Outbreak Response

Subject VETS50014 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Approximately 10-14 hours per week over an 8-week period
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 112 hours per semester


The following subjects are prerequisites:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2012
Not offered in 2012


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Information learned in the prior modules of this course

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.


Helen Smithwick
Academic programs & Student Centre Manager
Faculty of Veterinary Science
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
+61 (0)3 8344 8906

Subject Overview:

Controlling and eradicating a disease outbreak requires the use of a combination of strategies, as well as knowledge of the consequences of a disease and its response strategy on the economy and the broader community.

This module will, through a series of lectures and assignments, cover the various response strategies outlined in the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN) and elsewhere, and deal with legal, socio-economic and trade issues.


On completion of this subject, students will have gained:
• detailed knowledge of response strategies used for an EAD incursion, from movement control and quarantine to culling and vaccination;
• generic knowledge of legal instruments used to support EAD responses;
• working knowledge of the economic and social aspects of outbreaks and responses; and
• knowledge of the international obligations related to EAD outbreaks and responses.


Students will be assessed for participation in weekly forum discussions, group assignment in week 5 and final written exam in week 9 and 10. You will be required to identify a university near you where you can be supervised while sitting the exam.

The assessment components of this subject are:

  • Participation in online forum discussions (15%)
  • Group assignment of 4000 words (25%)
  • Written 2-hour final exam (60%)
Prescribed Texts:

The Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN), available to be downloaded from the Animal Health Australia website.

Other material will be provided as part of the on-line resources with this subject.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject, students should have developed their:
• data organisation ability;
• ability to analyse data while under pressure; and
• complex problem-solving skills.


Reliable internet access with at least a medium speed connection and a personal computer are essential for undertaking this 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 Veterinary Public Health (Emergency Animal Diseases)

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