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

  • 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

Chemistry, physics & mechanical engineering

  • CVB101 General Chemistry

    Chemistry deals with the fundamental building blocks of our universe. An understanding of chemistry is essential to understanding our world and to addressing big challenges faced by our society. The knowledge and skills you will learn in this unit, complemented by CVB102 Chemical Structure and Reactivity, provide the broad foundation to progress to more specialised topics in analytical, inorganic, and physical chemistry.

  • CVB102 Chemical Structure and Reactivity

    Chemistry relates to all aspects of our lives. An understanding of chemistry is needed to make sense of our world and to address big challenges faced by our society. Together with its companion unit General Chemistry, this unit provides you with a foundation in the science of Chemistry. It builds on the fundamental scientific concepts and skills introduced in first semester. For Chemistry majors, it provides grounding in the sub-discipline of organic chemistry that you will encounter in second and third year. For students majoring in Biology, it provides the chemical framework necessary for the understanding of the behaviour of organic molecules in complex biological systems.

  • CVB210 Chemical Measurement Science

    This unit introduces students to the underlying concepts of quality in testing and calibration for chemical instrumental or wet-chemical laboratory measurements. It introduces the student to the internationally-recognised quality framework of ISO/IEC 17025-2005 for testing and calibration in the context of a practical laboratory program which makes the connection between the theory and practice in a relevant manner. The understanding and skills in quality measurement are complemented by further related studies in introductory chemometrics, process analytical chemistry and laboratory automation, together with a practical/workshop program in these areas. The practicals and workshops give the student the opportunity to develop technical skills, analytical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. For instance, practicals and workshops will demonstrate how near-infrared chemical measurements can be used to determine the octane number of fuels using chemometric-calibration techniques and, importantly, to define the quality of those measurements.

  • CVB211 Industrial Chemistry

    This unit focuses on technologies central to the modern chemical industry such as catalysis and zeolites.  Catalysts are used in the manufacture of 90 % of all chemicals produced in the world today.  As such, students will be introduced to the basic theories of catalysis and surface science.  These theories will then be expanded into industrial practice by discussion of real world industries such as methanol, ammonia, formaldehyde and nitric acid synthesis.  The drive towards the implementation of green chemistry will also be shown and the translation of “old chemistry” into modern sustainable processes illustrated.

  • 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

    The widespread use of computers, mobile phones, PDAs, digital cameras, USB drives, the internet, etc in everyday activates result in mass amount of electronically stored information. The information may be related to unlawful activities and cyber space security. Finding, interpreting and presenting such digital evidence in a manner that is acceptable to the investigating authorities and the court system is complicated and requires special skills in digital evidence analysis. This unit aims at introducing core knowledge and hands-on experience in relation to this modern discipline of forensic practice. The unit will introduce the nature of the digital forensic evidence and the tools to find, analyze and interpret the electronic evidence.

  • 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 you with an introduction to the basics of analytical testing, detection and identification of synthetic and natural bio-active substances that are frequently encountered in pharmaceutical, forensic and environmental industries. You will also be introduced to biomedical informatics as applied to the discovery of new diagnostic techniques. The unit will introduce modern instrumental analytical platforms such as spectroscopy, chromatography and immunoassay. The unit will also outline the internationally-recognised quality framework of ISO/IEC 17025 for testing and calibration, in the context of a practical laboratory program.

  • 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 evidence arguably has become the most well-known type of forensic evidence, probably because it can be uniquely identifying and because it is the genetic blueprint of the human body. In addition, analytical toxicology has become an essential tool to identify some the conditions under which a crime was attempted. For these reasons, DNA and toxicology evidence have become a highly influential piece of the crime puzzle. In this unit students will be introduced to the concepts of DNA profiling and analytical toxicology and their applications in forensic case work. Students will develop the necessary skills for analysing and interpreting the DNA and toxicology evidences. Students will also 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

    The study of chemistry forms an important foundation for all students of the health sciences. The organisation of the human body begins with chemicals (atoms and molecules) making up its simplest or smallest scale level of organisation. 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 science with topics introduced and applied in a contextualised manner relevant to their disciplines.  As part of your early biomedical science training, you need to explore the chemical composition of the human body and have an understanding of chemical processes relevant to biology. 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

    Professionals in the applied sciences require an understanding of the processes of making and recording measurements and an understanding of the physical principles that govern the behaviour of both the physical parameters being measured and the instrument being used to make the measurement.  The aim of this unit is to introduce you to the processes of making measurements and estimating, processing and interpreting the uncertainties involved with these measurements.  To enable you to understand the physical parameters being measured and also the limits of the measuring instrument; the physics of mechanics, heat, sound and light will be introduced and explained.

