Graduate Diploma of Science in Tropical Biology and Conservation

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Science in Tropical Biology and Conservation

Gain specialist expertise in all aspects of ecology theory and practice, utilising the tropical environments of North and Far North Queensland.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Course highlights

James Cook University is a leading education and research centre for biology in the tropics.

  • Internationally-recognised undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in biological sciences
  • dedicated research vessel, and research stations at Orpheus Island and Paluma
  • more tropical courses and subjects than any other institution in the world
  • teaching and research facilities including the Advanced Analytical Centre and the Aquaculture Research Facility.

Course overview

All aspects of theoretical and applied ecology are considered in these courses, making full use of the wide variety of natural tropical environments surrounding JCU including savannahs, rainforests, wetlands, and coastal marine habitats.

These tropical biology programs offer a wide range of electives. Students can structure their courses to specialise in the ecology of rainforests, savannah, tropical freshwater systems, tropical wildlife, or tropical insects.

How you will study

This course is available in Townsville. It is available part time (domestic students only) and full time.

For more information regarding this course, please contact Professor Lin Schwarzkopf.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

GDipSc – Tropical Biology and Conservation Major

Major code

GDS-TBC

Credit points

24 credit points

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science or MB5230:03 Design and Analysis in Ecological Studies

BZ5215:03 Conservation Biology

BZ5740:03 Wildlife Ecology and Management or BZ5220:03 Population and Community Ecology or BZ5440:03 Ecology and Conservation

SC5055:03  Research and Communication Skills in the Natural Sciences

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of specified level 5 science subjects from List 1

List 1

BZ5740:03 Wildlife Ecology and Management

BZ5220:03 Population and Community Ecology

BZ5225:03 Field Ecology

BZ5230:03 Ecological Research Methods

BZ5440:03 Ecology and Conservation

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified level 5 science subjects from List 2

List 2

BZ5061:03 Behavioural Ecology

BZ5210:03 Ecology of Tropical Forest Ecosystems

BZ5220:03 Population and Community Ecology

BZ5225:03 Field Ecology

BZ5230:03 Ecological Research Methods

BZ5420:03 Ecological Genetics

BZ5440:03 Ecology and Conservation

BZ5450:03 Ecological and Conservation Genetics

BZ5480:03 Restoration Ecology

BZ5615:03 Plant Survival in a Land of Fire, Flood and Drought

BZ5620:03 Tropical Flora of Australia

BZ5725:03 Herpetology

BZ5740:03 Wildlife Ecology and Management

BZ5745:03 Tropical Entomology

BZ5755:03 Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation

BZ5808:03 Adapting to Environmental Challenges

BZ5820:03 Evolutionary Biology

BZ5880:03 Ecology: Distribution, Abundance and Diversity

EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature and Conservation

EV5505:03 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

MB5230:03 Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of BZ, EV, MB or SC level 5 subjects.

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Science

Course code

105006

Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in Science or equivalent.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post Admission requirements

Some majors require attendance at block mode subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus.  Students may be required to attend block mode classes at a campus other than that at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more science disciplines

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments/practices by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to one or more science disciplines

  • Organise, analyse and interpret complex scientific data using mathematical, statistical and technological skills

  • Communicate complex scientific ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying scientific knowledge and skills with initiative and high level judgement

  • Explain and apply regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure

OPTIONS

Select a major (discipline area)

MAJORS

Type of major

Mandatory

Single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Environmental Earth Science

Cairns

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Environmental Marine Science

Townsville (Suspended 2015-2017)

 

Fisheries Biology and Management

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Marine Biology and Ecology

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Natural Resource Management

Cairns

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Protected Area Management

Cairns

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Tropical Biology and Conservation

Cairns

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Mid-year entry is available

Townsville

Mid-year entry is available

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 14 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

GDipSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of study, may, depending on the subjects studied, be eligible to receive the award of Graduate Certificate of Science.

Course articulation

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Science are eligible for entry to the Master of Science, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the Graduate Diploma.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.