Animal Disease Biotechnology 1

Subject VETS30011 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 60
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


One of

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:
Study Period Commencement:
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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck



Subject Overview:

This subject elaborates on the scientific basis of disease recognition in 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. Students will acquire skills in a variety of techniques used to monitor the health of populations of animals, and will develop abilities in critical analysis of animal health reports.

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.

  • A two-hour written examination to be held in the end-of-semester exam period worth 70%
  • Assessment of laboratory based exercises (tests and report writing) throughout the semester worth 30%
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Biotechnology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Agri-food Biotechnology (specialisation of Biotechnology major)
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Science
Animal Disease Biotechnology (specialisation of Animal Health and Disease major)
Animal Science and Management
Plant and Soil Science
Production Animal Health
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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