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Risk Analysis from Farm to Fork (VET657)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Biosecurity offers a strategic and integrated approach to analyse and manage risks in food safety, animal and plant life and health, and biosafety. This unit focuses on the principles and practical application of the framework to structure and guide the application of risk analysis (encompassing risk assessment, management and communication) in food chain safety. Students will gain applied risk analysis skills needed to support safe food for all communities, and also serve as a requirement to open trade barriers between countries.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Understand the key biological, chemical and physical hazards compromising food safety and trade at global level;
2. Realize the need for and structure of the food safety risk analysis framework;
3. Understand various tools for qualitative and quantitative risk assessment;
4. Gain practical experience in conducting food safety risk assessment modelling, particularly using @Risk(R) software;
5. Critically interpreting results and reporting of quantitative risk assessment calculations;
6. Learn how to conduct a good reporting and risk communication on emerging food safety hazards.
Timetabled Learning Activities The unit from 2018 will follow external mode of delivery only. NO class room, or on campus attendance is required. This is to fit needs and demands of national and international students. External delivery provides students with a better flexibility to balance work, life and study.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit uses a blended approach accommodating online lectures, course readings and on-going activities. Learning experience will be supported by online lectures, discussions forums, and supported as well by independent readings.
Interaction with fellow students and the unit coordinator is available through online forums and by emails.
Other Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit uses a subject-centred learning approach. Learning occurs through interactive workshops during in-class contact and discussions and an on-line forum with fellow students, and supported independent reading activities.
Assessment 1. Active Participation: 25%;
2. Food Safety Risk Assessment Essay: 25%;
3. Probabilistic Modelling Problems solving: 25%
4. Risk Analysis Model Building Scenario: 25%
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Certificate of Plant Biosecurity or Master of Biosecurity or permission of the Academic Chair.
Notes This unit will be taught externally, online, no on-campus attendance.
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 Ihab Habib
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

e: I.Habib@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S1-External
Dr Ihab Habib
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

e: I.Habib@murdoch.edu.au
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