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Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)


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Title Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)
Course Code M1248
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Kirsty Bayliss | Email: K.Bayliss@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2814

Qualification Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)
Duration 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description Biosecurity is a growing field of activity for many professionals involved in agriculture, the environment and international and domestic trade. This growth is driven by the need to maintain agricultural and environmental integrity in a world where, due to ever increasing levels of trade and human movement, exotic organisms pose major and ongoing threats. Biosecurity is central to the management of these threats, with a continuum of activities involving risk analysis, quarantine and surveillance to stop the entry of exotic organisms, rapid emergency response in the event of an exotic incursion, and then the management of pest and disease organisms if they permanently establish and impact on trade.

This course has been developed in consultation with representatives from Canada, United States, New Zealand and Australia. Students graduating from the course can do so with the knowledge that their degree will meet the highest level of industry requirement.
This course requires students to undertake work-based training through a compulsory work-based placement as part of their studies.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Completion of an AQF level 7 qualification, in the plant, food, ecological, environmental or animal sciences or an equivalent field as determined by the Academic Chair, or the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Plant Biosecurity.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements Internet access is required for all students.
Course Learning Outcomes At the completion of this award you will have the ability to:
∙ Associate regulated pests with likely import pathways and hosts;
∙ Implement surveillance, detection, triage diagnosis and reporting of
regulated pests;
∙ Effectively develop and implement biosecurity procedures and regulations if
delegated to, and/or employed to do so by an appropriate regulatory body;
∙ Research, synthesise, organise and present information using a range of
∙ Appraise changing contexts and apply key information from
scientific and regulatory sources to achieve effective solutions
∙ Argue from evidence and communicate effectively in a range of
formats to a variety of audiences
Use appropriate technologies within a biosecurity
Employment Prospects Graduates will be able to pursue careers in biosecurity, quarantine and pest management, acting in technical, research and administrative roles, with organisations such as the State Departments of Agriculture, State and Federal Biosecurity Agencies, Plant or Animal Health Australia and private industry, or their international counterparts.
Professional Recognition Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership to societies such as the Australian Entomological Society, the Australian Plant Pathology Society, the Australian Ecological Society, the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science, the Australian Society of Horticultural Sciences and the Australian Society for Risk Analysis.
Main research areas Detection, diagnostics, risk analysis, risk mitigation, communication
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 36 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

BIO629 Biosecurity Masters Research Dissertation - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

BIO639 Global Biosecurity - 3 points

VET657 Risk Analysis from Farm to Fork - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

MCM605 International Strategic Communication and Culture - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal


OTH546 Community Engagement (Charles Darwin University SBI401) - 3 points equivalent
MURDOCH: S2-external

VLS683 Advanced Research Methods for Scientists - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1S-internal, S1S-external, S2N3-internal, S2N3-external

Specified Electives - 12 credit points

Select from the following:

VET641 Principles of Epidemiology - 3 points
Not available this year

VET640 Infectious and Emerging Diseases - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

BIO537 Plant Biosecurity: Detection and Diagnostics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

BIO606 Aquatic Biosecurity - 3 points
Not available this year

VET699 Epidemiological Studies: Design and Analysis - 3 points
Not available this year

VET603 One Health: Wildlife Perspectives - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

VET655 One Health Management and Leadership - 3 points
Not available this year

ENV616 Environmental Policy for the 21st Century - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 40 places), S1-external (quota of 10 places)

BIO607 Invasive and Pest Species Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

OTH541 Biosecurity Plant Pests - Invertebrates (University of Queensland) - 3 points equivalent
MURDOCH: S1-external

OTH542 Biosecurity Plant Pests - Pathogens (La Trobe University BOT5BPP) - 3 points equivalent
MURDOCH: S2-external

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