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Master of Science (BioSciences) (MC-SCIBIO) // Subject options

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Discipline Core subjects (25 pts)

One of:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BIOL90002 Biometry
July
12.5
MAST90044 Thinking and Reasoning with Data
Semester 1
12.5

and one of:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ZOOL90007 Graduate Seminar in Ecology & Evolution
Semester 1
12.5
PHYS90008 Advanced Seminars in Physiology
Semester 1
12.5
GENE90020 Current Topics In Developmental Genetics Not available in 2019 12.5
EVSC90019 Graduate Seminar: Environmental Science
Semester 2
12.5

Discipline Elective subjects (25 – 37.5 pts)

Students will complete 25-37.5 pts of the following Discipline Elective subjects:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ANAT40002 Seminars in Anatomy and Neuroscience
Semester 1
12.5
ATOC90002 Climate Science for Decision-Making
Semester 1
12.5
BIOL90001 Microscopy for Biological Sciences
Semester 1
12.5
BMEN90011 Tissue Engineering & Stem Cells
Semester 2
12.5
BOTA90005 Flora of Victoria
Summer Term
12.5
BTCH90005 Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques
Semester 2
12.5
BTCH90009 Genomics and Bioinformatics
Semester 1
12.5
BTCH90010 Genetically Modified Organisms
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90017 Global Environmental Change
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
November
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90020 Environmental Modelling
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90026 Modelling Species Distributions & Niches
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
ENEN90028 Monitoring Environmental Impacts
Semester 2
12.5
ERTH90028 Urban Soils, Substrates and Water
Semester 2
12.5
FRST90015 Landscape Ecology
Semester 1
12.5
FRST90032 Forests, Carbon and Climate Change
Semester 2
12.5
GENE90018 Advanced Topics in Genetics
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90003 Integrated River & Catchment Management
Semester 1
12.5
GEOM90008 Foundations of Spatial Information
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MAST90057 Elements of Probability
Semester 1
12.5
MAST90128 Advanced Environmental Computation
Semester 2
12.5
NRMT90002 Biosecurity: Managing Invasive Species
Semester 2
12.5
NRMT90007 Communities and Ecosystem Management
Semester 2
12.5
SCIE90002 Metabolomics and Proteomics
Semester 2
12.5
SCIE90011 From Lab to Life
Semester 1
12.5
ANSC90001 Wildlife Management
Semester 1
12.5

Or another graduate level subject as approved by course coordinator.

A student may complete a third-year level subject if no suitable alternative is available at the graduate level. Students wishing to take a second-year subject or more than one third-year subject will need the approval of the MSc Coordinators and the Associate Dean.

Professional Skills subjects (12.5 - 25 pts)

Students must complete:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
SCIE90013 Communication for Research Scientists
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

And may also complete one of:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
SCIE90012 Science Communication
Semester 2
12.5
MAST90045 Systems Modelling and Simulation
Semester 1
12.5
SCIE90005 Ethics and Responsibility in Science
Semester 1
12.5
BUSA90403 Business Tools: Money People & Processes
September
12.5
EDUC90839 Science in Schools Not available in 2019 12.5
SCIE90017 Science and Technology Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
PHYC90045 Introduction to Quantum Computing
Semester 2
12.5
COMP90072 The Art of Scientific Computation
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Research Project (125 pts undertaken consecutively in sequence)

The Research Project involves laboratory or field-based experimental research in an area of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Genomics and Developmental Biology, and Plant Biology. The research projects cover a broad range of research from molecular to population and evolutionary biology in micro-organisms, insects, plants and animals.

The project will be based in the laboratory of an academic staff member in the School of BioSciences or an approved external supervisor, depending on the particular research project. The research project aims to develop a range of experimental and technical skills, a capacity to set goals and to design and plan experiments.

The project will be taken over four consecutive semesters and will begin on the Monday of semester of entry (semesters 1 or 2) and continue for up to 88 weeks until the end of the fourth semester, minus recreation leave of between 4 and 8 weeks (22 weeks per semester over the four semesters).

For how long and at what time within the enrolment the actual period of leave is to be taken needs to be negotiated with a student’s supervisor. The Research Project will be due for submission by the end of the formal examination period of the fourth semester of enrolment if an earlier date is not specified.

Students will first enrol in BioScience Research Projects Part 1, and then progress through to Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Students may only progress through BioScience Research Project subjects upon successful completion of the earlier project component.

The project will be taken over four consecutive semesters and will begin on the Monday of semester of entry (semesters 1 or 2) and continue for up to 88 weeks until the end of the fourth semester, minus recreation leave of between 4 and 8 weeks (22 weeks per semester over the four semesters). The entire research project for the Master of Science (BioSciences) consists of 125 points with assessments distributed over 4 semesters

  • A 20 minute oral presentation due mid-semester(hurdle)
  • A 3000 word research proposal/literature review due mid-semester (15% of final mark)
  • One 20 minute oral presentation due at the end of semester (5% of total final mark)
  • A 20 minute oral presentation due at the end of semester (12.5% and 10% of final mark)
  • A research thesis of up to 20,000 words due at the end of semester (87.5% and 70% of final mark)

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BIOL90004 BioSciences Research Project Part 1
March
July
12.5
BIOL90005 BioSciences Research Project Part 1
March
July
25
BIOL90006 BioSciences Research Project Part 1
March
July
37.5
BIOL90007 BioSciences Research Project Part 1
March
July
50
BIOL90008 BioSciences Research Project Part 2
January
July
12.5
BIOL90009 BioSciences Research Project Part 2
January
July
25
BIOL90010 BioSciences Research Project Part 2
January
July
37.5
BIOL90011 BioSciences Research Project Part 2
January
July
50
BIOL90012 BioSciences Research Project Part 3
January
July
12.5
BIOL90013 BioSciences Research Project Part 3
January
July
25
BIOL90014 BioSciences Research Project Part 3
January
July
37.5
BIOL90015 BioSciences Research Project Part 3
January
July
50
BIOL90016 BioSciences Research Project Part 4
January
July
12.5
BIOL90017 BioSciences Research Project Part 4
January
July
25
BIOL90018 BioSciences Research Project Part 4
January
July
37.5
BIOL90019 BioSciences Research Project Part 4
January
July
50

Last updated: 3 April 2019