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Faculty of Arts, Health & Sciences

Aims, Goals and Focus

Central Queensland University’s distinctive Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences is committed to providing more flexible and attractive programs which better meet the needs of students and their employers.

The Faculty ensures that the content of its programs not only satisfies the academic requirements for their respective degrees, but also satisfies the entrance requirements of professional bodies where applicable. Regular reviews of its programs ensure that graduates continue to meet employers’ requirements and that accreditation is maintained and the content of the programs remains current.

The Faculty is a clear leader in the Australian tertiary sector in terms of the range of programs available by distance education or online delivery, including a full range of experimental science and health science related programs, social work, psychology, sociology, environmental studies and humanities programs.

Philosophy of Teaching

Programs offered by the Faculty are available in a variety of study modes. All are available either on campus in Rockhampton, or by distance education and flexible delivery. The first year of most degree programs is available at CQU Bundaberg and Mackay. The Bachelor of Arts, in selected fields of study, and the Bachelor of Health (Nursing) degree may also be completed at CQU Bundaberg and Mackay.

This multi-campus mode of offering requires staff to use the latest technology in delivery such as Interactive Systemwide Learning (ISL) between campuses which allow students to receive lectures simultaneously, irrespective of campus.

Diversity and Strength

The Faculty is unusual in terms of the diversity of offerings coming under the one faculty banner. Schools of Biological and Environmental Sciences; Chemical and Biomedical Sciences; Health and Human Performance; Humanities; Nursing and Health Studies; Psychology and Sociology; Social Work and Welfare Studies; make up the Faculty. These Schools not only indicate the current range of disciplines open to students, but lend themselves to the future plans of the Faculty as far as expanding into areas that will essentially result from the new synergies to come from this dynamic faculty.

A feature of the Faculty’s operations is its attention to links with secondary schools and to groups traditionally under-represented in science programs. In particular, the Women Into Science and Technology (WIST) program is located within the Faculty. WIST is aimed at providing women with access to University study by sponsoring preparatory programs to strengthen their knowledge base. In addition, the Faculty offers preparatory programs for students wishing to prepare themselves for tertiary study.

Programs on offer include Introbiol, Introchem and Communication Pathways into University. A number of other CQU preparatory programs exist in areas such as physics, mathematics and computing.

Partnership with Industry

Many of the Faculty’s programs are linked directly to industry needs. The combined degrees, for example, are designed to provide employers with multiskilled graduates. Some of the courses from the Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management program have been written by industry experts.

Through the research undertaken within the Faculty, strong links with local research agencies have occurred, in particular with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), and CSIRO, the Koala Research Centre of Central Queensland (a cooperative venture between the University, Department of Environment and the Rockhampton City Council), to name a few.

The Primary Industries Research Centre (Plant Sciences Group), which comes under the umbrella of the Faculty, maintains an active liaison with industry and community interest groups through participation on various steering committees and workshop groups (e.g. CQ Mine Rehabilitation Group), and through direct research project alliances with industries (e.g. Asian vegetables program). These liaisons bring a ‘real world’ focus to the Group’s activities, and contribute significantly to the funding of scholarships and equipment.

Faculty staff make an important contribution to the Centre for Environmental Management and the Cooperative Research Centre for Coastal Zone, Estuary and Waterway Management.

Opportunities for Students

The Faculty provide students with highly regarded, discipline-based programs in fields such as biology, chemistry, health education, health promotion, human movement science, humanities, nursing, occupational health & safety, psychology, sociology and social work.

The Faculty will support the emergence of many new programs and a blending of existing disciplines of study to produce new programs in response to public demand and industry need. One such program is the Bachelor of Environmental Science degree in which students may choose courses from biology, chemistry, geography, occupational health and safety and/or sociology.

Others are the Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree and the new Bachelor of Psychology degree.

The Faculty offers research based PhD and Masters degrees which may be taken in areas such as history, geography, literary and cultural studies, pyschology, sociology, applied science, health science, and human movement science. Postgraduate coursework programs covering fields as diverse as environmental management, occupational health and safety, science communications, and a range of health related areas (including clinical nursing, midwifery, and family and community health are also available.

Support Services for Students

The Faculty is committed to providing sound program advice for students and as such the Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences has established an integrated Student Information Centre with staff who are dedicated to this task.

Students are encouraged to contact Faculty staff with any of their concerns. Students will be assisted directly or referred to specialist support staff.

