Bachelor of Biosecurity Science

Box Hill Institute, TAFE VIC

With our biosecurity science course you can combine your interests in agriculture, animals and plants with science in a rewarding and practical career. This is the only dedicated undergraduate biosecurity course offered in Australia. You will gain the knowledge to help: protect our farms, livestock and crops from pests and disease help prevent the attack of weeds and feral animals protect people and the community from zoonotic diseases We run the Bachelor of Biosecurity Science in association with our Biosecurity Centre of Excellence. Develop your skills and practical knowledge in the plant and animal sciences and expand your understanding of the science and regulation of biosecurity. Begin your studies with a foundation in biology, microbiology, chemistry and research methods. Then your specialised subjects include: Plants and animals anatomy and physiology plant and animal production animal health and diseases plant pests and diseases epidemiology Biosecurity surveillance and monitoring risk management legislation, regulation and policy compliance and enforcement. In your final year you will complete a biosecurity industry project. During this two month industry placement, you will evaluate and report on biosecurity practice. This course combines your interests in agriculture, animals and plants with science to enable you to pursue a rewarding and practical career. You will gain knowledge to help protect our farms, livestock and crops from pests and disease, help prevent the attack of weeds and feral animals and protect people and the community from zoonotic diseases. Develop your skills and practical knowledge in the plant and animal sciences and expand your understanding of the science and regulation of biosecurity.  You will begin with foundation studies in biology, microbiology, chemistry and research methods. You'll then choose specialised subjects which focus on a particular field. In your final year, you will complete a biosecurity industry project. During this two month industry placement you will evaluate and report on biosecurity practice in the workplace.

Entry Requirements:

VTAC application and direct entry available Applicants completing secondary education (Year 12) or equivalent must:  complete a VTAC application book an interview (via Apply Now above)  All other applicants must: book an interview (via Apply Now above) Recognition of Prior Learning is available.. International students please apply through: an authorised representative in your country a Box Hill Institute booth at an education exhibition or direct to Box Hill Institute See how to apply or contact the international office for more information.

Structure:

foundation chemistry; biology; australian agricultural industry; introduction to biosecurity; research methods and statistics; introductory microbiology; plant anatomy and physiology; animal anatomy and physiology; pathogens and parasites; biosecurity surveillance and monitoring; plant production systems; animal production and husbandry; genomes and gmos; plant pests and disease; animal health and disease; human biosecurity and public health; epidemiology and biostatistics; invasive plants; invasive animals; biosecurity risk management; biosecurity compliance and enforcement; biosecurity legislation, regulation and policy; biosecurity industry project

Subjects you can Study:

The Bachelor of Biosecurity Science is a 3-year degree. You are expected to attend all lectures and practical activities. Tutorials are elective and you are encouraged to attend. Field trips are included as part of the assessable tasks in some units.  Most subjects are timetabled for 4-6 hours contact per week (including practicals). You should expect to spend 12 hours per week per subject including personal study hours. Full-time students should expect to commit 48 hours per week total workload for the length of the course.  Completion of all 23 unit subjects (including a final year 7-week Biosecurity Industry Project) is required to graduate. Class sizes are typically less than 16.  

Study Pathways:

This biosecurity science course may provide you with professional employment opportunities as science-educated and biosecurity-skilled personnel at entry-level positions in compliance, auditing, policy development, data management, investigation, training, and surveillance monitoring of industries impacted by biosecurity risk. Employment opportunities are available across a broad range of industries but may include job titles such as: Biosecurity Officer, Biosecurity Compliance Regulatory Officer, Biosecurity Policy Officer and Project Support Officer. They may also find positions in allied industries that are biosecurity-relevant, in all cases, informed by comprehensive understanding of national and international best practice.

Recognition:

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes. Graduates of our Diploma of Laboratory Technology qualify for 24 credit points (4 units). Successful completion of the degree will enable you to apply for an Honours or Master's degree in a related field.  

Who for:

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education are those who have completed some or all of a higher education course as their highest level of study since leaving secondary education.  This includes study undertaken by applicants at either non-university higher education providers or university some time ago or recently, such as applicants seeking to transfer to Box Hill Institute from another education provider or applicants changing to a different course at Box Hill Institute. Applicants with higher education may be eligible for advanced standing and should mention any relevant qualifications in their application or during the interview with the course coordinator. You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also have: achieved a score of at least 20 in English, OR, demonstrate an equivalent literacy standard  successfully completed any maths at unit 3/4 level, OR demonstrate an equivalent numeracy standard booked and successfully completed an individual face-to-face selection interview of approximately 30 minutes duration competent computer skills for accessing subject resources; completing online tutorial tasks; and submitting word processed assignments through Student Web. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Applicants with VET study are those who have completed some or all of a VET course as their highest level of study since leaving secondary education.  This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider and applicants who have other qualifications such as Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate. Applicants with Diploma or higher qualifications may be eligible for advanced standing and should mention any relevant qualifications in their application or during the interview with the course coordinator.  You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also have: achieved a score of at least 20 in English, OR, demonstrate an equivalent literacy standard  successfully completed any maths at unit 3/4 level, OR demonstrate an equivalent numeracy standard booked and successfully completed an individual face-to-face selection interview of approximately 30 minutes duration competent computer skills for accessing subject resources; completing online tutorial tasks; and submitting word processed assignments through Student Web. Applicants with work and life experience Applicants with work and life experience are those that have left secondary education more than 2 years ago (i.e. applicants who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education.  This includes mature age entry, professional experience, community involvement or work experience.  Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped them to prepare for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Applicants with relevant work and life experience may be eligible for advanced standing and should mention any relevant experience in their application or during the interview with the course coordinator. You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also have: achieved a score of at least 20 in English, OR, demonstrate an equivalent literacy standard  successfully completed any maths at unit 3/4 level, OR demonstrate an equivalent numeracy standard booked and successfully completed an individual face-to-face selection interview of approximately 30 minutes duration competent computer skills for accessing subject resources; completing online tutorial tasks; and submitting word processed assignments through Student Web. Applicants with recent secondary education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is based primarily on completion of Year 12 undertaken at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider (this includes both Australian or overseas equivalent) that was completed (or will be) within the previous 3 years. You can apply through VTAC and must have: achieved a score of at least 20 in English, OR, demonstrate an equivalent literacy standard  successfully completed any maths at unit 3/4 level, OR demonstrate an equivalent numeracy standard booked and successfully completed an individual face-to-face selection interview of approximately 30 minutes duration competent computer skills for accessing subject resources; completing online tutorial tasks; and submitting word processed assignments through Student Web.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 02411J

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