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Global Biosecurity (BIO639)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability FTLEARN: FTL1-online
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 This unit is delivered via the FutureLearn platform. Students will complete 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, 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 materials that will be delivered in intensive mode, online or after hours.
Assessment The following assessments have been designed to demonstrate that students have achieved the unit learning outcomes:.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
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
Unit Contacts

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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