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Infections and Immunity B (VETS90100)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 18.75On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeVETS90100
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject continues the study of infectious agents as causes of disease in animals. It includes taxonomic and life cycle considerations of nematodes, trematodes, cestodes and protozoa, fungi and bacteria, the host-parasite interaction and the pathogenesis of disease, disease transmission and epidemiology, methods of diagnosis of infectious disease and treatment.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand the important biological characteristics of specific infectious agents that cause disease in animals
  • Explain how specific infectious agents exert their pathogenic effects and produce clinical signs of disease
  • Describe the distribution of specific infectious agents in nature and the methods of their spread amongst animals
  • Describe the principles of therapeutic and non-therapeutic control measures used to treat, limit or prevent specific infectious diseases
  • Appreciate the multifactorial nature of disease
  • Isolate and identify a range of specific infectious agents
  • Recognise lesions associated with specific infectious diseases

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • Have a broad knowledge of science across a range of fields, with an in-depth understanding in one scientific discipline
  • Understand the scientific method, and the history and evolution of scientific concepts
  • Be intellectually curious and apply a rigorous, critical and logical approach to enquiry
  • Be able to communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats to both specialists and non-specialists
  • Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
  • Be efficient managers of information
  • Apply technology to the analysis of biological problems

Last updated: 24 April 2019