ANIMAL HEALTH

AGR3AH

2021

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject presents the principles of parasitology and immunology as they pertain to diseases of domestic animals (mainly livestock) 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 and animal biosecurity. Using the knowledge learnt and the skills developed in this course, you will synthesise existing information and develop an integrated parasite management control programme to control parasitic disease. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential by developing the ability to tackle problems creatively and generate innovative approaches to disease control, now and in the future .

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Stear

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesBIO1OF OR BIO1MGC

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Veterinary Immunology: Principle and Practice

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDay, M.J. and Schultz, R.D.

Year2014

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherMANSON PUBLISHING

ISBN9781840767436

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Georgis' Parasitology for Veterinarians

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorBowman, D.D

Year2014

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherMOSBY/ELSEVIER

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
DISCIPLINE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

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
02. Analyse and interpret experimental results from practical exercises and research articles to expand and consolidate understanding of concepts behind immune diagnosis of infection, parasite life cycles and drug resistance in parasites.
03. Synthesise knowledge from a range of sources and create an integrated parasite control programme using innovative combinations of treatment.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHayley Toet

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Four 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
Three 6.00 h practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
Two 6.00 h workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students will be required to present a journal article allocated to their group.

WorkShopWeek: 21 - 21
One 6.00 h workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 21 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.
This will be a disease simulation exercise which will be run by a guest lecturer.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Two x 2 hour final examinations (4,000-words equivalent). One exam for Immunology and one exam for Parasitology/Biosecurity

N/ACentral examIndividualNo50 SILO1

Six online quizzes (500-words equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo6 SILO1

Case study investigation and report (2,000-words).Testing of cattle sera and faeces to detect the presence of liver fluke infection using two ELISAs and provision of treatment and management advice to the farmer.

N/AReportIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2

One group oral presentation (1,000-word equivalent per student). Independent research activity to critically review a journal article on Immunology or parasitology (3 mins per student and total allocated time per group is 10 mins)

N/AOral presentationGroupNo12 SILO1, SILO2

Poster presentation (1,000-word equivalent). Using the knowledge learnt and the skills developed in this course, students will synthesise existing information and develop an integrated parasite management control program to control parasitic infections in cattle and sheep.

N/AOtherIndividualNo12 SILO1, SILO3

Practical worksheet and drawings (250-words equivalent). Analysis of field samples to detect the presence of parasitic infections and examination of microscopic parasite specimens to identify their characteristic anatomical features.

N/AOtherIndividualNo5 SILO1, SILO2