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.

Course admission profile




Course Code BBS01
VTAC Code Box Hill-5100210122;
CRICOS Code 082589J
Study Areas Biosecurity
Study Level Undergraduate
Course Type Bachelor
Campuses Lilydale

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
International Fee $19,550.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees No materials fee applies
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

The student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

A Minimum IELTS overall score of 6.0 (Academic) with no band less than 5.5. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 for paper examination, 213 for computer-based and 79 for Internet-based examination.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

February

Full time: 3 years (classes take place on weekdays)

Mode of delivery is face to face. Classes take place on weekdays (Monday - Friday)

Contact hours are typically 24 hours per week. An additional 24 hours per week of personal study time is typical.

Lilydale

Year 12 (VTAC):

You must have successfully completed your VCE or equivalent with units 3 and 4 in Mathematics (any) and a study score of at least 20 in English (any).

Direct entry (Non Year 12 applicants):

All direct entry applicants should apply using the Blue APPLY NOW button at the top of this page. Applicants will be asked to attend an interview with the course coordinator where all relevant information will be considered – e.g. School results, work experience and other study whether VET or prior higher education.

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.

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. 

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience have left secondary education more than two 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.

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 two years.

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.

Graduates of our Diploma of Laboratory Technology qualify for 24 credit points (four units).

Successful completion will enable you to apply for an Honours or Master’s degree in a related field.  

Direct entry. See how to apply or contact the international office.

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.

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Global Citizenship
  • Information Literacy
  • Application & Inquiry
  • Ethical, Social & Professional Understanding
  • Communication
  • Personal & Intellectual Autonomy

This 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.

The Bachelor of Biosecurity Science is a three-year degree. Students are expected to attend all lectures and practical activities. Tutorials are elective and students are encouraged to attend. Field trips are included as part of the assessable tasks in some units. 

Most subjects are timetabled for 4-6hrs contact per week (including practicals). Students should expect to spend 12hrs per week per subject including personal study hours. Full-time students should expect to commit 48hrs 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.

We expect to enrol between 12 and 20 students.

Code

Title

Points

BBS322 INVASIVE PLANTS 6.0

Students will build upon their knowledge gained in the subjects BBS117 Plant Anatomy & Physiology and BBS212 Biosecurity Surveillance & Monitoring to acquire a detailed understanding of how invasive plants impact upon the Australian environment. Through the lecture and practical delivery component of the course, students will learn to recognise weeds of current national significance and apply this knowledge during field excursions in the local environment. Students will develop an appreciation for the process and understanding of their role to assist in maintaining biosecurity by reporting the identified noxious weeds to the appropriate government agency. To further develop skills in communication with key biosecurity stakeholders, students will prepare an information package about an invasive plant targeted to the agricultural community.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x3hr lecture; 1x3hr practical

Prerequisites: BBS117,BBS212
Assessment: Project 10%
Report 20%
Field report 30%
Final exam 40%

BBS323 INVASIVE ANIMALS 6.0

Students will build upon their knowledge gained in the subjects BBS117 Animal Anatomy & Physiology and BBS212 Biosecurity Surveillance & Monitoring to acquire a detailed understanding of how invasive animals impact upon the Australian environment. Students will learn to recognise invasive land and marine animals of importance to Australian biosecurity and analyse factors that contribute to their establishment and spread. The effectiveness of different strategies to control invasive animals will be explored in depth for a range of species and used as a basis to develop a threat abatement plan in a localised and isolated setting.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x2hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS118, BBS212
Assessment: Literature review 30%
Project 30%
Final exam 40%

BBS324 BIOSECURITY RISK MANAGEMENT 6.0

Students will build upon their knowledge in plant and animal science, and experience in agriculture to develop a comprehensive understanding of risk, risk assessment and risk management as it applies to the biosecurity continuum. Students will develop the ability to perform and interpret risk assessments for a range of products and processes relevant to the biosecurity industry. By engaging with a relevant local business, students will examine a real-world scenario of biosecurity risk and apply their knowledge to conduct a risk assessment and create a risk management plan for the improvement of biosecurity in that setting.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x2hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS212,BBS226,BBS227
Assessment: Risk analysis report 20%
Essay 40%
Risk Mgt Plan 40%

BBS103 AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY 6.0

This subject is designed to give students a holistic understanding of the broad Australian agricultural industry from pre-farm through to processing and market. It will enable students to identify and describe the operational processes within the major agricultural industries such as beef, dairy, sheep, poultry, pigs, horticulture, nursery and broad-acre cropping. An overview of agriculture will be completed with an introduction to the emerging and smaller agricultural industries including apiary, deer and alpaca. Students will be extended to discuss the major issues facing agriculture such as social, environmental and climate change and to examine how these affect agricultural operations and logistics. This subject will include site-visits to relevant agricultural businesses and complement studies undertaken in BBS104 Introduction to Biosecurity.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x2hr tutorial

