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Principles of Epidemiology (VET641)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Description This unit will provide students with the theoretical knowledge of epidemiology. It will cover an introduction to epidemiology and disease causation and analysis, evaluation and interpretation of: disease frequency measurements, patterns of disease, and diagnostic tests/assays.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of disease epidemiology
2. communicate in-depth knowledge of disease causation
3. describe disease patterns, calculate measures of disease frequency and apply and interpret them correctly
4. determine appropriate diagnostic tests for particular diseases
5. evaluate the results and interpretations of published epidemiological studies
6. articulate the challenges and the complexity of the issues faced in disease surveillance, prevention, control and eradication programmes
Timetabled Learning Activities Online discussions and workshops as required.
Internal students: Workshops: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to develop knowledge of the principles of epidemiology through problem-based learning and case-based learning.
Students will be provided electronic copies of core course material and readings and will be expected to complete problems and interpret findings relating to this material.
Assessment Assessment is based on: [1] Report and presentation of a causal web (20%); [2] Critical review of a published paper (20%); [3] A series of problem-solving exercises (40%); and [4] contribution to the on-line discussion and solving set problems (20%). Involvement in weekly on-line discussion forums with the class and unit coordinator will be expected. Internal students will be required to attend tutorials.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Masters of Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Surveillance), Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine), Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science, Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Master of Biosecurity or permission of the Academic Chair.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Biosecurity (MBiosec)
Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (MVetClinStud)
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 Mieghan Bruce
Lecturer Veterinary Epidemiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2459
e: Mieghan.Bruce@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.015 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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