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Graduate Certificate in Plant Biosecurity (GradCertPlantBiosec)


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Title Graduate Certificate in Plant Biosecurity (GradCertPlantBiosec)
Course Code C1088
Study Level Graduate Certificate
Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
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Academic Chair: Dr Kirsty Bayliss | Email: K.Bayliss@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2814

Qualification Graduate Certificate in Plant Biosecurity (GradCertPlantBiosec)
Duration 1 semester full-time (if commencing in Semester 1) or part-time equivalent, depending on unit selection
Availability 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 plant-affecting 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 organisms if they permanently establish and impact on trade.

This course has been developed in consultation with government representatives from Canada, the 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.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings A Bachelor's degree or higher, or significant professional experience, in plant biosecurity or a related discipline (for example entomology, plant pathology, quarantine).

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. All material will be flexibly delivered using the latest online technology.
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 Biosecurity Agencies, Biosecurity Services, Plant 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.
Further Study Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate may apply for admission to the Master of Biosecurity.
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 - 12 credit points

Core Units - 3 credit points

BIO538 Plant Biosecurity in Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

Specified Electives - 9 credit points

Select at least one unit from the following:

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

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

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

Select at least one unit from the following:

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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