ANIML SC 3100RW - Laboratory Animal Science III

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

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 which affect humans, in rats and mice. 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 & AGRIC 2500WT/RW
    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 which affect humans, in rats and mice. 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.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Gordon Howarth

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 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 Familiarity with processes associated with induction of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders which affect humans through models in laboratory animal species
    3 Knowledge of the use of animal models
    4 Familiarity with the location, analysis and evaluation of information from a variety of sources
    5 Development of ability to handle a variety of laboratory animal species, including the collection of material from these specimens
    6 Development of team-work 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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,3,5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,4,5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,5,6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,3
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    1 x 2hr lectures, 1 x 1 hr tutorial, 1 x 3hr practical per week
    Workload

    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
    Lectures - Backgound 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. Minor procedures - injections, labelling, blood collection
    etc.

    Work experience - spend time in an Animal Care Facility performing multiple tasks associated with animal
    welfare.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Written Exam Summative 30% No 1,2,3
    Research reports Summative 40% No 1,4,7,8
    Oral Presentation Summative 10% No 1,4
    Assignment Summative 10% No 1,2,3,4
    Participation Summative 10% No 1,2,3,4,7,8
    Assessment Detail
    Written 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%) based on data collected during practical classes which will be due at the end of semester. Students will also complete three minor practical reports (worth 5% each), one based on material covered in the 1st two weeks of semester and to be completed within the practical time, and the other to involve statistical analysis and interpretation of results of material collected during a practical class.

    Oral presentation (Total weighting 10%): 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 an oral presentation to the class.

    Assignment (Total weighting 10%): students will research and discuss the guidelines and convention of animal ethics applications for research and teaching

    Participation (Total weighting 10%): student participation in practicals, lectures and tutorials. This is a mark for engagement and participation (not for attendance).

    Submission

    Late Submission
    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.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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