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Aquatic Biosecurity (BIO606)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description This unit will equip students with advanced knowledge in the discipline of aquatic biosecurity essential for developing policies involving biosecurity, protection of natural ecosystems and safeguarding aquaculture food production and aquatic livelihoods. Students will gain an understanding of complex interactions between infectious and non-infectious factors that impact aquatic animal health, human activities that impact aquatic biosecurity, and develop specialised technical skills via field visits to natural ecosystems, aquaculture facilities, processing plants for aquatic products, and laboratory sessions.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Interdisciplinarity - Acquisition of sound knowledge and understanding of the complex interactions that impact aquatic biosecurity, and appreciation of the need for an interdisciplinary approach when pursuing solutions
2. Skills - Develop specialised technical skills used in collecting information about natural and captive aquatic animal populations required in research or disease investigations
3. Knowledge - Critical interpretation and presentation of knowledge in the discipline of aquatic animal health and biosecurity
4. Application - Develop specialised cognitive skills to research, analyse and apply established knowledge and investigative techniques to current and future problems in aquatic animal health and biosecurity
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit is taught in intensive mode consisting of:
Lectures: 12 x 1 hour; Field Trips: 2 x half day (4 hours); Laboratories: 2 x 3 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit uses a combination of intensive instruction in advanced skills in aquatic animal health and biosecurity, research and debates on current contentious issues in the field, and self-directed learning on aquatic biosecurity.

Students will develop advanced knowledge and technical skills in the discipline of aquatic animal health and biosecurity. All concepts which are introduced in lectures will be reinforced through field trips and hands-on laboratory sessions. There will also be an emphasis on individual research, presentations and group discussion forums, because this is often an integral part of developing sound biosecurity plans. This knowledge and skill will be integrated by the production of a 2000 word report on developing a biosecurity plan for a facility or at country level.

The application of knowledge and skills will be illustrated and discussed further through lectures and forums on current hot topics, covering issues such as trade and biosecurity, assessment of ecosystems, the sustainability and potential of aquaculture as a secure food source, national planning impacting biosecurity, and an overview of the current status of global aquatic biosecurity and its future needs. These topics will be consolidated through discussions and further private study, leading to assessment by the production of an oral presentation and a specialised information brochure.

The unit as a whole will be integrated through further private study, with a final written assessment.

Other Learning Experiences Field trips - approximately 8 hours (2 x 4h day trips, during on-campus intensive periods).
Assessment Oral presentation summative, 30% during intensive week in early semester
Brochure summative 10% mid semester
Written report 2000 words summative 40% end of semester
Written exam 2 hour short answer summative 20% end of semester
Prerequisites Enrolment in Masters-level course.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (MWildlifeHth) [New in 2015]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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