About the course

About the course

Combine your interests in agriculture, animals and plants with science and enjoy a rewarding and practical career. This is the only dedicated undergraduate certificate course in biosecurity offered in Australia and it pathways into the Bachelor of Biosecurity Science, which is the only dedicated biosecurity degree offered in Australia.

In this course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • protect our farms, livestock and crops from pests and disease
  • implement biosecurity surveillance and monitoring methodologies
  • prepare and communicate plans for emergency response to biosecurity threats

This course runs in association with our Biosecurity Centre of Excellence. You will learn speciaised biosecurity surveillance and monitoring, and expand your understanding of biosecurity science and regulation. The course will provide you with a foundation in Australian agriculture, the biosecurity continuum and research methods. 

 

Fees

In 2020 all tuition fees associated with this course will be covered by Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for a limited number of places. To apply for one of these places please click on enrol and book an interview.

To get a CSP you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian citizen, who will live and study in Australia for some of the course
  • a New Zealand citizen, who will live and study in Australia for the whole course
  • permanent visa holder, who will live and study in Australia for the whole course

More information about the eligibility requirements for CSPs can be found at the Study Assist website.

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Intake Dates & Course Length


February and July 

Full time: 6 months (or part time equivalent)

Mode of delivery is online.  Online engagement hours are typically 16 hours per week. An additional 32 hours per week of personal study time is typical.

This course is delivered online.  Online learning can involve a range of programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Online delivery means that you can enrol in this course when you wish, and complete at your own pace.

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Career & Learning Outcomes


This biosecurity science course may provide you with professional employment opportunities as science-educated and biosecurity-skilled personnel at entry-level positions in surveillance monitoring of industries impacted by biosecurity risk. Employment opportunities are available across a broad range of industries but may include jobs with position descriptions that include aspects of biosecurity surveillance and monitoring or an understanding of the application of biosecurity practices. You may also find positions in allied industries that are biosecurity relevant, informed by comprehensive understanding of national and international best practice.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Biosecurity Science provides graduates with a broad understanding of the biosecurity continuum (onshore, at border, and offshore) and the social and economic challenges involving biological threats to humans, agriculture and the environment. Graduates will have a detailed understanding of pest and disease surveillance and monitoring, the national preparedness plans put in place to protect Australia’s ecosystems, and will have developed knowledge and skills to identify and monitor biosecurity breaches.

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Entry Requirements


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 non-university higher education providers or university, 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 online selection interview of approximately 30 minutes duration
  • competent computer skills for accessing subject resources, completing online tutorial tasks and submitting word processed assignments through StudentWeb

Applicants with vocational education and training study

Applicants with vocational education and training (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 online selection interview of approximately 30 minutes duration
  • competent computer skills for accessing subject resources, completing online tutorial tasks and submitting word processed assignments through StudentWeb

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 online selection interview of approximately 30 minutes duration
  • competent computer skills for accessing subject resources, completing online tutorial tasks and submitting word processed assignments through StudentWeb

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 Australian or international 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 online selection interview of approximately 30 minutes duration
  • competent computer skills for accessing subject resources, completing online tutorial tasks and submitting word processed assignments through StudentWeb

Applying


VTAC application and direct entry available

Applicants completing secondary education (Year 12) or equivalent must: 

All other applicants must:

  • book an interview (via Apply Now above)
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Pathways & Accreditation


If you have successfully completed the Diploma of Laboratory Technology, you may qualify for 6 credit points (1 units).

Successful completion of the degree will enable you to apply for four units (24 credit points) of advanced standing into the Bachelor of Biosecurity Science.  

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Fees & Finance Options


Full Fee
Tuition Fee$8,256
Service Fee$495
Core Skills Support Fee$80
Material Fee$0
Retain Course Items$0
Total Course Estimate$8,831
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$8,496

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure


The Undergraduate Certificate of Biosecurity Science is a 6 month qualification. You are expected to attend all lectures online and complete all online activities. Tutorials are elective and you are encouraged to attend. Students will require a computer with reliable internet access in order to participate in online forums and to download and upload class materials. A webcam and microphone (such as on a laptop or smart phone) is essential to participate in online discussion forums and to record or present some assessment tasks.

Delivery of most subjects are timetabled for 4 hours per week in a remote-learning environment. Lectures are recorded and can be watched in your own time if you cannot attend scheduled times. Some lectures and tutorial may be pre-recorded.

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 4 unit subjects is required to graduate.

Class sizes are typically less than 20.

  • BBS103 Australian Agricultural Industry
    6.0 points

    52.0 hours

    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.

    Online subject contact hours (per week):

    1x2hr lecture; 1x2hr tutorial


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

  • BBS104 Introduction To Biosecurity
    6.0 points

    52.0 hours

    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.

    Online subject contact hours (per week for a 6-week period):

    2x2hr lecture; 2x2hr tutorial


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

  • BBS106 Research Methods And Statistics
    6.0 points

    52.0 hours

    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.

    Online subject contact hours (per week):

    1x2hr lecture; 1x2hr tutorial


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

  • BBS212 Biosecurity Surveillance And Monitoring
    6.0 points

    52.0 hours

    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.

    Online subject contact hours (per week for a 6-week period):

    2x2hr lecture; 2x2hr tutorial


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


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