Stress Physiology

Subject DASC90007 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

April, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 13-Apr-2015 to 22-Apr-2015
Assessment Period End 05-May-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 15-Apr-2015
Census Date 17-Apr-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 24-Apr-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Up to 22 hours of lectures/practicals/tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

136 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
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. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Disability Liaison (


Mr Peter Cakebread


Subject Overview:

The aim of this subject is to enable students to undertake advanced study in the area of stress physiology in domestic and companion animals. The major focus will be on the interaction between physiological state and the environment and the consequences for animal performance and production. Specific emphasis will be on developing skills in monitoring physiological stress and being able to manage the environment for improved animal performance and production.

The content will cover contemporary issues related physiological and metabolic adaptations in response to stress during growth, pregnancy and lactation and will include physical, psychological and nutritional factors; energy and water balance and thermoregulation; and management of the environment including aspects of housing.

Learning Outcomes:

The objectives of this subject are to:

1.Evaluate the major interactions between physiological state and the environment

2.Identify and develop skills and techniques in monitoring stress responses


1 x 1000 word essay due in approximately week 5 (20%); 1 x 2000 word essay due in approximately week 7 (40%); and 2 x oral presentations of 10 minutes each approximately in week 2 (20% each = 40% total)

Prescribed Texts:


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 the following generic skills: academic excellence; greater in-depth understanding of scientific disciplines of stress physiology.

The study will develop; critical thinking and analysis; and problem-solving.

Flexibility and level of transferable skills should be enhanced though improved ability to communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats.


Q Fever

Students enrolling in this subject are advised that some courses of study may put them at an increased risk of contracting Q Fever. Q Fever is a relatively common preventable condition which, while rarely fatal, can cause a severe acute illness and can result in damage to heart valves and chronic fatigue. It is recommended that students consider undertaking screening and vaccination for Q Fever prior to commencement of study. Students may be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to undertaking some coursework. Your course coordinator will advise you of this requirement prior to commencement of the study semester. Vaccine costs for students are not covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme, Medicare, or by the University. Some students with full private medical coverage (which has hospital and ancillary cover) may receive partial re-imbursement for vaccine costs.

Related Course(s): Master of Animal Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point (A) Master of Agricultural Sciences
150 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
200 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
Honours Program - Animal Science and Management

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