Advanced Studies in Poultry Disease

Subject VETS90028 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
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

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 hours per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Students must be admitted to the Master of Avian Health and Medicine and have successfully completed the following prerequisite in order to be eligible for this subject:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Current and practical experience working in the poultry industry

Non Allowed Subjects:


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.


Assoc Prof Amir Noormohammadi


Faculty of Veterinary Science,
University of Melbourne , Victoria, 3010,
T: +61 (0)3 8344 7357

Subject Overview:

In “Advanced Studies in Poultry Diseases,” Unit 5 of Avian Health Online, students will utilise the knowledge gained in previous subjects to investigate major disease syndromes including respiratory disease, immunosuppression, neoplasia, production decline and lameness.


Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • Integrate knowledge of pathology, microbiology and serology, food safety, public health and economics and apply it to major disease syndromes;
  • Obtain data from poorly performing flocks and undertake analysis to identify causative factors of poultry diseases; and
  • Analyse data and assess results to implement cost-effective decisions.


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.

The breakdown of assessment is:

  • Three monthly assessment tests (25% of the final mark)
  • Major class assignment (10% of the final mark)
  • Class participation (5% of the final mark)
  • Final examination (60% of the final mark)
Prescribed Texts:

Students will be provided with excerpts that are required reading.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students in the Master of Avian Health and Medicine should:

  • Possess medium- to high-level computing skills;
  • Apply critical and analytical skills to the identification and resolution of problems;
  • Communicate effectively; and
  • Have good time management skills.

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.

Related Course(s): Master of Avian Health & Medicine

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