UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Agricultural Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

World populations and economies are increasing their demands for food and fibre. Agricultural systems are placed under pressure to meet environmental, social and economic goals. To maintain or increase production levels, an understanding of the complex factors that shape agricultural systems is required. This course prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for a future in the rapidly evolving field of agricultural science.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Agricultural Science (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMAgSc
Course code72510
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code074945E
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Master of Agricultural Science has the following exit awards: 72310 Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science (48 points) (48 points), 72210 Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Science (24 points) (24 points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 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 duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Tim Colmer

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Take all units (12 points):

S2AGRI4402Agribusiness
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences

Agricultural Economics 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.

Take all units (24 points):

S1AGRI5545International Agriculture: Research and Development (Agricultural Economics)
S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
S1ECON5002Agriculture and Economic Development
S2ECON5510Consumer Behaviour and Demand Analysis

Students in the course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from this group (24 points).

S1, S2AGRI5560Agricultural Economics Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2AGRI5561Agricultural Economics Research Project Part 1
S1, S2AGRI5562Agricultural Economics Research Project Part 2
S1, S2AGRI5563Agricultural Economics Research Project Part 3

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 36 points, of which 3 units must be at Level 5.

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

S2ECON5001Contemporary Issues in Economic Development
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems

Crop and Livestock Farming Systems 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.

Take all units (24 points):

NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production Science
S2AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management
NSAGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
S1AGRI5546International Agriculture: Research and Development (Crop and Livestock Farming Systems)

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

S1, S2AGRI5509Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development
S1, S2AGRI5510Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Presentation
S1, S2AGRI5551Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2AGRI5552Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2AGRI5553Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 3
S1, S2AGRI5554Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 4

For students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points, of which 4 units must be at Level 5.

NSAGRI4403Animal Reproduction
S1AGRI4404Breeding and Animal Biotechnology
S1AGRI4405Breeding and Plant Biotechnology
NSAGRI4407Plant and Human Nutrition
NSAGRI5503Animal Production Systems
NSAGRI5504Organic Agriculture
S2ECON5510Consumer Behaviour and Demand Analysis
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5510Soil Dynamics
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems

Genetics and Breeding 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.

S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I

Take either AGRI4404 Breeding and Animal Biotechnology OR AGRI4405 Breeding and Plant Biotechnology, AND all other units in this group (24 points):

S1AGRI4404Breeding and Animal Biotechnology
S1AGRI4405Breeding and Plant Biotechnology
S1AGRI5501Advanced Breeding and Biotechnology in Action
NSAGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology
S1AGRI5547International Agriculture: Research and Development (Genetics and Breeding)

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

S1, S2AGRI5509Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development
S1, S2AGRI5510Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Presentation
S1, S2AGRI5551Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2AGRI5552Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2AGRI5553Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 3
S1, S2AGRI5554Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 4

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points, of which 3 units must be at Level 5.

NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production Science
NSAGRI4403Animal Reproduction
NSAGRI4407Plant and Human Nutrition
NSAGRI5504Organic Agriculture
S2AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management
NSAGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems

Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 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.

Take all units (24 points):

NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production Science
NSAGRI4407Plant and Human Nutrition
S1AGRI5548International Agriculture: Research and Development (Soil Science and Plant Nutrition)
NSENVT5510Soil Dynamics

For students in the course by coursework only, take units to the value of 36 points, of which 4 units must be at Level 5.

NSAGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology
NSAGRI5504Organic Agriculture
S2AGRI5506Integrated Pest Management
NSAGRI5508Sustainable Grazing Systems
NSENVT4401Advanced Land Use and Management
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
S2ENVT5002Advanced Studies in Environmental Biotechnology
S2ENVT5503Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science

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

Group A

S1, S2AGRI5509Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Project Development
S1, S2AGRI5510Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Presentation
S1, S2AGRI5551Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2AGRI5552Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2AGRI5553Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 3
S1, S2AGRI5554Agricultural Sciences Masters Research Dissertation Part 4

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

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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:

  • 72310 Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science (48 points)
  • 72210 Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Science (24 points)

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

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Agricultural Science course before completing it, but after completing 24 points of Level 4 or Level 5 units, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Agricultural 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, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, 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 must have—

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

or

(b) 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.