  • 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

    This unit introduces you to the physics that affects the universe on a large scale, stretching from the edge of the observable universe down to the Earth’s atmosphere, and addresses the underlying physics of some of the big questions of our time, for example dark energy and global warming. The topics presented include gravity, special relativity, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics and form a foundation for a degree in physics. Theory will be complemented by practical exercises.

  • PVB102 Physics of the Very Small

    This unit introduces physics which affects the universe on a microscopic scale. The concepts and phenomena studied here, such as atomic and nuclear physics, physical optics and waves are fundamental to later studies. Theory will be complemented by practical exercises.

  • 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

    This unit introduces you to the concepts of genetics and evolution and how they underpin all biological sciences. The unit focuses on how genetic variation and evolutionary processes, explain patterns of biological diversity. It develops a contextual framework for a broad understanding of Plant (BVB203), Animal Biology (BVB301) and Ecology (BVB204).

  • 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

    Much of our current pharmacopia is derived from natural sources including plants, animals and bacteria. Using a collaborative approach in workshops and the laboratory, you will investigate the sources, uses and production of medicinally-active compounds of biological origin.

  • 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. Hence, 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 extends high school calculus as well as introducing concepts and skills in matrices, vectors and complex numbers. This unit addresses the need of some students for additional preparation in their transition from high school to university, particularly those who have not studied Queensland Senior Mathematics C or equivalent. Students completing the Bachelor of Mathematics may choose to study this unit as an “Option unit” only.

  • 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

    This unit develops your knowledge, skills and application of computational methods and techniques for solving real world problems using computers. The units focuses on both theoretical development of computational methods and their pratical implementation using the world-leading computational software MATLAB. The fundamental skills you aquire will be essential throughout your degree.  More advanced study is this area is provided in the Applied and Computational Mathematics major.

  • MXB105 Calculus and Differential Equations

    This unit introduces you to university level single variable calculus and simple multivariable calculus, building on prior assumed knowledge equivalent to high school differential and integral calculus. Topics include continuity and differentiability of functions, differential calculus (single and multi variable), Taylor series, integral calculus (single and multi variable). Multivariable and vector-valued functions are introduced and explored and natural extensions of the concepts of differentiation and integration to such functions are developed and investigated. This unit builds fundamental skills for you to transition to second year units and the majors, including applications of interest in each Major area of study.

  • 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

    Describing and understanding relationships in data is important in both scientific exploration and understanding.  Building on methodology from prior studies in probability and stochastic modelling, this unit focuses on the statistical modelling of data with an emphasis on relationships and effects for purposes of statistical inference, prediction and validation.  Attention is also given to the challenges that analysing real-world datasets pose with alternative statistical techniques which yield the valid inference.  This unit provides an introduction to some of the advanced material covered in the latter parts of the Statistical Science major.

  • 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 introduces to you the foundational mathematical concepts of function, matrix and vector algebra, together with the operations of differentiation and integration. Through the exploration and solution of contextualised problems you will develop an understanding of these mathematical concepts as well as competency in appropriate solution methods.

  • MZB126 Engineering Computation

    The rational solution of real-world engineering problems often requires the combination of multiple skill sets across multiple disciplines. In this unit you will develop key skills in mathematics, statistics, modelling and programming that will equip you with a set of fundamental tools for problem solving in the engineering context.

  • MZB151 Mathematical Tools for Computing

    Many application areas within Computer Science use standard mathematical methods as tools for analysis and processing of 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, introductory probability and statistics and basic concepts in differentiation and integration.

  • SEB113 Quantitative Methods in Science

    Mathematics and Statistics underpins Science and Engineering research and practice. In Quantitative Methods in Science you will learn to apply the tools and skills of mathematics and statistics, to analyse, model and represent data for scientific purposes. It develops your practical quantitative problem-solving skills in real multidisciplinary scientific contexts. You will apply and augment your quantitative skills using real-world data collected during field- and laboratory work. This unit also builds awareness of how the different Science disciplines use and represent data, which will facilitate your choice of a discipline major in second semester.

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 unit introduces students to the structure (anatomy) and functions (physiology) of the human body, through an exploration of the major organ systems necessary for life. A focus on medical language development will underpin the learning in this unit, and 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 that will be applied to clinical practice and extended to investigate states of disease throughout the course.

  • LQB280 Genes, Genomes and Genetics

  • LQB286 Biomedical Skills 2

  • 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

  • LQB390 Regional and Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging

    The aims of this unit are to develop anatomical language to identify and describe macroscopic structures of the human body using regional and sectional anatomy approaches, and also understand the relationships between these structures, including anatomical variability.  This unit will  develop skills in anatomical communication, peer collaboration and self-management.

