• 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 2019
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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 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.


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:

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 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

      Attendance at 50% of the guest seminars and 50% of the case studies is a course requirement

      Indicative Assessment

        • Written exam 60% (LO3, LO4)
        • Case-study seminar 25%  (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)
        • Opinion article 15% (LO1, LO2)

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

            Requisite and Incompatibility

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



            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:
            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
            Domestic fee paying students
            Year Fee
            2019 $3840
            International fee paying students
            Year Fee
            2019 $5460
            Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

            Offerings and Dates

            The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

            Second Semester

            Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
            7904 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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