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One Health: Wildlife Perspectives (VET603)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit introduces students to the growth field of One Health with an emphasis on the role of, and impacts on, wildlife health. The unit will explore a range of issues related to the integration of wildlife and domestic animal health, environmental health and public health, and the implications for conservation projects. Topics and case studies will explore these complex interrelationships with a focus on the role of wildlife health in global health outcomes and the need for interdisciplinary approaches.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Interdisciplinarity (ULO1)
Recognise the fundamental transdisciplinary nature of the One Health approach, including biologists, ecologists, veterinarians, public health professionals, policy makers, environmental and social scientists, and educators, and the role each of these disciplines may play in biodiversity conservation.
2. Knowledge (ULO2)
Able to describe the complex and integrated nature of One Health, including anthropogenic and environmental drivers of disease emergence, as well as wider One Health relationships to food security, societies and economies.
3. Skills (ULO3)
Able to conduct work with wildlife infectious diseases taking into consideration the implications of human and domestic animal health, and using knowledge of taxa specific issues.
4. Application (ULO4)
Able to approach wildlife health and biodiversity conservation projects with a clear understanding of the potential socioeconomic, human, domestic animal and environmental drivers, thereby incorporating appropriate expertise from a broad range of backgrounds as indicated by the specific project needs.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week for internal students
Online discussions and lectures for external students.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit involves blended learning strategies with online instruction through LMS for external and internal students, as well as structured learning through tutorials for internal students. There are required readings for each topic or module, as well as audiovisual presentations and lectures within Echo. Online discussion forums will be used to encourage external students to engage with their peers in exploring weekly concepts. Guest lectures are provided online from experts working in the field of One Health.
Other Learning Experiences Online discussions and lectures for external students.
Assessment Feedback will be provided by the Unit Coordinator weekly to online discussion forums, and following assignments and the final exam. Assessment topics will focus on issues relevant to the overall learning objectives of the unit, which are to develop an understanding of the principles of One Health and the relationships between human, domestic animal, wildlife health and biodiversity conservation.
Assignment 1 30% 2000 words
Essay 30% 2000 words
Examination 40% 2 hour open-book exam.
Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in the following:
Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (M1232) or the Master of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine (M1122).
Previously 2016: 'One Health for Biodiversity Conservation'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)
Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (MWildlifeHth) [New in 2015]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Bethany Jackson
Lecturer in Wildlife Health and Epidemiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7418
e: B.Jackson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.050 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Bethany Jackson
Lecturer in Wildlife Health and Epidemiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7418
e: B.Jackson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.050 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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