BIOSCI 747 : Biosecurity and Invasion Biology
2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Differentiate the stages of the invasion process and evaluate how these link to species biology (Capability 1 and 2)
- Evaluate abiotic factors and biotic interactions that might facilitate invasion and impact, and predict invasion success and impact in different ecosystem contexts (Capability 1 and 2)
- Work collaboratively in groups to critique and improve risk assessment techniques, challenge key invasion biology concepts, and use the scientific method to develop research proposals (Capability 2, 3 and 4)
- Communicate and debate invasion biology challenges both orally (to the class) and in written form (Capability 2, 3 and 4)
- Apply species distribution modelling techniques to species risk assessments and critically evaluate modelling techniques and species distribution heat maps (Capability 2, 3, 4 and 6)
- Apply their knowledge of the invasion pathway and risk assessment to a real world example, by developing an Environmental Protection Agency submission that assesses the risk of a species proposed for importation to New Zealand (Capability 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
|Species distribution modelling exercise||10%||Individual Coursework|
|Species risk assessment||55%||Individual Coursework|
|Policy submission||35%||Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
|Species distribution modelling exercise|
|Species risk assessment|
This is a block course requiring attendance and participation from 8:30am - 4:30pm for 4 continuous days in the first week of Semester only.
This courses are designed so that the average student should be able to pass by spending 150 hours on this course. Use the following as a guide.
Contact time = 32 hours
Species risk assessment = 55 hours
Policy submission (Macrolophus) = 35 hours
Pre-reading and reading throughout = 28 hours
TOTAL 150 hours
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
No lecture recordings are available for this postgraduate course. Most of the course is workshopping and problem-solving. While some powerpoints will be used, these are loaded onto Canvas prior to the beginning of the Semester so that you can familiarise yourself with the material. There are a range of digital resources made available in Canvas.
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Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.