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Scientific Computing

Undergraduate | MAQ-FOSX1025 | 2024

Build data and IT skills that you’ll use throughout your science degree and career. You’ll learn how to collect, prepare, and process data using computers. See how spreadsheets can enhance the efficiency and accuracy of your scientific research.

Study method
100% online
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Enrol by
14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024,
22 July 2024

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Scientific Computing

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the role of data, computing and computing tools for science
    2. Determine the appropriate computing tool for the key stages of data manipulation
    3. Prepare and clean data so that it can be processed by computer tools
    4. Communicate the steps performed in the preparation and processing of data so that they can be reproduced
    5. Explain the ethical implications of the use of computers for gathering, processing, and storing data
    6. Demonstrate foundational employability and self-directed learning skills, including recording academic achievements to link university study to future careers.

Entry requirements


NCCW (2020 and onwards)
FOSE1025 Scientific Computing

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA subjects offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in subjects through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Science

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