundamental skills for you to transition to second year units and the Majors of the Bachelor of Mathematics, including applications of interest in each major area of study.

  • MXB107 Introduction to Statistical Modelling

    Statistical modelling provides methods for analysing data to gain insight into real-world problems. The aim of this unit is to introduce a wide range of fundamental statistical modelling and data analysis techniques, and demonstrate the role they play in drawing inferences in real-world problems. This unit is designed around the exploration of contemporary and important issues through the analysis of real data sets, while simultaneously and necessarily building your statistical modelling expertise. You will learn how to propose research questions, analyse real data sets to attempt to answer these questions, and draw inferences and conclusions based on your findings. The importance of ethical considerations when dealing with real data sets will be emphasised. The R programming language will be introduced, and you will gain experience and build your expertise in using this industry-leading software to conduct statistical analyses.

  • MZB101 Modelling with Introductory Calculus

    This unit develops the learner's understanding of a range of foundational mathematical concepts related to number systems, algebra and calculus, including a range of additional function types. The development of these concepts is done in context through their application to a range of life-related problems, in particular the physical world. Throughout the unit, technology will play a prominent role in developing conceptual understanding and the solution of problems. The knowledge developed in this unit provides a foundation for the units MZB201 and MZB202.

  • MZB125 Introductory Engineering Mathematics

    This unit provides an introduction to foundational mathematical concepts that enable mathematical and numerical problem solving in engineering disciplines. It prepares engineering students for their transition from high school to university, particularly those who have not studied Queensland Senior Mathematics C or equivalent. Major topics covered are elementary functions, their derivatives and integrals, the algebra of complex numbers, vectors and matrices, and an introduction to programming using relevant software. Mathematical techniques and problem solving skills are employed in a range of mathematical exercises and contextualised problems, illustrating how these concepts and techniques are used in real-world engineering systems.

  • MZB126 Engineering Computation

    MZB126 teaches foundational mathematics and programming for engineers, following on from what students learnt in either MZB125 or MXB161. Throughout the unit, students will learn three main topics: programming, ordinary differential equations and statistics. All topics are taught in a real-world context by providing problems that emphasise critical thinking, analysis, interpretation and exposition, in applications across multiple disciplines in engineering. This gives students the necessary problem-solving skills heading into their chosen engineering discipline, where they will then learn discipline specific mathematics through embedded mathematics lectures.

  • MZB151 Mathematical Tools for Computing

    Many applications within Computer Science use standard mathematical methods as tools for analysing and processing information. This unit provides an introduction to some basic mathematical methods that will be useful to you in your further studies in Computer Science, including basic matrix and vector operations (storing and manipulating geometrical or other information), introductory probability and statistics (modelling random events) and basic concepts in differentiation and integration (modelling rates of change and accumulated quantities). By introducing the fundamental concepts underlying these methods and developing your skills in using these methods, the unit will provide a foundation for later studies in computer science, in fields such as computer graphics, games design, machine learning, robotics, information retrieval and data mining.

  • SEB113 Quantitative Methods in Science

    SEB113 is a foundational science unit for developing core quantitative skills of analysis, modelling and simulation that underpins all modern scientific practice. These quantitative skills are taught in the scientific context using R, a popular open source computing software, to prepare students for the practical aspects of designing, conducting and analysing experimental and other scientific study. Tools for analysing scientific phenomena include differential and integral calculus, which can model change in system behaviour, and linear modelling and regression, to estimate models while accounting for uncertainty. Such concepts and techniques, in addition to software skills relating to data handling and visualisation, are central to the scientific study of real world biological, environmental, physical and chemical systems. This unit thus serves as a foundation and prerequisite for many subsequent units in the science degree.

Psychology & counselling

  • PYB110 Psychological Research Methods

    Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and cognition. This unit is designed to introduce students to the scientific method of research in psychology, research design, and data analysis. The unit includes the following: an overview of the purposes and strategies of research; elementary research design; operationalising variables; descriptive statistics; distributions; measures of central tendency and spread; standard scores and percentiles; understanding relationships between variables through correlation; an introduction to hypothesis-testing procedures using t-tests.

Units you need background knowledge to study

These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.

If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Biomedical sciences

  • LQB181 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science

    Medical laboratory scientists have a vital role in the diagnosis of disease and ongoing management of patient care. It is estimated that up to 70% of all medical treatments are based on a pathology diagnosis. This first year unit introduces you to the clinical practice of diagnostic pathology, the role of medical laboratory scientists in healthcare, medical research and the profession of medical laboratory science in a local, national and international context. Foundation knowledge in the core diagnostic pathology disciplines will be introduced using clinical case studies and scenarios in conjunction with basic practical bench-skills required in the laboratory to prepare you for later units of your course.

  • LQB185 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals

    This introductory unit explores the structure (anatomy) and functions (physiology) of the human body, by providing students with opportunities to investigate the major organ systems necessary for life. A focus on medical language development will underpin the learning in this unit, where students will develop the ability to effectively communicate anatomy and physiology concepts in health care environments. This first-year unit provides the foundational knowledge of organ function in health to prepare students for more advanced units-such as LQB285 Pathophysiology for Health Professionals, which covers the processes of diseases relevant to the Australian National Health Priority Areas-and students' development as health professionals.

  • LQB280 Genes, Genomes and Genetics

    Molecular genetics underpins the diagnostics and treatment of many inherited and acquired diseases. Central to the approaches currently being applied to understand complex life processes is the ability to interrogate and interpret the molecular genetic information stored in DNA, RNA or protein (i.e., bioinformatics and genomics). Such information not only underpins our identification and understanding of the particular disease state but also points to potential options for treatment. Higher-level studies in the life sciences, and specifically the health-related sciences, require an understanding of these basic theoretical and practical concepts and approaches to interrogating the genomes of humans and other organisms.

  • LQB286 Biomedical Skills 2

    Biomedical Skills 2 further develops key academic literacy, practical and quantitative skills which are required for practicing biomedical scientists. The unit provides opportunities to apply these skills through collaborative work, development of teamwork skills, effective interpersonal skills and scientific communication. This unit is designed to expand students' knowledge of important skills and competencies, including studies in quantitative data analysis and biostatistics, foundational biomedical physics, and health bioinnovation that provide a strong foundation for continuing studies in the broad range of biomedical disciplines and related health areas.

  • LQB362 Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

    This unit provides foundation knowledge and understanding of human infectious disease microbiology and topics including the spectrum of disease, diagnosis, aetiology, treatment, prevention, control and epidemiology. You will also learn about the laboratory processing of patient specimens with infectious diseases and how to work safely and competently in a PC2 diagnostic laboratory context.

  • LQB381 Biochemistry

    The study of biochemistry, along with other biomedical science units, provides students with the knowledge required for the proper understanding of the role of biomolecules in the structure and functioning of human cellular processes. This has implications for human health and disesases, and serves well as preparation for scientific or clinical studies.

  • LQB382 Developmental Anatomy and Tissue Adaptation

    The human body is very responsive to its environment, both in terms of genetic cues during embryological development and hormonal and mechanical signals during post-natal ageing. This unit will explore a number of key embryological processes where tissue patterning results in the formation of the nervous, muscular, skeletal and cardiovascular organ systems. Furthermore the ability of tissues to adapt to their environment will be discussed through development of an understanding of tissue biomechanics and the effects of trauma and ageing on the human body. Concepts including strength determinants and the effects of loading and disuse will be explored.

  • LQB385 Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

    Modern human biology is largely focused on unraveling and manipulating the genetic information stored in DNA to understand health and treat disease. Genetic information and associated technologies underpin medical advances that span disease diagnostics, vaccines, drugs, forensics, biomaterials, foodstuffs, environmental rehabilitation and even bioterrorism. This unit provides an introduction to the approaches of interrogating genome sequence data and simple genetic engineering technologies used to manipulate DNA sequences.

  • LQB387 Principles of Immunology

    Immunology is the study of the physiological systems used to defend the body from invasion by foreign threats, including organisms and environmental challenges, as well as the pathologies associated with inappropriate immune responses. This unit is in the course to provide you with knowledge relating to the immune system and the principles and application of basic immunological procedures in the laboratory. It assumes knowledge from previous semesters and will provide you with critical foundation knowledge for studies in subsequent semesters.

  • LQB388 Medical Physiology 1

    This unit deals specifically with the physiological systems that are responsible for the maintenance of health in humans. In the course of the semester students will investigate half the systems that constitute the human body (with the remainder dealt with in the second semester unit Medical Physiology 2 [LQB488]).

