General Science

Courses

BIOCHEMISTRY I PLANTS BSC102

Biochemistry is the chemistry of living things. This course concentrates on the chemistry of the plants. Some secondary school chemistry will be helpful but not essential to your understanding of the course. This course is very similar to Biochemistry (Animals) though focused on plants so there is no need to take both.

 

 

 

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BIOCHEMISTRY I ANIMAL & HUMAN BSC103

Understand the chemical Processes that are at work inside Human or animal bodies.


Job Prospects

A knowledge of biochemistry can be useful in many types of jobs (eg. lab assistant to medical  receptionist, food industries, fitness industries). Becoming a biochemist requires a great deal more than this one course, but between this course and a full university degree in biochemistry, there are many different vocations you could settle into, and taking this course can be the first step. 

 

This course deals with the chemistry of animals and humans. Some secondary school chemistry will be helpful though it is not essential to success in this course

 

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BIOCHEMISTRY II - BSC203

Biochemistry has its roots in medicine, nutrition, agriculture, and natural products chemistry. It covers many other areas as well, but today it is mostly is concerned with the chemistry of molecules found in and associated with living systems, especially the chemistry of these molecules. Biochemists are always trying to break processes down in order to understand how these work, how molecules are created or destroyed and how they relate and affect each other. With the advent of all the modern equipment and computer systems many biochemists also study intact systems and how each system functions and the other structures or processes that may be affected.

This course focuses on developing a greater familiarisation with biochemical molecules.
Students would normally have completed Plant or Animal Biochemistry I, before attempting this module.

 

 

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BIOCHEMISTRY III (Animal Biochemical Processes) BSC303

Biochemistry III now provides you with a more in depth look at the biochemical processes that drive all animal life on Earth.

This course will build on your existing knowledge to help prepare you for work in a human or animal health or science related profession, as practitioner, educator or researcher.  This course extends from enzymes, glycolysis, fatty acid oxidation to electron transport and lipid and animo acid metabolism and more. 

Prerequisite: Biochemistry II or equivalent

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BIOCHEMISTRY III (PLANT PROCESSES) BSC302

How do animals and humans take food, air and water and process these into chemicals that fuel their activity and build their tissues. Do this course to discover the answers.

A solid knowledge of biochemical processes is a valuable asset in a wide range of careers, from human health services and biological research, to pharmaceuticals, farming and animal health care.

Learn to explain a range of common biochemical processes with emphasis on animal and human biochemical processes. Prerequisites: Biochemistry I and II eqivilent. knowledge.Together with Biochemistry I & II; this course builds your knowledge to a first year college or university level.

 

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CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE VSC001

ACS Certificate in Applied Sciences gives you an excellent foundation in applied science with many options to select specialisation (plant, animal, environmental, health) and very relevant subjects in Science today. It is an excellent tool for people wishing to work or working in science related jobs without formal qualifications, to improve employability and forward your career up the ladder.

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DIPLOMA IN APPLED PLANT SCIENCE

Understand the chemistry, anatomy and physiology of plants

Develop a foundation to work with plant sciences

Take the first steps toward becoming a botanist or plant entrepreneur 

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DIPLOMA IN APPLIED SCIENCE - VSC002

A solid professional training for a career in science, in a technical, management, marketing, consulting or educational role.

This course offers an opportunity to develop a unique mix of scientific knowledge and skills, and in doing so, sets graduates apart from graduates of larger mainstream institutions. Our focus is upon not only teaching you about science, but also developing a capacity to adapt to change through innovative and creative thinking; and a sensitivity to the realities that drive today's world (working to specification, within budget; good management practice and excellent communication skills).

This course takes a Problem Based Learning and Experiential approach to your education; and places significant emphasis upon student services including strong personal interaction with highly qualified professional tutors

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ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS (ENGINEERING II) BSC205

This course complements Engineering I, developing skills to apply appropriate and innovative engineering solutions, to improve efficiency and productivity in agriculture and horticulture. It covers: surveying, earthworks, water management, environmental control (eg. heating, cooling, ventilation, etc.), fencing, chemical applications, mechanising manual tasks, improving engineering efficiency/operations and developing engineering solutions to different workplace tasks/problems.

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Understand Chemicals in the Environment

This course introduces you to core concepts of environmental chemistry, green design, and sustainability. It helps you learn how to recognise potential sources of contamination, understand the effects of different pollutants on the environment and human health, and intentionally design healthier living spaces and practices.

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HEALTHY BUILDINGS I BBS200 (BUILDING CONSTRUCTION & HEALTH)

Develops skills to determine the impact of building construction characteristics upon human health, and to recommend innovations in building design to improve habitability. It covers building materials, construction techniques, electrical wiring, temperature & light control, ventilation, plumbing, ergonomics and psychological factors.

Who should do this?