  • LQB450 Foundations of Pharmacology

  • LQB462 Microbial Diagnostics

  • LQB481 Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism

  • LQB482 Anatomical Imaging

  • LQB485 Cell Biology

  • LQB488 Medical Physiology 2

  • LQB490 Cytogenetic and Molecular Pathology

  • LQB494 Pathogen Biology and Pathogenesis

  • 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

  • LQB601 Cancer Biology

  • LQB608 Extreme Physiology

  • LQB670 Anatomical Dissection

  • LQB671 Histological Research Techniques

  • LQB681 Biomolecular Research Skills

  • LQB682 Biomolecular Design

  • LQB683 Diagnostic Cytopathology

  • LQB684 Advances in Medical Biotechnology

  • LQB693 Immunological Approaches for Infection and Immunity

  • LQB694 Infectious Disease Outbreaks

  • 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

  • LSB235 Anatomy of the Lower Limb

  • LSB250 Human Physiology

  • LSB255 Foundations of Anatomy and Histology

  • LSB258 Principles of Human Physiology

  • LSB425 Quality and Analysis in Clinical Pathology

  • LSB492 Microbiology

  • 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

    This third year haematology unit builds on the knowledge and skills you acquired in LSB555 to explore the less common and more complex haematological disorders, malignancies and haemostatic defects encountered in day-to-day practice. This unit will develop your ability to identify and recognise these disorders, and explores the aetiology, pathophysiology and laboratory tests used to investigate and diagnose them, and/or monitor treatment in the clinical setting. This unit, combined with LSB555, prepares you for your clinical internship in fourth year and employment as a medical scientist in a diagnostic haematology laboratory.

  • LSB658 Clinical Physiology

  • LSB665 Transfusion and Transplantation Science

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

    Ultimately, chemistry is the study of change. Changes of state, the mixing of substances, chemical reactions and spectroscopic transitions are manifestations of change on an atomic and molecular level. This unit provides the tools to quantitatively analyse changes accompanying a wide variety of chemical and physical transformations. The fundamental factors that govern the extents (equilibria) and rates (kinetics) of chemical reactions can be understood in these terms. The aim of this unit is to demonstrate how reactions and chemical processes can be described, quantified and understood using macroscopic concepts and through understanding of molecular systems at the microscopic level.

  • CVB204 Organic Structure and Mechanisms

    This unit builds 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 such as CVB 301Organic Chemistry: Strategy for Synthesis and potentially your capstone research project in CVB304 Chemistry Research Project.

  • 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

    This unit provides detailed coverage of the chemistry of coordination compounds. Topics include organometallic chemistry, including metal-carbon bonding, main group and transition metal organometallics and applications of organometallic compounds in synthetic chemistry; bioinorganic chemistry; structure and applications of coordination polymers (also known as metal-organic-frameworks); physical methods of structure determination, such as single crystal X- ray diffraction; and electronic spectroscopy and spectroscopic terms. The unit builds on the concepts developed in CVB201 Inorganic Chemistry and complements final year units in the chemistry major.

  • CVB313 Environmental Analytical Chemistry

    Analytical chemistry of the environmental provides the tools and techniques necessary to make quantitative measurements of the extent of environmental alteration by natural or man-made means.  Principal areas of study include the analytical and instrumental methods used in measuring: air pollution; water pollution; soil and sediment contamination; and pesticide residue contamination in agriculture.  Students will become familiar with the methods of analysis through the lectures as well as a complementary laboratory practical program. This will allow students to develop technical skills such as: sample collection and treatment; using modern instruments, including atomic spectrometric and IC instruments for inorganic elemental analysis, GC, GC-MS and HPLC instruments for organic components.

  • 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

    Thermodynamic behaviour of substances; theory and application of the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics; thermodynamic cycles, including gas cycles, vapour power cycles and refrigeration cycles; gas-vapour mixtures and the principles of air-conditioning; fuels and combustion.

  • PVB200 Computational and Mathematical Physics

    Strong computational skills are important attributes of any physicist, whether working in research or industry, experimental or theoretical. This unit is designed to provide an introduction to computations in physics and build on your mathematical knowledge.  It builds on prior maths study in Maths C or equivalent.

  • 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 examines the microscopic universe from the nucleus down to the fundamental particles and forces from which matter is built. Some current theories of particle physics will be introduced, along with applications of nuclear physics such as chain reactions and medical applications. Theory will be complemented with experimental laboratory work. The unit synthesises previous study in the course including mathematics and classical and quantum mechanics to  develop advanced scientific experimental, communication and report writing skills.

  • PVB304 Physics Research

    This is the capstone unit for the physics major. It further develops your knowledge, skills and application for carrying out physics based research. The unit focuses on experimental design, practical skills, critical analysis and communication. It links to work previously undertaken earlier in the course.

  • 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

    Nanotechnology is an emerging field focused on understanding and exploiting the novel chemical and physical properties of matter at the nanometer scale. Fundamental science suggests that materials with structure at the nanoscale may have unique optical, electronic, or mechanical properties. This unit provides the foundations to understand the origin of these properties, and through computer laboratory training provides the technical tools to calculate the properties of these fascinating materials.