  • LQB389 Regional and Sectional Anatomy for Radiation Therapy

    A detailed knowledge and understanding of regional and cross-sectional anatomy is a basic requirement for radiation therapists working in clinical and diagnostic settings to excel in their performance in radiotherapeutic procedures. This unit exposes the student to the theoretical and practical concepts of the anatomical regions of the human body. These regions include the head, neck, back, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum, with a focus on the lympathic system.

  • LQB390 Regional and Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging

    A detailed knowledge and understanding of regional and cross-sectional anatomy is a basic requirement for diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers to excel in their performance in imaging procedures. This unit exposes the student to  theoretical and practical concepts of the anatomical regions of the human body. These regions include the head, neck, back, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum, and the upper and lower limbs with a focus on the major joints.

  • LQB450 Foundations of Pharmacology

    An understanding of how medicines work forms the basis of recognising clinical effects and adverse reactions. All members of the community have a responsibility in understanding drug action as consumers and health professionals. The work of health professionals is variable but may include communicating with consumers about their medicines, monitoring subjects, accurately reading and interpreting medical charts, checking doses, administering medicines, and monitoring for effects such as adverse drug reactions. They need confidence in these areas in order to have discussions with their patients and other health professionals, especially prescribers. This unit provides the principles of pharmacology which will prepare you for your role as a health care professional, medical scientist and/or consumer in administering and monitoring medicine use to improve health outcomes for Australians in accord with quality use of medicines.

  • LQB462 Microbial Diagnostics

    Medical microbiologists investigate microorganisms, those found within a human host as normal regional flora and those that cause human infectious diseases. This unit will introduce you to the diversity of microorganisms, the spectrum of infectious disease states, methods for the detection and identification of aetiological agents, and directed and supportive therapies for treating infections. In this unit you will develop expertise in the laboratory techniques applied in the diagnostic microbiology laboratory, the ability to interpret the significance of diagnostic testing results, and to communicate these results and your recommendations to medical professionals.This unit is positioned in the developmental phase of your course and assumes proficiency in the laboratory skills and theoretical learning from first and second year in LQB181, LQB281 and LQB362. Combined with LQB562 in third year, LQB462 will prepare you for employment in a diagnostic microbiology laboratory.

  • LQB481 Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism

    The study of biochemistry, along with cell and molecular biology, provides you with the knowledge required for an effective understanding of the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular level. This unit advances the studies begun in LQB381 Biochemistry and further develops your knowledge and understanding of biochemical and molecular studies into metabolic pathways and processes occurring in living cells with a focus on human metabolism in health and disease. This unit provides you with a knowledge base and skills for advanced studies in biochemistry, as well as support for higher level units in life science and allied health courses.

  • LQB482 Anatomical Imaging

    In order to recognise human pathology in a clinical setting, an understanding of the anatomical presentation of organs in health is essential. This unit focuses on the acquisition and application of knowledge of the human body systems of the thorax, abdomen, head and select regions of the limbs to a medical imaging context. Imaging modalities in plain and contrast radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging will be explored to understand the context of their application in the clinical setting. Furthermore an understanding of typical patterns of anatomical variability will be examined through case studies and exploration of human donor material, where you will further develop effective teamwork and self-management skills, essential attributes of clinicians and biomedical scientists. This unit will build on your knowledge gained in first level anatomy and provide relevant knowledge and skills for more advanced studies in Anatomical Sciences and Human Physiology.

  • LQB485 Cell Biology

    Understanding the role of cells and how their cellular components are fundamental to a healthy life is crucial for your understanding of how they become disregulated in disease and how individual components might be targeted to treat diseases. This unit builds on your knowledge of cellular components to examine how these come together structurally and functionally to build cells and tissues that function as part of a whole organism capable of surviving and protecting itself from disease and trauma. It will provide a platform for students undertaking the final year cell and molecular biotechnology units. This unit will provide hands on laboratory experience working with cells and will enhance skills in assessing, summarising and placing biomedical research in the context of health and disease.

  • LQB488 Medical Physiology 2

    An appreciation of how the human body works is an important prerequisite to understanding the basis of health, disease, diagnostic technologies and treatment strategies. This unit deals specifically with the physiological systems that are responsible for the maintenance of health in humans. It therefore provides a useful frame of reference for students enrolled in biomedical science, pharmacy, human movement studies, nutrition and dietetics or any of the life science majors. In the course of the semester you will investigate half the systems that constitute the human body with the remainder dealt with in the first semester unit Medical Physiology 1 (LQB388).

  • LQB490 Cytogenetic and Molecular Pathology

    Skills in cytogenetics and molecular biology are now widely used across all of the pathology disciplines. These two specialties represent one of the fastest growing test request areas in diagnostic laboratory medicine, with demand increasing nearly 200% over the last five years. Through alignment of theoretical concepts and practical skills, this lab-based unit expands on the themes introduced in your earlier cellular, molecular, genetic and bioinformatic studies to introduce the knowledge and practical skills used routinely in modern pathology genetic testing. You will apply your learning and skills from this unit in your third year clinical units.

  • LQB494 Pathogen Biology and Pathogenesis

    This unit is designed for students in biomedical sciences, to provide a strong grounding in microbiology and to contribute to the knowledge base of fundamental microbial processes that underpin the pathogenic potential of select species. This unit is a core unit in the infection and immunity strand, building on concepts introduced in Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases (LQB362). Pathogen Biology and Pathogenesis (LQB494) continues the study of the host-microbe interaction with a focus on microbe-specific factors underpinning infectious disease progression, which is essential for future studies of more complicated or detailed molecular microbiology analyses. You will develop industry-relevant practical skills and use cutting-edge technology in laboratory classes, which will prepare you for a career in biomedical research, medical biotechnology and postgraduate studies in biomedical science.

  • LQB508 Clinical Physiology and Pathophysiology

    Clinical physiology is a rapidly growing area of employment of biomedical scientists, particularly as the Australian population ages, putting increasing pressure on the healthcare system. This advanced unit focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of major clinical disorders through the critical analysis of clinical case studies and the critique and review of relevant research literature. The unit also involves the development of practical skills through the use of clinical physiology instrumentation and interpretation of physiological data. A key aim of LQB508 is to advance your scientific communication skills through both written and oral forms.  Thus, LQB508 is specifically designed to prepare you for your future professional careers or further studies in biomedical research.

  • LQB562 Advanced Microbial Diagnostics

    This unit continues your training in medical microbiology at an advanced level, but retains a global medical laboratory science learning context. This unit aims to further stimulate your scientific enquiry as well as continuing to develop and refine your critical thinking-complex reasoning, data interpretation, scientific communication and information retrieval skills that were first practiced in your earlier units.

  • LQB570 Forensic Anatomy

    This advanced unit explores the field of forensic anthropology and taphonomy, from understanding the process of tissue decomposition, to recovery and identification of unidentified human remains. You will apply traditional and contemporary methodologies to interpret skeletal material to construct a biological profile and probabilistic data suitable in the Queensland Judicial system. Through critical analysis you will gain a deep understanding of patterns of variability in the human body.

  • LQB571 Neuroscience

    The human nervous system is the most complex and adaptive achievement of the process of evolution. This unit studies the structure and function of the nervous system to understand complex brain behaviours. It expands and combines knowledge of the physiology of the nervous system obtained in Medical Physiology 1 (LQB388) and regional and imaging anatomy of the nervous system gained in Anatomical Imaging (LQB482). This unit advances your understanding in the field of neurobiology and through an introduction to current research topics and methodologies, allows you to explore current research questions, laboratory methodologies and technical skills, and career directions in neuroscience.

  • LQB581 Biomolecular Control Systems

    This unit will study advanced biomolecular concepts with a focus on metabolism, signalling pathways, systems and networks that coordinate and regulate the functional behaviour of cells and tissues.

  • LQB582 Biomedical Research Technologies

    This unit will study the technical principles and practical techniques that are essential for advancing research and development in biochemistry and biotechnology.

  • LQB583 Molecular Systems Biology

    Molecular systems biology deals with the integration of information from individual biological datasets (e.g. transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics and other 'omics'). This is key to understanding how related molecules interact and produce a state of interest, across many biological disciplines including human health, as well as animal and plant biology. In this unit we review examples of contemporary approaches to 'omics' data generation and analysis, and the role they play in biomedical sciences.

