Microbiology & Serology: disease control

Subject 250-646 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 250-500- Poultry Industry Fieldwork

250-501 Poultry Pathology and Diagnosis of Disease

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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.

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Dr Trevor Bagust
Subject Overview:

The interaction of the host, pathogen and the environment will be focused on in Unit 3 to help the student appreciate the causative factors of disease and later, how to control the development of disease in a poultry flock. Students will gain a solid understanding of the disciplines of Microbiology and Serology and the appropriate use and interpretation of laboratory tests through performing and interpreting ‘virtual tests’.


Monthly assessment tests (15%)

Assignments (20%)

Group Reports and Bulletin Board Contributions (5%)

Final Examination (60%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Understanding the potential interactions of pathogen, host and environment.
  • Developing a sound working knowledge of how to perform, use and interpret microbiological and serological laboratory tests and use them most cost-effectively.
  • Assimilate for each of the major poultry pathogens, knowledge on transmission patterns and apply this in the design of site biosecurity and pathogen-specific control programs.
  • A sound appreciation of epidemiology (theory and applications) which is most relevant to poultry industry programs of disease eradication and surveillance.
Links to further information: http://www.avianhealthonline.vet.unimelb.edu.au/courseinfo.htm
Related Course(s): Master of Avian Health & Medicine

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