REGULATIONS FOR THE POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN SCIENCE (2014)
 
1. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
An applicant shall be eligible to be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Science if that applicant has:
a) Completed a bachelor’s degree in science from a recognized university or institute of higher learning, and has the pre-requisites to enter one of the four strands in the Postgraduate Diploma as follows:
i. Applied Computing: A major in Computing Science or equivalent
ii. Environmental Science: A major in Environmental Science or Geography or equivalent
iii. Applied Statistics: Any 3 x 300 level courses (Open)
iv. Mathematics: Any 3 x 300 level courses from HMA300, HMA311, HMA321, HMA323, HST351 or equivalent
b) A first degree qualification that is relevant or deemed equivalent to a).
 
2. MODE OF STUDY
Full-time or part-time
 
3. DURATION
Not less than two semesters full-time and four semesters part-time.
 
4. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
Unless credit is granted under the Statute/Regulations on Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit& Recognition of Current Competency, this programme consists of:
a) Two compulsory courses: HSC500 Research in the Sciences; HSC501 Research Methods for Sciences
b) Four other courses chosen from those listed in schedule 1.
c) A maximum of two credits is allowable for this programme.
 
5. PROGRAMME LOAD
For full-time students, three courses per semester, part-time students two courses per semester. An underload or overload has to be approved and signed for on the enrolment form, by the Dean or the Dean’s nominee.
 
6. PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
To be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Science a student must pass the six (6) courses as prescribed in 4 above.
 
7. These Regulations are effective from 1 January, 2015.
 
SCHEDULE
 
COMPULSORY COURSES
HSC500 Research in the Sciences
HSC501 Research Methods for Sciences
 
APPLIED COMPUTING
HCS580 Selected Issues in ICT in Samoa
HCS583 Database Design
HCS585 Management of Information Systems within Organisations
HCS587 Network Design and Management
HCS589 Issues in ICT and Education
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
HSC580 Global Environmental Issues and Samoa
HSC581 Climate Change
HSC582 Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods
HSC583 Disaster Management
 
APPLIED STATISTICS
HST551 Applied Statistics
HST552 Design of Science Experiments
HST553 Biostatistics
HST554 Computational Statistics in R
 
MATHEMATICS
HMA571 Mathematics Problem Solving and Analysis
HMA521 Advanced Calculus
HMA522 Complex Analysis
Plus ANY Applied Statistics course
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