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University of Western Sydney Locked Bag 1797 Penrith NSW 2751 Australia www.uws.edu.au Course Information Centre 1300 897 669 study@uws.edu.au


Undergraduate Prospectus 2014

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Contents 2013 UNDERGRADUATE COURSES Success comes from knowledge. The key to power is knowledge. Gaining knowledge gives you the power to be successful in life, in your career and to make a difference in the lives of others. We want you to be successful. We want you to grab your opportunity for success at the University of Western Sydney. WHY UWS? 4 Life at UWS 6 UWS accommodation 8 UWS campuses 10 Inspiration for your success

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Teaching and learning success

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Internationally recognised research

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Providing opportunities for success

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Inspiring Indigenous success 24 Indigenous courses 25 DEGREES OF SUCCESS 28 Arts 28 Business 29 Communication Arts 30 Engineering, Information and Communications Technology

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Forensics 32 Health Science, Nursing and Sport Science

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Law 34 Medicine 35 Policing and Criminology 36 Psychology 37 Sciences 38 Social Sciences 39 Teaching and Education 40 Tourism and Urban Planning

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THE INSIDE INFORMATION ON APPLYING

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Apply to UWS 43 Alternative entry options

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The inside information for parents

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Frequently asked questions 46 Applicant checklist 47 Helping you PASS 48

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Research is the strength of UWS ‘The strength of this University is in its research, being a mechanism for engagement with the region. ‘The University continues to analyse the real issues of real people, enhancing the social equity advocacy of western Sydney that I initiated. ‘I specified that the goal of this concept was not equality of incomes, but greater equality of services. ‘I am very proud to have a longstanding association with the University of Western Sydney.’

Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC Australian Prime Minister from 5 December 1972 to 11 November 1975, Gough Whitlam AC QC has maintained strong ties with the people of western Sydney. He was the Federal Member for Werriwa from 1952 to 1978, a seat which represented seven suburbs now located in seven separate electorates in western Sydney. The Whitlam Institute was established at the University of Western Sydney in 2000 by way of agreement between Gough Whitlam and the University. The Institute commemorates his life and work and pursues the causes he championed, including giving a voice and resources to the people of western Sydney. Gough Whitlam received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Sydney in 2002 for his work in advancing the interests of the people of Western Sydney.

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Why UWS Are you ready to embark on an exciting future? It starts here. We invite you to discover how the University of Western Sydney can set you on the right path for your dream career. But it’s not just about the destination – the journey is just as important. And at UWS, we offer an exciting and enriching study experience, preparing you for personal and professional success in whatever field you wish to specialise in. As one of the largest universities in Australia, the University of Western Sydney sets students up for success through a broad range of degrees. With campuses spread across Greater Western Sydney – from Campbelltown to Parramatta to Hawkesbury – UWS offers specialised, purpose-built learning facilities, providing the perfect environment to put knowledge into action and gain critically important experience.

You will learn from researchers whose ground-breaking work is recognised nationally and around the world, and from lecturers whose passion is teaching and learning excellence. To ensure you have the most enriching experience at university, we have designed and implemented a range of opportunities such as the UWS Triple Advantage, Student Exchange, and industry-supported practical internships, while our scholarships and leadership programs can help you shape a successful future. In this Guide, find out why you should be part of the UWS Degrees of Success story.

Degrees of Success Degrees offered at UWS are designed for success. They offer flexibility, practical skill development and the theoretical knowledge you need to become a careerready graduate. We also offer a range of advanced and combined degrees to help you reach even higher levels of success. Students in the advanced degrees are invited to apply for the elite UWS Future Leaders Aspire Program, are supported by an academic mentor throughout their degree and gain experience in undertaking their own research. In 2013 we are introducing new degrees which will further enhance your options.

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Opportunities for Success The University of Western Sydney is committed to ensuring your time at university is both professionally successful and personally valuable – and provides many unique opportunities to help you achieve this goal. •

UWS Triple Advantage – supports HSC and IB candidates to realise their higher education goals

UWS Scholarships – through a range of nearly 200 scholarships, we are committed to providing both the opportunity and the means for students to turn their aspirations into reality

UWS Future Leaders Aspire Program – an inspirational professional development and personal enrichment program specifically designed by UWS

UWS Student Exchange – broaden your academic horizons and life experience with overseas study

Indigenous Graduate Attribute Recognising the importance of understanding Indigenous Australian histories and cultures, the Indigenous Graduate Attribute adds Indigenous-specific content to elements of study for existing courses at UWS. Core units with Indigenous content now complement courses across disciplines including Nursing, Medicine, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Law, Psychology, Arts and Humanities. UWS graduates will gain an appreciation of the history and culture of Indigenous Australia, as well as knowledge and skills which can be applied through productive work in Indigenous communities, but will be equally important across a wide range of career paths. UWS is the first university in the country to commit to incorporating formal study and assessment of Indigenous Australian histories and cultures in its courses – a major achievement for the University.

