- Code BIOL3106
- Unit Value 6 units
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Research biosecurity information and online biosecurity resources.
- Discuss and present biosecurity information verbally, visually and in writing.
- Understand the biological attributes that make feral animals, weeds, parasites and pathogenic micro-organisms a biosecurity threat.
- Understand the principles underlying regulatory frameworks used to manage biosecurity.
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.
- Quizzes (10) [LO 3,4]
- Opinion article (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Case-study seminar (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Two written exams (50) [LO 3,4]
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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.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
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