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Wildlife Epidemiology and Disease Risk Analysis (VET606)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Description This course will provide students with a firm grounding in the principles of epidemiology, including disease causation, patterns of disease in populations, testing for disease and interpretation of results, and basic disease surveillance design principles. Students will also be introduced to Disease Risk Analysis tools for identifying hazards, estimating likelihoods and consequences of disease, and risk mitigation/communication strategies. There will be a specific focus on how to apply these methods to the investigation of wildlife disease.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Interdisciplinarity (ULO1): Discuss the rationale for interdisciplinary approaches to epidemiological solutions for wildlife disease problems.
2. Knowledge (ULO2): Describe the factors that contribute to disease in populations, ways of measuring, monitoring and describing disease in populations, and tools for evaluating and communicating the risk of disease in a given population.
3. Skills (ULO3): Able to conduct a Disease Risk Analysis, and basic approaches to disease surveillance studies in wildlife populations.
4. Application (ULO4): Able to apply epidemiological approaches to wildlife conservation issues, including specific tools and methods for conservation programs.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week for internal students
Online discussion and lectures for external students.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to instruction in this unit will involve blended learning strategies, with the use of tutorials for internal students, online teaching through LMS for external and internal students, and required readings for self-directed learning in both modes. Weekly online forums will be used to provide current cases that highlight concepts in each module and encourage students to engage in discussion with peers relating to these concepts.
Other Learning Experiences Online discussions and lectures for external students.
Assessment Feedback will be provided by the Unit Coordinator 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 wildlife epidemiology and disease risk analysis.
Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 20%
Assignment 3 30%
Assignment 4 30%
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: 'Principles of Wildlife Epidemiology and Disease Risk Analysis'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
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
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