  • LQB594 Pathogen Diagnosis and Therapeutics

    This advanced level unit follows on from the LQB494 Pathogen Biology and Pathogenesis, and builds upon your fundamental knowledge and understanding of the structural, molecular and metabolic components of microorganisms and how they are regulated. Specifically, this unit will increase your understanding of: (i) host-pathogen interactions, (ii) how the immune system responds to microbial pathogens, and (iii) molecular detection, characterisation of pathogens as well as their resistance mechanisms to antibiotics.

  • LQB595 Cellular Engineering

    The ability to manipulate cell behaviour and engineer novel tissue scaffolds and matrix-based culture systems has provided significant advances in the field of tissue therapeutics and regenerative medicine. This unit explores the theoretical underpinnings of stem cells and cell niches; and provides current research examples of how cellular engineering is able to generate in vitro and in vivo biological models to facilitate biomedical research as well as providing applications for human therapies.

  • LQB600 Physiological Basis of Pharmacology

    An appreciation of pharmacology and how drugs interact with physiological systems is important for biomedical scientists. This unit will extend your understanding of systems physiology/pathophysiology gained in Medical Physiology 1 (LQB388), Medical Physiology 2 (LQB488) and Understanding Disease Concepts (LSB111) and help you understand the principles behind the use of medicines as well as the rationale for the development of new drugs. There will be an emphasis on learning about the major mechanisms of drug action. This unit will focus on common diseases and a number of body systems, including the peripheral and central nervous systems, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and endocrine system. This unit will prepare you for working in the field of clinical physiology, or for further studies in allied health, or medicine, and provide an understanding of the physiological basis of pharmacology for students interested in undertaking research in this exciting field.

  • LQB601 Cancer Biology

    Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and research into its treatment and prevention has significantly improved cancer mortality rates. This unit will build upon knowledge and skills acquired from Cell and Molecular Biology (LQB182); Human Health and Disease Concepts (LQB281), Cell Biology (LQB485), and other Biomedical Science units to specifically inform the study of cancer biology and the implementation of technologies employed to investigate this complex group of diseases. This unit has a substantial practical focus and will prepare students for further study in medical or biomedical fields, or for biomedical research. Cancer is a major research priority at QUT and this unit will provide a strong foundation for undertaking Higher Degree Research in this field. The unit will also deliver a hands-on experience in cancer research laboratory techniques that will ably equip cell and molecular biology students intending to enter the workforce following graduation.

  • LQB608 Extreme Physiology

    This unit is designed for students undertaking the human physiology major in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. You will integrate and apply knowledge obtained from Medical Physiology 1 (LQB388) and Medical Physiology 2 (LQB488) to study a number of advanced topics in physiology. In addition you will develop your ability to discuss, interpret and critically analyse important scientific issues. By successfully completing this unit you will be able to demonstrate a range of important skills including critical thinking, team work, planning, scientific writing, time-management, problem-solving and organisation skills. This unit has a very strong practical focus and you will investigate physiological problems independently and as a member of a team. This background will provide you with an advantage for future studies in a research honours program (such as the Bachelor of Biomedical Science - Honours), for further research work in biomedical fields, or for clinical physiology positions.

  • LQB670 Anatomical Dissection

    The ability to navigate the human body and its composite tissues is strengthened through the dissection of human donor bodies. This unit focuses on developing anatomical dissection skills at the Medical Engineering Research Facility at Prince Charles Hospital campus on whole human donor bodies. In teams, through the synthesis of an anatomical prosection for teaching purposes your skills in communication, self-management, judgement and interpersonal relationships will be tested. The semester will conclude with an Anatomical Showcase, where peers and academics are invited to view your designs and critically evaluate your technical and communicative skills. This advanced unit forms the capstone for Study Area A Anatomical Sciences in the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and provides ideal skills for those considering research careers utilising animal models and graduate destinations in Medicine and Allied Health.

  • LQB671 Histological Research Techniques

    Biomedical research utilising animal and tissue models requires histological analysis as a key methodological process. The practical application and theoretical underpinnings of tissue histology is therefore an essential skill for all biomedical scientists. The purpose of this unit is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the application of histological techniques routinely used in research laboratories. This unit also provides an opportunity to develop practical skills in a range of histological techniques including tissue embedding, sectioning, common histochemical stains and immunohistochemistry. The unit is positioned in the advanced phase of the course and builds upon the introductory tissue concepts covered in Human Systematic Anatomy (LQB183) and concepts of tissue adaptation in Developmental Anatomy & Tissue Adaptation (LQB382).

  • LQB681 Biomolecular Research Skills

    While technical expertise is important for a successful career in biomedical science, high level interpersonal skills, such as effective communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and working effectively in a team are also valued highly by potential employers and research project leaders. This unit offers opportunities for you to independently design and work on a research project throughout the semester, which will assist you in developing both biomolecular research and interpersonal skills. This unit is a capstone biochemistry unit designed to prepare you as a prospective graduate for independent and team-based research.

  • LQB682 Biomolecular Design

    This unit is designed to give you the essential concepts and techniques driving research and industrial biotechnology so that you will be equipped for multiple careers in the biological sciences. The skills you develop will allow you to enter a practical laboratory environment or to apply your knowledge in related areas of evaluations of technologies and intellectual property.

  • LQB683 Diagnostic Cytopathology

    The goal of cytopathology is to predict the underlying histology of lesions using small samples obtained by minimally invasive methods. The results are used to direct patient management and often involve the integration of diagnostic tests you have developed and applied in earlier units, such as histology, immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology. This unit builds on the knowledge and practical skills you have gained in LSB466 and LSB566 to expand your practical/technical and diagnostic skills. This unit prepares you for employment in a diagnostic cytopathology laboratory and introduces the types of specimens reported, methods of processing applied and the cytological features used to diagnose tumours and benign conditions.

  • LQB684 Advances in Medical Biotechnology

    The development of diagnostics and therapeutics for safe and effective clinical use is a complicated process filled with commercial, regulatory and ethical compliances.  This advanced level unit will enable you to understand this process as it relates to emerging treatments of health problems especially within the South-East Asia region.  In this unit you will further develop your scientific research and analytical skills to design innovative solutions for improving modern biotechnology.  This unit has a substantial practical focus and will prepare you for subsequent involvement in medical research and/or the biotechnology industry.

  • LQB693 Immunological Approaches for Infection and Immunity

    Our immune system has evolved to discriminate between self and non-self in order to protect us against disease and to avoid autoimmunity. Understanding how our immune system works will allow an appreciation of the analyses, and their performance, required to monitor its function in health and disease. As one of the final units in the infection and immunity learning progression, this unit will collate the fundamental and advanced knowledge of immunology covered in the Biomedical Sciences' Infection and Immunity study area, or Principles of Immunology (LQB387), and illustrate the application of this knowledge and understanding by immunologists to recent real-world research focus areas. This approach will assist with your transition from university study into research career paths that employ immunological techniques to explore infectious disease.

  • LQB694 Infectious Disease Outbreaks

    Infectious diseases continue to be a major public health concern in developed and developing countries. The emergence of drug-resistant bacteria and viruses that cause disease outbreaks and epidemics are a significant global health burden. Microbiologists play an essential role in the detection and management of infectious diseases; research into the pathogenesis and epidemiology of the microbial pathogens; and the development of new diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic technologies to prepare for disease outbreaks. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of infecitous diseases to recent real-world disease outbreak cases. This unit will also expose you to researchers and infectious disease experts from universities, hospitals, and government organisations that deal with infectious diseases on a daily basis and will provide you with insights into career opportunities within this field.

  • LQB785 Transition to Professional Practice in Medical Laboratory Science

    This unit recognises that you are about to transition from university to clinical pathology practice and that you will need to sustain your professional and educational development. Accordingly, this unit provides a dual platform for transition to practice and independent professional development.

  • LQB882 Projects in Clinical Pathology

    A modular unit to recap and combine the interdisicplinary fields of clinical medical science.  Occuring in the experienced phase of the course, this unit requires knowledge from previous units, to embed and instil contemporary developments in medical science and influences in the provison of pathology testing.

  • LSB235 Anatomy of the Lower Limb

    This is a foundational anatomy unit for clinical practice in Podiatry which requires a detailed understanding and knowledge of the systematic and regional anatomy of the lower limb. This unit introduces you to the theoretical and practical concepts of these two areas of anatomy. It builds on LSB131 Anatomy and prepares you for your clinical studies.

