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  • Objectives
    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.
  • 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.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Biodiversity
  • Course description
    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:

    BIOD8004
        

    Biodiversity Research Project B §
        

    18

    BIOD8101
        

    Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology*
        

    6

    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

    BIOD8005
        

    Advanced Vertebrate Palaeontology
        

    6

    BIOD8006
        

    Advanced Community Ecology
        

    6

    BIOD8007
        

    Australian Floral Diversity
        

    6

    BIOD8002
        

    Ecotourism: Principles and Practice
        

    6

    BIOD8009
        

    Biodiversity Research Project A
        

    6

    Optional group B

    CPES8252
        

    Hydrochemistry
        

    6

    CPES8152
        

    Global Climate Change and Natural Hazards GE
        

    6

    CUTU8101
        

    Essentials of Festival and Event Design and Management
        

    6

    CUTU8102
        

    Festival and Event Design and Management Practice
        

    6

    CUTU8103
        

    Applied Festival and Event Management
        

    6

    ENVS8004
        

    Australian Environmental Change
        

    6

    ENVS8009
        

    Environmental Politics
        

    6

    ENVS8011
        

    Environmental Impact Assessment
        

    6

    ENVS8012
        

    Coastal Management
        

    6

    GEOG8008
        

    Geographic Information Systems GE
        

    6

    GEOG9012
        

    Geographic Information Systems for Analysis and Management ##
        

    6

    TOUR8102
        

    Essentials of Interpretation
        

    6

    TOUR8701
        

    Essentials of Tourism
        

    6

    ## 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.

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