• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Biology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr David Jones
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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In the face of global climate change, a growing human population and the threat of global pandemics and bioterrorism, pests and diseases are an increasingly important threat to global food security and human health. This course examines the human, economic and environmental impact of pests and diseases. It explores the biology of major threat organisms, with a focus on endemic and exotic threats to Australian biosecurity. The social, economic and environmental impact of pests and diseases, and the regulatory, chemical, biological and biotechnological measures used to control them, will also be examined. Australian regulatory frameworks designed to exclude exotic pests and diseases and to manage biotechnological solutions to endemic pests and diseases will also be a particular focus.

Learning Outcomes

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

Postgraduate 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. navigate and use the regulatory frameworks related to biosecurity and ability to navigate and use these frameworks.

4. critically analyse the science underpinning our understanding of the emergence of new biosecurity threats.


Other Information

The Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

Postgraduate assessment will be based on:

1) Written exam 40%

2) Case-study seminars 20%

3) Essay 20%

4) Opinion article 10%

5) Guest seminar attendance 5%

6) Case-study seminar attendance 5%


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

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.



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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
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
8281 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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