  • LSB250 Human Physiology

    A strong background in human physiology is crucial for students in professional health courses. This unit will introduce and develop your knowledge and practical skills in physiology and provide you with the necessary foundation for subsequent units in physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, endocrinology or pathology. You will also develop a range of skills, including practical, written and oral communication skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This unit is designed to encourage your interest in current applications in medical physiology, health and medicine.

  • LSB255 Foundations of Anatomy and Histology

    This unit reinforces fundamental assumed knowledge of cell structure and function and introduces you to both theoretical and practical aspects of gross, systemic and microscopic anatomy of the human body with emphasis on microscopic anatomy. Unit material will include the structure of cells and major tissue types. This unit will also introduce you to the relevant anatomical structures of the human body systems. The practical component of this unit extends the development of microscopy skills introduced in first semester (LQB182 Cell and Molecular Biology) so that you can develop the capacity to critically analyse histological sections and identify normal human tissues and organs. Knowledge and practical skills acquired in this unit will allow you to engage with more advanced studies in the general cellular and pathological processes which underlie major diseases of human organ systems (LSB365 Pathology).

  • LSB258 Principles of Human Physiology

    Human physiology is the study of the normal function of the human body and a strong understanding of this discipline is important for all biomedical scientists. This first year foundation unit will introduce you to the principles underlying normal physiology as well as the major organ systems of the human body. As physiology forms the basis of medicine you will learn about a number of common and important diseases that illustrate the importance of maintaining conditions in the body within normal physiological limits. You will gain laboratory skills in physiological measurement and be able to interpret the data collected. This unit will provide you with a strong foundation for further studies in physiology, pharmacology, pathology and pathophysiology and will complement studies in anatomy, cell and molecular biology and biochemistry.

  • LSB425 Quality and Analysis in Clinical Pathology

    Quality and Analysis in Clinical Pathology develops previous work undertaken in MAB141 and LQB381, and builds towards work which will be undertaken in LSB525 Chemical Pathology. With an emphasis on the discipline of clinical biochemistry, this second year unit explores a range of analytical techniques and the quality assurance standards and practices in place in real world pathology laboratories. Assays must be performed with accuracy and precision, and data and results validated according to quality standards, and troubleshooting skills also developed. With emphasis on the knowledge, skills and values required for good laboratory practice, and a commitment to high quality results, this unit prepares you for the more complex procedures and automated technologies in the third year units and the clinical pathology workplace.

  • LSB492 Microbiology

    Optometrists and podiatrists require a strong knowledge base in microbiology for their professional practice and on which to base future studies within their discipline. A detailed knowledge of infectious agents, their structure, prevalence and pathogenicity will enable you to apply these concepts to infection control to prevent the transmission of disease and to understand the mode of action of antimicrobials. You will also study infectious agents that are aetiological agents of disease states of the feet or the eyes or of public health significance, and appropriate methods for the management and treatment of these disease states. Basic knowledge of biology and chemistry is assumed for this unit.

  • LSB555 Principles and Practice of Clinical Haematology

    Haematology is the study of blood and investigates pathologies associated that can lead to disease or an increased risk of bleeding or thrombosis. This third year unit is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and practical skills to work in a clinical (diagnostic) haematology laboratory. To develop those skills, it is critical you have an in-depth understanding of the aetiology and pathophysiology of the most frequently encountered dyscrasias, and the principle and rationale of laboratory investigations used to identify and diagnose them and/or monitor patient therapy in the clinical setting. LSB555 incorporates and builds on your learning and practical skill development from second year and prepares you for LSB655 and LSB665 next semester.

  • LSB655 Applied Clinical Haematology

    Haematology is the study of blood and investigates pathologies associated with non-malignant and malignant blood cell dyscrasias, and abnormalities of the haemostatic system that lead to an increased risk of bleeding or thrombosis. In order for you to work effectively, and with confidence, it is essential you are also able to identify and investigate less frequently encountered dyscrasias and complex cases. This unit is positioned in the developmental phase of the course and assumes knowledge and practical skills from LSB555.

  • LSB658 Clinical Physiology

    Clinical Physiology (LSB658) is an advanced unit that will build upon your existing knowledge of disease processes and practical skills gained in units you have previously undertaken. You will also be able to utilise your individual background knowledge gained throughout your course in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and clinical practice to solve and suggest treatment for complex cases. This unit will give you an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of a wide range of diseases/disorders with particular emphasis on disorders that are currently identified as areas of national health priority by the Australian National Medical Health and Research Council (NHMRC),. The unit will further your skills in managing emergency situations by exposing you to new clinical scenarios with complex background pathophysiology, and assist you in developing new practical skills in clinical physiology instrumentation and data analysis.

  • LSB665 Transfusion and Transplantation Science

    Medical scientists must be competent in the laboratory procedures and practices required to provide a safe and reliable blood transfusion service, when employed in clinical laboratories. This involves testing of blood samples for donors and patients, mainly in transfusion and pregnancy scenarios.  Transplantation science similarly involves compatibility testing of donors and recipients, but for tissues other than blood. This unit is positioned in the late developmental phase of the course and requires that you have foundational knowledge in human immunology and haematology. This unit prepares you for employment in laboratories that participate in transfusion services, such as pathology/hospital bloodbanks.

Chemistry, physics & mechanical engineering

  • CVB201 Inorganic Chemistry

    This unit provides detailed coverage of the chemistry of inorganic compounds with particular emphasis on the bonding in complexes of transition metals, including valence bond theory and orbital hybridisation, coordination theory and crystal field theory. Aspects of molecular geometry and symmetry are also developed. The chemistry of inorganic compounds and transition metal complexes is introduced and explored deeply. The unit builds on the fundamental concepts introduced in the first year units “General Chemistry” and “Chemical Structure and Reactivity” and prepares you for the final semester units “Coordination Chemistry” and the major capstone project “Chemical Research”.

  • CVB202 Analytical Chemistry

    This unit is an introduction to modern chemical analysis, including some common instrumental techniques, which are firmly linked to the theory and practice of the discipline in a modern, working laboratory. You will gain essential analytical and deductive skills for chemical science as well as laboratory-based experience in sampling, treatment of samples, principles and practice of making high-quality chemical measurements with chromatographic and spectroscopic instrumentation. This unit further develops your knowledge and technical laboratory skills in chemical instrumentation and analysis. It links to the work previously undertaken in CVB101 General Chemistry and prepares you for the final semester major capstone unit CVB304 Chemistry Research Project.

  • CVB203 Physical Chemistry

    This is a developmental unit that covers concepts that determine how chemical systems behave. It covers the discrete nature of atoms and molecules through spectroscopy, and develops understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical processes. Theoretical and practical-based approaches are to develop understanding of the nature of the physical properties and dynamic transformations of matter essential to all branches of chemistry and to other disciplines based on physical materials, or that use and rely on chemical reactions. This unit builds on knowledge and practical skills introduced in CVB101 General Chemistry, it expands on the concepts introduced in CVB101 and prepares for CVB302 Applied Physical Chemistry.

  • CVB204 Organic Structure and Mechanisms

    Build on the organic chemistry knowledge and laboratory skills gained in CVB101 and CVB 102. The deeper understanding of reaction mechanisms, instrumental characterisation and stereochemistry are important in facets of all subsequent chemistry units. Perhaps most importantly, this unit will be used as the foundation for advanced studies in organic chemistry in CVB 301 Organic Chemistry: Strategy for Synthesis. To successfully complete this unit you will: -Describe the electronic effects and mechanistic concepts which govern the reactions of organic compounds. -Predict the outcome of a set of reaction conditions when applied to organic compounds. -Design syntheses based on the major functional groups. -Deduce the solution of synthetic problems in organic chemistry -Apply modern spectroscopic techniques as an aid to structure elucidation -Demonstrate a range of practical skills in safe laboratory practice applied to the synthesis, isolation and purification of organic compounds.

  • CVB212 Industrial Analytical Chemistry

    Modern chemical industry requires comprehensive analytical measurement relating to the raw materials, process streams and outputs in order to control quality and to confer error prevention. This unit develops your knowledge and application of the fundamental principles of Analytical Chemistry upon which modern industrial analysis techniques are based.  This unit is complementary to the more empirical approach adopted in “CVB202 Analytical Chemistry”, providing you with grounding in the theory and practice of qualitative, quantitative gravimetric and wet chemical analysis; together with spectrometric and electrochemical methods of analysis for a wide range of industrial applications including foods and beverages, mining, metals, waste waters and related areas. This unit develops your theoretical and applied knowledge of chemical analysis and further develops your technical and laboratory skills in sample treatment, gravimetric and wet chemical methods of analysis. It links to work undertaken in CVB101 General Chemistry, prepares you for the 3rd year unit CVB320 Instrumental Analysis and the final semester major capstone unit CVB304 Chemistry Research Project, as well as a career in a chemically-based industry or industry-related research.