Research Areas and Areas of Specialisation and Expertise

Research is one of the central activities at a university. It represents the scholarly pursuits of generating new knowledge and distilling new ideas from existing knowledge.

The Honours year aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in these scholarly pursuits, either as a preparation for further study, such as Masters or Doctorate, or as a culmination of three years of undergraduate study. Honours years are currently available in areas such as arts, biology, chemistry, health, human movement science, and nursing. Outstanding students in the Bachelor of Psychology or the Bachelor of Social Work degrees graduate with honours.

The Faculty of Arts, Health & Sciences has considerable strength in research, being the host Faculty to four of the University’s six designated research centres; the Centre for Molecular Architecture, the Primary Industries Research Centre, the Centre for Environmental Management, and Centre for Social Science Research.

The Faculty is also host to the Central Queensland Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory, which is the best equipped and most modern instrumentation laboratory in regional Australia, and to the University’s Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Unit.

Faculty Contact

Students should contact the Program Coordinator for their program of study as outlined in each program entry.


Faculty of Business & Law

Aims, Goals and Focus

The mission of the Faculty is to provide high quality education and professional training, and to undertake research in business-related disciplines necessary to build an internationally competitive community.

The Faculty will provide an environment in which both staff and students aspire to high standards of intellectual, professional and ethical development. The Faculty will provide business skills for the University’s research centres and promote the practical use of technology advances in business, commerce and public organisations.

Philosophy of Teaching

The Faculty employs innovative teaching methods. Apart from the traditional lecture and tutorial methods, it also uses the latest technology to allow interactive videoconferences between campuses. Faculty staff also use other state-of-the-art technology in lectures and tutorials. For postgraduate programs, workshops are also arranged for selected courses.

The Faculty ensures the content of its programs not only satisfies the academic requirements for their respective degrees, but it also satisfies the entrance requirements of various professional bodies such as the Certified Practising Accountants Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian Human Resources Institute, where relevant. It also engages in regular reviews of its programs to ensure the content of those programs is current. This ensures accreditation is maintained and graduates continue to meet employers’ requirements.

Apart from its students, the Faculty recognises that its staff are an important asset. The Faculty has a deliberate policy of ensuring that staff not only meet the high academic standards expected, but they also have had commercial experience. The Faculty has also been able to attract a considerable number of international staff.

The Faculty is very dynamic, and offers programs on each campus, including each international campus of the University.

The Faculty is unique in that it brings together many disciplines that exist within commerce. Throughout its programs, it stresses that no one part of a firm can exist in isolation, but that all parts need to integrate. The programs also place great importance on firms having to compete in an environment that is continually subject to change and gives recognition to firms competing in an international environment.

The Faculty is experienced in delivering programs through a variety of modes, having commenced its offering of programs by distance education in 1978. Most programs are offered on an on-campus and distance education basis. Internally they are offered on many different campuses using the latest technology in delivery. Regular contact between lecturers and students is encouraged and the necessary facilities within the Faculty are available to achieve this.

Partnership with Industry

Business programs contain a practical emphasis and, for selected courses within programs, assessment provides for hands-on experience.

Professional Networking for Students

Faculty facilities are provided for students to participate in student association professional body activities, thereby commencing networking within the chosen profession and also within the community.

The Faculty works in close cooperation with the Student Association to ensure that student needs are met.

Support Services for Students

The Faculty places emphasis on ensuring that students are provided with program advice for their particular degree and has staff who are dedicated to this special task.

The Faculty is very technologically oriented. It provides 24-hour computer facilities to provide students with opportunities to experience the latest technologies available. Support is provided for international students to undertake their studies.

Research Areas and Areas of Specialisation and Expertise

The Faculty of Business & Law has a rapidly developing research program, and an active research degree program at Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels. All research students are given a two-day orientation to the Faculty and their research program, and further supported in a collegiate and consultative environment. Research students are further supported by a number of Faculty scholarships and grants, and by the provision of study space, computers, and office services.

Qualified staff are available to supervise Business Honours and Masters by research students in all of the discipline areas of the Faculty, which are: management, human resources management, public policy, economics, law, marketing, strategic management, tourism, and accounting and finance. At doctoral level, the Faculty can supervise candidates in some of the above discipline areas.

Faculty Contact Number

Students should make enquiries to the following:

Postgraduate program enquiries 07 4930 9358.
Undergraduate program enquiries 07 4930 9600.

General enquiries should be made to 07 4930 9688 (General Office).

Note: Some courses offered by the Faculty of Business & Law may require students to have access to computer facilities.


