BIOS201-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Issues in New Zealand Biosecurity

15 points
15 Jul 2019 - 10 Nov 2019

Description

This course will establish a scientific, legal and practical definition of biosecurity and pursue the ramifications of breaches to the systems in place to protect New Zealand from such affronts to our security.

New Zealand's status as a ‘clean-green’ destination and safe and secure agricultural country is constantly under threat from established and new pests and pathogens. Incursions of Queensland fruit fly, Psa (causing kiwifruit vine disease), varroa mite, tomato/potato psyllid and its associated Liberibacter pathogen, didymo and even snake sightings are just a few examples of biological threats. In addition there is an ongoing struggle with established pests such as possums, rabbits, mustelids, numerous weeds and more recently kauri dieback disease, which is slowly devastating iconic native forest.

This course will establish a scientific, legal and practical definition of biosecurity and pursue the ramifications of breaches to the systems in place to protect the New Zealand environment, economy and way of life. Sources, types and impacts of biosecurity threats will be examined. Emphasis will also be placed on the systems in place to protect New Zealand from unwanted organisms, the economics of biosecurity and the public perception of biosecurity management. The course is intended to present relevant information from an interdisciplinary group of academics and experts in terrestrial, freshwater and marine biosecurity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will have an appreciation and understanding of the diversity of biosecurity issues faced by New Zealand;
  • Students will have an appreciation and understanding of the way in which biosecurity affects interest groups and New Zealand society in general;
  • Students will have an appreciation and understanding of management procedures and agencies involved in dealing with biosecurity threats;
  • Students will have been assessed via a range of assessment media;
  • Students will be engaged in a problem-based learning environment to build their knowledge and skills in the area of biosecurity management.

Pre-requisites

60 points at 100-level

Restrictions

BIOS101

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 460 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 A7 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tara Murray

Course Administrator

Jeanette Allen

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 250

For further information see School of Forestry.

All BIOS201 Occurrences

  • BIOS201-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019