Comments about Master of Biodiversity - On Campus - Bedford Park - South Australia
The primary aims of the masters degree are to provide: * the mastery or overview of the field of biodiversity; * increased specialisation within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to biodiversity, * in-depth knowledge of a specific area of biodiversity study, obtained through a combination of coursework and research; and * vocational knowledge and skills in the field of biological diversity for environmental professionals. Learning outcomesThe expected learning outcomes for the masters degree include: * detailed 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; * detailed knowledge in a breadth of subject areas relating to biological diversity; * the capacity to apply theory to the practical conservation of biological diversity; * high level competence in a range of commonly employed field, laboratory and computational methods used in the study of biological diversity; * high level competence in written and oral communication, problem-solving and critical thinking; and * the knowledge and skills to undertake research, involving the selection of appropriate methodology, the analysis and review of research literature and the completion of a professional research project.
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.
Master of Biodiversity
The Master of Biodiversity is a 72-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 Graduate Diploma in Biodiversity and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Candidates who have completed either of these courses are awarded credit for related topics.
Up to 36 units of credit may be awarded to students with appropriate honours level studies. Up to 18 units of credit may be awarded to students with relevant professional experience.
PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]
To qualify for the Master of Biodiversity, a student must complete 72 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:
Biodiversity Research Project B §
Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology*
plus 48 units from the following, of which at least 24 units must be chosen from the topics in Optional group A:
Optional group A
Advanced Vertebrate Palaeontology
Advanced Community Ecology
Australian Floral Diversity
Ecotourism: Principles and Practice
Biodiversity Research Project A
Optional group B
Global Climate Change and Natural Hazards GE
Essentials of Festival and Event Design and Management
Festival and Event Design and Management Practice
Applied Festival and Event Management
Australian Environmental Change
Environmental Impact Assessment
Geographic Information Systems GE
Geographic Information Systems for Analysis and Management ##
Essentials of Interpretation
Essentials of Tourism
## Requires prior completion of prerequisite GEOG8008.
§ Students may also elect to do this topic over a year by enrolling in either the topic BIOD8004A Biodiversity Research Project B (9/18 units) twice, or BIOD8004B Biodiversity Research Project B (6/18 units), and BIOD8004C Biodiversity Research Project B (12/18 units), in two consecutive semesters.