  • CVB301 Organic Chemistry: Strategies for Synthesis

    This advanced unit complements and further develops the concepts introduced in CVB102 “Chemical Structure and Reactivity” and CVB204 “Organic Structure and Reaction Mechanisms”. The main focus of this unit is on the strategies chemists employ in the synthesis of complex molecules. This will provide the necessary practical and theoretical skills for those of you wanting to continue your exploration of organic chemistry as a capstone project in CVB304 Chemistry Research Project.

  • CVB302 Applied Physical Chemistry

    Physical chemistry is a discipline of chemistry in which the physical factors which govern chemical reactions are described, quantified and explored. After an introduction to thermochemistry and the principles that govern the macroscopic behaviour of solids, liquids and gases, the fundamental physical properties which determine the extent of reaction of pure substances are illustrated. These thermodynamic principles are extended to mixtures substances and the properties of solutions.

  • CVB303 Coordination Chemistry

    Coordination chemistry - the chemistry of transition metal complexes - encompasses aspects of organic, physical and transition metal chemistry. Deep understanding of the electronic structure of these remarkable compounds is developed along with an exploration of fascinating topics of current international research interest including organometallic compounds, bioinorganic chemistry, coordination polymers, metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs) and other metallo-supramolecular species. Synthesis and characterisation skills are honed through laboratory exercises drawing on knowledge developed throughout the chemistry major including magnetometry, thermogravimetric analysis and UV-visible, infrared and NMR spectroscopy.

  • CVB313 Environmental Analytical Chemistry

    Environmental Analytical Chemistry provides the tools and techniques necessary to make quantitative measurements of the extent of environmental alteration by natural or man-made activities.  Principal areas of study include the chemical evaluation of air quality; water quality; soil and sediment contamination; and pesticide residue contamination in agriculture.  Students will gain an understanding of the relevant methods of analyses through the lectures and a complementary laboratory practical program. This will allow students to develop technical skills such as: sample collection and treatment; use of modern instruments, including receptor modelling, atomic spectrometric and IC instruments for inorganic elemental analysis, GC, GC-MS and HPLC instruments for organic components. Experience gained in the unit will be important for students seeking positions in environmental protection agencies, environmental laboratories and environmental consultancy.

  • CVB320 Instrumental Analysis

    Modern instrumental methods are capable of producing large quantities of data and it is becoming common practice to use data driven chemometic and cheminformatics techniques as an adjunct to instrumental analysis.  These techniques are introduced through a project-based investigation of bio-analytically related datasets where you develop understanding of applications of instrumental analysis and further develop your analytical thinking, problem-solving, communication and deductive skills using real-world examples. This unit builds upon the theoretical and practical framework for chemical analysis in the unit CVB202 Analytical Chemistry to develop advanced instrumental and analysis techniques for modern laboratory practice.

  • EGB322 Thermodynamics

    This is an intermediate unit in engineering thermodynamics, focused on the application of thermodynamic laws and theory to practical engineering problems in the analysis or design of energy systems. This can vary from the analysis of a single thermodynamic process, such as the compression of a gas, to the complex analysis of power plant or refrigeration systems. This unit is designed to introduce the fundamental principles of thermodynamics, together with the use of state diagrams to describe thermodynamic systems. In this unit, you will also apply these principles and analysis methods to real world engineering problems involving air compressors, internal combustion engines, steam power plant and refrigeration systems. This unit relies on a prior understanding of physics, mathematics and mechanics studied in your first year or equivalent units. The material covered in this unit will form a base upon which subsequent engineering units in thermodynamics and fluid dynamics will be built.

  • PVB200 Computational and Mathematical Physics

    This is a foundational physics unit designing to provide strong mathematical knowledge and skills required by a physicist and demonstrate the application of computational methods to solve problems in physics. It builds on prior maths study in Maths C or equivalent and teaches tactics in MATLAB programming, numerical methods and the implementation. The strong computational skills are important attributes of any physicist, whether working in research or industry, experimental or theoretical. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to physics, chemistry or some engineering majors. PVB302 Classical and Quantum Physics needs the mathematical knowledge and computational skills from this unit to understand the complex quantum world.

  • PVB202 Mathematical Methods in Physics

    Strong mathematical skills are important attributes of any physicist, whether working in research or industry, experimental or theoretical. This unit is designed to provide the key mathematical methods to solve physical problems.  It builds on MXB100 and first year.

  • PVB203 Experimental Physics

    Strong experimental design and execution skills are some of the most important attributes of any physicist, whether working in research or industry, experimental or theoretical. This unit aims to develop your skills in project planning, time management, experimental setup, and reporting. You will undertake several self-managed experiments along with supervised practicals using research equipment.

  • PVB204 Electromagnetism

    Electromagnetism is one of the fundamental forces in the universe and is present in almost all aspects of modern technology. In this unit you will develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of electromagnetism from electric charge to more advanced topics such as electrostatics, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves and applications such as waveguides. It will extend your mathematical knowledge and techniques from earlier units to explore and analyse these advanced physics concepts.

  • PVB301 Materials and Thermal Physics

    This unit provides you with an overview of materials science and of the basic crystallographic and thermodynamic principles that describe the behaviour of solids and fluids.  The three areas you will study in this unit, thermal physics, physical properties and the physics of solids are core concepts that underpin a physical science degree.  This unit builds upon knowledge and skills obtained in PVB102 and PVB203 and it is a companion unit with PVB302 (Classical and Quantum Physics).

  • PVB302 Classical and Quantum Physics

    Quantum mechanics is the last great conceptual hurdle for a physics graduate to overcome in an undergraduate degree, irrespective of any bias towards the theoretical or experimental aspects. Counter-intuitive concepts such as quantum tunnelling are the cornerstone of many technological advances in recent times and other quantum mechanical concepts form the physical basis of the universe.  The ability to find counter-intuitive solutions to problems when necessary is one of the attributes that sets physicists apart.

  • PVB303 Nuclear and Particle Physics

    This unit explores the microscopic universe from the nucleus down to the fundamental particles and forces from which matter is built. It will examine the development and the modern state of models of the nucleus, drawing on Quantum Mechanics (PVB302) to explain the stability and the properties of nuclei. Some of the current theories of particle physics and nuclear forces will be introduced. The second part of the unit will explore applications of nuclear physics, e.g. nuclear reactions, nuclear power and nuclear medicine. Lectures will be complemented by experimental laboratory work, enabling you to advance your experimental, communication and scientific writing skills.

  • PVB304 Physics Research

    This is the capstone unit for the Physics course, which gives you the opportunity to engage in real-world physics research. Students will undertake projects in which they explore computational and/or experimental approaches to generating new understanding in active research areas, and summarize their findings through scholarly writing and presentations. This unit provides students with the chance to develop their skills around gathering data, interpreting data, assessing uncertainties and presenting results in a clear and compelling way, helping them to develop skills that are required in both industry and academic contexts. This unit builds on all the previous learning in the Physics course, and enables students to draw on their developed expertise and to apply it to a well-defined research problem.

  • PVB321 Introduction to Experimental Nanotechnology

    This unit will introduce you to experimental nanotechnology and will give you the essential tools to study matter at the nanoscale.

  • PVB322 Advanced Nanotechnology

    This unit deepens the understanding of nanotechnology, which is an emerging field focused on understanding and exploiting the novel chemical and physical properties of matter at the nanometer scale. Nanomaterials offer substantial advantages in many applications due to their small size, which can lead to, for example, improved thermal conduction or insulation or exceptional low electrical resistivity. These properties are relevant to the improved sustainability of electrical devices, buildings, cars, etc. This is an advanced unit and comprises an introduction to the physics and chemistry related to nanoscale science, which will lead to the understanding of nano-objects and nanomaterials, with a bias towards technological applications derived from the fundamental sciences. This unit builds on PVB321, providing extra skills in computation to calculate properties at nanoscale that are relevant to physics, chemistry and engineering.

Earth, environment & biological sciences

  • BVB201 Biological Processes

    An understanding of processes which occur at the cellular level is fundamental to all aspects of biology. Using a combination of theoretical and laboratory-based approaches to enquiry you will explore the biochemical pathways and processes that facilitate biological function and the genetic mechanisms that control them.

