Members of the faculty board of life and physical sciences items for consideration by circular



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The University of Western Australia

17 January 2011


MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY BOARD OF LIFE AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION BY CIRCULAR
The following item is circulated for members’ consideration, with recommendation from the Chair. If you do not agree with the recommendation or would prefer that the items be referred to the next meeting of the Board for discussion, please advise me of this no later than Monday 24 January 2011. If there are no objections by that date, the item will be processed in the normal way and the recommendation will be recorded as a resolution of the Board in the next set of minutes.

Imelda Ooi

Administrative Officer

For Noting
1a. FACULTY BOARD NOMINATIONS 2011/2012REF:
A call had been made for nominations for the Faculty Board towards the end of last year. As the number of nominations did not exceed the number of vacant positions available for the various categories, no election was held. A copy of the elected representatives to the Board for the term 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2012 is attached (Attachment A).
The Vice-Dean wishes to thank Mrs Inga Carr, Ms Erica Hodgson, Mr Hubert Jurkiewicz, Dr Peter Mark, Professor Tim St Pierre and W/Professor Alice Vrielink for their contributions during their term of office.

b. PROMOTIONS REF:
The Vice-Dean on behalf of the Faculty, wishes to congratulate the following on their promotions:


  • David Lloyd (School of Psychology), to Winthrop Professor (Level E)

  • Shayne Loft (School of Psychology), to Associate Professor (Level C)

  • Scott Stewart (School of BBCS), to Research Associate Professor (Level C)



c. AMENDMENTS TO CONDITIONS OF TED MASLEN SCHOLARSHIP TO ALIGN WITH NEW COURSES 2012 REF: F20114
As a scholarship for commencing students, the conditions for the Ted Maslen Scholarship needed to be amended to align them with New Courses 2012. This task was undertaken by the Academic Policy Services (Legislative) late last year. Changes made were:


  • Purpose – The purpose of the scholarship was changed to state that students must pursue an undergraduate degree course with a Science major taught by the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences;



At the same time, the conditions of this Scholarship were reformatted so that they conformed to the current template. The amendments to the scholarship were approved in November 2010 by the Vice-Dean who had delegated authority from Faculty Board for approval. A copy of the amended conditions is attached (Attachment B).




2. PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN INFECTIOUS DISEASES (51330) AND MASTER OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (52530) REF: F6294
The School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences (BBCS) is proposing some changes effective semester 2 2011, to the Graduate Diploma and Master of Infectious Diseases with a view to enhancing the viability of these courses. The proposed changes will align with the recommendations arising from the recent Review of the Master of Infectious Diseases as well as with NC2012.
Currently, the Graduate Diploma and the Master of Infectious Diseases comprise three separate specialised streams i.e. Medical Microbiology; Tropical Infectious Diseases; and Public and Environmental Health Microbiology. The School is proposing the following:
(i) Deletion of the specialised streams i.e. Medical Microbiology; Tropical Infectious Diseases; and Public and Environmental Health Microbiology from the two courses;
(ii) Deletion of the following units:

  • MICR8843 Recent Advances in Medical Microbiology Part 2;

  • MICR8844 Tropical, Travel and Remote Area Infectious Diseases Part 2;

  • MICR8845 Public and Environmental Health Microbiology Part 2

  • MICR8837 Infectious Diseases of Public and Environmental Health Importance

(iii) Renaming of the following units:




Current name

Proposed name

MICR8832 Recent Advances in Medical Microbiology Part 1

MICR8832 Diagnostic Medical Microbiology

MICR8834 Tropical, Travel and Remote Area Infectious Diseases Part 1

MICR8834 Tropical, Travel and Remote Area Infectious Diseases

MICR8836 Public and Environmental Health Microbiology Part 1

MICR8836 Public and Environmental Health Microbiology

and
(iv) Removal of SCIE2203 Bioinformatics and SCIE2225 Molecular Biology from the course as undergraduate units are no longer permitted in NC2012 and material from these units are already covered in other units in the course.


A covering letter from the Head of School, proposed new course structures for the Graduate Diploma and Master of Infectious Diseases and amended course rules are attached (Attachment C).
The Chair recommends that the proposed changes to the Graduate Diploma and the Master of Infectious Diseases detailed above and the consequential changes to the rules outlined in attachment C4 to C10 be endorsed, effective semester 2 2011, and forwarded to Academic Council for approval.

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