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

    This unit provides an introduction to biological diversity, focusing on super-diverse groups, such as fish, arthropods, fungi and flowering plants. There is a particular emphasis on Australian ecosystems and interactions between e.g. plants and animals, and how biological diversity is promoted, maintained and threatened across different environments. The unit will teach the evolutionary and ecological underpinnings of biodiversity, and you will also learn biological collection and indentification skills.

  • 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 and pests are globally recognised as a critical challenge to biodiversity and food security. With a primary focus on invasive and other pest organisms, Invasion Ecology will cover a range of topics that will provide you with knowledge essential for the effective understanding and management of these species in natural and human altered systems.

  • 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

    Australia's wealth and future economic growth depend largely on its natural resources. A mineral resource represents an enrichment of an element or mineral that can be mined, processed and rehabilitated with financial and social benefit. The natural enrichment of an element or mineral to the levels of a mineral resource requires specific and complex interplay of a variety of geological processes. Thus, mineral resource exploration, delineation and extraction require skilled application of basic geological concepts and an appreciation of social implications.

  • 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.


  • 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 provides you with a practical understanding of computer-based solutions to scientific problems from a wide range of interdisciplinary application areas. You will have the opportunity to develop computing and visualisation skills and apply these to solve real problems involving topics such as image and sound processing, fractals and random walk simulations. These skills are developed further in later semesters, where there are opportunities to study MXB262 (Visualising Data), MXB362 (Advanced Visualisation and Data Science), and MXB261 (Modelling 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

    Studying this unit will allow you to develop further the ideas and techniques that were studied in first year calculus. Advanced calculus allows you to consider more realistic applied mathematics problems that are set in the context of our multivariable world. The unit prepares you for later studies in applied and computational mathematics such as partial differential equations, transport theory and fluid dynamics. This unit covers topics including multivariable functions and coordinate systems, vector-valued functions, differential and integral calculus of multivariable functions, and related applications.

  • 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

    In this unit you will examine a number of essential computational methods in detail, both in terms of their theoretical development and their practical implementation.

  • 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 formal statistical tools such as stochastic process models and statistical methods for theoretical and applied development in a wide range of areas, from communication systems and networks to traffic to law to biology to financial analysis linking with other modern areas of mathematics.  The skills developed in mathematical statistics will be integral in the understanding of material throughout the student's 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

    This unit aims to provide you with the knowledge to apply computational techniques used for simulations (and visualisation) in a selection of application areas where the scientific problems are characterised by widely varying scales, both in space and time. Through this study you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the development and implementation of simulation algorithms. You can further develop your knowledge of visualisation 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 descriptive 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 while providing the support for the exploration of an exciting area of modern mathematics.

  • MXB324 Computational Fluid Dynamics

    This capstone unit provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in applied and computational mathematics to simulate complex real-world problems. Students 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

    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.

  • MXB326 Computational Methods 2

    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

    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.

  • 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 unit builds upon the content of MXB232 and introduces stochastic operations research techniques and other more advanced techniques. This unit will develop and manipulate mathematical and computer models of complex systems composed of people, machines, money and their operating procedures. You will also look at the applications of operations research techniques to solve real-world problems using computer software packages. The topics addressed in this subject are vital in this field and are critical for advanced applications and post-graduate studies in this field.   Topics covered include:  decision analysis; queuing theory; simulation and real life case studies; implementation of heuristic techniques; meta-heuristics; recent developments in stochastics for operations research.

  • MXB335 Advanced Optimisation Modelling

    Operations research techniques are used in numerous industries and are critical for solving the complex decision problems that companies face. This unit introduces both theoretical concepts and their applications to tackling practical problems. It will cover advanced operations research methods and techniques.

  • MXB338 Work Integrated Learning in Operations Research

    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

    For data that arise in business, economics, engineering, agriculture and health it is often unreasonable to assume independence of values.  Data collected in clusters, or spatially or through time or a combination of these often show strong dependence that cannot be ignored for efficient inference. The ability to understand, model and make inferences about such data is therefore of great practical importance.   Further, such skills are integral in the precise prediction of future observations and in the understanding of causal relationships between variables.  This unit extends methodology from earlier studies in statistics through building statistical models for dependent data for practical applications such as optimal forecasting, simulation, causality analysis and in understanding spatial and temporal tends and dependencies.

  • MXB344 Generalised Linear Models

    This capstone unit for the Statistical Sciences 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 to tackle common challenges encountered in applied data analysis.  The unit is designed such that it provides you with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills from their entire course in preparation for a career in statistics.  There is also a focus on the clear communication and reporting of results and conclusions from statistical analyses.  You will undertake this learning experience through the use of the SAS computing environment.

  • 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”.

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