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


Food safety comprises a broad range of scientific endeavours that are important in human society. Maintenance of food security and public health requires vigilance in the food supply, including safety, traceability, epidemiology and the ecology of food-borne pathogens. The science also involves the application of knowledge related to food fermentation, processing techniques, manufacturing, and even packaging. Finally, innovations in food manufacturing and the provision of health benefits is a rapidly growing area including functional foods, prebiotics, and probiotics for human and animal consumption. A substantial proportion of food safety risks are biological and are associated with microbial pathogens and microbial-produced toxins.


Unit name Foodborne Pathogens
Unit code KLA304
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Professor John Bowman
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe major food-borne pathogens and use this knowledge to assess risk in food production
  • Explain currently available detection and surveillance processes for food-borne pathogens
  • Monitor and assess emerging issues in food-borne disease and public health

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010911 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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CJA214 OR KLA200 OR CXA241 OR KLA210 OR JFA214 OR KPZ215

Concurrent Prerequisites


Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

2 x 50 min lectures weekly

AssessmentMid-semester quiz (10%)|Journal Club (20%)|Food-borne pathogen literature review (30%)|Final Exam (40%)
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