Faculty of Education & Creative Arts


The Faculty of Education & Creative Arts is committed to furthering the application and discovery of knowledge related to teaching in Education and the Arts. Student learning is enhanced through quality teaching, research and service both to and in collaboration with the community.


The Faculty of Education & Creative Arts offers students at all stages of their careers a range of programs to accommodate individual needs. These programs include:

  • postgraduate studies in Education (Doctoral and Masters studies by research as well as coursework Doctoral and Masters studies);
  • initial teacher education (early childhood, Japanese language, primary, secondary and vocational education);
  • upgrade programs in professional and early childhood education, as well as in primary and secondary education;
  • performing and creative arts (with a strong focus on regional arts).

Specialist Programs

The Faculty of Education & Creative Arts provides initial and lifelong learning for teachers of primary and secondary schooling. It also has a specialist interest in community industry resource-based learning. The current specialist programs in the Faculty are:

  • Vocational Education and Training: The Faculty has a range of programs available to people intending to teach in the vocational education and training areas. This range of programs includes undergraduate programs for those without tertiary qualifications as well as postgraduate programs for those holding tertiary qualifications.
  • Double Degrees: The Faculty is in partnership with others in the University and offers a comprehensive range of combined degrees. These degrees are intended to widen the career opportunities available to graduates and to give them skills applicable to education settings and professions including secondary schooling.
  • Creative and Performing Arts: The Faculty offers programs in Jazz Studies, Music Theatre and Music/Performing Arts through the Conservatorium of Music in Mackay. A Bachelor of Performing Arts is offered at CQU Rockhampton.
  • Early Childhood: Students who have completed the TAFE Diploma in Childcare are able to study by distance education in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) while being employed in childcare settings. Completion of this program, which is recognised by the Department of Families, Youth and Community Care, will enable graduates to be directors in childcare settings, as well as pre-school and infant (to Year 3) school teachers.
  • Language Teaching: The Faculty offers a program, unique in Australia and internationally, where students complete a Bachelor of Learning Management (Professional Japanese) through immersion. Graduates from this challenging and exciting program may seek employment as teachers or trainers in Japanese language, language immersion, LOTE methodology and generalist primary/secondary schooling, with additional specialisations in Asian Studies and cross-cultural communication.

# Please note that where Bachelor of Education courses are no longer offered, pending Academic Board Approval, Bachelor of Learning Management courses will be substituted.

Graduates from the Faculty of Education & Creative Arts enjoy one of the highest employability ratings in Australia in teaching and in other careers of the student’s choosing.


Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music

The Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) is also part of the Faculty of Education and Creative Arts. In common with conservatoria throughout the world, the CQCM is committed to the achievement of the highest standards in the performing arts, particularly in the field of music, while developing the vocational needs of students who intend to become professional artists. As in all conservatoria, the principal focus of training is on performance and creativity.

The CQCM has developed a diverse range of music programs unequalled in regional Australia. These programs have been consistently designed to meet specific and current demands of the best of Australian and international students of the performing arts.

Noted for its commitment to quality in the training of performing artists, the CQCM has developed a high profile in the Australian community as a centre for the study of music in all its varied forms.

The Conservatorium’s reputation has been recognised nationally; a reputation earned by the contribution of staff in both performance and academic areas and by the success of its graduates.

Philosophy of Teaching

The Conservatorium emphasises the importance of the individual approach to student needs. There is a strong focus on individual and small group teaching, with practical activities forming the foundation of most learning experiences.

The Conservatorium ensures its programs relate directly to the needs of the commercial performance industry in the respective specialised areas. By doing so, graduates are assured their skills continue to meet the requirements of prospective employers.

A dynamic approach to industry training is offered specifically in the fields of jazz and music theatre.

Consistent with its emphasis on the training of performers, the Conservatorium presents a busy performance program featuring visiting international and Australian artists. CQCM also hosts annual conferences and seminars in a range of areas including composition, jazz, music theatre and instrumental performance.

Conservatorium staff meet demanding performance and academic standards, and are encouraged to maintain the high performance profile which has attracted them to work within a conservatorium environment. Many are artists of national profile, with some having established international careers in their chosen field.

Whilst encouraging specialisation in areas of performance or composition, the CQCM also emphasises the importance of an integral understanding of the industry in which each student intends to practise. The programs develop the flexibility required of graduates in meeting the competitive and evolving demands of the performance industry.

