ANIMAL HEALTH

AGR3AH

2020

Credit points: 30

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

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.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Stear

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. (2014)MANSON PUBLISHING ISBN 9781840767436, CALL NO. 636.0896079 D2746 AVAILABLE AT BOOKSHOP
ReadingsGeorgis' Parasitology for VeterinariansPrescribedBowman, D.D (2014)MOSBY/ELSEVIER

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. Students will explore the topics in more depth in practical exercises and group activities.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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.

Activities:
In laboratory classes, students will perform experiments analysing immune responses to infection, the methods of diagnosis and analyse parasite morphology of different life cycle stages. Students will analyse selected research publications displaying concepts from the lectures and practical classes and critically discuss, as a group (4-5 students per group), the results and conclusions from each publication. In addition, students will write an individual report (2000 words) on the two Immunology practicals and will answer short answer questions on other laboratory work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Synthesise knowledge from a range of sources and create an integrated parasite control programme using innovative combinations of treatment.

Activities:
Students complete an independent research task where they choose a current disease outbreak (somewhere in the world), synthesise information about that disease and create an integrated disease control programme using innovative combinations of treatment. Students present their work using a Poster format which they share with peers in a formal poster session.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHayley Toet

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 21 - 21
One 6.0 hours 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."

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Two 6.0 hours 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."

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

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two x 2 hour final examinations (4,000-words equivalent) One exam for Immunology and one exam for Parasitology/Biosecurity50 01
Six online quizzes (500-words equivalent)6 01
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.15 01, 02
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)12 01, 02
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.12 01, 03
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.5 01, 02