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Infectious and Emerging Diseases (VET640)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will provide students with the knowledge about emerging endemic and epidemic infectious diseases that have a significant impact on livestock production. Both infectious and non-infectious diseases will be discussed and emphasis will be placed on those diseases with significant impact on trade, herd/flock productivity and human health.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. To appreciate the significance of the term 'emerging infectious diseases'
2. To gain an understanding of the factors involved in the emergence of infectious diseases, with particular reference to zoonoses
3. To discuss the history of emerging infectious diseases, from both animal and human perspectives
4. To gain an understanding of the significant role of wildlife in the emergence of infectious diseases
5. To be able to describe the epidemiology of the most important emerging infectious diseases of viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic origin and their impacts on human and animal health and trade
6. To gain the knowledge to enable prompt and effective outbreak response strategies for current diseases and future emerging infectious diseases of humans and animals to be developed and implemented
7. To be able to discuss the development of strategies and surveillance systems to identify, monitor and control emerging infectious diseases, particularly within your regions of origin.
8. To appreciate the role of multiple agencies and disciplines in the response to, and investigation of, outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases, commonly known as the 'One Health approach'.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars as required.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit has been developed for distance, self-directed learning. The study component of this unit will focus on selected guided readings. An on-line discussion forum will be available through the unit's LMS online. Assignments and topics for discussion will be provided in the Learning Guide and others will also be posted as appropriate by the tutor. Contact with external students will usually be by email, however phone calls or skype may be used to discuss issues as and when they arise.
Assessment VET 640 does not have a final exam, and assessment is based on continuous assessment to be sure that both internal and external students are following up with their reading and literature tasks.
All assignments must be uploaded to the university LMS. On the online unit home there is a section called assignment; here is where you can upload your materials on the submission dates described above (not accepted by e-mail). Please note that late assignments attract deductions of 10% of marks for each day late. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from meeting a deadline, please contact your tutor before the deadline to arrange an extension. Extensions are not an automatic right.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Veterinary Studies in Veterinary Surveillance, Master of Biosecurity, Master of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine or permission of the Academic Chair.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Surveillance) (MVS)
Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)
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 Ihab Habib
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

e: I.Habib@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
Professor Stan Fenwick
Emeritus Professor

e: S.Fenwick@murdoch.edu.au
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