• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Immunology and Microbiology, Plant Science, Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Peter Solomon
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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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 human, animal and plant biosecurity, and ultimately global food security. This course examines the biology of major threat organisms including feral animals, weeds, parasites, pathogenic micro-organisms and viruses, with a focus on 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.

 

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 the opinion article.

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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 biological attributes that make feral animals, weeds, parasites and pathogenic micro-organisms a biosecurity threat.
  4. Understand the principles underlying regulatory frameworks used to manage biosecurity.

Other Information

Participation in 80% of case studies is a course requirement. Submission of an opinion article and presentation of a case study are also course requirements.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quizzes (10) [LO 3,4]
  2. Opinion article (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Case-study seminar (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Two written exams (50) [LO 3,4]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face or online component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week (total 36 hours) and up to 22 hours of guest seminars and student case study presentations.
  • Approximately 72 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed BIOL2161 and CHEM1201. Incompatible with BIOL6106.

Prescribed Texts

Nil

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
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
6322 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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