ANIML SC 3100RW - Laboratory Animal Science III
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code ANIML SC 3100RW Course Laboratory Animal Science III Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge BIOLOGY 1101 or BIOLOGY 1401 or BIOLOGY 1001, AGRIC 2500WT/RW, ANIML SC 2530RW Course Description This course aims to instil the major principles of the study of laboratory animals and their utilisation for teaching, research and commercial purposes. This will include developing a scientific understanding of the applications and limitations of various laboratory animal species in addition to practical experience in animal handling and other procedures.
Topics will include animal handling, breeding, feeding, maintenance, minor interceptions and minor surgical procedures. Students will be involved with a research project in which relevant aspects of laboratory animal science will be undertaken. Species studied will include mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits. The student will become familiar with processes associated with induction of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders in rats and mice which affect humans. These disorders could include chemotherapy-induced mucositis, gastric ulceration and inflammatory bowel disease. Students will also be exposed to the ways in which the animal models can be utilised, for example, in the testing of new treatment modalities.
The course will incorporate two field trips to Animal Care Facilities.
Course Coordinator: Professor Gordon Howarth
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific importance and physical requirements associated with aspects of laboratory animal handling, breeding, feed, maintenance, and minor surgical procedures 2 Describe the processes associated with induction of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders which affect humans through the use of animal models in laboratory animal species 3 Locate, analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources 4 Demonstrate the ability to handle a variety of laboratory animal species, including the collection of material from these specimens 5 Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team through the collation and presentation of information in small team-based projects
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 2, 3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4, 5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2, 4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes2 x 1hr lectures, 1 x 1hr tutorial, 1 x 3hr practical per week
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g.,
lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
This course requires on-campus attendance. Field trips have been cancelled for 2020.
Lectures - Background on uses for laboratory animals, including teaching. Physiological features determining suitability of different species. Development of scientific hypotheses and use of laboratory animals to address hypotheses. Biotechnological, biomedical and agricultural end-points for laboratory animals in research.
Tutorials - Development of hypotheses and planning research proposals.
Practical classes - Handling animals. Monitoring animal behaviour. Minor procedures - injections, labelling, suturing, etc.
Field Trips - Cancelled for 2020.
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Assessment SummaryDue to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Written Exam Summative 30% No 1, 2 Research reports Summative 40% No 1, 3 Animal Ethics Application Summative 15% No 1, 2, 3 Oral Journal Critique Summative 5% No 1, 3 Written Journal Critique Summative 10% No 4
Assessment DetailWritten Exam (Total weighting 30%): A 3 hour final exam will cover the theory aspects of the course.
Research reports (Total weighting 40%): Students will complete a major Practical report (weighting of 25%) of around 5000 words based on data collected during practical classes which will be due at the end of semester. Students will also complete two minor practical reports, the first is a 1hr online quiz (worth 5%) based on material covered in the 1st two weeks of semester and to be completed within the practical time, and the other involves statistical analysis and interpretation of results of data collected during a practical class (worth 10%).
Animal Ethics Application (Total weighting 15%): Students will utilise the journal article allocated to them to research and discuss the guidelines and convention of animal ethics. They will then complete an animal ethics committee application form.
Oral presentation (Total weighting 5%): Working as a group of 4, students will be provided with journal articles relating to a specific aspect of the course and will have to critically evaluate these articles along guidelines that are also provided. Their results are to be presented as a 5 minute oral presentation to the class (with each student in the group providing a critique of one section of the journal article).
Written Journal Critique (Total weighting 10%): Working individually, students will critique all sections of the journal article allocated to them.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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