This course is available for entry:
- Semester 1 (February)
- Semester 2 (July)
62.5 credit points taken over 1 year full-time.
This course is available as full or part-time for domestic students, depending on the stream chosen.
The Graduate Certificate in Science offers 15 streams:
- Medicinal Chemistry (available full-time)
- Computer Science
- Integrated Geography (available full-time)
- Human Geography
- Physical Geography (available full-time)
- Pure Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics
- Discrete Mathematics/Operations Research
- Statistics/Stochastic Processes
- Zoology (available full-time)
You must specify your stream at the point of application.
Your course will comprise of:
- 50 subject points of study at Level 3
- 12.5 subject points of study at Masters Level
Available Subjects - Botany Stream
|Four subjects selected from:|
(An enrolment quota of 30 students applies to this subject) This subject will introduce students to the biology of marine and estuarine plants (seaweeds, seagrasses and phytoplankton). Fieldwork focuses on the identification, diversity and ecology of Australia's unique marine flora. Topics to be covered include: biodiversity and evolution structure, life history and classification distribution and ecology human impacts and commercial uses gain, spread and loss of photosynthesis in protists role of phytoplankton in the marine environment
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This subject will introduce the general principles and modern methods of plant evolutionary biology: how to discover the phylogeny (relationships) of organisms using both morphological characters and molecular (DNA) data; how to use this information to improve the classification systems of plants; how to study aspects of evolution, coevolution and historical biogeography; and how to integrate information from living and fossil plants to discover the past and date evolutionary events. Examples of the diversity and evolution of Australian plants - both fossil and living forms - will be used throughout this subject. Topics will include: discovering plant relationships phylogenetic systemati...
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|Environmental Plant PhysiologyCore||12.5|
Environmental Plant Physiology
This subject deals with how plants function in relation to changing physical environments and is designed for students interested in plant biology and physiology, including those seeking majors in plant science, agricultural science, landscape management, and environmental science. The practical work includes a six-week research project on topics selected by students and run in small groups of 2-3. Topics to be covered will include: coping with environmental extremes and stress; water use and drought tolerance; plant defence and plant-animal interactions; nutrient cycling and nutrient-use efficiency; hyperaccumulation of toxic metals and phytoremediation.
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|Vegetation Management and ConservationCore||12.5|
Vegetation Management and Conservation
This subject provides a detailed knowledge of vegetation structure and natural values of Victorian plant communities and their assessment, including environmental limiting factors, threats due to land use, development and fragmentation, and management issues related to environmental impact assessment and conservation of native vegetation. The subject will be based around short excursions to examine different vegetation types in the Melbourne region, and a series of special lectures by scientists, managers and consultants from both the government and private sectors. Topics will include: ecology and natural history of Victorian plant communities; environmental impacts and vegetation as...
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|Plant Molecular Biology & BiotechnologyCore||12.5|
Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
This subject will focus on processes that are unique to plants as well as current techniques for their investigation and manipulation in biotechnology, including genetic engineering and plant transformation. The subject includes study of the responses of plants to biotic and abiotic stress; cell wall biosynthesis, carbon dioxide fixation and concentrating mechanisms; cell-cell recognition; nutrient uptake and processing; and the organisation of the genome in plants and its modification by biotechnology.
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This subject is structured around the fieldwork excursion in early February and covers the basic skills that are required to undertake a field-based botanical activity such as a flora survey or an environmental impact assessment, or to proceed to research in a field-based botanical discipline. Topics to be covered include: taxonomy of the Australian flora; field identification of major families and genera of plants; collection and preservation of plant specimens; mounting and cataloguing specimens; curatorial skills; nomenclature; techniques for description and classification of vegetation; structural types, floristic associations, measures of abundance (cover, density, basal area...
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|One Level 9 Life Sciences subject from the Master of Science (BioSciences)|
|Communication for Research ScientistsCore||12.5|
Communication for Research Scientists
As a scientist, it is not only important to be able to experiment, research and discover, it is also vital that you can communicate your research effectively in a variety of ways. Even the most brilliant research is wasted if no one knows it has been done or if your target audience is unable to understand it. In this subject you will develop your written and oral communication skills to ensure that you communicate your science as effectively as possible. We will cover effective science writing and oral presentations across a number of formats: writing a thesis; preparing, submitting and publishing journal papers; searching for, evaluating and citing appropriate references; peer review, ma...
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