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Pathology and Diseases of Production Animals (ANS313)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Pathological processes and their interrelationships will be examined in: general pathology lectures (shared with VET375, CHI391, and BMS314), workshops on processes of general pathology (using examples of diseases in production animals to illustrate the basic processes), and mind-mapping seminars on broad concepts. One workshop will introduce concepts in public health and disease surveillance. Some practical interpretation skills developed through the use of case studies arising from the diagnostic pathology service provided by the School will be taught.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. To be able to explain the concept of disease.
2. To be able to explain how disease occurs, using examples from the nine broad categories of disease processes (see 'Unit Content' below). Gain an understanding of the principle responses of the body and its tissues to injury, thus allowing understanding of specific diseases later in your undergraduate studies and throughout your career.
3. Be sufficiently knowledgeable in general pathology to be able to understand new developments in disease understanding and prevention in your professional career in animal production systems. To apply your knowledge of the processes of disease such that you understand the potential animal husbandry implications of these processes as they are represented by the main production limiting diseases of sheep & goats, beef cattle, dairy cattle, pigs, poultry, farm working dogs and horses.
4. Have sufficient background in pathology to be able to communicate with other livestock industry professionals, and to be able to comprehend pathology topics in agricultural/animal management and research literature in the sciences.
5. To have an appreciation of how animal health and welfare issues may affect trade in animals and animal products. To have an appreciation of public health issues related to animal health and disease.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week (35 total); workshops: 2 hours per week; seminars: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is multifaceted. The weekly lectures and workshops provide structured timetabled learning, whereas the weekly lab sessions provide semi-structured timetabled learning opportunities where cases that illustrate the material learnt in the lectures/workshops are discussed in an informal setting. Self-paced learning is possible, as online revision/case study material is provided to be worked through at your own pace and without guidance; additionally, web links and some readings are also made available online. Therefore, the approach to learning overall is through a blended learning strategy. As a general principle, as Murdoch is committed to the average student spending approximately 10 hours a week per 3 credit point unit, you are expected to work for 5 hours a week non-contact time on material for this unit (i.e. self-paced revision, work on assessment material).
Assessment * Engagement (5% total for participation in at least 5 out of 6 specific workshops (specified below). Students must participate in at least 5 out of the 6 specific workshops to be awarded the 5% total mark.
Students who fail to participate in at least 5 out of the 6 specific workshops will be awarded 0% for this component.
* 7 x intra-semester online quizzes at 5% each (open-book, multiple choice and/or short answer; 15 minutes each, up to 1h each allowed): 7 x 5% (35% total)
* 1 x Midsemester examination (multiple choice and/or short answer; 60 minutes): 20% total
* End of semester exam (closed book, multiple choice and/or short answer; 120 minutes): 40% total
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Animal Science OR Animal Science major OR Animal Health major; ANS251 Agricultural Biochemistry or VET272 Veterinary Biochemistry; ANS253 Physiology and Anatomy of Farm Animals or ANS221 Animal Structure and Function.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BMS360 Mechanisms of Disease or BMS314 Pathological Basis of Disease cannot enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Animal Health (BSc) [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.


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