There are over 300 species of marsupials, and the vast majority are found in Australasia, continental Australia and its coastal islands. So, if you’d like to work with native animals, whether in the wild or in captivity, this course is perfect for you.
The Certificate of Marsupial Biology is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work confidently with marsupials.
In this wildlife biology course, you will learn about the diversity, biology, behaviour and wellbeing of marsupials and understand health issues and diseases common to this species.
On completion of this wildlife biology course, you will have gained the knowledge and skills to manage and care for marsupials in an entry-level position
Unit - Marsupials Biology and Management
Unit 1 – Marsupial evolution taxonomy and external morphology
Introduction and evolution
Families with orders
External morphology (size, limbs and feet)
Compare different marsupials feet:
Different marsupial body parts
Unit 2 – Internal anatomy, physiology, and senses
Neural systems and intelligence
Head, post cranial
Scent glands and olifaction
Lactation and litter size
Unit 3 – Behaviour
Territoriality and home range
Thermoregulation, torpor and hibernation
Care of young
Feeding and diet
Den sites and nests
Predation and predators
Unit 4 – Marsupial health
Pathogens and parasites
Viruses( herpetovirus and herpes virus
Other significant viruses
Facial tumour disease (DFTD)
Parasites and other pathogens
Marsupials as disease vectors
Non-infectious health issues in marsupials
Malnutrition and starvation
Shock and injury
Injury and bite wounds
Marsupial health care
Stress and diet
Unit 5 – Marsupial Carnivores
Dasyuridae: quolls, devils and their relatives
Tasmanian devil (distinguishing features)
Quolls, dunnarts, antechinuses
Unit 6 – Macropods
Macropodidae: kangaroos, wallabies, and their relatives
Other important genera
Overview of dendrolagus species
Unit 7 – Diprotodontia Marsupials
Diet and reproduction
Brush-tailed possums and cuscus
Gliders and striped possums
Petaurinae – the gliders
Dactylopsilinae – the striped possums
Potaroos and relatives
Unit 8 – Peramelemophs
Family peramelidae: bandicoots and echymiperas
family thylacomyidae: bilbies
Family chaeropodidae: the pig-footed bandicoot
Unit 9 – Other marsupials
Unit 10 – Sustainable management of marsupials
Threats and their amelioration
Habitat protection and modification
Exotic species and their control
Conservation breeding programs
Geographical isolation – fences and islands
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.