  • BVB202 Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods

    The design, analysis and interpretation of experiments are critical skills in biology.  Biological and environmental systems are often characterised by high variability and so specific approaches of observation, experimentation and analysis are required.  Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods provides you with an introduction to foundational skills that are essential for the effective design, analysis and interpretation of experiments.

  • BVB203 Plant Biology

    This unit builds on earlier units to develop a deeper understanding of plant biology.  Topics covered will include an in-depth examination of plant structure and physiology, including anatomy and morphology (e.g. cells, tissue and organs; growth, development and morphogenesis); photosynthesis and productivity (C3, C4, CAM); transport and mineral nutrition; reproduction; plant hormones and responses to stimuli.  Practicals will build on these broad areas with an emphasis on hands-on learning and experimentation.

  • BVB204 Ecology

    Ecology is the study of the factors and interactions that influence the distribution and abundance of organisms. It is a key component of biology and is central to managing species and ecosystems. This unit examines the major concepts of ecology and develops the conceptual foundation for later subjects in the biology major and minors.

  • BVB214 Vertebrate Life

    This unit examines the diversity and evolution of vertebrates. There is a focus on field- and lab-based identification and understanding of Australian vertebrates, set within the broader context of the global fauna, both extant and extinct. The unit encompasses various aspects of vertebrate life on planet earth: behaviour, phylogeny, physiology, morphology, taxonomy and management.

  • BVB225 Ecosystems and Biodiversity

    There are over one million species catalogued, and several million yet to be described. Familiarity with biological diversity and the role species play within ecosystems is central to biological and evolutionary research, and for developing solutions to sustain the environmental health of our planet. Australia has a largely unique flora and fauna, with a very high proportion of our plant and animal species found nowhere else.  While impossible to cover every Australian plant and animal in a single unit, we will introduce some key elements of that diversity, with a focus on terrestrial ecosystems and the plants, insects and mammals which occur in them.  For students enrolled in biology and environmental science majors this unit provides foundational knowledge for subsequent units such as ecology and environmental monitoring; while for education majors the skills gained in creating collections forms a basis for teaching biology in both primary and secondary school.

  • BVB301 Animal Biology

    This unit builds on Foundations of Biology and Evolution, to develop an understanding of animal biology.  Topics include a range of physiological systems, with a particular focus on respiration and transport, sensory systems and movement. The interaction between animals and society will also be explored. The unit will be delivered by intensive mode, involving a significant on-line component, plus four full days of intensive on-campus activities including workshops and laboratory classes.

  • BVB304 Integrative Biology

    This Capstone unit requires you to think critically about an important problem in biological sciences and to integrate the knowledge gained through earlier units to provide an effective solution. You will conduct a research project, applying your knowledge of quantitative techniques and experimental design, to answer a specific challenge. Through critical analysis and reflection on your work and that of your peers, you will gain a deeper understanding of the scientific method and will become confident in applying it. The unit will provide a foundation for future Honours studies, or higher degree research.

  • BVB305 Microbiology and the Environment

    Microbiology and the Environment will explore fundamental principals in the biology and ecology of microorganisms in the context of the environment, agriculture industry and research. You will deepen your understanding of the problems and challenges of modern scientific inquiry using a range of multidisciplinary perspectives. This unit links to the work previously undertaken in BVB201  Biological Processes.

  • BVB311 Conservation Biology

    The theory and practice of conservation biology is essential for maintaining viable populations of rare, threatened or endangered species and for maintaining essential ecosystem processes. In this unit, you will synthesise a diverse range of information including high quality scientific literature, apply field skills in biodiversity monitoring and prepare written reports that provide an incisive and decisive analysis of key conservation issues.  Specific modules will train you to critically analyse the link, or lack of, between theory and application in current conservation management approaches.

  • BVB313 Population Genetics and Molecular Ecology

    Understanding the dispersal and movement of genes in populations is fundamental to the management of invasive species, the management of fisheries and wild resources and the conservation of rare species. This unit will provide the theoretical and practical training required for practicing ecologists to use genetic techniques in theoretical and applied settings. The skills learnt in this unit will be further developed in later units of both the Genetics and Genomics and Applied Ecology minors.

  • BVB317 Principles of Genomics and Biotechnology

    Biotechnology describes the use of biological organisms to make products or to solve problems of importance to society. It is anticipated that biotechnology will provide solutions to emerging challenges facing humanity including food security, pest and disease management, quality of life as well as issues arising from climate change. This unit will provide you with an understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin biotechnology.

  • BVB321 Invasion Ecology

    Invasive species cause substantial and costly negative effects to native ecosystems and threaten food security. An understanding of the ecological processes by which they are introduced, establish and spread in new regions is essential for their control. Invasive species are now so widespread that they will be encountered in some way in a wide range of careers in ecology and environmental science. Similarly, while pest species are typically dealt with within agro-ecosystems, managing and reducing large populations in a sustainable manner requires science and sophistication, and often similar ecological principles to dealing with invasive species. Integrating and extending work introduced in earlier units, you will learn the skills and concepts that are necessary to understand, analyse and manage pests and invasive species,and the processes of biological invasion.

  • BVB330 Evolutionary Genomics

    Biological scientists are currently turning to genomic and phylogenetic approaches to explore biological diversity, improve agricultural practices, develop better drugs, understand the genetic basis of disease and manage endangered or invasive species. This unit showcases variation in genomic structure and function across life. You will also be introduced to analytical tools for database mining, gene discovery and genome exploration, which will provide an understanding of how genes interact with each other and the environment. You are apply theoretical knowledge to develop advanced data analysis skills, carry out genetics work in a laboratory and use data from active research programs to evaluate and analyse genomic and phylogenetic datasets to solve problems in the biological sciences.

  • ERB203 Sedimentary Geology and Stratigraphy

    This unit provides you with an introduction to sedimentology and stratigraphy, incorporating sediments and sedimentary rocks and how they relate to depositional environments. The unit focuses on the link between features preserved in sedimentary rocks and what those features tell us about how the rock was emplaced, the environment it was emplaced into and the subsequent burial history of the rocks. Sedimentology and stratigraphy is a fundamental part of the education of any earth scientist, and especially of those who wish to be involved in fossil fuel (i.e., coal, petroleum and gas) exploration, water resource management, and environmental geology, such as geosequestration of carbon dioxide, landscape remediation and soil science, investigation of extreme events (e.g., landslides, tsunami and storm surge) and climate change.

  • ERB206 Petrology

    Petrology is the study of Igneous and metamorphic rocks. These rock types compose the bulk of the Earth. Understanding what these rocks are and how they form is an essential part of the study of geoscience and is fundamental to a wide range of higher level units. This unit focuses on the description, classification and origins of igneous and metamorphic rocks.

  • ERB301 Chemical Earth

    Earth Science examines the interaction of physical, biological and chemical processes in the fractionation and differentiation of the Earth. Geochemistry is therefore an essential component of understanding the origin of the Earth, its evolution through time and the functioning of systems that are active today. This unit aims to apply and develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills, to use and apply a wide range of environmental and geochemical tools available to the modern scientist to address a variety of environmental and geological problems.

  • ERB302 Applied Geophysics

    Applied geophysics provides geoscientists with the tools to investigate the generally inaccessible subsurface. These tools enable us to detect temporal and spatial changes in the physical properties of Earth. Knowledge of material properties such as density, electrical resistivity, magnetisation, elasticity and natural radioactivity is essential for the exploration of minerals, hydrocarbons and groundwater. Beyond exploration geophysical methods are used in disciplines as diverse as plate tectonics, environmental geology, engineering geology, and seismic hazard assessment.

  • ERB303 Energy Resources and Basin Analysis

    The vast majority of the world's energy is derived from fossil fuels. Advanced concepts of stratigraphy and basin analysis are fundamental for exploration, evaluation, exploitation and conservation of oil, gas, coal and water in sedimentary rocks. Knowledge of subsurface geologic methods using core, well and geophysical data is essential for anyone wishing to enter the petroleum, coal or strata-bound minerals industry. This unit will cover advanced basin analysis concepts and combine project based learning and practical exercises to provide insight into the exploration of petroleum and other natural resources.

  • ERB304 Dynamic Earth: Plate Tectonics

    How we think about Earth processes and evolution has been revolutionised by the recognition that rigid lithospheric plates forming the outer layer of the Earth move relative to one another and interact at their boundaries. This notion is a cornerstone of the unifying theory of Plate Tectonics. In this unit, you will be introduced to the fundamental physics of the Earth and how it relates to the driving forces of Plate Tectonics. You will become familiar with the igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary responses associated with specific tectonic environments, and how they have evolved through Earth's evolution. This is a synthesis course integrating all knowledge that you have gained from your Earth Science Major units.

