Sciences Winter School

Accelerate your study with sciences' winter school!

Science courses available in June/July are a great opportunity to complete units outside of the main semesters, catch up on missed or failed courses, balance your timetable, or study subjects outside of your current course.

If you’re not a University of Adelaide student, a winter course can be a study abroad opportunity, cross-institutional study from another university, or a non-award course for your own interest.

Available courses - Winter 2020 

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How does sciences winter school work?

Winter courses are intensive and usually run between 2-4 weeks. You can study these in addition to the courses you take during the main semesters.

If your winter school course meets your course requirements and you have satisfied the prerequisites, you will be able to gain credit it towards your degree. This will appear on your student record and academic transcript. If you are a cross-institutional or study abroad student, you will organise the credit transfer with your home university.

  • If you are taking a unit as part of your degree, make sure that you check your course rules and unit requirements in your study plan.
  • Ask the Sciences Service Hub if you need help or have any questions.


What can I study?

The sciences winter school will offer the following intensive elective courses with no assumed knowledge:

  • The Australian Wine Industry

    The Australian Wine Industry

    Starts Ends Level Location Assumed knowledge
    July 2020 July 2020
    • Undergraduate
    • Postgraduate
    Waite campus Nil
    The Australian Wine Industry

    This 10-day intensive program blends online learning with sensory wine tasting and a visit to South Australia’s world renown wine regions.

    You will learn about the innovation behind your favourite wines, from grape growing all the way to consumer satisfaction.

    On completion of the course, you will be familiar with the annual winemaking cycle, vineyard production, how to make various wines, sensory evaluation of wines, and basic flavour chemistry of grapes and wine; emphasising aspects distinctive to the Australian wine industry.

    You don’t need an in-depth scientific knowledge to successfully complete this course.

    Course outline - Undergraduate  Course outline - Postgraduate

  • Science Communication

    Science Communication

    Starts Ends Level Location Assumed knowledge
    6 July 2020 22 July 2020
    • Undergraduate
    • Postgraduate
    North Terrace campus Nil


    This course will be delivered online in 2020, except for student presentations which take place 20-22 July.

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    You’ve learnt the science part. But how will you share your knowledge?

    In this course you will explore career opportunities as a professional science communicator in government, industry and the media, and gain skills in communicating your own science.

    Areas of focus include science writing: structuring articles and reports, writing effectively for both specialist and non-specialist audiences, use of oral presentations and displays to communicate science, and how to use of emerging online social media in science communication.

    Course outline - Undergraduate  Course outline - Postgraduate

  • Animals and the Law

    Animals and the Law

    Starts Ends Level Location Assumed knowledge
    6 July 2020 24 July 2020 Undergraduate Roseworthy campus Nil
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    How does the legal system influence the interests of animals within society?

    This course will look at the ethics and jurisprudence on the way humans think of and treat animals, the history and present status of animals as property, and the statutory and case law in which non-humans play a part.

    You will visit different animal enterprises in order to assess how the law works in practice and the effectiveness of enforcement in these real-life situations.

    Course outline - Undergraduate

  • GIS Agriculture & Natural Resource Management

    GIS Agriculture & Natural Resource Management

    Starts Ends Level Location Assumed knowledge
    6 July 2020 17 July 2020
    • Undergraduate
    • Postgraduate
    Waite campus Nil
    Agriculture GIS

    The future of farming is here.

    New advances in geographic information systems (GIS) and drones has seen the exciting field of precision agriculture come to life.

    In this course you will learn how emerging technology in agricultural production systems has applications from environmental sustainability to farm management and regional product marketing.

    You will get hands on with computer exercises that teach GIS skills in data capture, processing and presentation of results. You will learn what information can be derived from space and airborne remote sensing for land management and how remotely sensed imagery can be combined with other sources of information in order to efficiently manage land, increase production and reduce costs, and consider environmental benefits.

    Course outline - Undergraduate  Course outline - postgraduate