Careers and Co-operative Internships – students and recent graduates are connected with employers through a range of programs Learn more about your opportunities for success at UWS on page 22.


Teaching and Learning Success

Internationally Recognised Research

At UWS, we recognise that education is not only about what you teach, it’s also about how you teach. The quality of your educational experience is a critical factor that can significantly affect your learning outcomes.

Imagine learning from those undertaking highimpact research that will make a difference to contemporary life around the world.

The University of Western Sydney has a reputation for teaching and learning excellence. We value innovation, and learning techniques such as podcast lectures, access to an online learning portal and interactive classes ensure the time you spend with us is fulfilling, stimulating and rewarding. Gaining practical experience is the key ingredient for your success in the workplace after graduation, and forms part of most degree programs.

That’s the reality at UWS. Our internationally recognised research programs focus on our communities, contributing to and enhancing our region’s cultural, economic, environmental and educational development. Nationally, our reputation for research excellence has placed us in the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) funding top 20. Two of the University’s key research areas – cultural studies and plant biology – were labelled ‘well above world standard’, achieving the highest ranking possible, in the 2010 ARC Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation. If a career in research is your calling, UWS offers training programs for postgraduate research students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career researchers – helping to develop future generations of researchers.

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Communication Arts It’s an exciting time to be preparing to enter the Communication Arts industry. The Communication Arts programs at UWS offer a wealth of meaningful perspectives on communicating ideas. The $2 million media studio and community TV station (TVS) at Werrington South campus provide you with unrivalled facilities and practical training. And with our courses recognised and accredited by the key governing bodies, a degree in Communication Arts will have you primed for creative success.

Career Opportunities

Examples include roles in print and broadcast journalism, online publications and communication industries, professional animators, graphic designers, web designers, professional photographers, illustrators, art directors, professional art practitioners, music performance, teaching, artistic direction, concert management, and community music.

Find out more

Request a Communication Arts 2013 Course Guide by contacting the UWS Course Information Centre on 1300 897 669 or study@uws.edu.au COURSE

LOCATION

DURATION

ATAR

Penrith

3F/6P

70.00

Parramatta*

3F/6P

70.00

B Communication / B International Studies

Parramatta

4F

nc

B Communication / B Laws

Parramatta

5F

90.10

B Communication (Advertising, Journalism, Media Arts Production, Public Relations)

B Design (Visual Communication)

Penrith

4F

65.05

B Contemporary Art

Penrith

2F/4P

N/A

B Music

Penrith

3F/6P

N/A

Key: B = Bachelor, F = Full-time, P = Part-time, nc = New course, N/A = ATAR N/A, Alternative Entry. * Journalism, public relations, advertising majors only at Parramatta

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Engineering, Information and Communications Technology Enrol in an Engineering, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) or Computing degree at UWS and enjoy learning and working with one of the most advanced robotic assembly systems – unique to an Australian university. Analyse and develop new IT applications, and draw on solid technological resources and inspirational teachers to develop the technical and professional skills needed to help you succeed.

Career Opportunities

Examples include positions in the fields of design, construction and management, hardware and software development, structural design, project management, environmental engineers, and machinery design and development.

Find out more

Request an Engineering, Information and Communications Technology 2013 Course Guide by contacting the UWS Course Information Centre on 1300 897 669 or study@uws.edu.au

COURSE

LOCATION

DURATION

ATAR

B Engineering (Advanced)

Penrith

4F/8P

92.10

B Engineering (Civil, Computer, Construction, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, Robotics and Mechatronics, Telecommunications)

Penrith

4F/8P

74.15

B Engineering Science

Penrith

3F/6P

65.25

B Construction Management

Penrith

4F/8P

68.25

B Design and Technology

Penrith

3F/6P

65.15

B Housing

Penrith

3F/6P

65.00

B Industrial Design

Penrith

4F/8P

65.05

Campbelltown

3F/6P

nc

Parramatta

3F/6P

nc

Penrith

3F/6P

nc

Campbelltown

3F/6P

65.40

Parramatta

3F/6P

65.30

Penrith

3F/6P

65.10

B Computing (Information Systems) (Advanced)

Parramatta

3F

nc

B Computing (Information Systems)

Parramatta

3F

65.30

B Computer Science (Advanced)

Penrith

3F

91.00

B Computer Science (Computer Forensics, Intelligent Systems, Networked Systems, Systems Programming)

Penrith

3F

75.40

Parramatta

4F

71.05

Campbelltown

4F

66.80

Parramatta

4F

66.25

Campbelltown

4F

67.05

Parramatta

4F

66.65

B Information and Communications Technology (Advanced)

B Information and Communications Technology

B Information and Communications Technology / B Arts B Information and Communications Technology / B Business and Commerce

B Information and Communications Technology / B Business and Commerce (Accounting) Key: B = Bachelor of, F = Full-time, P = Part-time, nc = New course.

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UWS Undergraduate Prospectus 2014