ANIML SC 3020RW - Animal Microbiology & Invertebrates III
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ANIML SC 3020RW Course Animal Microbiology & Invertebrates III Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Prerequisites BIOLOGY 1101 & BIOLOGY 1202 Incompatible PLANT SC 2500RW & MICRO 2500 Assumed Knowledge 6 units of Level I Chemistry and 3 units of level II Biochemistry Restrictions Available to BSc (Animal Sci) students only Course Description An introduction to the biology of microorganisms and invertebrates of importance in and to animals. Topics to be considered include: form and function of major groups of microorganisms (including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoans); classification and identification; features of pathogenic, symbiotic and commensal lifestyles; basic concepts of invertebrate arthropod and helminth taxonomy, physiology and function; reproduction and life cycles; practical skills for manipulating microorganisms and invertebrates and studying their activities.
Course Coordinator: Dr Cynthia Bottema
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 knowledge of microorganism and invertebrate biology that applies to a wide variety of animal species (including wildlife, production and companion animals), 2 skills in handling microorganisms and invertebrates, and 3 understanding of microbial ecosystems and animal interactions.
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, 2, 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,2,3 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered in the following means:
Internal: 3 x 1 hour lecture per week as a block, 1 x 3h 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 SummaryThe course content will include the following:
1. Microbial and invertebrate taxonomy
2. Introduction to pathogens, commensals and symbionts
6. Protozoan biology
7. Biology of arthropods and helminths
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting HURDLE Learning Outcome Practical
Formative Throughout semester 30% Yes 1,2,3 Journal
paper critical review
Formative After 4 weeks 20% Yes 1,2,3 Final exam Summative End of semester 50% Yes 1,3
Assessment Related RequirementsHurdle Requirements
Assessment Item Requirement for hurdle Is additional assessment available if student
does not meet hurdle requirement?
Details of additional assessment, if known Practical reports 40% No Journal paper critical review 40% Can re-submit review Final exam 40% Yes Additional assessment exam
Assessment DetailPractical reports (30%): There will be 5 practicals that are run over several weeks and 4 practical reports will be submitted at regular intervals after each practical is completed for a total of 15%.. The
reports will be promptly assessed to provide continual feedback to students and a sense of progressive accomplishment in the course. The practical reports will include drawings, descriptions and discussion of important points. Students will receive written feedback on each of practical reports submitted for assessment to further develop their data analysis skills.
Assessment of the remaining practical involving determining the identity of an unknown microorganism, is a report given as an oral presentation approximately half way through the semester. This report will be presented to the class to further skills in integrating information and communication. Each student will contribute to the team report on the particular type of disease and underlying physiology as well as pair reports on the specific pathogen. There will be a question time after both the team and pair reports and all students are expected to answer questions. A total time of ~75 minutes is allocated per team for a total of 15%.
Journal paper critical review (20%): A 3000 word limit written critique and review of a primary research article on a non-pathogenic microorganism or invertebrate will be submitted approximately one month into the semester. The exercise will improve the students’ ability to analyse and assess primary literature and the feedback will assist the students’ written communication skills. Students will receive written feedback on each of practical reports submitted for assessment to further develop their writing skills.
Final Exam (50%): The final exam will be given at the end of the semester to ensure summative knowledge of course material
No information currently available.
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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