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The Graduate Diploma in Applied Science


The Graduate Diploma in Applied Science is open to graduates who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge of a selected and limited area of applied science which may cross the traditional boundaries between recognised disciplines. The diploma programme is also intended to serve the needs of experienced scientists who may wish to extend their knowledge, bring it up to date or acquire a qualification in selected areas of study. The requirements for the diploma must be completed within one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.
Candidates are required to complete three components:
1.   30 points at Level 5 which will normally be an existing paper
2.   a directed programme of study, which may be one existing Level 5 paper (30 points) with such additional work as is appropriate, or which may be some combination of whole or part papers above Level 1 such that its components shall be equivalent to at least 30 points at Level 2, 3 or 4, and
3.   a report of an investigation (equivalent to 60 points at Level 5).
The report is a major part of the requirements but it is not intended to be a piece of original research; rather it is the result of an investigation of a situation or problem to which scientific expertise may be applied. The report should take a form appropriate to its topic; thus it may have the form of an environmental impact report, or be designed as a submission to a planning tribunal. The report must not exceed 20,000 words of text; it must be typed and bound in stiff covers. The candidate will be required to present orally a review of the investigation. The investigation and report preparation will represent four months of full-time work.
A director of studies will be appointed for each candidate by the chairperson of department, who is responsible for the majority of the work of the candidate. The programme of study of each candidate must be approved by the chairperson of department before a candidate’s enrolment is accepted. Intending candidates are advised, therefore, to consult appropriate chairpersons of departments before seeking enrolment.
Prescriptions for the topics offered in any given year are shown under subject headings in the Calendar.

Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (GradDipAppSc)
1.   Every candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Applied Science shall
  (a)   have qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science of the University of Waikato, or
  (b)   have been granted the right to proceed to the diploma under the admission ad eundem statum regulations, or
  (c)   in exceptional circumstances, have produced other evidence to the satisfaction of the Academic Board that he or she has adequate training and ability to proceed to the diploma.
  Provided that with the special approval of the Academic Board and under such conditions as the Board may prescribe in each case, a person who
  (d)   has completed the minimum requirement for the degree of Bachelor of Science of the University in the major subject or subjects, being the subject or subjects he or she is presenting for the Diploma in Applied Science, and
  (e)   has no more than 20 points left to complete the requirements of that bachelors degree of the University,
  may be permitted to be a candidate for the diploma with a maximum period of study of one year but shall be deemed not to have qualified for the award of the diploma until such time as he or she has also qualified for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Science.
2.   Every candidate for the diploma shall be enrolled in the School of Science and Engineering and thereafter shall follow to the satisfaction of the Academic Board a programme of full-time study for one year or part-time study for two years from the date of first enrolment for the diploma.
  A candidate will not normally be allowed to transfer from full-time to part-time enrolment.
3.   The programme of study of each candidate shall be determined by the Academic Board in the light of his or her prior studies and experience and of the topic selected for the diploma.
4.   Every candidate shall complete to the satisfaction of the Academic Board such class work, practical work, assignments, tests, reports, and oral and written examinations as may be required in any paper being taken, and shall normally be required to gain a pass in every paper presented for the diploma.
5.   The subjects in which the diploma may be offered are:
      Biological Sciences
      Chemistry
      Computer Science
      Earth Sciences
      Materials and Process Engineering
      Mathematics
      Physics
      Science and Technology Education
      Statistics
  The topics for the diploma shall be listed in the Calendar of the University of Waikato. Not all topics listed will be offered in every year.
6.   Every candidate shall complete satisfactorily
  (a)   30 points in an approved paper at Level 5
  (b)   one directed programme of study equivalent to 30 points at Level 2, 3 or 4, and
  (c)   a written report of an investigation of an approved topic (equivalent to 60 points at Level 5).
  If Science and Technology Education is taken as a subject for the diploma, at least one-third of the overall diploma content must be in one of the other subjects listed in section 5 of these regulations.
7.   The report of an investigation shall take a form appropriate to the topic and the candidate shall also be required to present orally a review of his or her investigation. One copy of this report shall be submitted to the Director of the Student and Academic Services Division at the conclusion of the period of study.
8.   The diploma shall be awarded to successful candidates without classification.
9.   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in these regulations the Academic Board may in individual cases dispense with or suspend any requirement of sections 2, 6 and 7 of these regulations if it deems it appropriate to do so.

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