Master of Biological Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Western Australia (WA) is a marine and terrestrial biodiversity hotspot. Up to 80 per cent of the region's plants, marine fish and invertebrates are unique to the area. This makes WA 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 title
Master of Biological Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MBiolSc
Course code
72520
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
074948B

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Biological Science has the following exit awards: 72220 Graduate Certificate in Biological Science (24 points) (24 points), 72320 Graduate Diploma in Biological Science (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Assoc/Prof Patrick Finnegan
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences

Students in course by coursework and dissertation, take all units in this group (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
*BIOL5551 ( points)
S1, S2BIOL5552Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and (a) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major (these units must be relevant to the master's specialisation); or (b) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of levels 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or (c) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty
Co-requisites:
BIOL5551 Masters Research Project Development
S1, S2BIOL5553Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course.
Co-requisites:
BIOL5551 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Project Development, BIOL5552 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2BIOL5554Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5551 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Project Development, BIOL5552 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5553 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2BIOL5555Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5551 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Project Development, BIOL5552 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5553 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 2, BIOL5554 Masters in Biological Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 3, BIOL5556 Masters in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
S1, S2BIOL5556Masters in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course
Co-requisites:
BIOL5555 Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4

Conservation Biology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANIM3353Wildlife Conservation and Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT2250 Ecology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
S2BIOL2261Conservation Biology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology) or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520), Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520 ) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5502Managing Threatened Species
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Science (70630) or honours in Science
Incompatibility:
ANIM3356/ANIM3357 Animal Resource Management Part 1/Part 2; ANIM8356/ANIM8357 Animal Resource Management Part 1/Part 2
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1ENVT5513Decision Strategies for Biodiversity Conservation
Co-requisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Sciences

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 2 units must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes and ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
NSBIOL5503Sampling Techniques in Wildlife Research
Co-requisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANIM5501Evolution and Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5510Soil Dynamics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
ENVT3321 Climate Change Policy and Planning, ENVT8321 Climate Change Policy and Planning
S1, S2PLNT5511Plant Biology Masters Research Project Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72510)

Ecology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1ENVT2250Ecology
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology) or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology; for pre-2012 courses: BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology or EART1105 Earth and Environment: Dynamic Planet or EART1108 Earth and Environment: Geographical Perspectives
S2ENVT3363Ecological Processes
Prerequisites:
one of ENVT2250 Ecology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity or SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520 ) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1ENVT5509Global Ecological Challenges
Prerequisites:
erolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510)
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540).
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 2 units must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
NSBIOL5503Sampling Techniques in Wildlife Research
Co-requisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
NSENVT4406Catchment and River Processes
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
Prerequisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or completion of 12 points at Level 4 or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management; EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
ENVT3321 Climate Change Policy and Planning, ENVT8321 Climate Change Policy and Planning

Marine Biology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units up to a value of 24 points based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2BIOL2204Marine Biology
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
S1SCIE2204Marine Systems
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
S1SCIE3304Field Techniques in Marine Science
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems or ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis or equivalent; and completion of at least 84 points
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
S2BIOL5504Sex in the Sea
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630)
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or honours in the Faculty of Science

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 4 units must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/AANIM4007Marine Megafauna
Prerequisites:
enrolled in the Master of Biological Science
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540).
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes and ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
S1, S2PLNT5511Plant Biology Masters Research Project Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72510)
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science

Zoology specialisation

Students may be required to take conversion units including GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANIM2207Animal Function and Structure
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology or BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology)
Incompatibility:
ANIM2210 Animal Science, ANIM2204 Vertebrate Zoology, ANIM2203 Invertebrate Zoology
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520), Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANIM5501Evolution and Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 4 units must be at Level 5:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/AANIM4007Marine Megafauna
Prerequisites:
enrolled in the Master of Biological Science
NSANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes and ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
NSBIOL5502Managing Threatened Species
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Science (70630) or honours in Science
Incompatibility:
ANIM3356/ANIM3357 Animal Resource Management Part 1/Part 2; ANIM8356/ANIM8357 Animal Resource Management Part 1/Part 2
NSBIOL5503Sampling Techniques in Wildlife Research
Co-requisites:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
S2ENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications and ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540).
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or honours in the Faculty of Science

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a relevant bachelor's degree, that aligns with one of the specialisations of this course, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 72220 Graduate Certificate in Biological Science (24 points)
  • 72320 Graduate Diploma in Biological Science (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biological Science course before completing it, but after completing 24 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Biological Science.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biological Science course before completing it, but after completing 48 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Biological Science.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree that aligns with the chosen specialisation in the course are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as options in this course must—

(a) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation;

or

(b) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.