  • Architects, builders, developers
  • Building and health inspectors
  • Engineers, landscape designers
  • Building supply and manufacturing companies
  • Health practitioners, wellbeing consultants
  • Environmental consultants
  • Anyone else concerned with how building structures affect human health

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HEALTHY BUILDINGS II BSS300 (BUILDING ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH)

Develops skills to evaluate, describe and explain how physical characteristics of a building and its surrounds have an impact upon human health. This course builds on Healthy Buildings I, but can also stand alone as it covers such topics as impact and the macro-environment.

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INDUSTRY PROJECT BIP000

Industry Project or Work Experience

An Industry Project is a requirement in some certificates, diplomas and other qualifications that we offer.

It is designed to foster networking, practical skills and industry awareness.  There are various ways that the requirement can be satisfied and it can be completed from wherever you live in the world.

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INTRODUCTION TO FORENSICS BSC114

Generally speaking, forensic science is the application of any scientific knowledge to the law.  It draws on principles and methods of traditional sciences as well as specific forensic science techniques such as anthropometry, fingerprinting, and blood stain analysis.  Evidence gathered using scientific principles is prepared for submission in courts where it must be presented impartially, and the ultimate test is how well it stands up in court.  

 

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MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT (ENGINEERING I) BCS105

Improve your ability to manage the selection, operation and maintenance of tools and machinery, with particular reference to agriculture and horticulture. Farms, gardens, parks and plant nurseries are largely more productive today than ever before due to mechanisation.

Work that was previously done by many people can now be undertaken by one machine, but it is important to choose the right machine for the job, and use it appropriately.

Understanding machinery and equipment is pivotal to efficient and productive work output in modern horticulture and agriculture. 

This course improves your ability to do the job and in turn enhances your prospects for career advancement or business profitability.

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MICROBIOLOGY BSC209

Learn about microbiology and its broad applications

Microbiology is an increasingly important area of science; not only because of its obvious significance to human health, but also its significance to environmental management, veterinary care, farming and horticulture.

In this course, you will develop a broad based understanding of the science of microbiology. You will explore microbiology and its relationship to:

  • Human, animal and plant disease
  • Routine functions in biology (e.g. absorption of nutrients, immunology, managing waste, etc)
  • Farming - horticulture, agriculture
  • Food industries - food treatment, storage, preservation, etc.
  • Environmental management

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PHYSICS BSC206

Learning Physics is Important to More Jobs than You Might realize

Physics is the foundation for any job that involves light, sound, movement, energy, or any gas, liquid or solid material. When you understand physics, you have a starting point for much of the work that is done in construction, manufacturing, horticulture, agriculture, transport, mining, engineering, photography, communications, information technology, and many other industries.

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RESEARCH PROJECT I BGN102

Learn to plan and conduct research into the current status of an aspect of an industry relating to their area of study, and to complete a descriptive report based on that research.

Research skills improve you capacity to do the job in any career that requires the use of information.

Through this course you learn to discover what you need to know to do the job better; and that makes you into a more valuable employee and a more employable job applicant.

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RESEARCH PROJECT II BGN201

To further develop the student’s ability to monitor, analyse and evaluate a common process (or processes) relevant to their stream studies. (For the purpose of this unit, a "process" is defined as any distinct series of events or changes over a period of time, and which is directly related to the area of study). Prerequisite: Research Project I or equivalent.

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RESEARCH PROJECT III BGN202

Develop innovative approaches to workplace activities through systematic research in an industry relating to their stream studies.
Apply and build on skills and competencies gained throughout previously studied modules developing initiative and innovation.

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RESEARCH PROJECT IV BGN301

Learn how to plan research that culminates in the preparation of an academically sound thesis.

This course is designed to build  on existing research skills, and discipline expertise.

If you know your discipline; have a broad understanding of research techniques or methods; but need to bring all of that together to prepare a thesis; or major research paper for publishing; this course could be just what you seek.

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SOIL AND WATER CHEMISTRY BSC307

Discover the complex interactions between earth, water, and the environment. Learn about sampling, classification, improving fertility and production, and more.


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STATISTICS BSC303

Statistical data is used for better management in every industry in our society. It is critical for conducting scientific research, and vital to managing finance.

A knowledge of statistics can help you at work, in your studies, and in your private life. A lack of understanding at least basic statistics, can be a disadvantage in today's workplace.

This course may not make you into a statistician, but it will provide the most essential knowledge and skills required by consultants, researchers and managers across a wide variety of disciplines.

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WORKSHOP I BGN103

Develop your capacity to identify, select and apply knowledge and skills to appropriate perform workplace tasks in any industry. Through a PBL (problem-based learning) study program this and other workshop projects will develop a "real world" relevance in your overall learning experience.

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WORKSHOP II BGN203

Develop your ability to perform a variety of scientific or technical procedures, using problem based learning strategies (PBL).

What is PBL? Problem-based learning has been defined as: “A learning method based on using problems as a starting point for acquisition and integration of new knowledge.”

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WORKSHOP III BGN302

Develop your ability to plan, implement and assess management strategies, applicable to your industry sector.

This course comprises 3 major PBL projects spread over 100 hours of work:
1. Evaluating Workplace Efficiency
2. Human Resources Supervision
3. Plan Workplace Projects –cyclical or finite.

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