Australian Bureau of Statistics
1297.0 - Australian Standard Research Classification (ASRC), 1998
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/08/1998
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Nature and purpose of the RFCD classification
1. This classification allows both R&D activity and other activity within the higher education sector to be categorised.
5. The classification is arranged in a hierarchical structure. It has 24 divisions, 139 disciplines and 898 subjects.
220000 - Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts - General
230000 - Mathematical Sciences
240000 - Physical Sciences
250000 - Chemical Sciences
260000 - Earth Sciences
270000 - Biological Sciences
280000 - Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
290000 - Engineering and Technology
300000 - Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences
310000 - Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
320000 - Medical and Health Sciences
330000 - Education
340000 - Economics
350000 - Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
360000 - Policy and Political Science
370000 - Studies in Human Society
380000 - Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
390000 - Law, Justice and Law Enforcement
400000 - Journalism, Librarianship and Curatorial Studies
410000 - The Arts
420000 - Language and Culture
430000 - History and Archaeology
440000 - Philosophy and Religion
8. There are ninety-nine possible categories at the discipline and subject levels, to allow for future expansion of the classification.
Guidelines for classifying by RFCD
9. The following general procedures are aimed to ensure consistent and successful classification.
13. The RFCD classification has been designed primarily to meet the needs of the ABS and the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs for classifying courses and research projects to field of study/research and classifying units of study to discipline. It will replace the Field of Research (FOR) classification, included in the 1993 edition of the ASRC, and the Field of Study Classification of Higher Education Courses (FOSCHEC).
15. The ABS is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the ABSCQ with the aim of replacing it with an Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED). The review will be completed by late 1999. The ASCED will be consistent with the RFCD with additional categories to cover uniquely vocational education and training sector activities.
16. For further information, or advice on the relationship between these classifications, contact the Director, Classifications and Data Standards Section, ABS on (02) 6252 6300.
17. Three major field of research classifications are:
18. For advice on the relationship between these classifications and the RFCD, contact the Assistant Director, Research and Development Statistics, ABS on (02) 6252 5627.
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