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Graduate Diploma in Biodiversity

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  • Objectives
    The primary aims of the graduate diploma are to provide: * advanced studies to students with an undergraduate degree who would like to broaden their expertise or specialise in the field of biodiversity, * further specialisation within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to biodiversity, and * vocational knowledge and skills in the field of biological diversity for environmental professionals. Learning outcomes The expected learning outcomes for the graduate diploma include: * knowledge of the extent of the world's biodiversity and a critical awareness of the threat to biodiversity posed by human activities and current levels of extinction; * an advanced level of knowledge of the biological principles underlying biodiversity assessment, conservation and management; * knowledge in a breadth of subject areas relating to biological diversity; * the capacity to apply theory to the practical conservation of biological diversity; * competence in a range of commonly employed field, laboratory and computational methods used in the study of biological diversity; and * written and oral communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will promote lifelong learning.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Certificate in Biodiversity must hold an approved degree with appropriate biological content, or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Diploma in Biodiversity
  • Course description
    The Graduate Diploma in Biodiversity is a 36-unit program offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering on a Commonwealth Supported basis.

    The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Biodiversity and the Master of Biodiversity and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

    Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Biodiversity are awarded up to 18 units of credit towards the graduate diploma. Students who have completed the graduate diploma are awarded credit for related topics towards the masters.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Biodiversity a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    Students must complete the following core topics:


    Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology GE



    Advanced Vertebrate Palaeontology



    Advanced Community Ecology



    Australian Floral Diversity



    Biodiversity Research Project A



    Ecotourism: Principles and Practice


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