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