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Principles of Infectious Disease I - Veterinary Microbiology (VET211)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will provide basic knowledge and practical skills in microbiology relating to infectious diseases of animals. A generalist and integrated approach to pathogenic microbiology is adopted, but includes separate sections on bacteria and viruses. Sections comprise an introduction to features of pathogenic micro-organisms including structure, metabolism, genetic composition, culture and identification. Emphasis is given to the mechanisms causing disease and to principles of diagnosis and control.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this unit, students will:
1. Be able to describe viral taxonomy, structure and replication strategies, and use this to explain general aspects of viral epidemiology including spread, infectivity and decontamination principles.
2. Be able to list the major viral groups taught in the course, and explain, with examples, how knowing the members of these groups can often enable prediction of target organs or disease.
3. Be able to list and describe the viral pathogens endemic to Australia which have a particular impact on livestock and small animal species, and those exotic to Australia which are of particular importance (for example the vesicular diseases). Describe the aspects of some of the endemic viral diseases for which an exotic disease is a differential diagnosis.
4. Be able to describe the principles of bacterial taxonomy, and aspects of bacteria which affect their pathogenicity and treatment.
5. Be able to list bacterial species of veterinary importance in Australia and describe the diseases they cause.
6. Explain the concepts of developing antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship.
7. Describe vaccination principles as they apply to veterinary bacterial and viral diseases.
8. Describe basic principles of the diseases caused by rickettsia, mycoplasma, chlamydia and fungi of veterinary importance.
9. Be able to perform basic bacteriological and virological laboratory tests, and apply results from these to disease diagnosis or microbe identification.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 1 hour per week; laboratories: 1 x 3 hours per week (Lab 1 - 2 hours; Lab 2 - 1 hour); workshops: 1 x 3 hours per week in weeks 1 and 2 in place of laboratories.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to study the content in two parts with blended learning strategies involving a series of lectures, self-directed learning tasks, practical laboratory classes and group learning activities. Approximately 10 hours per week is required in total for all learning activities. The first part focusses on viruses and prions and the second part covers bacteriology and mycology. Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended and is particularly important for the practical laboratory classes. The laboratory classes require students to learn and perform routine diagnostic laboratory procedures, conduct microbiology experiments and complete quizzes and reports.
Assessment Final exam - 40%, Multiple choice questions.
Laboratory practical exam - 15%
Laboratory Practical Skills Assessment - 5%
Intra-semester online quizzes - 40%, multiple choice questions, 4 quizzes total

This outline aims to assess student understanding of the unit material from both a practical and theoretical point of view. The use of multiple intra-semester quizzes will provide students with ongoing assessment and feedback prior to the end of semester exam.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM (B1330): successful completion of all BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM Part I units, or accepted equivalents.
Enrolment in BSc Animal Health or Animal Science major; successful completion of BIO152 Foundations of Cell Biology; Foundations of Cell and Molecular Biology; Cell Biology.
Previously 2015: 'Principles of Infectious Diseases - Veterinary Microbiology'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2015]
Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
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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