- Code BIOL3106
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Public Health
Biosecurity is essential to protect human, animal, plant, and environmental health in Australia under ever changing global environmental conditions. Threats to our collective health are many fold ranging from SARS-COV2 to invasive plant pathogens like myrtle rust and animal disease like foot and mouth disease. Incursions of these pathogens have severe societal and economic impact once they are introduced into our communities and environments.
This course starts off with providing an introduction to policies and legislation that frame the collective biosecurity discussions in Australia. It moves on to introduce the biology of plant pathogens that pose biosecurity risks. It explores novel technologies that improve detection and identification of organisms that pose biosecurity risks. It introduces models that aim to quantify these risks. The course then puts SARS-COV2 and COVID-19 in a biosecurity and public health perspective. At the end it finishes off with an Indigenous view on biosecurity before exploring future employment opportunities in the biosecurity sector.
Honours Pathway Option (HPO)
Entry to this option will be subject to approval by the course convener. Students who take this option will have to attend two additional tutorials (one in week 4 and one in week 10) with a focus on literature reviews on plant biosecurity risks and SARS-CoV2, respectively. HPO students will be assessed at a higher standard which will be reflected in a separate marking rubric for practical reports and the critical essay on biosecurity.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Research and evaluate biosecurity information with a specific focus on its value in the Australian context.
- Contrast the principles underlying policies used to manage biosecurity.
- Classify the biological attributes that make feral animals, weeds, parasites and pathogenic micro-organisms a biosecurity threat.
- Critically analyse the science that underpines our understanding of new biosecurity threats.
- Demonstrate and evaluate the application of scientific principles and methods in a biosecurity context using specific case studies.
Participation in 80% of tutorials and 80% of practical laboratories are a course requirement. Submission of an critical essay on a biosecurity topic of choice is also a course requirement.
- Quizzes (20) [LO 2,3,4]
- Four Practical/Laboratory reports (50) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Critical essay on a biosecurity topic of choice (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester.
The workload each week includes the following as indicated:
- 2 x 1 hour lectures per week (total 24 hours) of which most will be available as short online mini-lectures.
- 1 x 1 hour in person tutorial (total 12 hours) for which attendance is required as there are essential to address LO 3-5 which are directly linked to all assessments. Students who don't attend tutorials will be seriously disadvantaged.
- 10 x 3 hour practical labs across the Semester
In addition throughout the course students are expected to spend approximately 64 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, tutorials, practical laboratories and assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
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