Partnership with Industry

The CQCM has developed unique partnerships with relevant facets of the performance industry, allowing students the opportunity of working on projects related to areas of specialisation within their training. Such projects are designed and considered on the grounds of individual relevance and need.

Opportunities for Students

All students have the opportunity to work under industry conditions whilst undertaking their training. The Conservatorium management offers casual and regular employment to students via an agency arrangement which targets the hospitality and entertainment industries in the Central Queensland and Whitsunday areas. Individuals and ensembles are offered contracts to work within a variety of professional situations.

Support Services for Students

The Conservatorium values making the latest in relevant technology and resources available to students. It has an extensive library of scores, recordings (audio and visual), books and access to the resources held in other specialist libraries. Computerised lighting, recording and sound equipment is available for student training in the campus theatre.

In addition to computer, MIDI and keyboard laboratories, there are grand and upright pianos, electronic keyboards, percussion, jazz sound equipment, drum kits, and acoustic bass, and a harpsichord available to students. Practice rooms are available to students seven days per week for extensive hours. The Campus has its own dance and acting space, as well as access to a modern, well-equipped dance studio and various other drama spaces.

CQCM has a new purpose-built facility with its own theatre and recording studio at CQU Mackay.

CQCM ensures each student has access to individual program advice and consistent counselling support.


Faculty of Informatics & Communication

Aims, Goals and Focus

The Faculty of Informatics & Communication is the only faculty of its kind in Australia, and brings together in a creative and innovative way a range of disciplines which are concerned with the Information Age, such as information technology, human and computer-mediated communication, information systems, multimedia and mathematics. Our goals are to maximise opportunities for programs that meet student and employer needs, to create new synergies between discipline areas which stimulate and support teaching and research, and to seek partnerships with industry and the wider community in order to contribute to social and economic development.

Philosophy of Teaching

Students within the Faculty will benefit from our commitment to excellence in teaching and the use of innovative teaching and learning technologies to offer programs to students across a range of campuses and learning modes, including by distance education. Flexible modes of delivery are offered to give students opportunities to tailor their study to their lifestyle, to study while working or to complete their study at a pace that suits them.

The Faculty is committed to providing excellent service teaching to other faculties in the University in core skills areas of mathematics, computing and communication. We are recognised as:

  • leaders in providing support and strategies to increase the participation of women in computing, demonstrating our strong commitment to gender equity through the Women in Computing program;
  • pioneers in the teaching of computing by distance mode,
  • leaders in postgraduate health informatics and administration program delivery; and
  • pioneers in the use of technology such as multimedia, the Internet and computer assisted learning for program support.

Opportunities for Students

The Faculty offers programs and courses at CQU’s campuses in Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Fiji and offshore delivery sites in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Course delivery mode will vary according to student enrolments and location. Studying with the Faculty of Informatics and Communication gives students both the practical skills and academic understanding to become versatile, literate members of the Information age.

Students have the opportunity to study in disciplines and application areas such as:

  • Journalism
  • Communication, Media Studies and Cultural Studies
  • Professional Communication
  • Film Studies
  • Multimedia
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Business Information Systems
  • Health Informatics and Health Service Management
  • Applied Computing, including applications in Machine Intelligence
  • Software Engineering
  • Network Communications
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics.

Students studying with the Faculty of Informatics & Communication have access to highly qualified, experienced and dedicated staff, and to specialised facilities such as computing laboratories, journalism and multimedia laboratories, and video and radio editing suites. The degrees offered by the Faculty are displayed in the program information section of the handbook.

Research Expertise

Staff are well represented in the Research Centres and networks across the University’s campuses in such areas as Information Systems, Electronic Commerce, Intelligent Systems, Regional Communication and Culture, and Open and Distance Learning. Academic staff have research expertise in the following areas:

  • global optimisation
  • intelligent systems and control systems
  • multimedia
  • mathematics, statistics and computer science education
  • electronic communication and commerce
  • health and nursing informatics and health service management
  • management support systems, decision support systems and expert systems
  • organisational culture and design
  • quality management
  • educational evaluation and measurement
  • technology in teaching and learning
  • journalism
  • media history
  • communication and literacy
  • film
  • cultural theory and cultural studies.

Partnership with Industry

The Faculty works closely with businesses and industries in the Central Queensland region, as well as developing appropriate partnerships elsewhere in Australia and overseas. Partnerships with the beef, sugar, mining and media industries have attracted significant research funding. The depth and breadth of these partnerships is typified by the work with the Sugar Research Institute, Queensland Alumina Ltd (QAL), Boyne Smelters, Queensland Rail, CSIRO, the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and the Department of Natural Resources, the Central Queensland Mining Industry, local and overseas media and newspaper companies, including the Jakarta Post.

