Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces the principles of microbiology and genetics relating to horses. Students will learn foundational biological concepts and their application to equine management. Topics will include the the role of micro-organisms in the environment and disease, the identification and effective bio-security strategies for key zoonotic pathogens of horses including Hendra virus and develop and understanding of the methods of controlling microbial growth and the application to feed processing, equine disease control and soil fertility. This subject introduces qualitative and quantitative genetics and their application to the breeding of horses is explored. Students will develop their laboratory skills in the safe handling of microorganisms and biological specimens.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This elective subject is offered subject to demand. The student is expected to work with live animals. All use of animals is regulated through the Scientific Procedures Licence and The Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Recognize the major classes of microbes and parasites in relation to structure, life cycle and growth requirements, and describe appropriate treatment and control strategies

Lectures, and practicals

02. Justiy, and safely and effectively perform, practical tasks involving handling of microbes and parasites

Lectures, and practicals

03. Demonstrate a theoretical knowledge of the basis of inheritance and genetics

Lectures, and practicals

04. Discuss strategies to produce or select lines, groups or breeds of horses with specific qualitative traits

Lectures, and practicals

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Week 29-43, Blended


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 29 - 42
Twelve 3.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
"12 x 3 hour lecture Classes per study period. (Semester)"

Practical Week: 29 - 42
Twelve 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
"12 x 3 hour practical Classes per study period. (Semester)"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Microbiology Laboratory Journal (1000 words)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Genetics assignment (1000 words)25 02, 03
Written exam (2 hours, 2000 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04