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Master of Food Security


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Title Master of Food Security
Course Code M1311
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Duration 2 years available both full-time and part-time
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This course provides an in-depth appreciation of food security in a global context. Students will investigate the concepts of sustainable food production for present and future generations in a rapidly changing environment. The core units examine the principles and global challenges of food security, the importance of biosecurity to protect the food supply chain, and sustainable development practices. Electives range from climate change to global governance, policy, and innovation. The capstone unit provides an opportunity for a detailed analysis of an issue of relevance to global food security.
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.

English competence.
Special Requirements Some units may be delivered in intensive mode. Internet access is required for all students
Course Learning Outcomes By the end of the course, students will be able to:
LO1. Appraise changing contexts in relation to the agronomic, environmental, sociopolitical and economic challenges that impact food security.
LO2. Apply key information from scientific and regulatory sources regarding the food value chain, food losses, and the complexities that exist between global food production and agricultural markets and trade to achieve effective solutions.
LO3. Research, synthesise, organise and present information using a range of technologies.
LO4. Argue using published evidence and communicate effectively in a range of formats to various audiences.
LO5. Demonstrate expertise in at least one specialist area of relevance to food security.
Employment Prospects Graduates will be able to pursue careers in fields such as agriculture and international development, acting in policy, technical, research and administrative roles, with organisations such as the State Departments of Agriculture, State and Federal Agriculture or Development Agencies, NGOs and private industry, or their international counterparts.
Professional Recognition Graduates may be eligible to apply for membership to societies such as the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and the Australian Society of
Horticultural Sciences.
Additional Academic Progress Requirements The Dissertation component (BIO689) requires a Distinction average and approval of the Academic Chair prior to enrolment
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 - 48 credit points

Core Units - 15-27 credit points

Required Units - 12 credit points

BIO639 Global Biosecurity - 3 points

BIO688 Challenges in Food Security - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SWM628 Development and Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: WSP3-internal

Capstone Experience - 3-15 credit points

Select from the following:

Case Study Option - 3 credit points

VLS601 Veterinary and Life Sciences Masters Independent Study - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external, W-internal, W-external

Internship Option - 6 credit points

BIO683 Food Security Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: H-external, S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

Dissertation Option - 15 credit points

BIO689 Food Security Masters Dissertation - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

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

Specified Electives - 21-33 credit points

Select from the following units with at least 12 points at 600 level.

COD502 Community Development in Indigenous Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

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

ENV617 Sustainability Assessment - 3 points
Not available this year

ENV680 Climate Change Adaptation: Ecosystems and Societies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

GRD508 Innovation Development - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

MBS589 Social Enterprise, Social Innovation And Profit For Purpose - 3 points
Not available this year

PEN503 Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

PEN597 Climate Change Science and Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS512 Sustainability, Ecology and Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS611 Resilient Regions: People and Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: SUM-internal (quota of 120 places), SUM-external

SWM612 Global Governance, Security and Economy - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

SWM621 Ethics and Global Justice - 3 points
Not available this year

SWM652 Private Sector and Development - 3 points
Not available this year

TLC501 Communication Skills for Postgraduate Study - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

Additional Academic Progress Requirements

The Dissertation component (BIO689) requires a Distinction average and approval of the Academic Chair prior to enrolment

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