Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics (8665.3)
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|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Collate, analyse, evaluate, interpret and present information relating to Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics;
2. Identify and analyse potential biosecurity threats and to implement and evaluate appropriate microbial forensic techniques for threat resolution, with independent critical and creative thinking;
3. Respond to potential biosecurity threats with the ability to initiate new ideas, implement effective decisions and cope with uncertainty; and
4. Understand the health, environmental, economic, political, legal and social issues related to biosecurity, with an international perspective.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesBiochemistry OR Introduction to Microbiology.
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Microbial Forensics 2nd Edition (recommended)
Authors: Bruce Budowle, Steven E. Schutzer, Roger G. Breeze and Paul S. Keim
Publisher: Academic Press; 2nd Edition (2010)
Available as an E-book through the University of Canberra Library
Microbial Forensics 1st Edition (recommended)
Authors: Roger G. Breeze, Bruce Budowle, Steven E. Schutzer
Publisher: Elsevier/Academic Press; 1st Edition (2005)
Available as an E-book through the University of Canberra Library
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
Please note: All assessment items will be submitted through the University of Florida unit site. Please contact your online instructor if you have any questions regarding assessment items.
By submitting your work online through the University of Florida unit website you are certifying that:
- the attached assignment is my own work and no part of this work has been written for me by any other person except where such collaboration has been authorised by the lecturer/s concerned;
- material drawn from other sources has been fully acknowledged as to author/creator, source and other bibliographic details according to unit-specific requirements for referencing; and
- no part of this work has been submitted for assessment in any other unit in this or another Faculty except where authorised by the lecturer/s concerned.
Special assessment requirements
An aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the unit.
You must attempt all assessment items.
The final mark for this subject will be calculated by an accumulation of marks from each assessment item.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
As this unit is delivered online there are no set face-to-face contact hours. Instead you should plan to spend 5 hours on the unit material and discussion boards per week over the 15 weeks for a total of 75 hours. The remaining 75 hours should be apportioned according to the weighting for each assessment item. For example, the quizzes are worth 6 % each and should account for 4.5 hours each and the short answer questions are 15 % each and so account for 11.25 hours each.
Your participation in all online activities will enhance your understanding of the unit content and therefore the quality of your assessment responses. Lack of participation may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items. Note that participation in online discussions is a required assessment item.
Required IT skills
Familiarity with computers and internet browsers is necessary.
As detailed in Section 4a the recommended text books are available freely as an E-book through the University of Canberra library.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Work placements, internships or practicums are not part of this unit.
Notifications through the University of Florida unit Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's website. Students should ensure they check their UC student email regularly. The University of Florida discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
This unit involves research-led education. There are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
- Trimester 3, 2020, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (195032)
- Trimester 2, 2020, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (192912)
- Trimester 3, 2019, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (187791)
- Trimester 2, 2019, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (187846)
- Trimester 3, 2018, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (182352)
- Trimester 2, 2018, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (182351)