Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:March, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
This subject is delivered on-line.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: Estimated time commitment of 20-25 hours per week |
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|Recommended Background Knowledge:||
In addition to having current and practical experience working in the poultry industry, students should have an understanding of the potential interactions of pathogen, host and environment, and a sound appreciation of epidemiology (theory and applications) which is most relevant to poultry industry programs of disease eradication and surveillance.
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||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 will impact on their academic performance are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.|
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Amir Noormohammadi
Research and Graduate Studies Manager
Faculty of Veterinary Science
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia
+61 3 8344 0357
This subject is designed to give candidates a detailed understanding of the microbiological culture and serological procedures being applied by laboratories in support of poultry disease diagnosis and prevention. For the different aetiological agents of major infectious avian diseases, students can develop a thorough understanding of the processes and patterns of pathogenesis, modes of spread of infection, and specific immunity mechanisms. Scientific rationales for the approaches needed to prevent infection or to control disease will be explored. Physical and site biosecurity activities will then be integrated with choosing the most appropriate disease exclusion measures, whether it is vaccination, eradication, or immunogenetics-based methods, for each of the pathogens. Appropriate strategies for prevention of infectious diseases on specific production sites should be systematically evolved by veterinarians.
|Objectives:||Upon successful completion of this subject, students will: |
• Have advanced knowledge relating to mechanisms of disease causation by microbial pathogens of poultry;
• Apply detailed understanding of avian immunity effector mechanisms to ensuring effective protection is being achieved in vaccination;
• Have a detailed understanding of laboratory techniques for microbiology and serology, and the most effective use of these in practical diagnosis of causes of avian infectious diseases;
• Design and flexibly implement an appropriate field program of control strategies, so as to ensure effective site biosecurity and/or disease eradication for specific avian pathogens; and
• Possess advanced knowledge and understanding of national strategies and measures for control of emergency avian diseases.
Assessment is carried out at the end of each month. Student progress is monitored through class exercises and case studies. The final examination is a three-hour written and online exam held in weeks 16 and 17. You will be required to identify a University near you where you can be supervised when sitting the exam.
Monthly assessment tests (25%)
Class Participation (5%)
Final Examination (60%)
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Students in the Postgraduate Certificate in Avian Health should:
|Notes:||Reliable internet access with at least a medium speed connection and a personal computer are essential for undertaking the Avian Health Online program. The content is accessed through your web browser. Microsoft Office™ and Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent software packages are necessary for assessment tasks, assignments and some class exercises.|
Master of Avian Health & Medicine |
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