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Natural Sciences

The School of Science is housed in modern, state-of-the-art facilities located on ECU’s Joondalup Campus. Students can enjoy specialist laboratories for plant ecology, plant tissue culture, analytical and environmental chemistry, molecular biology, freshwater and marine science, as well as geographic information systems.

Our School also has computer and aquarium rooms, outdoor experimental aquatic facilities, glasshouses, shade houses and operates two large boats, several dinghies and a fleet of 4WD and 2WD vehicles.

Computer and Security Science

The School of Sciences is a leader in world-class learning environments and is committed to providing our students with access to the latest hardware and technologies. We have laboratories across two campuses with facilities for teaching and research in the following areas:

  • operating systems;
  • systems software and hardware;
  • networking science;
  • digital forensics;
  • games technologies;
  • computer and network security;
  • security science; and
  • wireless computing.

The School's general purpose facilities are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, and our teaching laboratories are equipped with the latest multimedia projection systems. The school has over 400 computers and supporting infrastructure at both our Mount Lawley and Joondalup campuses. Many of the specialist facilities can be accessed across the Internet using VPN technologies.

The School extensively utilises online learning environments such as Blackboard and technologies such as Camtasia, Podcasting, and Video Conferencing to deliver courses online. These facilities are available 24 x 7.

Games programming and digital media

The school has two laboratories equipped with IBM workstations, audio cards, dual monitors, DVI video connectivity, and dual layer DVD burners.

Networking science

The School has state-of-the-art equipment from vendors such as Cisco and Nortel. This equipment allows the teaching of contemporary networking science and includes technologies and techniques such as Virtual LAN, VPN, VOIP, switching and routing. Students are able to interact, learn and research with equipment that is used in industry.

Microsoft developer network academic alliance (MSDNAA)

This enables students to have access to a whole range of expensive commercial software at no cost. The school also has a laboratory devoted to Microsoft certification. Any workstation in this facility can be changed to a Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2003 Server or Windows XP where any real world Active Directory environment can be planned, configured, tested and deployed. Now called Dreamspark, you can find the service here:


The School is trialling the use of notebooks in a wireless environment to enhance the teaching program.

Data storage

The School provides home drives for all students which are backed up regularly. The amount of home drive space available to students is increasing as storage is upgraded. To complement the home drives, CD or DVD writers and USB ports are available in all facilities.

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