VET SC 7010RW - Systems Pathology

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Pathology is a core discipline in veterinary medicine. Students will learn general principles about the processes involved in disease. These general principles will then be demonstrated by study of specific diseases of animals and how they affect the major body systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7010RW
    Course Systems Pathology
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Prerequisites VET SC 7009RW
    Incompatible VET SC 7000RW
    Restrictions Available to DVM students only
    Course Description Pathology is a core discipline in veterinary medicine. Students will learn general principles about the processes involved in disease. These general principles will then be demonstrated by study of specific diseases of animals and how they affect the major body systems.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lucy Woolford

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Develop the ability to properly describe gross lesions using appropriate pathologic terminology.
    2 Recognise the pathological features of the most common diseases in domestic animals.
    3 Be able to compare similar diseases in different animals.

    4 Be able to compare effects of similar lesions in disparate organ systems.
    5. Be able to critically evaluate when / what samples are required depending upon the differential diagnosis

    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 - 5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1 - 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 - 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 3, 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1 - 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    3 lectures of 1 hr each per week
    1 tutorial of 1 hr each per week
    1 practical of 3 hrs each per week

    Lectures that deliver theoretical knowledge are supported by tutorials that focus on application of theoretical knowledge in case-based scenarios and extension and reinforcement of concepts discussed in lectures. Practicals will provide an opportunity for the students to develop and extend technical skills in post mortem examination and clinical case analysis.


    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 & Tutorial topics
    Alimentary system
    Liver, biliary system, exocrine pancreas.
    Respiratory system
    Cardiovascular system
    Urinary system
    Endocrine system
    PNS and skeletal muscle.
    Bones and joints.
    Female reproductive system
    Male reproductive tract.
    Lymphoid and haematopoietic systems
    Species specific pathology (fish, reptiles, amphibians, marine mammals, Australian native mammals)

    Lesions of alimentary tract.
    Lesions of respiratory tract.
    Lesions of cardiovascular system.
    Lesions of the urinary system.
    Lesions of endocrine organs and associated lesions of other organs.
    Lesions of the CNS and PNS.
    Lesions of the integument.
    Lesions of the female reproductive tract and fetus.
    Lesions of the male reproductive tract
    Pathology of marine mammals

  • 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 Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
    quizzes and reading assignments
    & Summative
    Weekly 0%
    YES 1-5
    class written & practical test
    & Summative
    Mid Term 35% 1-5
    Summative End of Semester 45% 1-5
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Assessment Item with hurdle % needed or requirement to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student
    does not meet hurdle requirement? Yes or No
    Details of additional assessment, if available
    Weekly quizzes, In class written & practical test AND Final Exam cumulative minimum of 65% Yes
    Students that do not attain the cumulative 65% minimum requirement will be eligible for an additional  assessment if they obtained a cumulative mark 60% or above. No additional assessment will be offered to students who obtain less than a 60% cumulative score.

    Assessment Detail
    Weekly quizzes (20% of final grade): Formative reading assignments & summative quizzes will be run within tutorials throughout semester. The formative reading assignments will be for the student to assess their understanding of material being covered in lectures and practical sessions The summative quizzes will account for 20% of the final course grade.

    In class test (35% of final grade): A combined written and practical in-class test will be conducted at approximately mid-semester to address understanding of the material.

    Major exam (45% of final grade): The final exam will cover both theoretical and practical components. The questions will be a combination of short answer, multiple choice and long answer questions in the form of schematic pathogenesis diagrams.


    No information currently available.

    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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