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Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Describe major food-borne pathogens and use this knowledge to assess risk in food production
- Explain and evaluate currently available detection and surveillance processes for food-borne pathogens
- Monitor and analyse emerging issues in food-borne disease and public health
- Study schedule to be announced prior to the commencement of the study term.
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
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Maintenance of food security and public health requires vigilance in the food supply chain based on knowledge of the physiology, ecology and epidemiology of food-borne pathogens including bacteria, viruses and parasites. This subject focuses on enhancing depth of knowledge of food-borne pathogens for Master of Applied Science students within the areas of Microbiology and Food Safety.
Students will be provided content on advanced topics of microbial hazards in foods. This includes provision of reading content on specific sub-topics of food-related public health, food-borne pathogens, epidemiology and persistence of food-borne pathogens, and methods for routine sampling and detection. Knowledge gained will be supported and enriched by self-directed learning activities. These include recorded lectures, online quizzes, assessment and interpretation of research literature regarding microbial hazards in food, and a focused literature review on a topic of choice in this area.
- Mid-semester test (10%)
- Final Exam (40%)
- Journal Club (25%)
- Foodborne pathogen Literature Review (25%)