Australian Case Studies
The Curtin Case Study gives an overall view of the Bachelor of Science. In the BSc students choose from four structured programs for first year, which prepare them for a broad area of study without locking them into one particular discipline.
The JCU Case Study focuses on the Marine Biology major in either the BSc. The BSc program features great flexibility that makes defining the critical pathway for building QS quite challenging. JCU has developed an integrated first year QS unit for all science students that involves collaboration across mathematics and science departments.
The La Trobe Case Study focuses on majors in the Biological Sciences in either the BSc or the BBiolSc. The flexible nature of the degree program, especially in the second and third years, enables students to mix and match thus making it difficult to identify the “QS pathways” within the majors.
The Macquarie Case Study focuses on majors in the Biological Sciences. The Biological Sciences majors incorporate QS into many units, as evidenced by the curriculum mapping documentation which articulates what QS are needed and which units include them across the degree program.
The Monash Case Study focuses on major in Biological Sciences in the BSc. QS are expected to be embedded from first year. However, the flexible nature of the degree program, especially in the second year enables students to mix and match.
The Melbourne Case Study focuses on two degree programs: the BSc with a focus on the Biological Sciences majors and the Bachelor of Biomedicine. Both programs provide good QS foundation in first year but offer flexibility in second and third years that blurs the QS critical pathway.
The University of Sydney Case Study focuses on majors in the Biological Sciences. The Biological Sciences majors can build on the mathematical and statistical knowledge provided in the compulsory level one units. However, this program features flexibility, especially in the second and third years that enables students to mix and match.
The UQ Case Study focuses on the Biomedical Sciences major in the BSc. The BSc requires a calculus-based entry unit (Maths B). The Biomedical Sciences major recommends a common first year for students then includes some core units with greater flexibility in upper levels of study.
The UWS Case Study focuses on the Chemistry major in the BSc. This major offers students a choice between two calculus based mathematics units at the first year level. This knowledge is built upon in varying degrees in the subsequent chemistry units that are compulsory.
The Wollongong Case Study focuses on Bachelor of Science majors in the Biological Sciences. In this majors QS are embedded within level 1 discipline units, progresses through a level 2 statistics unit followed by the embedding of QS components in level 3 biological sciences units.
USA Case Studies
The JMU Case Study focuses on the Biology major which offers considerable QS structure in the first two years of the program. The final two years provide students greater flexibility. Interestingly, JMU has a well-developed program of evaluation, a weakness of universities that have been covered by the QS in Science project.
The UMD Case Study focuses on Biological Sciences major where strategies to embed mathematical and statistical content into units are across four years of study and included: creation of a series of online modules, MathBench, development of a highly quantitative biology unit, and an upper-level mathematical biology unit.