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Bachelor of Science - Global Challenges


Faculty of Science and Engineering
Bachelor of Science - Global Challenges (BScGlobalCh)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 3 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 3 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 72
Of your 72 credit points, complete a maximum of 30 credit points at 100 level
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 42
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 18
Minimum number of credit points designated as Science 42
Completion of a qualifying major for the Bachelor of Science
Completion of a designated People unit
Completion of a designated Planet unit
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below
Students must complete one designated People unit and one designated Planet unit. Those units must be taken in two different Faculties. Any unit which is listed below or as part of the student's qualifying major(s) will not satisfy the People unit requirement or Planet unit requirement.

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

100 level

3cp from
Discrete Mathematics I (3)
Quantitative Methods for Science (3)
Mathematics IA (Advanced) (3)
Mathematics IA (3)
Introductory Statistics (3)
Statistical Data Analysis (3)
3cp from
Geographies of Global Change (3)
Urban Planet: Cities and Planning in the Anthropocene (3)
Sustainability, Science and the Law (3)
Introduction to Global Politics (3)
Economy and Society (3)
Demographic Fundamentals (3)

200 level

Global Challenges and STEM (3)

300 level

Global Challenges Project (6)

Not all qualifying majors listed for the Bachelor of Science can be completed in minimum time with a Session 2 commencement. The following majors can be completed in minimum time with a Session 2 commencement:
Business Information Systems
Cyber Security
Date Science
Decision Science
Human Biology
Human Geography
Information Systems and Business Analysis
Psychological Science
Software Technology
Spatial Information Science
Web Design and Development

Qualifying Majors
AQF Level Level 7 Bachelor degree
CRICOS Code 095108B
Overview and Aims of the Program The Bachelor of Science - Global Challenges prepares graduates to find solutions to the challenges facing society.

Global society faces a range of challenges, from growing energy demands to new and emerging diseases, from the provision of adequate food and water to the threats of transnational crime, from the issues of data security and privacy to degrading environments. Science will play an important role in how society will find innovative solutions to these challenges. Graduates of this program will be equipped to meet these challenges with both in-depth scientific knowledge and the ability to take that knowledge and apply it in real-world settings.

Through the choice of a major graduates will extensively study one or more science areas. Specialist units of this degree will explore the fundamental challenges of our time and the contribution Science can make to their solution. Amongst these will be project based units where students, in inter-disciplinary teams, will develop innovative solutions to a selected issue or problem.

This inter-disciplinary approach is a hallmark of our graduates and highly valued by employers: one of the reasons why we have strong ties to industry.

The Bachelor of Science - Global Challenges will help you develop skills such as problem solving and critical thinking through practical work and peer-assisted learning. Our science staff are recognised for their excellence in teaching and many are known internationally for their research, ensuring you are taught with the most up-to-date scientific knowledge.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

- discuss, analyse and describe the range of challenges facing global society in the twenty-first century
- understand and describe the role science has to play in meeting these challenges
- apply the knowledge gained through in-depth discipline study to propose and implement solutions to a range of real-world challenges
- successfully work in multi-discipline teams and communicate outcomes to a variety of audiences.

You will also have achieved the learning outcomes of your chosen major.
The number of PLOs that a program should have is not specified. As a guide, between eight and twelve PLOs would be a reasonable number.
PLOs are made publicly available and so will be read by a wide audience. When writing PLOs it is useful to ask "is this written in a way which would be intelligible, accessible and meaningful to our students and prospective students?". Generally speaking, learning outcomes should be expressed in a form that includes action verbs, describing something your students can actually do, and can be assessed to have successfully done, like "identify", "describe" or "differentiate".
The AQF asks that PLOs should address the areas of Knowledge and Understanding, Skills and Capabilities, and the Application of Knowledge and Skills. It isn't necessary for each PLO to be classified under one of these headings. However it is important for the overall collection of PLOs for a program to clearly address all of these factors.
Each program learning outcome should be mapped to the graduate capabilities it fosters, using the standard letter codes given.
Learning and Teaching Methods The specialist units, FOSC201 and FOSC303, combine hands on practical experience and group-based discussions with important conceptual learning. Lecture are used both to convey theoretical and conceptual knowledge and as active venues for students to participate. Tutorials and practicals provide venues for discussion and the development and application of ideas. Project-based work forms an important component of these units.

For details of the approaches in particular majors, please consult the information about those majors.
Assessment Assessment in the specialist units, FOSC201 and FOSC303 centres on group and project-based work. All assessment is based on standards which are provided to students, so that students are aware of what is required for each assessment item.

The assessment approach used in the units that make up each major is described in the information available on that major.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Through the final year project, the PACE unit and advanced study in their chosen discipline students will be well-prepared for whatever path they choose post-graduation. The emphasis on practical, project-based work will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to employ science in tackling real-world problems. The in-depth knowledge gained from their major will prepare them for future study in their chosen discipline.

Possible careers include those available in the specialist area of their major, and more information on those can be found in the information available on each major. The analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills gained through a science degree are also highly valued in many careers beyond the traditional science fields.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see

2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148