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Biosecurity Plant Pests - Pathogens (La Trobe University BOT5BPP) (OTH542)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Major plant pathogens of concern to biosecurity will be introduced. Classification and methods for diagnosing pathogens will be discussed in the context of: host symptoms; detection methods; pathogen life cycles. Environmental influences on the relationship between host and pathogen will be covered. Options and limitations for prevention, eradication and control of pathogen invasions are discussed. This unit is offered by La Trobe University. Please refer to the LTU Handbook:
Unit Learning Outcomes Successful students will be able to:
1. identify broad categories of pathogens (at various life stages);
2. associate key quarantine pests (pathogens) with their likely import pathways and hosts;
3. explain pathogen/host/environment interactions and their implications for biosecurity.
4. explain the range of methods that are available to: 1. eradicate; 2. contain; or 3. manage plant pathogens and choose those methods that will be most efficient and effective at suppressing them in a given situation.

Graduate attributes (= expected learning outcomes):
Knowledge and understanding of plant biosecurity at levels that are internationally recognised and at the highest level of industry requirement, specifically, the ability to:
* identify plant pathogens and associate them with likely import pathways and hosts;
* implement detection, triage diagnosis of quarantine pests (at least to major pathogen grouping);
* Ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from scientific and regulatory sources, and apply effective solutions to problems within changing contexts
* Acquisition of the capacity to learn and maintain commitment to continuous learning in order to maintain the professional standards required for plant biosecurity
* Commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour
* Capacity to communicate effectively and to work independently
Timetabled Learning Activities The fully flexible workload, self-paced is approximately 10 hours per week on average over the semester. No specific timetabled activities, other than assessments due before end of semester.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is self-directed learning with interactive digital lectures and other media (e.g. movies) developed specifically for this unit in collaboration with plant biosecurity professionals. Material is delivered by post on a USB stick. The fully flexible workload, self-paced is approximately 10 hours per week on average over the semester.
Assessment One quiz, 10% to be completed before end of semester. Two written reports (1500 words limit, 30% each), one presentation (30 minutes maximum, ~30 slides ~1000 words, 30%). Assignments will be marked for accuracy, topic and literature coverage, expression, and appropriate use of terminology/language and species conventions (as described in lectures and other learning materials). Students can contact Dr Kim Plummer (Unit Coordinator) by phone or email to clarify points. Brief feedback from Dr Plummer will be given on a single draft of one assignment to enable students to gage the standards required. All assessments to be handed in before the end of semester, prior to study break.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Plant Biosecurity, Graduate Diploma in Plant Biosecurity or Master of Plant Biosecurity.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Plant Biosecurity (GradCertPlantBiosec)
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
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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