ANIMAL HEALTH

AGR3AH

2016

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This unit presents the principles of parasitology and immunology as they pertain to diseases of domestic animals (livestock and companion animals) and wildlife. Major components include the animal immune system; host immune defence against parasitic diseases; the diagnosis and control of infection and disease; common parasitic diseases of animals; zoonotic diseases; animal biosecurity; metabolic and genetic animal diseases and illnesses.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1OF or BIO1MGC

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVeterinary Immunology: Principle and PracticePrescribedDay, M.J. and Schultz, R.D. (2011)MANSON PUBLISHING ISBN 9781840767436, CALL NO. 636.0896079 D2746 AVAILABLE AT BOOKSHOP

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and explain concepts in: the role the immune system plays in host defence against infection; parasite life cycles; pathogenesis caused by infection; diagnosis; treatment therapies; zoonotic diseases; animal biosecurity; animal metabolic and genetic diseases

Activities:
In lectures, students will be instructed in the major concepts of the animal immune system, host defence, diagnosis of infection, parasite biology, biosecurity threats to Australian animals and metabolic and genetic diseases of animals. Students are assessed through quizzes on each lecture.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

02. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts behind immune diagnosis of infection, parasite life cycles and drug resistance in parasites though analysis and reporting of experimental results and group discussion of research publications

Activities:
In laboratory classes, students will perform experiments analysing immune responses to infection, the methods of diagnosis, analyse parasite morphology of different life cycle stages, and determine the level of drug resistance in parasite eggs. Students will analyse selected research publications displaying concepts from the lectures and practical classes and critically discuss, as a group, the results and conclusions from each publication.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

03. Work in teams to present results of laboratory experiments in written and oral form to an audience of peers.

Activities:
Students work in a team (2-4 students) to conduct the practical laboratory work and are given instruction on group/team dynamics. The skills required for a group oral presentation are outlined. Ability to work as a team is indicated by the cohesiveness of the oral presentation and the group scientific paper/report; students peer review each team member. Students will give a group oral presentation on the laboratory results and write a group scientific report (2000 words) on the major project; students will answer short answer questions on other laboratory work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTerry Spithill

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Four 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 6.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group oral presentation (15 minutes)3 02, 03
Individual contribution to group analysis of publications10 01, 02, 03
One 2000 word laboratory report10 02, 03
Short answer questions on laboratory work7 02, 03
Two 2-hour examinations60 01, 02
Weekly quizes on lecturesParticipation in laboratory classes is compulsory.10 01