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This occurrence is not offered in 2020
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.
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.
60 points at 100-level
Domestic fee $777.00
International fee $3,375.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
Maximum enrolment is 250
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