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Global Biosecurity (BIO639)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
FTLEARN: FTL1-online
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Biological Security (biosecurity) refers to the protection of people, plants and animals from pests and diseases. It is a broad, multidisciplinary field encompassing science, law, economics, mathematics and sociology. In this unit you will be introduced to the International frameworks that drive global biosecurity and the Australian biosecurity system. Using real-life examples and case studies you will learn about preparedness, surveillance, diagnostics, emergency response and management of pests and diseases.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand the International and Australian regulatory frameworks in which biosecurity operates;
2. Appreciate the drivers behind biosecurity;
3. Associate particular activities with biosecurity;
4. Identify various stages of biosecurity using case studies.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars and workshops are delivered in intensive teaching mode (24 hours contact time), which may include evenings and weekends. Students will then complete research assignments independently, in consultation with teaching staff.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit has a blended learning approach comprising a combination of intensively-delivered lectures, online learning materials, field trips (eg trip to quarantine facility at Perth airport) and discussions. A number of guest lecturers from various biosecurity agencies will be contributing to the delivery of the unit. Students are expected to commit a minimum of 150 hours to complete this unit, which includes 24 hours of lectures that will be delivered in intensive mode, online or after hours.
Other Learning Experiences Field trip to local biosecurity facilities during intensive teaching week.
Assessment The following assessments have been designed to demonstrate that students have achieved the unit learning outcomes: an understanding of the International and Australian regulatory frameworks in which biosecurity operates; an appreciation of the drivers behind biosecurity; familiarity with the activities associated with biosecurity,identify various stages of biosecurity.
* 20 % - for participation and completion of report on field trip.
* 25 % - Case Study - Is Preparedness Possible? - 1500 words
* 25% - 'Making the Headlines' - Students are to prepare a front page newspaper article reporting that an outbreak has occurred - 1000 words
* 30 % for exam (multiple choice, short and long answer)
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Notes This unit will be taught in intensive mode.
Previously 2015: 'Biosecurity Threats and Invasions'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in One Health (GradCertOneHealth)
Graduate Diploma in Safety Science (GradDipSafetySci) [New in 2017]
Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)
Master of Food Security (MFoodSec) [New in 2015]
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Kirsty Bayliss
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2814
e: K.Bayliss@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.3.013 - Biological Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Kirsty Bayliss
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2814
e: K.Bayliss@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.3.013 - Biological Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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