Because of its focus on the use of new technologies such as the Internet, electronic commerce and multimedia, the Faculty is well-placed to assist the community and enterprises and businesses of all sizes in new initiatives.

Faculty Contact Number

For further information, contact the Faculty Office on

Ph: 07 4930 9685
Fax: 07 4930 9729


James Goldston Faculty of Engineering & Physical Systems


The James Goldston Faculty of Engineering and Physical Systems, in partnership with the people of the Central Queensland region, is committed to:

  • providing a range of accredited, equitable, articulated formal awards and continuing education programs in Physics and Engineering;
  • providing a range of professional, consulting, research and development services to the industries and communities of Central Queensland and beyond;
  • pursuing nationally and internationally recognised excellence in specific areas of research;
  • developing innovative systems for the delivery of educational opportunities; and
  • taking a leadership role in the sustainable development of the region’s natural, mineral and environmental resources.

The programs offered by the Faculty are displayed in the program information section of the handbook.

Equity in Engineering and Physics

The Faculty supports equitable access to engineering and physics, and has fostered a program, ENGender Change, which aims to effect cultural change which will encourage recruitment and retention of female students within a supportive environment. Contact: email women-engineering-enquiries@cqu.edu.au or telephone 07 4930 9733.

Research Activities

The Faculty of Engineering & Physical Systems is home to the Centre for Railway Engineering (CRE), a designated University Research Centre. Additionally, it supports two strategic research program areas, Process Engineering and Light Metals (PELM), and Sustainable Engineering. The headquarters for the Co-operative Research Centre for Railway Engineering & Technologies (Rail CRC) are also within the Faculty.

The CRE is committed to satisfying the needs of its customers through contract research, technology transfer, consulting, and postgraduate research and training. Through its strong customer focus, CRE endeavours to work in partnership with the wider railway industry.

The CRE employs highly qualified full-time research and technical staff with significant experience in the railway industry. CRE is well known for its train dynamics, embankment erosion control and wagon/track system dynamics research. Physical resources available to the CRE includes a unique rail vehicle testing lab (RVTL) designed for full scale testing of bogies, wagons, locomotives and civil infrastructure, including loco traction system testing. CRE has also developed software packages for simulation and data management, in addition to licensing industry standard packages.

Cooperative Research Centre for Railway Engineering and Technologies, Rail CRC, started operations on 1 July 2001. The Centre has six universities and six rail organisations participating in a joint venture to deliver decision-making tools, knowledge and technologies necessary to address industry’s needs for effective rail management, operation, maintenance and development of the industry generally.

The objective for the Rail CRC is to promote the development of an Australian export industry in railway technologies. To achieve this objective, the Rail CRC aims to develop:

    Intelligent division support systems to assist rail managers and operators in making quality decisions;On-board control and driver advice systems to support safe train operation and encourage efficient driving Practices;Automated systems for rail operation and maintenance processes to reduce maintenance costs, increase infrastructure capacity and improve reliability of rail systems and components;Expertise and knowledge to introduce new system design and materials to provide substantial savings for railways by extending vehicle and infrastructure service life;National standards for traffic control and environment protection and nationwide customer information and business e-commerce systems; andTechnology transfer through integrated and articulated education, training and technology development programs to meet the current and future needs of the rail industry.

PELM represents a major investment by the Faculty in the process engineering and light metals industry, and is based at CQU Gladstone’s marina campus. A significant new research building has been constructed to accommodate this group.

PELM’s activities include a wide range of other process industry-based research projects including maintenance management, bulk materials handling, rheology, control systems and advanced instrumentation.

The Sustainable Enginering research program has a strong focus on sustainable and industrial ecology. The group’s research activity revolves around a holistic view of engineering activity in economic, environmental, and social frameworks. Current active areas of research include changes to business culture and systems to reflect these new values, energy conservation in the built environment and industry, energy management and trading, greenhouse issues, renewable energy, sustainable building materials, waste minimisation, and waste stream reuse.

Faculty Contact Number

For further information, contact the Faculty Office on

Ph: 61 (0)7 4930 9733
Fax: 61 (0)7 4930 9382
Email: engineering_enquiries@cqu.edu.au

Central Queensland University Handbook
This handbook was correct as at: 07-May-2002

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