UWA Handbook 2014

Master of Biological Science (coursework)

About this course

Western Australia is a marine and terrestrial biodiversity hotspot. Up to 80 per cent of the region's marine fish and invertebrates are unique to the area. This makes Western Australia the ideal living laboratory for studies in biological science. This course gives students an understanding of the molecular evolution, structure, physiology, reproduction, behaviour and ecology of organisms, and the skills to apply this knowledge to the management of natural systems and the species they support.

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Biological Science (coursework)
Award abbreviationMBiolSc
Course code72520
Course typemaster's degree by coursework only
Statuscurrent / 2014
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code074948B
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsbeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read http://www.international.uwa.edu.au/students/esos for more information.)
Estimated time commitmentThe estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
ArticulationThe Graduate Diploma in Biological Science articulates with this course.
Minimum credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Full-time duration2 years
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Crawley)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Science Student Office
ENQUIRIES AND COURSE ADVICE
  
Course adviceScience Student Office
Senior Adviser (Postgraduate)
6488 7333
postgrad-science@uwa.edu.au


Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Specialisations

Marine Biology

Marine biologists study the natural processes affecting organisms in marine and estuarine environments and the human effects on these processes. Marine Biology encompasses all organisms in the marine world, from microbes to animals, from invertebrates to whales, as well as plants such as seagrasses and seaweeds. A specialisation in Marine Biology provides students with knowledge of marine organisms and marine environmental systems and equips them for a wide range of jobs in marine environmental sciences.

Plant Conservation Biology

According to Conservation International, the southwest of Western Australia is one of only 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world, making WA an ideal living laboratory. Many plant conservation biologists focus on the most threatened species, genes and communities, and employ systematic, evolutionary and ecological science to underpin such endeavours. Others work on threatening processes and their mitigation, such as loss of biodiversity due to habitat destruction, fragmentation of wild areas, dieback disease, invasion by feral animals and weeds, and salinity. A specialisation in Plant Conservation Biology provides an introduction to assist students prepare to mitigate these environmental impacts on biodiversity.

Zoology

Zoologists are concerned with theoretical topics as diverse as molecular evolution, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, behaviour and community ecology, and with applied aspects that range from fauna conservation and pest management to stream ecology and water quality studies. A specialisation in Zoology provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the structure, function, diversity and evolution of animals, as well as the interaction of animals with each other and the environment.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2014;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Master of Biological Science (coursework) with a specialisation in Marine Biology

Take all unit(s) (24 points):

NSBIOL4402Conservation Genetics
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in the Natural Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science

Specialisation-specific unit(s)

Take all specialisation core unit(s) (48 points):

S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
S1 & S2BIOL5528Marine Biology Project Part 1
S1 & S2BIOL5529Marine Biology Project Part 2
S1 & S2BIOL5530Marine Biology Project Part 3
S1 & S2BIOL5531Marine Biology Project Part 4
S1ENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points from Group A:

Group A

N/ABIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field Methods
NSENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points from Group B:

Group B

NSECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems
S2ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
S1, S2IHST5801Humans in a World of Change
S1PLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
S2SCIE5500Advanced Modelling
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment

Master of Biological Science (coursework) with a specialisation in Plant Conservation Biology

Take all unit(s) (24 points):

NSBIOL4402Conservation Genetics
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in the Natural Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science

Specialisation-specific unit(s)

Take all specialisation core unit(s) (48 points):

NSBIOL4401Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology
NSBIOL4403Plant Ecophysiology
NSBIOL5501Plant Diversity in WA: Evolution and Conservation
S1 & S2BIOL5524Plant Conservation Biology Project Part 1
S1 & S2BIOL5525Plant Conservation Biology Project Part 2
S1 & S2BIOL5526Plant Conservation Biology Project Part 3
S1 & S2BIOL5527Plant Conservation Biology Project Part 4
S2ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points from Group A:

Group A

S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field Methods
NSENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points from Group B:

Group B

NSECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
NSENVT5510Soil Dynamics
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems
S1, S2IHST5801Humans in a World of Change
S2SCIE5500Advanced Modelling

Master of Biological Science (coursework) with a specialisation in Zoology

Take all unit(s) (24 points):

NSBIOL4402Conservation Genetics
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in the Natural Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science

Specialisation-specific unit(s)

Take all specialisation core unit(s) (48 points):

N/ABIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
S1BIOL5502Animal Resource Management
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
S1 & S2BIOL5520Zoology Project Part 1
S1 & S2BIOL5521Zoology Project Part 2
S1 & S2BIOL5522Zoology Project Part 3
S1 & S2BIOL5523Zoology Project Part 4

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points from Group A:

Group A

S1BIOL4404Experimental Zoology
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
NSENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points from Group B:

Group B

S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems
S1, S2IHST5801Humans in a World of Change
S1PLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
S2SCIE5500Advanced Modelling
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.