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Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (VET629)

School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description This unit reviews diagnosis and treatment of the major infectious and parasitic diseases of companion animals with an emphasis on the organisms of greatest importance in the Australian and Asian regions. Zoonotic diseases and the principles of infectious disease control are also discussed.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to promote self-directed learning in order to develop advanced skills in the management of complex clinical cases in small animal practice. The student is provided with on-line reference material and sample questions to encourage the application of information provided in reference material to relevant clinical cases. Students are required to solve simulated clinical problems, using a logical, rational and metacognitive approach, and critically evaluate published literature within the discipline to justify their solutions. The student is also provided with opportunity to discuss the material on line with fellow students and instructors.
Assessment In this Unit assessment is presented in three ways.
* One written assignment (a case report and discussion) worth 30% of the total assessment (3500 words)
* Three multiple choice/short answer quizzes that are completed on-line. Together these are worth 15% of the total assessment (500 words).
* A 2 hour closed book examination worth 55% of the total assessment (2000 words).
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) (M1022), the Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (M1223), the Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (D1061) or permission of the Academic Chair.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited resources. Students must be enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine's graduate courses.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (MVetClinStud)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) (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
Professor Peter Irwin
Principal College of Veterinary Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2590
e: P.Irwin@murdoch.edu.au
o: 262.2.104A - Vet Surgical Centre, Murdoch Campus
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