Prerequisites:
Assessment: Written report 20%
Presentation 30%
Final report 50%

BBS101 FOUNDATION CHEMISTRY 6.0

The subject will cover principles of chemistry such as the periodic table, chemical reactions, atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, acids and bases, redox reactions, gas properties, and thermodynamics. Students will learn basic laboratory skills such as chemical substance handling, procedural protocol, analytical techniques and report writing. This subject will provide a basic body of knowledge in inorganic and organic chemistry that will facilitate understanding in higher-level animal and plant biological studies.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x3hr practical; 1x1hr tutorial

Prerequisites:
Assessment: Experimental logbook 15%
Mid-semester test 15%
Assignments 20%
Final Exam 50%

BBS104 INTRODUCTION TO BIOSECURITY 6.0

This subject introduces the principles of the biosecurity continuum, (onshore, at border and offshore), and the social and economic contextual framework as it applies to challenges involving biological threat to humans, flora, fauna and the environment. Students will examine how policy, standards, delivery systems and risk management can reduce biosecurity threats and proactively prepare for emerging biosecurity challenges to ensure safety for plant and animal agriculture, food processing, environmental status, animal and human welfare and personal and corporate economic stability. The subject will also consider bioterrorism as a potential biosecurity threat.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x2hr tutorial

Prerequisites:
Assessment: Written report 20%
Presentation 30%
Final Project 50%

BBS326 BIOSECURITY COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT 6.0

This subject will build upon the skills and knowledge gained in BBS212 Biosecurity Surveillance & Monitoring as students explore how compliance with biosecurity legislation and regulation is managed. By examining the functions of biosecurity enforcement officers in a range of industries, students will develop an appreciation not only for the challenges these officers face, but the range of job roles they may encounter in the industry. Through a series of case studies designed to address the spectrum of non-compliance incidences faced by enforcement officers, students will consider the consequences of non-compliance with biosecurity regulations. In each case, students will be required to predict the likely administrative or criminal response. Finally, students will explore in depth, an industry with high incidence of non-compliance and apply their skills and knowledge to develop a proposal to improve compliance in that industry.

Subject contact hours (per week):

2x2hr lecture; 2x2hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS212
Assessment: Essay 20%
Presentation 40%
Industry analysis report 40%

BBS212 BIOSECURITY SURVEILLANCE AND MONITORING 6.0

This subject builds on knowledge and skills acquired in previous subjects, and introduces strategies and tools available to successfully monitor and respond to biosecurity risk agents. Students will achieve a high level of understanding of surveillance and monitoring methodologies and be asked to apply their knowledge to a mock biosecurity case study. Students will be asked to critically assess a possible biosecurity breach and using their knowledge and skills identify the disease, pest or weed and develop a plan to control and monitor the situation.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x2hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS104
Assessment: Project 20%
Tutorial exercises 15%
Report 25%
Final report 40%

BBS115 INTRODUCTORY MICROBIOLOGY 6.0

The students will be introduced the biology of microorganisms important to Australian biosecurity and their role in health and disease. It will focus on the diversity and classification of microbes and will introduce theory related to the structure, metabolism and genetics of prokaryotic organisms. In the practical component of this subject, students will be introduced to aseptic techniques, universal precautions and good laboratory practices, which will enable them to undertake practical experiments that will highlight the structure, metabolism and growth requirements of bacteria and selected eukaryotic microorganisms. Students will prepare sterile bacteriological media and isolate and identify microorganisms using microscopic and biochemical testing methodologies. This knowledge and skill will be explored in greater depth in the second year subject BBS211 Pathogens and Parasites.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x3hr practical; 1x1hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS102
Assessment: Practical reports 30%
Practical exam 20%
Final exam 50%

BBS117 PLANT ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 6.0

This subject builds on the skills and knowledge obtained in BBS102 Biology to provide a solid foundation in plant anatomy and physiology. In theoretical and practical classes, students examine the structure and function of a broad range of plants and develop skills to classify plants into their broad taxonomic groups. The different metabolic processes to meet energy and nitrogen requirements will be considered for a range of different plant species. Students examine the lifecycle of plant species and examine the key nutrient and environmental requirements for plant germination, growth, reproduction and senescence. Students will focus their understanding of plant anatomy and physiology by researching and presenting the lifecycle and growth requirements of major Australian production plant species.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x3hr practical; 1x1hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS102
Assessment: Practical reports 25%
Presentation 25%
Final exam 50%

