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Biosecurity Plant Pests - Invertebrates (University of Queensland) (OTH541)
|Organisational Unit||Agricultural Sciences|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||Investigates invertebrate plant pests, their identification and classification, life-cycle and their host relationships from a biosecurity perspective. The unit concentrates on insects but also covers nematodes, snails and mites. Because of the complexity of invertebrate life-cycles, a biological understanding is essential for appropriate border inspection and post-border surveillance. Basic management approaches dealing with invertebrate plant pest incursions are discussed. This unit is offered by the University of Queensland. Please refer to the UQ Handbook: http://www.uq.edu.au/study/|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||The learning outcomes include 1) an appreciation of the economic importance of biosecurity and ramifications of the International Plant Protection Convention. 2) Students need to demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of the orders of insects and other invertebrates that are likely to be of biosecurity concern. 3) They will be able to demonstrate an ability to recognise and classify insects and other invertebrates that are of major biosecurity concern. 4) They will demonstrate an ability to manage and deal with invertebrate pest incursions and have a knowledge of international agreements. 5) They will produce a report outlining a diagnostic protocol on a plant biosecurity risk organism and an advisory tool applicable to a wider audience.
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|Unit Learning Experiences||This unit uses a flexible delivery mechanism making it suitable for online delivery: resources include comprehensive recorded lectures combined with Powerpoint slides, integrated into the Blackboard platform, offered via the University of Queensland.|
|Assessment||Assessment item (1) the development of a web-based presentation providing information on a biosecurity-related insect or other pest (40%), (2) the production of a glossary of technical terms (750 words), (3) the development of a diagnostic exercise (1500 words) and (4) completion of a final online quiz.|
|Prerequisites||Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Plant Biosecurity, Graduate Diploma in Plant Biosecurity or Master of Plant Biosecurity.|
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch 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.|