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Tony O'Donnell, Dean of Science Faculty

Welcome to the Faculty of Science!

With us, you will learn how to harness the power of science to change lives for the better.

Your studies will involve not only the theory, but the crucial technical skills of your chosen field. Whether it's in our world-class laboratories, on exciting field trips or in real-world industry placements, we give you the chance to become immersed in the hands-on side of science and to equip yourself with the skills you need to compete in an increasingly competitive employment market.

Ensuring that our students have the very best experience is a priority for UWA and for the Faculty of Science. Our student orientation program prepares you for a successful start at university, while our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program allows Level 1 students to access advice and tips from students who have successfully completed the units before. I trust you will appreciate the breadth of opportunities on offer so you can make the most of your time with us and get ready for a great career.

I am sure you will find your scientific journey with us rewarding and fulfilling – good luck! 

Professor Tony O'Donnell
Dean
Faculty of Science

Here you will find information to help you prepare for enrolment in your undergraduate course.

Once you are enrolled, you will become a member of the Faculty of Science student community. There are a variety of resources for current undergraduate students that will help you settle into university life and help you throughout your time as a student at UWA, from first year to graduation and beyond.

Prepare to enrol

Choose your units

The first thing you need to decide is which units you are going to study. The easiest way to find out about your course structure and the units you are required to take is to refer to the UWA Handbook.

Check if a unit has any prerequisites; these must be completed before you can start the unit. Other relevant information includes the unit availability, unit outcomes and assessments.

Our first-year study plans will also help you decide which units to enrol in.

Work out your timetable

Your timetable is important because you will need to attend a number of lectures, tutorials, labs, and workshops for each unit. The timetable website lets you see how your potential unit choices could be scheduled; it does not register you for classes. After enrolment you will use the online class allocation system (CAS), to register for classes.

Refer to the Timetable and online class allocation system (CAS) section for further information.

Once you have completed step 1 and 2 you are ready to enrol!

Review your calendar! Find out which activities you should attend during O-week, the week before semester starts.

Timetable and Class Allocation System (CAS)

Working out your timetable is your responsibility. It is an important task that you should complete in preparation for enrolment.

Your timetable is important because you will need to attend a number of lectures, tutorials, labs, and workshops for each unit; you need to ensure your chosen units do not clash.

It will help to refer to your study plan or revisit the UWA Handbook for unit codes and availability.

The timetable website is an information-only website that should be referred to as you prepare for enrolment. It will help you configure your timetable, allow you to view when and where classes are held (lectures, tutorials and labs) and help you to decide which classes will work with the particular units you have chosen.

The timetable website does not register you for classes.

Change of enrolment, credit for previous study and invalid units

Changing your enrolment

In the majority of cases, you can change your enrolment online via studentConnect. For further details, including relevant cut-off dates, consult the teaching periods, census and withdrawal dates.

Credit for previous study

If you wish to receive credit towards your current degree based on previous study, either from UWA or another approved institution, you will need to apply for advanced standing. Submit your completed advanced standing form to the Science Student Office for consideration.

Invalid units

Information about invalid units is available online. You can also contact the Science Student Office for information. You should attend lectures, laboratory and tutorial classes for units marked as invalid until the problem is resolved.

Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE)

Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) is a compulsory online unit for all UWA students. It introduces the basics of ethical scholarship and the expectations of correct academic conduct.

All students enrolled in a UWA course are required to complete ACE and will be automatically enrolled in the unit. Students who fail to complete the unit successfully by the end of the academic year will not maintain a status of good standing.

Communication and Research Skills (CARS)

Communication and Research Skills is an online unit which assists UWA students to develop basic communication and research skills in an academic context.

All students commencing a first year undergraduate course are required to complete CARS and will be automatically enrolled in the unit. Students who fail to complete the unit successfully by the end of the academic year will not maintain a status of good standing.

Indigenous Study Essentials (ISE)

Indigenous Study Essentials (ISE) is an online unit which assists UWA students to build an awareness of Indigenous peoples and orient themselves within the local Noongar space in which the Crawley campus is situated.

All students commencing a first year undergraduate course are required to complete ISE and will be automatically enrolled in the unit. Students who fail to complete the unit successfully by the end of the academic year will not maintain a status of good standing.

Orientation

Orientation

The faculty runs a series of fun and informative activities during O-week. These activities are designed to help you settle into life at UWA and kick-start your student journey.

The activities have been developed by your lecturers; so they have been carefully designed to get you ready for study at a tertiary level.

By the end of the 2-day Orientation program, you will:
  • Know a group of students doing the same units as you
  • Be familiar with the campus
  • Be familiar with UWA online systems
  • Know what’s expected of you at UWA
  • Meet your lecturers
  • Discover opportunities available as a UWA student
What to bring:
  • A mobile device if possible (i.e. tablet, Smartphone or laptop)
  • Hat and water bottle
  • A willingness to learn and have fun!


 

For more information, including when and where the Orientation activities relevant to you will be held for the upcoming semester, visit Unistart.

At Prospect orientation you will meet a variety of student-run clubs and societies. Getting involved in these clubs can greatly enrich your UWA student experience!

Student life and opportunities

The Faculty of Science has a dedicated Senior Student Experience Adviser, Dr Keal Byrne. Keal actively seeks feedback from students, implements a broad range of projects or helps other faculty members to implement student-focused projects aimed at enhancing the student experience, and constantly evaluates the student lifecycle.

Student clubs and societies
The Faculty of Science is host to a wide variety of student-run clubs and societies. Getting involved in such clubs can greatly enrich your UWA student experience, and puts you in contact with people that share common interests and are going through a similar experience. Student clubs and societies are an excellent support network.
Local volunteering
Volunteering is a great way to gain valuable experience, meet new people and expand your professional networks. Guild volunteering coordinates a wide range of volunteering opportunities in the local community and on UWA campus. On-campus experiences are also advertised via Current Students: Volunteering. Of particular interest, consider being a UniMentor.
Global volunteering
Take your volunteering potential to the next level with organisations such as AIESEC or Enactus. You can travel overseas to complete a global internship, or you may choose to work on a global initiative from UWA campus.
Global learning
There are a wide range of global learning opportunities available to you. These include student exchange programs, independent study abroad, short term programs specific to Faculty of Science students and UWA overseas units. Further information on study abroad programs and study abroad scholarships can be found via the UWA Global Studio. Check your study abroad plans are compatible with your course structure by contacting the Science Student Office.
Service learning
Some units include a Service Learning component. This means that they have community engagement activities embedded into their curriculum.
Become a PAL Leader
A PAL Leader facilitates weekly study sessions for core Level 1 units, and promotes discussion and active learning amongst the group. PAL leaders create an environment where students are relaxed, can make friends and feel comfortable asking questions. The PAL Leader position is a part-voluntary, part-paid position.
'Undergraduate community' on the LMS
You will find more opportunities on the LMS under an Organisation called the 'Science Undergraduate Community.' This features ad-hoc opportunities such as discipline-specific internships, work experience, volunteering opportunities, scholarships and more as they arise. These opportunities come and go throughout the year so check this regularly and be mindful of application due dates.
Share your story on social media

There are a range of opportunities to share your experiences online via our Facebook, Instagram, YouTube channels and more!

Connect with like-minded students, celebrate your success, or simply share a positive experience with our friendly online community. The most popular content includes photos of field trips, classes, UWA social events, and life on campus.

We’ll work with you to create a superstar profile and will get your approval before we publish online.

What’s next?

There are a variety of resources for current undergraduate students that will help you settle into university life, enrich your studies and support you throughout your student journey. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Science Student Office if you need support and advice.