Courses & Units

Foodborne Pathogens KLA304



This unit can only be undertaken by undergraduate students who are concurrently enrolled in, or have successfully completed, KLA396 Food Microbiology


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 unit focuses on enhancing depth of knowledge of food-borne pathogens for Master of Applied Science students within the areas of Microbiology and Food Safety.

These include recorded lectures, an online quiz, assessment and interpretation of research literature regarding microbial hazards in food (journal club), a focused literature review on a topic of choice in this area, and a final closed book exam.

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.


Unit name Foodborne Pathogens
Unit code KLA304
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems

Assoc Prof John Bowman

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010911

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CJA214 OR KLA200 OR CXA241 OR KLA210 OR JFA214



Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Lectures, readings and online activities weekly


Literature review 25%, Continuous assessment (consisting of 3 assignments) 15%, Online tests 10%, Final theory exam 50%.

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