  • ERB305 Geological Field Methods

    Field experience is an essential part of the professional training of geologists, environmental scientists and natural resource specialists in general. The theory and practice of methods to map, measure and interpret important geological features and characteristics are essential to the study of geology. Methods of mapping, orientation and interpretation are necessary skills for resource assessment, geo-exploration and environmental impact assessment. This unit assumes knowledge of geological principles and methods, namely structural geology and lithology (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks). It provides professional experiences that is essential for the employability for geology graduates.

  • ERB306 Earth's Mineral Resources

    A mineral resource represents an enrichment of an element or mineral that can be mined for a profit, and Australia's wealth and future economic growth depend largely on these resources. Develop a theoretical background and understanding of the major aspects of mineral resource formation; develop the practical skills to describe and interpret mineralised rocks and their host sequences; and plan and execute an exploration program. Teaching and learning approaches inculde, lectures (including guest industry lectures) and practical sessions using samples from famous ore bodies across the globe (hand samples and thin sections for microscopic study). Students are assessed based on a group project and theoretical and practical exams. Many students find the semester-long mineral exploration group project a highlight, as students get an opportunity to use a variety of real datasets to ‘explore’ for mineral prospects. The JK Education Endowment Award is given to the group with the top mark.

  • ERB310 Groundwater Systems

    This unit focuses on the origin, occurrence and movement of groundwater; aquifer properties; chemistry and quality of groundwater; exploration methods for groundwater; drilling methods and well testing equipment; assessment of groundwater problems, both supply and quality; and introduction to modelling of groundwater systems. Groundwater resources of Australia and current issues associated with these resources are covered. This unit builds on knowledge of soil and water chemistry from “Soils” and “Environmental pollution”. Through working on real world assessment tasks, you will learn how to collect, analyse and interpret groundwater data. These skills will prepare you for any role where groundwater may be encountered (including government, industry and consulting roles).


  • JSB264 Statistical Methods for Justice Professionals

    Statistics is an important skill that is becoming increasingly desirable within justice professions (i.e., policing, corrections, courts, etc).  This unit is designed to provide students with a basic foundation in statistics and how it can be used to understand a range of social problems.  This unit may be of particular interest to students wanting to pursue further postgraduate study or who have a keen interest in research methods.

Mathematical sciences

  • MAB141 Mathematics and Statistics for Medical Science

    This unit provides you with the essential grounding in mathematical and statistical concepts, methods and analysis of data used in units you will encounter later in your course, and relevant to medical science laboratory data and situations in pharmacy, vision science, biomedical science and medical science.

  • MXB161 Computational Explorations

    This unit introduces you to techniques of computation and simulation across a range of application areas in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Computation and simulation are cornerstones of modern practice across STEM; practitioners skilled in these areas can explore behaviours of real-world systems that would be impractical or impossible to undertake using only theoretical or experimental means.   In this introductory unit, you will develop your computation and simulation skills through individual and collaborative problem-solving activities.  Further exploration is available through the faculty-wide second major or minor in Computational and Simulation Science.

  • MXB201 Advanced Linear Algebra

    The main aim of this unit, which is intended for students majoring in mathematics and students in other courses who require the foundations of linear algebra, is to develop the theory of linear algebra and to provide you with the necessary skills to apply this theory in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It seeks to foster an appreciation of the historical development and the value of the principles and methods presented. You will also be well prepared for later studies in computational mathematics.

  • MXB202 Advanced Calculus

    Advanced calculus is fundamental to the study of applied mathematics and related quantitative disciplines such as physics, physical chemistry and engineering. This unit introduces you to new skills and methodologies in multivariable and vector calculus that are essential to the study of science, technology and engineering, and it also provides you with the necessary background to go on to more advanced study in applied mathematics, such as partial differential equations and advanced mathematical modelling. This unit builds on your introductory calculus and linear algebra skills developed in MXB105 Calculus and Differential Equations and MXB106 Linear Algebra, and will further develop your ability to decompose complex problems into smaller components, resolve these smaller components and hence solve the original problem.

  • MXB225 Modelling with Differential Equations 1

    This unit builds on your earlier studies of differential equations to consider how such models are constructed, how to obtain analytical solutions to these equations, and how to analyse and interpret the dynamical and long-term behaviour of such models to gain insight into real-world processes.

  • MXB226 Computational Methods 1

    This is a foundational unit for Computational Mathematics. It introduces the design and implementation of mathematical models that can then be solved using techniques in Computational Mathematics. These techniques will be analysed for important properties such as efficiency, stability, convergence and error. The main topics that will be covered include: finite difference methods for models of heat diffusion in two dimensions; direct and iterative methods for linear systems; efficient storage of data; approximation; numerical integration; numerical methods for ordinary differential equations.

  • MXB232 Introduction to Operations Research

    Operations research (OR) techniques are used in industries that apply scientific methods in decision making, especially for the allocation of limited resources. These industries need graduates who can apply techniques from mathematical modelling, statistical analysis, and mathematical optimization to decide how to best solve a particular problem using appropriate computer software packages. Building on earlier studies in mathematical modelling, this unit develops a number of basic OR techniques to solve generic problems and studies the theoretical foundations of these techniques. You will learn to apply various OR methods, algorithms and techniques in the solution of practical, real-world problems. This unit leads to study of more advanced OR problem solving techniques in 3rd year. Topics covered include: The general nature of OR, fundamentals of linear programming, network analysis, project scheduling, transportation problems, transhipment problems and assignment problems.

  • MXB241 Probability and Stochastic Modelling 2

    It is important to develop skills and knowledge in both statistics and mathematics.  Building on the methodology and skills developed in previous studies in probability and stochastic modelling, this unit provides you with formal statistical tools such as stochastic process models and statistical methods for theoretical and applied development. These methods are useful in a wide range of areas, from communication systems and networks to traffic to law to biology to financial analysis, and link with other modern areas of mathematics.  This unit will provide opportunities to learn how to build statistical models of real world processes, acknowledging the assumptions inherent in selected models.  The skills developed in this unit will be integral in the understanding of material throughout your studies in statistics and mathematical modelling.

  • MXB242 Regression and Design

    This unit is intended for students who have completed foundation studies in statistics and who wish to develop further skills in applied information analysis. Its exploration of regression, including consideration of covariates, model selection, sampling theory and experimental design will be of interest to students undertaking the mathematics course as well as students in other disciplines who need to quantitatively summarise and analyse data and/or collect data through controlled experiments. The focus is on the application of the theoretical building blocks that are constructed as part of the unit and this is enhanced by the introduction to and extensive use of mathematical and statistical software packages such as the R-package. The unit leads to further study for students who wish to obtain a strong background in applied information analysis.

  • MXB261 Modelling and Simulation Science

    With the rapid development in both computing hardware and its application to advanced scientific problems that require computational solutions, there is a need for IT, Maths and Science students to have a practical understanding of Computational and Simulation Science. This unit aims to provide you with the knowledge to apply computational simulation techniques in a selection of application areas where the scientific problems are characterised by widely varying scales, both in space and time. You will use relevant programming softwares to develop and implement simulation algorithms together with analysis of resulting data using multi-dimensional visualisation techniques. You can further develop visualisation skills through units MXB262 Visualising Data and MXB362 Advanced Visualisation and Data Science, as well as extending your knowledge of computational science through the unit MXB361 Aspects of Computational Science.

  • MXB262 Visualising Data

    This unit introduces students to data visualisation concepts and techniques, along with practical experience in the use of modern day data visualisation software tools to allow students to explore complex systems and dynamically visualise simulations. These skills can developed further in a later semester through an advanced visualisation unit (MXB362 Advanced Visualisation and Data Science).

  • MXB321 Applied Transport Theory

    Applied Transport Theory is the study of the exchange of mass, momentum and energy in physical systems.  An understanding of the equations that govern these transport phenomena is fundamental to understanding how the physical world behaves.  This unit builds upon knowledge you will have developed in studies of advanced calculus. You will learn how to derive equations from fundamental conservation laws and develop an understanding of the commonality between the equations. Furthermore, in deriving analytical solution techniques for these equations you will develop further skills in calculus and differential equations.  Completion of this unit will prepare you for the final semester capstone project.

