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The Chief of Defence Force Students (CDFS) Program in Business offers the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard Bachelor Degree programs.

The range of CDFS Programs is characterised by the inclusion of specialist courses in critical analysis and/or research methods appropriate to the area of study. All programs also include discipline-specific research projects. The research projects will be supervised by academic staff from the relevant discipline. With the approval of the Head of School, multi- or cross-disciplinary projects may be undertaken. Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit individual assessment. Final assessment will be based on a written paper or report and oral presentations.

Throughout the program, students will be engaged with cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events.

A separate honours program, 4512 Business (Honours), may be undertaken on successful completion of the Bachelor of Business (CDF) program.

The CDFS Program has objectives and learning outcomes in common with the standard Bachelor of Business degree, but extends the educational principles embodied in the standard degree to a higher level. In the program, students will be exposed to courses in critical analysis and/or research methods, which will offer significant extension to the ideas and analysis normally available in the standard degree program. This will allow all CDFS to successfully undertake research-oriented courses at the appropriate level through their program, thereby integrating research into their studies in a way that is not available in the standard degree. The individual projects undertaken in close association with academic staff on research topics of mutual interest underpin the CDFS Programs and give students the ability to develop their full potential.

 

Undergraduate Coordinator (Bus):
Dr Samantha Johnson
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Ph: (02) 6268 9550
 
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The purpose of BA Honours degree is to enable students who have performed well at undergraduate level to deepen their knowledge of approaches, perspectives and traditions in their chosen scientific discipline and undertake a significant research project. Honours is a means for connecting undergraduate study with supervised independent research by consolidating and extending work completed in the undergraduate program and providing an academic foundation for students continuing on to a Masters by research or a PhD.

 

Undergraduate Coordinator (Arts):
A/Prof Jian Zhang
 
Honours Coordinator (Arts):
Dr Debbie Lackerstein
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Ph: (02) 6268 8867
 

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The Chief of Defence Force Students (CDFS) Programs in Arts, Business, Engineering, Science and Technology - Aeronautical offer the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard Bachelor Degree programs.

The range of CDFS Programs is characterised by the inclusion of specialist courses in critical analysis and/or research methods appropriate to the area of study. All programs also include discipline-specific research projects. The research projects will be supervised by academic staff from the relevant discipline. With the approval of the relevant Heads of Schools, multi- or cross disciplinary projects may be undertaken.

Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit individual assessment. Final assessment will be based on a written paper or report and oral presentations.

Throughout the program, students will be engaged with cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events.

 

Undergraduate Coordinator (Arts):
A/Prof Jian Zhang
 
CDF Coordinator (Arts):
Dr Debbie Lackerstein
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Ph: (02) 6268 8867
 
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English

A UNSW Canberra Bachelor of Arts degree gives you strong written and oral communication skills, the capacity to research, think critically and the ability to work independently and collaboratively - all essential attributes of effective leaders in the Australian Defence Force.

The Bachelor of Arts degree enriches your understanding of how human beings make, and debate life’s meaning and values. Students develop their capacity for critical analysis and argument as well as an awareness of the value of language as a political, intellectual, creative and communicative tool.

The diverse range of courses and electives form pathways for majors in:

Business
The study of business explores key management skills and gives a sophisticated knowledge of strategy, leadership and other managerial concepts through the study of economics, accounting, management and human resources.

English and Media Studies
How does language persuade and move us? How does culture respond to or imagine war? Students complete their studies in English with a sophisticated knowledge of both the world’s literary heritage and their own contemporary culture, from the classical heroic epics to contemporary social media.

Geography
Geography is the study of both the physical and human environments in which we live and the interactions between people and nature. Geography provides a bridge between the social and natural sciences and gives students the techniques to analyse our environment and society, including using Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

History
History seeks to understand individual and group behaviour and to explain the forces that have shaped human civilisation: social change, wars, revolutions and popular movements. Historical analysis examines the relationships between past events and the present. The student of history learns how to assimilate and weigh evidence, analyse problems and balance different points of view in the context of the past and of the present.

Indonesian Studies
Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important neighbouring countries. Indonesian Studies gives you the ability to read, write, speak and understand standard Indonesian, and will also give you a broad understanding of Indonesian society and culture. No prior Indonesian knowledge is required.

International and Political Studies (IPS)
IPS involves the study of power and norms in a rapidly changing global environment. It covers the major factors, ideas and key issues of domestic, regional and global politics, international relations and ethical thought, all of which have a profound impact on Australia’s national security and its place in the world.

Key features:

– You have a choice of majors within a BA degree.

– UNSW Canberra’s Academy Library Special Collections are of national significance, including over 300 manuscript collections, 13,000 rare items and the papers of former Prime Minister John Howard.

– UNSW Canberra has the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia.

 

Undergraduate Coordinator (Arts):
A/Prof Jian Zhang
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Ph: (02) 6268 8867
 
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Defence Force Recruiting process
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Mathematics and Physics

Discover where a UNSW Canberra Aeronautical Engineering degree could take your Defence career.

As an Air Force graduate you may be involved in the operation and maintenance of aircraft and then become responsible for the airworthiness and modification of aircraft and engines, or the acquisition and introduction of new equipment into the Service.

As an Army graduate you may be involved in the maintenance and repair of the Army’s rapidly growing fleet of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft

As a Navy graduate you will be required for maintenance and repair, modifications, operational deployments and airworthiness of Navy’s fleet of rotary wing aircraft.

Aeronautical Engineering is the study of the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and control of machines or vehicles operating in the earth’s atmosphere or outer space.

The UNSW Canberra Aeronautical Engineering degree has been designed to meet the needs of the Australian Defence Force as Australia’s largest aircraft operator and covers the design, reliability and maintenance of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. You will have access to purpose built technical workshops and be “hands on” in the design and manufacture of plant and equipment.

Key features:

– UNSW Canberra is the only Australian Engineering School to equip engineering students with vocational level competencies, providing a practical foundation for professional Engineers.

– UNSW Canberra has purpose built workshops and facilities, with dedicated workspaces, workshop tools, machines and welding equipment.

– UNSW Canberra has the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia.

 

Undergraduate Discipline Coordinator (Aero):
Dr Jong-Leng Liow
j.liow@adfa.edu.au
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Ph: (02) 6268 8269
 

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