UWA's Academic Council has approved three new offshore programs to be offered in Singapore via PSB Academy. They are the BSc (Psychology and Human Performance), BSc (Sport Science) and from 2008 we expect to offer the BSc (Psychology). The Faculty will welcome its first intake of students on September 30.
These new programs add to the range already on offer in Singapore; Biomedical Science, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Science.
In 2007, the Faculty will be offering three new Master's courses: the Master of Science and Technology, the Master of Infectious Diseases and the Master of Analytical Chemistry. These programs will be available to both domestic and international students.
A brain wave helped create Project KIDS, and now brain waves form the basis of an exciting new study for the group. Professor Mike Anderson, from the School of Psychology, said Project KIDS had received a major Australian Research Council grant to study children's brain waves (technically, brain evoked potentials).
"We are interested to see if the development of different areas in their brains matches the development of their abilities," he said. According to Professor Anderson, Project KIDS is unique, with no comparison anywhere in the world.
Trapping mice at the Abrolhos Islands, time for reflection and interacting with researchers are among the highlights for the four recent Teachers-in-Residence (TiRS) at UWA.
Bob Fitzpatrick, from Armadale Senior High School, and Warwick Mathews, from Shenton College, will continue their part-time participation in the SPICE program whilst Brett Boughton (Willetton SHS) and Dawn Smith (Churchlands SHS), have finished their 10-week full-time residencies.
However, all former TiRs continue some participation in SPICE in the hope of seeing their ideas come to fruition.
With champion athletes referred to as heroes or gods, sporting discussions often contain an almost religious fervour. The notion of whether sport can be a religion is just one of the topics students will be able to discuss in a new unit on "Sport and Spirituality".
The Reverend Canon Richard Pengelley, a dual Olympian and UWA alumnus, will teach the course, which will be offered as a third-year option by the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science from second semester, 2007.
In August 2005 Mr Peter Bullard contacted the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science to ascertain if any graduating students were interested in employment with MultiSport, a company that provides teaching and coaching services in physical education and sport in the international sector to children aged from three to twelve years. The specific positions available at that time were in Singapore and China, working with a large number of international schools.
Staff in the School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences (BBCS) are currently in the process of creating a new unit for first year medical dental and podiatry students, providing an integrated introduction to modern cell and molecular biology, including genetics. The new unit, called "Molecules Genes and Cells" will run for the first time next year and will be a full year unit.