• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr David Jones
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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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 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 also 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 an essay in place of a fact sheet.

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%
  • Fact sheet 20%
  • Opinion article 10%
  • Guest seminar Attendance 5%
  • Case study Attendance 5%

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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



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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2432 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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