• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Jones
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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In the face of global climate change, a growing human population and the threat of bioterrorism, pests and diseases are an increasingly important threat to human, animal and plant biosecurity and ultimately global food security. This course examines the biology of major threat organisms including pest animals, weeds, parasites and pathogenic micro-organisms, with a focus on endemic and exotic threats to Australian health and agriculture. The social, economic and environmental impact of pests and diseases and the effectiveness of regulatory, biological and biotechnological measures used to control pests and diseases will also be examined. Australian regulatory frameworks designed to exclude exotic pests and diseases and to manage endemic pests and diseases will be a particular focus.

Honours Pathway Option (HPO)

Entry to this option will be subject to approval by the course convener. Students who take this option will be required to undertake a small lab-based project in the mid-semester break and write a report, which will be assessed and replace the essay.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Undergraduate LOs:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. research biosecurity information and online biosecurity resources;
  2. discuss and present biosecurity information verbally, visually and in writing;
  3. understand the regulatory frameworks related to biosecurity and ability to navigate and use these frameworks.

Indicative Assessment

  • Written exam 40%
  • Case-study seminar 20%
  • Essay 20%
  • Opinion article 10%
  • Guest seminar Attendance 10%

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Workload

26 lectures and up to 22 hours of guest seminars and student case study presentations

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed BIOL2161 and CHEM1201

Majors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $2160
2005 $2358
2006 $2358
2007 $2358
2008 $2358
2009 $2358
2010 $2358
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3606
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8094 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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