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Invasive and Pest Species Management (BIO607)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides an advanced level of study in invasive and pest species management within a biosecurity context. Students will be provided with the necessary background learning and practical skills required to undertake an adaptive management role in a wide range of wildlife and/or pest species programs. This unit provides opportunity for the improvement of research skills to the student, whilst addressing the need to provide experience in applying real-world tools for managing important invasive and pest species.
Unit Learning Outcomes This unit will provide students with the appropriate knowledge and skills set to professionally engage and collaborate with government, community, and private organisations within the resource and conservation management sectors. This will be achieved through addressing four areas of scientific and professional development:
1. Communication - public/client communication, professional communication, written literacy
2. Professionalism and life skills - professional development, ethics and welfare, legal and professional responsibilities, personal skills, interpersonal skills
3. Scientific rigour - research appreciation, evidence-based practice, information literacy, data and statistical analysis, scientific numeracy
4. Applied skills - robust experimental design, operational coordination, fieldwork preparation/organisation, interagency collaboration, public involvement
Timetabled Learning Activities 1 week intensive (30 September - 4 October 2019) consisting of lectures (also recorded for remote candidates), laboratory exercises, workshops, and field trips.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit provides a unique and outstanding opportunity to experience first-hand a range of management and control programs in operation. Theory and background knowledge of principles presented in the lecture materials is applied and demonstrated in the practical classes which provide students with hands on experience. These classes offer students the opportunity to participate in ongoing operational management programs as well as working with and manipulating real world datasets.
Assessment Examination (50%): End of semester final exam covering lecture content.
Practicals/Workshop/Fieldtrip Exercises (40%):
* Laboratory report on survey methods and population density estimates (15%).
* Diet identification quiz/test (5%).
* Project (30%): Oral presentation covering the history, control effort and success (or lack thereof) of an invasive species, including a critical assessment of the current status and future persistence of this species within Australia. Students will undertake this assignment over the course of the semester, with presentations in the last week of semester - either in person or via Skype.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Biosecurity.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Trish Fleming

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6577
e: T.Fleming@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.046 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Professor Trish Fleming

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6577
e: T.Fleming@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.046 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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