BBS211 PATHOGENS AND PARASITES 6.0

This subject will provide students with detailed knowledge of microorganism-related diseases in plants and animals. Through a combination of lectures and supporting practical classes, students will build on knowledge acquired in BBS115 Introductory Microbiology. The subject will examine in depth the various transmission and virulence mechanisms of microorganisms as students research and prepare contrasting case-studies of microbial pathogens important to biosecurity. Complementary to BBS212 Biosecurity Surveillance and Monitoring, and in preparation for third year biosecurity subjects, students will be introduced to biosecurity control measures that are put in place to limit the spread of microbial disease.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x3hr practical; 1x1hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS115
Assessment: Practical reports 20%
Case study 30%
Final exam 50%

BBS213 PLANT PRODUCTION SYSTEMS 6.0

This subject will introduce students to the vast range of plants grown for agricultural purposes, their structure, habit and function. The basic principles, practices and technology involved in plant production across the diverse agricultural plant industries will be covered. This subject will further develop the skills and knowledge gained from BBS103 Australian Agricultural Industry and BBS117 Plant Anatomy & Physiology. Practical classes will take the form of field trips/on-farm visits for students to experience the operations of commercial farming enterprises.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x3hr practical; 1x1hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS103,BBS117
Assessment: Report 20%
Field report 30%
Essay 10%
Final exam 40%

BBS215 GENOMES AND GMOS 6.0

This subject builds upon the genetic concepts introduced in BBS102 Biology, and will introduce students to the molecular basis of genes, genomes, heredity, DNA replication and how these can be manipulated to create genetically modified organisms. The technologies available to identify both species and genetic modifications within species will be examined and applied at a fundamental level in a range of practical experiments. Students will consider the risks and benefits of GMO use in the food supply chain and undertake a case-study to explore the environmental and economic consequences of a GMO biosecurity breach.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x3hr practical; 1x1hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS102, BBS115
Assessment: Practical reports 30%
Case study 20%
Final exam 50%

BBS102 BIOLOGY 6.0

This subject will introduce students to the concepts of the differing characteristics of cell and organismal biology, in plants, animals, bacteria and viruses. The subject will consider the structure of multicellular organisms, cell function, cellular signalling and communication, and cell metabolism in preparation for more advanced studies of metabolic processes in BBS117 Plant Anatomy and Physiology and BBS118 Animal Anatomy and Physiology. The foundation of cell reproduction and development, and the role of DNA in heredity will be discussed to prepare students for the second year subject BBS215 Genomes and GMOs. The students will gain practical skills and knowledge necessary to observe, record and analyse biological processes.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x3hr practical; 1x1hr tutorial

Prerequisites:
Assessment: Practical reports 30%
Project 20%
Final Exam 50%

BBS335 BIOSECURITY LEGISLATION, REGULATION AND POLICY 6.0

This subject will provide the legal and regulatory framework for biosecurity in Australia from a local, state, national and international perspective. Students will become competent in locating and understanding biosecurity regulations pertinent to a range of plant and animal industries and how these have been developed. In preparation for work placement, and their future employment, students will undertake a project to analyse the biosecurity processes of a local business. They will develop a proposal to improve policies and procedures to enhance compliance with relevant legislation, and present these to both the business and a peer audience.

Subject contact hours (per week):

2x2hr lecture; 2x2hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS226,BBS227,BBS322,BBS323,BBS324
Assessment: Report 30%
Essay 30%
Project 40%

BBS337 BIOSECURITY INDUSTRY PROJECT 12.0

This double-credit point capstone subject is designed to allow students to apply the advanced skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout the course in a real-life industry workplace. Of special relevance are BBS324 Biosecurity Risk Management, BBS335 Biosecurity Legislation, Regulation & Policy and BBS326 Biosecurity Compliance and Enforcement, as students examine in detail the biosecurity policies and procedures of a relevant industry workplace. Students will work with supervisors from both the workplace and Box Hill Institute.

With advice from both supervisors, students will conduct a biosecurity audit of the industry site. Students will undertake a comprehensive review of the relevant legislation and regulations before examining the policies, procedures and practices of the workplace. Students will apply their skills and knowledge to identify and document strengths and weaknesses of the workplace with respect to biosecurity and develop an in-depth proposal to improve biosecurity compliance. The findings of this report will be presented to both the workplace and a peer audience.

This is a 12 credit point (30hr/wk) industry-based subject undertaken in the final 7 weeks of the course.