  • MXB322 Partial Differential Equations

    Previously you have discovered the power of differential equations for modelling real world processes.  In this unit you will extend your capabilities to problems that simultaneously exhibit both spatial and temporal variation. Such problems can be described by partial differential equations.  You will learn a variety of analytical solution techniques for these equations, which bring together many of the skills you have learned in earlier study of advanced calculus and ordinary differential equations.  You will also learn the techniques of Fourier and complex analysis, which have applications far beyond the realm of differential equations.

  • MXB323 Dynamical Systems

    Dynamical Systems is a term used to represent the analysis of time-varying systems. Such systems exhibit a variety of behaviours including exponential approaches to equilibrium states, periodic or oscillatory solutions, or unpredictable chaotic responses to simple inputs. The study of dynamical systems employs topological and function space concepts to provide the analytic structure to systems of nonlinear and linear ordinary differential equations, and as such forms the basis for the mathematical interpretation and understanding of numerous real-world systems. This unit is an exploration of the more technical aspects of the theory of solutions to systems of ordinary differential equations and as such builds on your prior understanding of such equations as done in, for instance, MXB221 Ordinary Differential Equations and MXB225 Modelling with Differential? Equations, while providing the support for the exploration of an exciting area of modern mathematics.

  • MXB324 Computational Fluid Dynamics

    This capstone unit provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in applied and computational mathematics to simulate complex real-world problems. You will be presented with several real-world case studies, which will involve model formulation, examining the impact of varying model parameters, and formulating and presenting recommendations for the best course of action to take based on model predictions. Your previous learning in deriving and solving partial differential equations that describe transport phenomena will be extended to include numerical methods of solution. Combined with the computational expertise you have acquired over your degree, you will be able to formulate and solve these complex mathematical models using MATLAB.

  • MXB325 Modelling with Differential Equations 2

    Among the variety of differential equations encountered in applied mathematics, equations modelling the transport of quantities such as mass and energy are especially important.  This unit significantly extends your repertoire by considering models with greater mathematical complexity than you have previously encountered, drawn from and representative of a variety of important real-world applications.  Such complexity necessitates greater ingenuity in the analysis and solution of the governing equations, which will harness and extend your full knowledge of modelling with differential equations.

  • MXB326 Computational Methods 2

    Advanced computational methods underpin essentially all modern computer simulations of complex real-world processes.  This unit will significantly extend your toolset of computational methods, particularly for the solution of complex partial differential equation models of real phenomena.  You will gain critical expertise and experience at building practical, efficient computer codes which will leverage advanced theoretical and algorithmic considerations that draw upon your full range of mathematical and computational knowledge and skills in linear algebra and calculus.

  • MXB328 Work Integrated Learning in Applied and Computational Mathematics

    Throughout your course, you have been building your discipline skills and your understanding of contemporary industry practice.  This capstone unit provides you with the opportunity to bring together the skills that you have developed throughout the applied and computational mathematics major, combining them in a coherent manner to solve a significant and relevant real-world problem from industry.  Your experience will reflect the genuine practice of an applied mathematician in the workforce.

  • MXB332 Optimisation Modelling

    Operations research techniques are used in numerous industries and are critical for decision making. These industries need graduates who can apply techniques of mathematical modelling, statistical analysis, mathematical optimization and simulation and can implement these techniques using appropriate computer software packages.  This unit will build upon the content of MXB232 by introducing more advanced “intermediate” level operations research methods and techniques. The topics addressed in this subject are vital in this field and are critical for advanced applications and studies in this field. Topics covered include:  model building in mathematical programming, modelling language - OPL, integer programming and branch-and-bound method, introduction to inventory theory, dynamic programming; and computer solutions of advanced linear programming problems and their analysis.

  • MXB334 Operations Research for Stochastic Processes

    This capstone unit provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in operations research to guide decision-making for complex real-world problems. You will be presented with several real-world case studies, which will involve defining the context, formulating the decision model, solving the model to determine optimal solutions, and performing sensitivity analysis. You will present recommendations for the best course of action to take based on your decision model to industry partners. Your previous learning in deriving and solving operations research problems in complex stochastic systems will be extended to include numerical solution. Combined with the operations research expertise you have acquired over your degree, you will be able to formulate and solve these complex decision problems using computational tools.

  • MXB335 Advanced Optimisation Modelling

    Operations research techniques are used in numerous industries and are critical for solving the complex decision problems that companies face. Production planning and scheduling optimisation in particular are some of the most challenging and useful application areas of operations research. This unit leverages core concepts of optimisation modelling introduced in earlier units, and introduces students to development and implementation of bespoke algorithms to solve challenging problems.

  • MXB338 Work Integrated Learning in Operations Research

    Throughout your course, you have been building your discipline skills and your understanding of contemporary industry practice.  This capstone unit provides you with the opportunity to bring together the skills that you have developed throughout the operations research major, combining them in a coherent manner to solve a significant and relevant real-world problem from industry.  Your experience will reflect the genuine practice of an applied mathematician in the workforce.

  • MXB341 Statistical Inference

    This unit introduces advanced statistical inference techniques that are important tools in describing data and developing models.  Indeed, such methods are essential when drawing conclusions from a data generation process that is subject to random variability. The theoretical and computational inferential methodology will be developed through software packages such as MATLAB and the R-package. This unit provides the statistical basis for the honours and postgraduate units in statistics.

  • MXB342 Statistical Techniques

    In an information society there is an increasing range and variety of workplaces in which data and statistical analyses are important in enabling good management and decision-making. This unit will introduce a range of statistical techniques in usage in a variety of disciplines including how to plan experiments, how to model survival data and also how to manage large data sets.  This will provide you with the skills to analyse data sets from a variety of areas in industry and government, such as health science and marketing research, and to also critically evaluate procedures, methods and inferences.  You will be exposed to a range of computing packages such as MATLAB and the R-package.

  • MXB343 Modelling Dependent Data

    In many studies, observations can be correlated. For example, we often see temporal lingering effects over time in time series, or genetic effects in litters or repeated measures from patients in medical trials.  This unit is about using statistical methodology to achieve efficient inference that appropriately takes into account dependencies in such datasets. Many examples and analysis using software such as R packages are involved.

  • MXB344 Generalised Linear Models

    This capstone unit for the Statistics major provides methods for investigating relationships between variables that arise in data from a variety of areas including science, technology and commerce. You will partake in independent and guided learning exercises, culminating in a project with an industry partner, to tackle common challenges encountered in applied data analysis. Technical skills in modelling and analysis of continuous, binary, count and categorical data will be developed in addition to software skills for their implementation. In conjunction with this, project management, teamwork and communication skills will also be developed and applied to solve a real world problem for the industry partner. The learning outcomes for MXB344 are critical for future studies of statistics and in present day roles of data science in industry and government.

  • MXB348 Work Integrated Learning in Statistics

    Throughout your course, you have been building your discipline skills and your understanding of contemporary industry practice.  This capstone unit provides you with the opportunity to bring together the skills that you have developed throughout the statistics major, combining them in a coherent manner to solve a significant and relevant real-world problem from industry.  Your experience will reflect the genuine practice of a statistician in the workforce.

  • MXB361 Aspects of Computational Science

    This unit comprises a number of computational science modules from a variety of disciplines within the Science and Engineering Faculty. It allows students to develop computational techniques applied to a selection of application areas such as computational statistics, computational chemistry, computational physics, computational biology, environmental science and machine-learning. This unit further develops your skills in computational problem-solving, building on work that may have been previously undertaken in MXB161 “Computational Explorations”, MXB261 “Modelling and Simulation Science”, and MXB262 “Visualising Data”.

Psychology & counselling

  • PYB210 Research Design and Data Analysis

    PYB210 is the second in a series of units exploring quantitative and qualitative approaches to research methods.  Material covered in this intermediate unit will include essentials of laboratory and field research design, and computer-assisted analysis of experimental research data.

  • PYB350 Advanced Statistical Analysis

    This unit forms extends on the methods covered in PYB210 to more complex designs and data analysis.  Research design and data analysis skills are core skills in the discipline of psychology. They are not only essential tools for researchers in psychology: They are also integral to the scientist-practitioner model of professional psychological practice. In addition, a sound understanding of research design and statistical techniques will enable you to become critical consumers of psychological research. This unit will provide you with a thorough grounding in analysis of variance techniques, as well as providing an introduction to multiple regression, and extending your skills in qualitative analysis methods. These data analysis tools are used in a broad range of research designs in the social sciences. The unit is both theoretical and practical (analysing data using SPSS), giving students a firm understanding of the principles underlying each analysis and their interpretation.