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Animal Disease Biotechnology 1 (ANSC30001)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeANSC30001
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Formerly BIOL30004

This subject elaborates on the scientific basis of disease recognition in individual animals and populations of animals. It explores causes of disease in animal populations, the mechanisms of disease processes and their transmission, principles of biosecurity, and the scientific basis of technologies and procedures available for monitoring disease status (diagnostics). Students will acquire skills in a variety of techniques used to monitor the health of populations of animals (ELISA, PCR, microbiology), and will develop abilities in critical analysis of animal health related matters.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject aims to equip students with an understanding of techniques used to assess the health of individual animals and populations of animals, as well as an understanding of the biological basis of these tests. Students satisfactorily completing this subject will also acquire skills in performing a range of laboratory tests used in monitoring the health of populations of animals.

Eligibility and requirements


One of

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BCMB20002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Semester 1
Semester 2
AGRI20043 Biochemistry in Agricultural Systems
Semester 1
BIOM20001 Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects

VETS30011 Animal Disease Biotechnology 1

BIOL30004 Animal Disease Biotechnology 1

Recommended background knowledge

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
VETS20014 Foundations of Animal Health 1
Semester 1
VETS20015 Foundations of Animal Health 2
Semester 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Case Study Abstract 1 (300 words) due week 1 (2%)
  • Case Study Abstract 2 (300 words) due week 4 (2%)
  • Prac Report (calculations and answering pre-set questions) due between weeks 4 - 11 (6%)
  • Quiz 1 (45 minutes and 10 minutes reading time) held between weeks 3 - 6 (10%)
  • Quiz 2 (45 minutes and 10 minutes reading time) held between weeks 8 - 11 (10%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester examination (70%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorJean-pierre Scheerlinck
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours60
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 30 July 2019