Prerequisites: BBS321,BBS322,BBS323,BBS324
Assessment: Review 20%
Workplace performance 20%
Audit report 10%
Final report 50%

BBS106 RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS 6.0

This subject provides the foundational knowledge and skills in mathematical statistics and metrology that underpin further studies in the science, agriculture and biosecurity fields. Students will engage in the study of both basic metrology and the selection and summary of data within a laboratory environment. Students will develop skills in basic statistical methods, experimental design and hypothesis testing. Reliable sources of scientific information will be considered and accessed to examine the role of statistics in scientific and peer-reviewed communication.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x2hr tutorial

Prerequisites:
Assessment: Report 30%
Research project 30%
Final exam 40%

BBS118 ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 6.0

This subject builds on the understanding of basic biology gained from BBS102 Biology and introduces students to the anatomy and physiology of farm and production animals. In a combination of theoretical and practical classes, students examine the major body systems in a variety of animals including cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and poultry. Students will learn to identify the physiological differences in the systems of the major production animals and explain the functional consequences of these differences in the growth requirements for different species.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x3hr practical; 1x1hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS102
Assessment: Mid semester test 15%
Practical reports 35%
Final exam 50%

BBS227 ANIMAL HEALTH AND DISEASE 6.0

Students will expand upon their knowledge of microbiology, animal anatomy and physiology to examine major pests and diseases that threaten animal life in Australia. In a combination of lectures, tutorials and field trips, students will develop and apply checklists to recognise signs of adverse health in major Australian animal industries. Students will learn to recognise and report major notifiable pests and diseases and how to collect evidence of pests and disease according to biosecurity requirements. Through a poster presentation and group seminar, students will investigate the impact of notifiable pests and diseases on animal systems and communicate their findings to a specialist audience.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x3hr practical; 1x1hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS118,BBS211
Assessment: Assignment 10%
Poster presentation 20%
Report 30%
Final exam 40%

BBS228 HUMAN BIOSECURITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH 6.0

This subject builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in BBS211 Pathogens & Parasites to explore the risks, impact and spread of human diseases. Students will learn to explain the role of vaccination and the concept of herd immunity in preventing the spread of human disease. In a combination of lectures and tutorials, students will consider the impact of human diseases on health, society and the economy, and review the literature relating to a disease of current biosecurity interest. The major areas of risk to human biosecurity offshore, at border and onshore will be examined along with the control measures in place to manage these risks. By undertaking a case-study of a bioterrorism threat, students will investigate the potential impact and the control mechanisms in place to prevent occurrence. At the conclusion of this subject, students will have a broad understanding of the risks to human biosecurity and how these are managed in a highly complex environment.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x2hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS211
Assessment: Mid semester test 30%
Literature review 20%
Presentation 10%
Final exam 40%

BBS321 EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS 6.0

This subject will examine the importance to and practice of epidemiology in biosecurity. By considering current examples of disease in Australian animal and plant industries, students will develop an understanding of the difference between, and factors contributing to, endemic, epidemic and pandemic outbreaks. Students will extend their knowledge from BBS106 Research Methods & Statistics to apply statistical skills to biosecurity-relevant datasets and critically analyse and interpret epidemiology data in scientific literature. Students will work in groups to plan and undertake a small project to extend their capabilities in experimental design, data collection and analysis relevant to epidemiology.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x2hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS106,BBS228
Assessment: Project 10%
Tutorial exercises 20%
Project 30%
Final exam 40%

BBS214 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND HUSBANDRY 6.0

Students will be introduced to the husbandry and management of the major production and recreational animal species in Australia, including cattle—beef and dairy, sheep, horses, pigs, poultry, and emerging industries. This subject builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in BBS103 Australian Agricultural Industry and BBS118 Animal Anatomy & Physiology, as students explore the growth, lifecycle and production of these animal species within the Australian agricultural industry. Through a combination of lectures, tutorials and field excursions, students will relate management practices to animal health and production, as well as explore biosecurity processes within and beyond the farm gate.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x3hr practical; 1x1hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS103, BBS118
Assessment: Report 20%
Field report 30%
Essay 10%
Final exam 40%

BBS226 PLANT PESTS AND DISEASE 6.0

In this subject, students will expand upon their knowledge of microbiology, plant anatomy and physiology to examine the major pests and diseases that threaten plant life in Australia. They will learn to recognise signs of notifiable exotic and emerging plant pests and diseases, and investigate the impact that these have on the Australian environment and economy. Through a series of practical experiments and field exercises, students will learn how to collect and identify pest and disease specimens in accordance with biosecurity principles. Students will develop the ability to communicate technical and scientific information to a lay audience through preparation of an information pack on a plant pest or disease for communication to a stakeholder group.

Subject contact hours (per week):

1x2hr lecture; 1x3hr practical; 1x1hr tutorial

Prerequisites: BBS117
Assessment: Practical reports 20%
Report 20%
Assignment 20%
Final exam 40%


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